GOSHEN — Oct. 10 marks the 150th anniversary for Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen, and the church will be celebrating with a weekend of festivities to commemorate its history.
Activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The evening’s program will celebrate Clinton Frame’s history via stories, skits and songs. There will also be “light-hearted humor with open mic sharing,” according to Trish Miller, one of the volunteer event coordinators.
A beard contest will follow the program. Attendees will vote with donations on their favorite beard during a pie and ice cream social. Proceeds from the contest will go to the church’s community outreach fund called the Brotherhood Fund, and the winner will receive a gift certificate to Essenhaus.
On Sunday, Oct. 13, the 9:30 a.m. church service will offer more stories and hymns from different periods of Clinton Frame’s history. “The first hour will start with our old singing,” said Miller, “and we’ll do some traditional things that would have been done years ago.”
Wes Bontreger, pastor at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church who previously attended Clinton Frame, will speak on how Christ is building the church. A response will be given by Clinton Frame’s lead pastor, Terry Diener.
The original church meeting house was built just north of the building that today’s members meet in every Sunday. The deed for that meeting house dates to Aug. 10, 1863.
Clinton Frame Mennonite Church is located at 63846 C.R. 35 in Goshen. All events are open to the public.