Members of the Greenville United Methodist Church cordially invite family and friends to join the congregation for its 132nd Homecoming, Sunday, September 18. The Homecoming service is at 11:15 a.m., followed by a family lunch, 174 SW Church Avenue, Greenville. Pastor Cherryl M. Register will host the service. Special guest speaker, Reverend Durwood O. Foshee III, Superintendent of the NW Florida District of United Methodist Churches, will deliver the message.
Foshee, recently appointed district leader, comes to north Florida after serving 32 years as senior pastor of United Methodist churches in south and central Florida. He is a graduate of Florida Southern College and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. He and his wife, Anne, have three grown children and four grandchildren. The Foshees reside in Tallahassee FL.
Greenville Methodist has a rich history that reaches back over a century. In the early 1800s Methodist circuit riders followed the north Florida trails going from village to village. Greenville was one of those missions. The Greenville Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Greenville United Methodist Church, began in 1884. On June 16 of that year, trustees of the church, George Hampton, Joel Redding and Thomas Redding, paid $100 to E.J. Hays for the land upon which the sanctuary now stands.
In 1956-57, the Greenville Methodist Church became a full station church with 71 members. In 1986, a late night fire destroyed the interior of the sanctuary. Fire departments from all over the county and church members, friends and neighbors responded to help save the church. The sanctuary interior was severely damaged, as were treasured items including the Pulpit Bible, pulpit rostrum and altar rail. Happily, all were restored by 1987 and the church thrived.
Through the years the Greenville Church has served with various local Methodist churches on a circuit. In 1973 a bond was formed between Greenville and Cherry Lake, a relationship which has endured for 43 years. Today, Pastor Cherryl M. Register serves both congregations.
Visitors are welcome to attend Sunday Fellowship at 9:30 and Sunday School at 10 a.m. For more information about Greenville Methodist, visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/greenvilleflumc or our website http://www.greenvilleflumc.org/.
Homecoming, History and Fellowship at Greenville Methodist September 18
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