Eighth Street Mennonite in Goshen celebrating 100 years

August events kick off Friday night, Aug. 2.

Posted on Aug. 1, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Aug. 1, 2013 at 4:14 p.m.

GOSHEN — Eighth Street Mennonite Church is celebrating its centennial in a big way.

Friday, Aug. 2, the church at 602 S. Eighth St. will host an open house during First Fridays titled “A Celebration of Art and Visual Creativity.”

A display at the church will feature art in various media including fabric, clay, jewelry, paintings, photography and even wearable art.

Several quilts made by church members and former members will also be on display.

Friday’s open house will take place from 5 to 9 p.m.

More Eighth Street Mennonite history will be shared next weekend.

Friday, Aug. 9, will feature an event dubbed “Stories Past and Present.” During this event, the church’s history will be told through storytelling, humor and music, directed by Doug Liechty Caskey.

The storytelling will get underway at 7 p.m.

The next night, there will be a celebration of music. Performances by former members will include vocalist Doyle Preheim, trumpeter Matt Swihart, pianist Arlene Steffen, organist Christine Gerig-Way and the Eighth Street Centennial Choir, directed by Preheim and accompanied by Mary Jo Preheim.

The night of music will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 10.

The church’s 100th anniversary celebration kicked off in February, in line with the founding of the church in February 1913. Centennial celebrations will conclude Nov. 24 with worship, communion and the church’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.

For more information on these events visit www.8thstmennonite.org.

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