The significant milestone was held in conjunction with the Western Week Celebration. Many former pastors and parishioners returned to join in the worship service and fellowship at the homecoming event.
Pastor Larry McRorey said, “There was a joyful spirit all weekend long. From the parade and our community carnival on Saturday to our worship service and meal on Sunday, people were just smiling and having a good time with one another as they brought honor and glory to God.
“It was awesome to see so many folks from the community come and celebrate with us on both days – that is what we prayed for and I feel we honored God in a powerful way with this celebration. People are still calling the church and thanking us for what we did.”
Celebration committee members thanked the Coastal Bend College Fine Arts Department (for the loan of costumes for the pioneer picture appearing in the Bee-Picayune) and H-E-B Food Store for donating the hot dogs which were served to about 400 people after the parade Saturday.
Hogue’s Jewelry and Bobbie Morgan contributed hours of work on the small, colorful crosses which represent church families. The crosses were blessed at Sunday’s worship service and will be mounted on the two large wooden crosses in the new welcome center.
Mary Aman allowed the use of dress forms for wedding gowns displayed in the parlor and Walgreens provided pictures taken in the Pumpkin Patch.
Charlotte Maples was featured as a clown and offered face painting and balloon animals for the kids. Marjinel Whitenton made the quilt that was furnished as the grand door prize.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church loaned tables and chairs for the event, and several musicians shared their talents on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning worship. Among them were Albert Garcia and Alexis Rodriguez and Rosalie and Caroline Bonner.
The Beeville Country Club arranged for linen service following Sunday’s dinner, catered by Ric Tinney (Panache) and attended by more than 300 members, former members and guests.