North Bend Eagle



Methodists plan open house for 150th

by Mary Le Arneal
published 6/18/08

In celebration of its 150 years of ministry in the North Bend community, the First United Methodist Church will host an open house Saturday, June 28th, 2008 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Doris Mehaffey and Marie Ruzicka will be working on the open house their church is having during Old Settlers. Mehaffey will display the quilt made by the Methodist Women and raffled during their fall festival. Ruzicka will have her family Bible dating back to 1872 on display.

The open house will include a tour of the oldest sanctuary in the town of North Bend with stained glass windows installed in 1913 at a cost of $240.
Two quilts will be on display, one made by the UMW of the North Bend and the other by the women of the former Purple Cane Church. The Methodist women used to get together every Monday to cross stitch, quilt and socialize, making a quilt to raffle at their fall Heritage Festival.

“Ella (Black) would get the stamped blocks and thread for us,” Ruzicka said. “There was always something to eat. It was a fun time.”

In the upstairs rooms of the church there will be displays of angels, Bibles, nativity sets and lambs.

In the Doan Room there will be a collection of cookbooks on display and food items to sample. The food will be come from recipes featured in the church’s anniversary cookbook, Recipes and Remembrances. The cookbook will be available for purchase as well as tickets for the special celebration banquet to be held September 28, 2008.

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