120th Birthday of the Founding of the Bardsdale United Methodist Church

This Sunday, June 3, the celebration begins to commemorate the 120th birthday of the founding of the Bardsdale United Methodist Church. Beginning with the 10 am worship service, the focus will be on looking back over the past twelve decades as a fledgling church took root and continues to grow today.

Retiring Santa Barbara District Superintendent, Rev. Catie Coots and current pastor, Rev. Kent Fromer, will be joined by former Bardsdale ministers Craig Brammer, Dr. Bob Ness and Ed McRae in leading the service.

At approximately 11:15, Organist Dennis Prichard will play a selection of period pieces on the Schoenstein organ to be followed at 11:30 by some sharing of special memories of life in the historic church. There may also be sing-a-longs and skits.

Being good Methodists, you know there has to be food. A celebration luncheon begins about 12 noon with indoor or outdoor seating followed by a special birthday cake.

After the meal, there will be antique car rides and tours of the church along with displays of historic photos. There will be information about the many mission projects and activities of the church.

The day will conclude at 2 pm with a Blessing Prayer and the tolling of church's bell.

The celebration will conclude June 10 with the theme of looking ahead to the next 120 years. Bishop Mary Ann Swenson will deliver the message on this day. (Please note that there will NOT be an 8:30 casual service on these two celebratory Sundays.)