Members and friends of Mountain View United Methodist Church will be visited by “time travelers” on Sunday, April 15, as part of the church’s observance of a century of faith in the Verde Valley.
The Rev. B.T. Stauber, pastor appointed to the Jerome-Clarkdale Circuit in 1912, is coming back.
He arrives on horseback, with the Rev. David White, Methodist pastor serving as chaplain at Fort Verde.
In order to receive these time-travelers, the congregation is urged to dress as it was at the turn of the last century. Men will be sporting beards, blue jeans and other western wear. Women will be in long dresses, aprons, bonnets and even jeans that day.
Games are being planned and children can enjoy a ride on horses upon which the time travelers arrive.
The 9 a.m. worship service will end a little early, and folks coming to the 10 a.m. Centennial Hour are encouraged to arrive before 10 a.m.
The mounted ministers will be welcomed by Pastor Laura O
Neil, and after accompanying them into the sanctuary, she will engage them in conversation about their life and ministry in the Verde Valley.
The Rev. Mr. Stauber was a veteran of the Civil War, while the Rev. Mr. White was involved in the Indian wars of the West.
Before the close of the service awards will be presented to the “best dressed” man, woman and child.
A church picnic will be served at noon following the 11 a.m. service. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available. Families are encouraged to bring covered dishes typical of a picnic, such as potato salad, macaroni salad or baked beans.
Hot and cold drinks will be available, as well as tubs of iced watermelon for dessert.
An old-fashioned square dance will follow the noon luncheon. Those who do not dance are welcome to come and watch those who do. There will be lots of activity, so bring your camera to this historic event.
“This day’s activities will provide us with a flavor of what life was like 100 years ago when our church was funded in Clarkdale,” notes the Rev. Paul McCleary, Centennial Committee chairman, adding: “Those attending will get a glimpse of what life in the Verde was 100 years ago, as well as learn of the church’s journey and service to the community.”