ROCKVILLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Rockville First United Methodist Church held a countdown celebration in anticipation for the church’s 200-year anniversary next Labor Day weekend.
The nearly 200-year-old church was founded shortly after the establishment of the town of Rockville. The church’s pastor, Jon Overbey, said that the early townspeople needed to have a place to worship as soon as possible.
“It is amazing that within a year, a group of people came together and said that we need a church,” Overbey said. “That started the First Methodist congregation here in town and has carried that on for almost 200 years.”
After the church service, church members gathered to have a meal and plan out the celebration that will take place next year. Steven Waltz was one of those in attendance, and he said that he’s excited for the anniversary.
“I’ve come here for many years since childhood,” Waltz said. “It’s really a once in a lifetime event.”
Pastor Overbey addressed the congregation during the lunch, and he stated that intends to have former pastors and congregation members to join the anniversary celebration. He said that it’s important to share the special occasion with everyone that has walked through the church doors.
“All those people are a part of keeping this church and making it what it is,” Overbey explained. “We want to be able to thank them and to celebrate their work in the church.”
Waltz shared that same excitement about the possibility of sharing this milestone.
“Christianity is a journey through life and to be able to touch bases with people that have been part of that journey before is a special thing,” Waltz said.