Sunday August 30, 2015 marked the 50th recorded year of the church meeting in this location. The building is a hundred years old and there are some historical sources that say the church met here in the 1880's, but we only have pictures and church bulletins, letters and newspaper articles for the last 50 years. Here is what one of the songs sounded like
In the picture above, Stan Sherman leads the last song: When We All Get to Heaven.
One hundred twenty five singers from approximately 10 other small congregations came to share this 5th Sunday singing which included the 50 year commemoration. 10 song leaders lead the songs listed on the old chalkboard, and there were 10 preachers attending from various places in Oregon.
If you had never heard all age groups from one to ninety-one singing four part acapella harmony, you were in for a real treat. The building seemed to rumble with the intense vibration of the enthusiastic voices, and of course the acoustics of the old meeting place helped us all hear each other.
Above on the lower left is John Sherman, younger brother of Preacher Stan Sherman, who was one of the preachers who came in 1966. In his late teens, John was attending the University of Oregon and working at a sawmill in 1965 and preaching at Lancaster on Sunday's. Stanley Sherman also came to preach in 1967.
One of our members, Ernest Coburn, who was the first preacher here at its inception in 1965, opened the meeting with a short speech about how the church came to be planted here 50 years agp. The details are in this little history brochure. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Lancaster takes its turn to host the 5th Sunday singing next May, 2016.
Above: the history brochure that was given to everyone who came.
Below: one of the articles in the brochure about the value and might of small churches.
Click here to go to the Preacher's Blog to read this article in full, when it is posted, on the value of small churches.
Here is the list of songs that were put on the chalkboard, and each songleader that volunteered led two of them:
They That Wait Upon the Lord
It is Well With My Soul
Let Me Live Close to Thee
Sing On aye Joyful Pilgrims
There is Coming a Day
All Hail the Power
How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts
Victory in Jesus
Have a Little Talk With Jesus
Sing and Be Happy
He Gave Me A Song
When We All Get to Heaven
I'll Fly Away
Happy anniversary to You
To Jesus Be True
May Gods Richest Blessings
Fall Ever on You!
Preachers and Song Leaders present