Local church celebrates 125 years of service

WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local church celebrates its 125th anniversary. It has undergone many changes over the decades, but the mission has always remained the same.

Congregants reminisced about their memories of the church and their hopes for its future.

Saint Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Williamsport dedicated its Sunday service to celebrating its 125th anniversary.

“It was a great day, there was a great turnout, it was great to see people. Some people went to church today. A few people I spoke to came up to me afterwards and said we were ex-members, but we wanted to be part of this celebration, so it was really awesome,” Pastor Jeff said. Lecrone of the Saint Luke Evangelical Lutheran. Church.

The church was decorated with pictures from all decades and members enjoyed lunch after the service.

They also shared stories about the history of the church, including when it was founded in 1897.

“The church started with 13 people and it was actually on the corner of Elmira Street and Brandon Avenue,” Pastor Lecrone continued.

They moved to their location on Market Street in the 1960s. One member, who joined nearly 50 years ago, says the church works hard to support the community.

“We have a strong outreach committee. We also do a lot of gifts locally. To the shepherd of the streets and to other churches,” commented church member Oscar Knade.

Others appreciate the resources of the church and are active for children.

“It’s just a really nice place. It’s a big church, very big and it has a very good pre-school service,” church member Mac Harris said.

St. Luke’s has transformed over the years and uses technology to reach more worshipers, but its mission remains the same.

“The kind of people who are members here and who are committed not only to each other, but to the work of Christ here on earth, are the kind of people who keep an organization moving forward. and we are able to adapt to changing times,” church member Jim Donnell explained.

Jerry B. Hatch