125th Anniversary Celebration
1888 - 2013
Friday Evening, May 3rd, 2013
Renewal of the Consecration of the Church, with Bishop Gregory O. Brewer presiding from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer and the 1874 hymnal. The service was followed by a reception honoring families of Titusville founders, which included music by the Edgewood School String Ensemble, reflections on the news from 125 years ago and a silent auction. Plus... Friday Night Open House at BLDG 418 for teens!
Saturday, May 4th, 2013
Ribbon Cutting with members of the Chamber of Commerce, a Proclamation by the Honorable James Tulley, Mayor of Titusville, the Renewal of Wedding Vows for people married in the Church, and ringing our historic bell. Immediately afterwards, the celebrations continued throughout the campus. There were displays from The Historical Society, The Lighthouse Society, antique cars, rides in a Model T Ford, a blacksmith, antique phonographs, books of old church records, and more. Plus... LIVE MUSIC! from Wayne Rogers on acoustic 6 + 12 string guitars with special guests; The Gibbs Family gospel band; Sailor 42 5-piece band playing up-tempo originals featuring banjo, guitar, accordion, fiddle and percussion with precise vocal harmonies; Indian River Strings Featuring Robyn Rogers, one of the best hammer dulcimer players in the southeast, with fiddle, guitar and banjo; Raising the Joy Long-time local gospel singer Red Honaker with choirs from multiple churches in an exciting gospel show; and Celery City String Band Authentic old time music on banjo, fiddle, dulcimer and guitar. They also brought their "dance caller" for traditional group dances. There was a 90-minute walking tour of the historic district, as well as Church tours. At 5:30, we celebrated Evening Prayer from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. Hot dogs, burgers and drinks were served in the afternoon and there was a Barbecued Chicken Dinner later in the evening.
Sunday, May 5th, 2013
Services at 7:30 & 10:00 were followed by a pot-luck feast and Ice Cream Social. Then Choirs from historic churches sang in the Parish Hall featuring the voices of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church Choir.