Record numbers celebrate church’s 125th

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
Record numbers celebrate church’s 125th

When the Pawhuska Methodists decide to celebrate, they do it in style! They kicked off their 125th anniversary last Saturday with lots of food and activities for all ages.

Photo opportunities abounded with Richard DeMoss’ 1923 Ford Motel T. Truck and Steve and Jamie Clément’s horse-drawn surrey, the latter of which provided rides to excited children — and some adults.

Pastor Kathy Morris estimated more than 100 past and current Methodists and guests attended Saturday’s opening fete. Laughter permeated throughout the Velma Oaks Family Life Center as clips of church activities spanning the past 30 years were shown. Included were scenes from Christmas pageants and some rather creative style shows.

Several commented, “It doesn’t pay to miss a Methodist family night dinner ‘cause too much fun goes on without you!”

Terry Thorne portrayed CarMac, the Magnificent. Daughter Jentry played the dummy and asked unbelievable secret questions with hilarious responses.

Perhaps the biggest surprise to Saturday’s event was an appearance by a long-standing Pawhuska tradition of “Sisters Three.” This comical trio did their best to engage the audience in an ole Methodist song called “Methodist Pie.”

According to Event Chair Ron Reed, “The Methodist Pie” was recorded more than 30 years ago by multiple singers. These included Red Foley, Gene Autry and Grandpa Jones.

“I’m not sure who wrote the lyrics, but there are recordings of ‘Methodist Pie’ in the 1920s,” said Reed. “The chorus is … I’m a Methodist till I die. I’m Methodist, Methodist ‘tis my belief, I’m Methodist till I die. And, all they can say when they lay me down to rest, is they laid another Methodist by.”

Earl Holt Jackson won the Methodist Pie award for traveling the furthest with 1,250 miles. Harold Murnan nabbed the award for being the oldest Methodist in attendance at 89 years young.

Saturday’s visiting pastors included Bishop and Mrs. Robert Hayes of Oklahoma City, Dr. and Mrs. Adrian Cole of Edmond, the Rev. and Mrs. Bob Langston of Ada.

It was also announced Pawhuska native and Methodist Johnale Kitchel Dye will be entering seminary.