Church prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary | Lifestyles


Longtime church member Shirley Aldridge recalled being led to the Nazarene’s First Church when she was 6 years old.

“At that time there was a lady who knew my grandmother, and she asked if she would like the kids to come to Sunday school,” Aldridge said. “There were probably six or seven that she would take every Sunday morning.”

A loving community brought him back to church for over 65 years.

Now called Muskogee Church, the congregation will celebrate its 100th anniversary on October 1-2. The October 1 festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with an open house, followed by a film on the lawn. The October 2 festivities include a coffee and donuts at 9:30 a.m., the centennial celebration service at 10:30 a.m. and a lunch and possible baptism at noon.

According to the history of the church, the church was organized in the summer of 1921. After a revival, 14 members worshiped in a tent until that winter, then gathered at Carpenters Hall. Prayer meetings were held in a barber shop. A house was built in 1922.

A brick church was built in the late 1920s.

“The church began to grow through prayer and perseverance,” the church history said.

Aldridge remembers going to a brick church on the corner of F Street and Elmira.

She said the most memorable moment was when she was rescued. She also recalled a group of active teens.

“I got married there in 1957,” she said. “Then we each had our three dedicated children there.”

In 2005, the church opened a new facility at 2700 E. Peak Blvd. The building was completed and inaugurated in 2007.

Drew Dinnel became a pastor in 2019.

“Over the past five years, the Muskogee Church has led a revitalization project, which includes updates to facilities and new approaches to worship and ministry,” said Dinnel. “We have implemented Upward Flag Football and launched a recovery program to name a few. We want to be a church that grows to meet the needs of the community and reflect the community in which we live.”

Dinnel said the average lifespan of a church is 60 years.

“With this in mind, churches that survive and thrive to 100 years and beyond are taking seriously the changing needs of their people and revitalizing their approach,” he said. “While this is not the case for all churches over 100 years old, it seems to be the need that many churches face.”

Aldridge said the church meant as much to her now as when she was saved.

“We want to be special to the community, we want people to come,” she said. “The bottom line is we want to preach the gospel and people be saved.”

If you are going to

WHAT: 100th anniversary of Muskogee Church.

WHEN: October 2 and 3.

O: Muskogee Church, 2700 E. Peak Blvd.

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