A local preacher said his congregation readily can identify with the eager people who participated in the 1889 Oklahoma Land Run.
The Rev. Mark McAdow, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City, said although his church officially was established on April 28, 1889, the first Sunday after the Land Run, the congregation will celebrate the milestone on Sunday at the downtown church, 131 NW 4.
“I guess that means we’re really good Oklahomans — we’re doing it sooner than later,” McAdow said.
McAdow said the congregation wanted to have the Rev. Robert Hayes Jr., bishop of the Oklahoma United Methodist Conference, preach at the anniversary observance and they found that Sunday was the best day for him to attend.
Also, McAdow said the following Sunday is Easter Sunday and the Sunday after that is the date of the Memorial Marathon. First United Methodist offers Second Wind, an outreach to marathon runners, their families and the general public on marathon day.
He said as far as church leaders know, First is the only downtown Oklahoma City church to celebrate its 125th anniversary on the original church property.
He said United Methodists gathered that Sunday after the Land Run and formed First United, which was then called a Methodist Episcopal church. He said the historic church building was built in 1904 and had to be renovated extensively in the aftermath of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.