Lincoln Community Church celebrates 100 years

A special service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

The Lincoln Community Church is celebrating its 100th birthday this month. Built in 1912, by Lincoln community members and financed by the Presbyterian churches, it has held both Presbyterian and a Lutheran worshipers until about 1958, when it became the Community Church. It continued to have weekly Lutheran services until about 1968, when the last congregation met.

Since 1993, the Lincoln Ladies Aid has had a special service at the church. This year it coincides with the church’s centennial celebration. This year, Dennis Johnson from Annandale, will preside over the service. His grandparents, David and Grace Johnson, and his grandmother, Anna Johnson, were early members of the Lincoln Church.

The event, featuring John Snell singing, is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 1:30 p.m. The church is located on Aster Road, west of Fish Trap Lake. Everyone is welcome to attend.

“Several of the guests have ties to the church through their parents or grandparents,” said Veronica Willoughby. “Other pastors who have presided over the service in the past have also been invited.

Today, the old church continues to be watched over by the Lincoln Ladies Aid Society. The group was first established in the 1920 and now conducts fundraisers to keep the church in good working order.

“I think the Lincoln Ladies Aid is the best organization to be taking care of this church and its repairs,” said member Judy Cantleberry. “The original members would be so proud of us for all we do to keep it going.”

President Gloria Stone said it was her grandfather, Max Mayer, who donated the property for the church, prior to 1912. She now lives on a portion of that land.

“I have a special connection with this church,” she said. “My mother, Gisella Mayer-Johnson, wrote a history of the church.”

While Lincoln used to be a good-sized village, the area is still a great community, said Willoughby, treasurer of the Lincoln Ladies Aid.

“Our organization brings new members into its fold. Anyone is welcome, especially people interested in the church. The Lincoln Ladies Aid cares about the community,” she said.

That is shown by the donations the group gives to those in need.