Save the date for Saturday, Sept. 20, and Sunday, Sept. 21. The Pawhuska First United Methodist Church will be celebrating its 125th anniversary. A variety of activities are being planned for both days.

Invitations have been sent to former pastors and members.

Pastor Kathy Morris noted, "We would love to include everyone who has been associated with the church and would appreciate the public’s help in getting the word out about this epic event."

As historian for the Methodist Church, I would like to invite our readers to contact me regarding any notable events they would like share. This could involve the Ecumenical Youth Group, the Emmaus Walk, family-night dinner, revivals, family members, etc.

Speaking of history, the Pawhuska First United Methodist Church has the distinction of starting the first Emmaus Walk in Oklahoma. Dr. Adrian Cole, now senior pastor of New Covenant United Methodist Church in Edmond, led the effort. The walk was held in in Tulsa on Oct. 6, 1983, for the men and on Oct. 20, 1983, for the ladies. Pawhuska First Methodist members made up a large percentage of the pilgrims on the Green County Walk to Emmaus.

The men were Ron P. Reed, Rev. Richard Whetsell, Tom Perrigo, Rodney Wilson, Rickard Kitchel, Rick Peters with Spirit Director Rev. Adrian Cole.

The ladies were Debbie Reed, Carolann Whetsell, Cora Briggs, Jean M. Hampton, Orele Kitchel, Ellen Ikenberry, Jan Payne, Carol E. Blake, Kathy Perrigo, Velma B. Oakes, Joann Wilson, and Spirit Director Beverly Cole.