First United Methodist Church in Chester held a special celebration Sunday, Nov. 14, recognizing two members who have attained the honor of being "50-Year Legacy Members" -- Jack Lindsey and Mike Lutz.
"Legacy Sunday" is held in November each year someone reaches 50 years of continuous membership in FUMC of Chester.
Lindsey and Lutz were invited to come to the altar where they were given lapel pins representing the United Methodist cross and flame symbol and welcomed to the group of Legacy Members.
Their names also have been added to a perpetual plaque that lists all current Legacy Members. The plaque is displayed in the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
The idea to honor longtime members began in 2013 when former Pastor Zoila Marty came across some old membership roles, pictures and other items in church storage. Marty mentioned the findings to several members and thought it would be nice to recognize those who had attained the 50-year membership mark. Legacy Sunday was born.
Prior to recognizing Lindsey and Lutz, Worship Committee Chairperson Beers asked all previously recognized Legacy members to stand and be recognized.
This prestigious list of members includes Ken Lutz, Manley Limbaugh, Mary Limbaugh, Bob Wittenborn, Marion Lutz, Glenda Stockwell, Gwendy Garner, Patti Nanney, Jim Beers, Judge Richard Brown, Ronda Brockmeyer, Kathy Belcher, and Tina Wittenborn.
Lindsey was added to the list in 2020, but his recognitions was postponed until this year dur to COVID restrictions.
Lindsey transferred to the First United Methodist Church in Chester from the Ellis Grove United Methodist Church in November of 1970.
He was welcomed to the FUMC in Chester by Rev. Bob Brockmeyer during a ceremony to transfer his membership to Chester. Jack was baptized April 21, 1946. He is recognized each year at FUMC during the Annual Veretans Day recognition event.
Jack's wife, Jean, was a faithful member of the Methodist Choir and daughters Patsie, Bitzie and Christie were active in the church during their childhood, youth and young adult lives.
Each of them took part in Sunday school and youth Christmas programs, as well as other youth events. Bitzie was a soloist and active member in the FUMC Choir. The Lindseys' grandchildren have also been active at the church throughout the years.
Mike Lutz was born into FUMC in Chester and was baptized Sept. 28, 1958. His confirmation was April 11, 1971, which is the official date of his membership to Chester's First United Methodist Church.
Over the years Lutz has served on several committees. He sings in the choir and provides children's sermons. He also serves as a liturgist and most recently has begun taking a monthly turn running the camera and assisting with the livestreaming of church services.
Lutz is well-known for his time serving as youth group leader at FUMC. He led the youth on mission trips to Appalachia and Denver in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2007. Mike and his wife, Susan, attend services regularly. Son David and his family, Jenna, Liam and Haley, attend when they visit Chester. Son Adam also attends when he is in town.
The First United Methodist Church in Chester is very happy and honored to welcome both Lindsey and Lutz as 50-Year Legacy Members of the congregation.