Church History

Marion First United Methodist Church

Formal, published church history coming in 2015. Here is a collection of excerpts from the book, published throughout the year in the Marion Methodist newsletter.

Church Cornerstone - published 2/13/15
The cornerstone was laid on September 24 (1895) in a ceremony lasting two and a half hours, presided over by Rev. Van Ness. Th e service began at 3:30 PM, and led the congregation through the program, including Hymn 857 (NAME), a prayer from Rev. T.E. Fleming, scripture reading from Ephesians 11:13-24 read by Cornell College President William Fletcher King, music from the Emerson Quartet (consisting of H.A. Sutherland, N.H. Richards, D.E. Voris, and E.J Esgate), reading of a historical paper by Mr. Lloyd White, an address by Rev. R.D. Black, I Will Extole Th ee - a vocal solo by Mrs. J.G. Van Ness (the pastor’s wife), greeting from Sunday School by Miss Minnie Seager, an address by Rev. H.O. Pratt, an address by Mrs. L.D. Carhart, ruther music by the Emerson Quartet, a reading of items to be enclosed in the cornerstone [see below], the sealing of the cornerstone by the contractor J.F. Atkinson, the Doxology, and the Benediction. 

As we continue the BUILD campaign, a desire to move the cornerstone of our building to our new building has been expressed. With that in mind, we are examining the possibility of removing and opening the cornerstone this year, as part of the 175th anniverasry celebrations. Th e cornerstone is said to contain a historical sketch of the original design of the church building, a  opy of the Methodist discipline, a Methodist hymnal, copies of contemporary newspapers the Marion Register, Sentinel, and Pilot, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and Republican, a pamphlet entitled “Methodism and Her Sisters,” District Methodist Union Signal, a catalogue of Cornell College, a Methodist manual containing names of officers and members, and a collection of business cards and coins from those present.