St. John's marks anniversary with car show, chili cookoff
KINGMAN - The 125th anniversary celebration at St. John's United Methodist Church is revving up this weekend with a car show, several concerts, a silent auction and a chili cook-off.
"This celebration is so cool, and I'm honored to be a part of it," said the Rev. Pam Wagner, who has pastored the church for about three years. "We have a really neat history, especially with movie stars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard being married at the church on March 29, 1939. He took a break from filming 'Gone With the Wind' to come here."
The church, which has about 380 members, was incorporated in 1880 and located at 425 E. Spring St. when it was built. It was the first church incorporated in Kingman. A fire destroyed the building in 1912, and the church rebuilt there in 1917. The church moved to its present location, 1730 Kino Ave., in 1997.
The free festivities will begin at 7 p.m. today with a concert by local singer Chris Commisso at the church. On Saturday, the Route 66 Cruisers will sponsor a car show from 1-4 p.m. in the church's parking lot. A silent auction will take place from 1-4:30 p.m. inside the church. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Mohave County Council on Aging and victims of the recent hurricane in the Philippines.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, guests will be able to watch the Kingman Kut-Ups square dance at the church. Also, a chili cook-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday inside the church, and residents are invited to bring their chili by 2:30 p.m. for others to taste. Children are welcome to participate in face painting and jumping in a bounce house on the premises.
An exhibit documenting the history of the church, Kingman and the state will be available for viewing throughout the weekend. Also, the Mohave Community Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. Saturday during a concert with the St. John's Chancel Choir, the chancel bells and the church's praise team. The public is invited to all events.
A combined celebration service will take place at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, featuring a variety of music and speakers. Former pastors Jim Bussey, who pastored from 1976-82; Richard Northup, 1982-85; Dan Morley, 1993-95; and Bob Cutlipp, 1997-2002, will attend the service, as will Ben Rodenbaugh, an Episcopal deacon who interned at the church in 2012-13, and district supervisor Candace Lansbury.
For more information about any of the upcoming events, call (928) 692-8828.