The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

September 14, 2013

Porter Church celebrates 100 years

By Shannon Beamon, Staff Writer

Saturday, September 14, 2013 — Porter United Methodist Church will celebrate its 100 year anniversary Sunday.

The centennial service will start at 11 a.m. with a covered dish lunch and music by the Fox Branch Boys to follow. Revival services will start that evening at 7 with music by the Randall United Methodist Church choir.

“We’ve really been celebrating all year,” church member Pam Boles said.

“We’ve had an old fashioned day, a poorman’s supper … we did chicken and dumplings … we’ve had something every month.”

They’ve even had a monthly gift card drawing for church members.

“But this Sunday is our homecoming,” Boles said.

The church has invited the whole community to celebrate with them.

“There’ll be a lot going on,” Boles said.

Church member Carolyn Tucker was in charge of assembling a book about the church’s history to give out to attendees at Sunday’s service.

“Of course it was founded in 1913,” said Tucker.

“The first reverend was E.G. Lowdermilk … it was an outgrowth of the Simpson Methodist Church … the original church, the one we have now, was constructed in 1913.”

The building was expanded in 1947 and in 1964. In 1992, the ground was broken for a new parsonage.

“The mortgage was completely paid off in 1996,” Tucker said.

“Currently we have 103 members. Rev. David McCauley is the pastor now.”

Tucker said the church has been dedicated to helping the needy members of its congregation and community.

“We help a lot of people in our church and community. If some church member gives us a name, we try to do that,” Tucker said.

“The men do golf tournaments for Hospice, we do food baskets. We helped a couple in New London that had a house fire … this elderly lady, we got her golf cart batteries … it was the way she got around,” Boles said.

Tucker said the Joy Club, founded by Carrie Boles, has also been of great benefit to the church and the community.

The centinnial celebration will continue with revival services by McCauley at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. There will also be special music by Keith Byrd on Monday and The Scott Family on Tuesday.

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