Ortega UMC celebrates centennial
Ortega United Methodist Church has come a long way since the first meetings that took place in tents almost 100 years ago. From there, the gatherings moved to a house at the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Baltic Street before becoming the beautiful institution it is today located on Roosevelt Boulevard.
Now Ortega UMC is hosting a year-long centennial celebration in remembrance and thanksgiving for how far the church has come. The special events kicked off in November. Highlights include a vintage fashion show demonstrating styles from each decade and a centennial Easter parade.
Pastor Dan Casselberry also is conducting a preaching series dedicated to the church’s special stained glass windows. The windows, donated by different families over time and located in the church’s sanctuary, each feature different scripture. The series pays tribute to the families, while explaining the window’s scripture lesson.
June events include an “Old Fashion Church Picnic” and a concert featuring Grammy and Dove Award-winning artist Laura Story, niece of Ortega residents and Ortega UMC members Drew and Kathy Story. The concert will be held in the church’s sanctuary June 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ortgeaumc.org for $10.
The events are set to wrap up on the church’s anniversary day Nov. 18 with a combined worship service and dinner.