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Aurora church to celebrate 50th anniversary

Thursday, November 3, 2011

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The Aurora Fundamental Methodist Church will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Nov. 13. The church is located at 1518 S. Jefferson in Aurora.
The Aurora Fundamental Methodist Church will celebrate 50 years of serving Christ in the Aurora community at 2 p.m. on Nov. 13. The celebration will follow a special morning service at 10:50 a.m. and a potluck meal at noon.

The morning service will double as the church's annual "Old-Fashioned Sunday," when church goers drive their antique and classic vehicles and dress like they would have "in the old days." The public is invited to attend.

The Aurora congregation was organized on Oct. 14, 1961, at the home of Fritz and Sadie Pilkenton. There were 35 charter members. Rev. Onas Biellier became the church's first pastor in January 1962. The first worship services in the church's building at 1518 S. Jefferson were held on Dec. 10, 1961.

The basement of the building was completed first, and for the following years, services were held in the "basement church" until the upstairs, including the main sanctuary, was constructed in 1967.

The Aurora church has been a member of the Fundamental Methodist Conference since its founding. The Fundamental Methodist Conference was organized in 1943 at the Johns Chapel church near Ash Grove. The conference today is composed of six churches located in southwest Missouri.

Sunday service times at the Aurora Fundamental Methodist Church are 9:45 a.m. for Sunday school with worship services at 10:50 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday night prayer services and youth programs begin at 6:30 p.m.

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