Wesley Chapel UMC McDonough Celebrates 150th Anniversary


Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in McDonough will host several events during the church's anniversary month to celebrate its milestone 150th Church Anniversary. 
The community is invited to drop-in during our ‘Community Open House’ anytime between 11am-2pm onSaturday, February 11. Featuring a “Trip Down Memory Lane," a 150-year timeline that traces the church's heritage along with major local, national and world events throughout the years will be displayed in the Thomas Fellowship Hall. Numerous displays throughout the church, including a Pastor Pictorial Gallery, showcase Wesley Chapel's rich history and spiritual legacy in the McDonough community.
On Saturday, February 18, at 6 pm the church will host a Free Gospel Concert. Grammy nominated gospel singer Anita Wilson (Jesus Will, Keep Doing What You're Doing, Time After Time, All About You, etc.) and other musical guests will perform. All are invited to come join in song and celebration.
Bishop Jonathan Holston will be the guest pastor for the 150th Church Anniversary worship celebration on Sunday, February 26, at 9:45 am (one combined service. The theme is “Daring to live Our Divine Destiny”. 
Wesley Chapel was organized in 1867. During the 1880’s, it was a one-room building. The Macon Street church building, the current McDonough Municipal Court, was designed and erected in 1922. Five beautiful stained glass windows were added in 1924 and later moved to the new church at 397 Racetrack Road along with the Wesley bell.
In 1999, Wesley Chapel was blessed to purchase 10 acres of land for the construction of a new church facility and held its first worship service on the 136th anniversary. 

Today Rev. William Bert Neal, III serves as senior pastor.  Rev. Neal was appointed June 23, 2013 and under his spiritual guidance and leadership has strengthened Wesley Chapel’s Outreach Ministries and Christian Education.
Wesley serves the McDonough community through its monthly H3 (Help, Heal, and Hope) hot meal mission outreach in McDonough and the international community through Stop Hunger Now by packaging thousands of meals for distribution throughout the world. The United Methodist Men are active with the young men of the church and through a new prison ministry reuniting children with incarcerated parents. The church participates annually with the Angel Tree program providing Christmas gifts to under privileged youth. There are numerous active ministries for all ages, including a Youth Ministry and Choir, Young Adult Ministry, Jolly Seniors, Care & Visitations Ministry and Girl Scout Troops 13106 and 822. The newest ministry is Drive Thru Coffee & Prayer when Rev. Neal and members share coffee, pastries, prayers and a bible to passersby in the mornings. 
For more information, please contact the church office or visit the church website, http://wesleymcd.org.