Church members placed their tithes and offerings in a hat that was passed around by a woman dressed in a pioneer dress, apron and bonnet.
The Rev. John Malget watched his 19th-century headgear go from church member to church member and smiled broadly.
The moment was just one of several uncommon occurrences Sunday as First Christian Church of Oklahoma City celebrated its 124th church anniversary with a Land Run-themed service and dinner.
Leaders said the church at 3700 N Walker was founded shortly after the Land Run of April 1889. Malget, the church's senior minister, said the congregation wanted to celebrate the anniversary with an outdoor service on the church lawn.
The celebration included several pioneer elements and more than a few members, including Phil and Kathy Rattan and their son, Robbie, dressed in period clothing.
Before the anniversary celebration, members gathered for coffee around a campfire.
A covered wagon with wooden spokes and steel rims sat nearby and included all sorts of food items used by several church members who camped overnight.
A dinner of stew and biscuits was to be served from the chuck wagon, but the meal was moved inside due to high winds. Several church members did cook up a cobbler over the campfire to be eaten by church members after the judging of a pie-making contest.
Malget said the sermon he preached was taken from excerpts of several sermons written by Knowles Shaw (1838-1874), a minister known as The Singing Evangelist. Shaw is known for writing the hymn “Bringing in the Sheaves,” which the First Christian Church choir sang toward the end of the anniversary service.
Church members said they plan to go all out next year and make the celebration bigger and better on the church's 125th anniversary.