ALDERSGATE ANNIVERSARY (Tulsa, Aldersgate UMC )
ALDERSGATE ANNIVERSARY—This month in Tulsa, Aldersgate UMC celebrated its 50th year.
On May 14, a carnival on the property welcomed neighborhood residents and former church members to an informal fun day. A concert by the Oklahoma Jubilee (Sweet Adelines of Tulsa) featured ’60s songs. The group made its home at Aldersgate until last year.
For worship May 15, Pastor Marcia Shoemaker invited former pastors to participate. David Thomas, Aldersgate’s pastor in 1963-71, gave the sermon. Worship included the Hallelujah Chorus by current and former choir members, and a dinner followed.
In 1961, Ruth McManus was one of 13 people who met to start the church. On April 30 that year, 23 charter members were enrolled. Charter membership remained open through 1962. Four of those members, including McManus, continue to attend Aldersgate.
Although a May 2010 tornado and related vandalism caused extensive damage, the building now has been repaired to carry on the mission of the Church for the next 50 years, organizers emphasized.
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