Oak Grove celebrations mark 200th anniversary
All are cordially invited to Oak Grove Mennonite Church’s Historical Reflections Weekend, the first of three events marking the congregation’s 200th anniversary. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Oak Grove Mennonite Church, 7843 Smucker Road, Smithville, Ohio.
A two-century timeline, to be installed in the sanctuary, will be unveiled. Sketches of God’s Faithfulness, a historical booklet by Levi Miller, will be released. In addition, Jason Kauffman, archivist of Mennonite Church USA, will speak on the importance of story.
On April 15 during the Sunday School hour at 9:30 a.m., Jason Kauffman and Paul Miller will share stories of Oak Grove’s heritage. Jason will present the sermon during the worship hour on “Oak Grove’s Contribution to God’s Work Then and Now.”
A native of Dalton, Ohio, Jason Kauffman attended Orrville Mennonite Church during his youth, and graduated from Central Christian School and Goshen College. He earned a doctorate at the University of North Carolina, and now serves as Director of Archives and Record Management for Mennonite Church USA. He lives in Elkhart, Indiana, with his wife, Lisa Graber, and three children.
Two other anniversary events are planned this year:
- Musical Heritage, July 14-15 — piano recital with George Bixler, and hymn sing sampling hymnals of the 20th century
- Harvest Home Festival, Oct. 13-14 — Sunday school reunions, choral music program with Byron Kauffman, worship with Mark Schloneger, guest minister