St. John’s UCC Bem plans 150th anniversary events in 2019 including cemetery walks

St. John’s United Church of Christ — Bem is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. The official anniversary date is May 27. 

The congregation will be celebrating by sharing the events and history of the church on certain Sundays each month. They will share traditions of the old church, history of the organizations, Sunday and Bible schools, missions during events including picnics and a Confirmand’s reunion. 

On April 7 members of the Glaser, Nowack, Thiedke, Scheel and Schlottach families will take part in a cemetery walk, telling the history of their families — some of whom were original church constitution signers.

On May 5 members will have homecoming basket dinner after church. 

An old fashion picnic will be held on June 9. 

A second cemetery walk will take place July 14 with members of the Loeb, Landwehr, Brandenburger and Kottwitz families, the remainder of the original church constitution signers. 

A backyard ballgame will be played on Aug. 11. Other churches are invited to get a team together. This is not a serious game and all ages are welcome.

Sept. 8 will be Confirmation Sunday with a history of confirmation presented and previous confirmation classes invited to attend.

A traditional mission fest meal will be held Oct. 13 after church and the history of the festival and missions of the church will be presented.  

The final event of the year will be Christmas with a live tree and traditional decorations presented at the Sunday School program on Dec. 22 during church. 

Worship services at St. John’s United Church of Christ — Bem begin at 10 a.m. with Sunday School during church after the children’s time. Past members and friends are invited to share in the celebration by attending some of the activities. 

For more information contact the church office at 573-437-3698 or