Clark Memorial U.M.C. celebrates 152 years with homecoming weekend

Clark Memorial United Methodist Church (courtesy photo)

Clark Memorial United Methodist Church and seal. (courtesy photo)

Come children, teens, adults, young adults, middle aged and mature adults for an open house and tour of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, 1014 14th Ave. N. on the weekend of Oct. 28. Bring the whole family! Members are gearing up for a weekend of ‘remembering their heritage.’ In celebration of 152 years of ministry, Clark Memorial will begin its 2017 homecoming with Heritage Saturday on October 28.

From 10 am-2 pm, the public is invited to come and share in the rich heritage of historic Clark Memorial. This is a great opportunity for members of the community, friends, family, and past and current members to come out and sit leisurely under the ‘big tent’ that will be on the grounds at 1014 14th Ave. N. Under this tent, guests may peruse through a plethora of pictures, while perhaps finding some old family and friends (you may find pictures you would like to take with you).

“Join us under the tent to fellowship, relax commune, share, enjoy music and refreshments,” said Geraldine Heath, coordinator of 2017 Homecoming. “We want this to be a great time of fellowship while celebrating the people from the past as we come into the future.”

Clark is an historical edifice, noted in public libraries and known to be a civil rights landmark, so there will be a ‘walking tour’ of the church and the grounds.

“It’s gonna be great to see Clark’s family tree, comprised of the family trees of the individuals,” said Clark’s secretary.

While visiting, one can also visit the Heritage Cafe and Bookstore developed by the youth, young adults and mature adults. Books and other creative works from members and community may be purchased, as well as snacks and CDs, DVDs and other paraphernalia about the services and ministries of Clark.

Of course there will be a prayer room open for prayer under the assistance of the lay servants, and also a fascinating display of Meharry’s ‘Black Persons in Medicine.’ This massive display, created by Dr. Andre Lee, travels the country. It will be in the Coach Ed Temple Room.

Yes, there will also be something special for the kids. A riding train will travel the area along with other fun activities.

“We are expecting a lot of excitement on that day as we celebrate Clark’s people,” said Geraldine Heath. This is a time of reflection that will lead into the next day, Clark Memorial Homecoming Sunday. Clark’s 2017 theme is ‘A New Thing, Everyday, Each Generation-Blessed!’

\This theme was comprised following a recent creation of Clark’s Church Seal that is a reflection of Clark’s Mission and Clark’s goal to become ‘An Oasis of Hope, Help, Healing and Hospitality.’

The senior pastor of Clark Memorial, Rev. Dr. Herbert L. Lester, Jr. will culminate the homecoming weekend with ‘A New Thing’ on Sunday morning at the 10 am worship service.For further information, call 615-329-4464.

All are invited to Clark Memorial, located at 1014 14th Avenue N., where the senior pastor is Rev. Dr. Herbert L. Lester, Jr. and the associate pastor is Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Williams.