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For more than 100 years, Rockwood Wesleyan Church on South Church Avenue has played a vital role in the community and in the lives of its congregation, especially during the Great Depression, World War II and the 1950-60s.
Congregants past and present, the public and Pastor Bob Lower will celebrate that role this weekend during special reunion events that include a Saturday hot dog roast, Sunday services and a special afternoon singing.
“During the 1930s, stories were told about the large number of people who attended revival services, with the crowds resorting to standing outside and listening to the music and messages through the windows,” said Paul Johnston about those times.
“During World War II, many of the males in the community had gone to war, and families relied on the church and each other for support in various ways,” he added.
“The community was like one large family.”
Rockwood Wesleyan’s history of enjoying singing and worship through music will continue through the weekend’s reunion events.
The hot dog roast will start at 5 p.m. June 8. Pictures and stories of life in years gone by will be presented for those in attendance.
James Blackburn of Indiana, who grew up in Rockwood Wesleyan Church, will bring the Sunday morning message on June 9.
The worship service begins at 10:30, with lunch to follow.
The 2 p.m. Singspiration will consist of musical selections by former and present members of the congregation.
“It is expected that many will be traveling from different areas of the country to attend this special weekend of celebration,” Johnston said.