Church celebrates its history

St. James recalls aims of founding members

Correspondent photo by LORETTA JACKSON The Rev. Lynne Mentzer, left, current pastor of St. James United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Ed Claus, founding pastor who served from 1967-1974, greet Merrimack’s Gene and Dick Tinglof, seated, parishioners of nearly a half-century, to a reception featuring scores of well-wishers and an array of tasty edibles that marked the 50th anniversary of the church, located at 646 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack.
Correspondent photo by LORETTA JACKSON The sanctuary of the St. James United Methodist Church, located at 646 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack, was secured in 1968 through the congregation’s bid of $1,968 for the chapel and education building at Grenier Field in Manchester. The building was moved in pieces from Manchester to Merrimack, where an extensive rebuild followed. The adjoining fellowship hall was later added to offer classroom space, a clothes closet where free clothes are available and numerous church and community events.

A festive gathering of members and friends celebrating 50 years of spiritual growth and community service at the St. James United Methodist Church shared memories, smiles and prayers of gratitude at a reception following a special worship service, an event held Nov. 19.

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