October 11, 2009
THE ELDORADO UNIVERALIST CHURCH of Eldorado, Ohio commemorated the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its church building on Sunday, October 11 at 3 pm. The present edifice is the third structure in the church’s 160 year history and was originally dedicated on October 10, 1909. The church was organized in 1849 with thirteen founding members.
Five ministers who served the church during the past sixty years each spoke briefly during the Centennial Celebration service: Rev. Wells Behee (1953-1956), Rev. Ray Michel (1965-1992), Rev. Derek Parker (2001-2005), Rev. Donne Hayden (2005-2008) and Rev. Leslie Woodward (2008-2009). Rev. Kathy Brawley, a frequent guest preacher, also spoke.
The speakers’ remarks built on the title of the sermon (“Cornerstones and Foundations”) delivered by Rev. Sara L. Stoner on the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone on June 6, 1909. Tiana R. White, Honorable Mayor of the Village of Eldorado, read a proclamation acknowledging the enduring religious presence which the church has maintained within the community during in its lengthy history.
Special music was provided by guest violinists Lana Studebaker (formerly with the Dayton Opera Symphony Orchestra) and her granddaughter Shelby Studebaker. A clergy receiving line and a reception with refreshments followed the service. Congregants from local denominational churches also attended the centennial celebration.
photos by Jim Studebaker
photos by Carol Agler