The Garland Avenue Alliance Church at 2011 W. Garland is celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend.
The church was founded in 1897 as a mission at Trent and Howard by Wisconsin native Joseph N. Tewinkel. His grandson, Joseph M. Tewinkel, will be the master of ceremonies at a special reception and presentation at the church on Saturday.
Since its small beginnings 100 years ago, the church has had five locations and 24 pastors. It’s been at its present site on the corner of Garland and Cannon since the dedication of its new building in 1964.
The centennial celebration begins Friday with a no-host dinner at the Golden Corral, 7117 N. Division, at 6:30 p.m. The festivities will continue on Saturday with a reception at the church at 2 p.m., followed by a presentation by former pastors at 3.
Special guest Rev. Richard Porter of the Seven Oak Alliance Church in Abbottsford, B.C., will speak at the 8:30 and 11 a.m. worship services on Sunday.
Bible school scheduled
The Minnehaha Covenant Church and the New Vision Free Lutheran Church are teaming up for a week of vacation Bible school classes.
“Promise Builders for Jesus” will run from July 27-31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Minnehaha church, 4005 E. Marietta.
Kids can participate in outdoor activities, games and crafts, and the staff will perform puppet shows. The free classes are open to kids in kindergarten through the sixth grade. Registration will be held at 6 p.m. July 27. For more information, call Minnehaha Covenant at 483-2552 or New Vision at 534-2728.
Messiah Lutheran Church, 4202 N. Belt, will present “Adventure Fair: God’s Kids in Action” Aug. 3-7 at the church. The vacation Bible school is open to all kids age 3 through the sixth grade.
The children will sing music, make arts and crafts, play games, and attend Bible study classes.
The free classes will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each day. Each evening will begin with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. To register, call the church office at 327-4446 by July 31.
Concert at Salem Lutheran
Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 W. Broadway, will present Christian singer and songwriter Brian Mangum in concert at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.