Christ Church Oxford Centre holds 150th year Decoration Day service
Christ Church Oxford Centre continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary. During the annual Decoration Day, a commemorative bench was donated by Rob and Diane Langner in memory of their young daughter Kristen. The bench includes the inscription “Kristen – Our Sunshine” as well as the 150th anniversary logo of the church. A maple tree was also dedicated in memory of loved ones by the Odell family.
Rev. Derek Perry led the service and welcomed guest minister, Rev. Dr. Jawn Kolohon who was with minister at Oxford Centre in the 1980s. Fr. Jawn delivered an enlightening message and instilled on members to remember everyone is related and all brothers and sisters in the church family.
The music for the day was provided by The Ole Country Mishaps and included violin, banjo, guitars and mandolin.
Following the service, the congregation proceeded outside to the cemetery grounds where a commemorative bench was donated by Rob and Diane Langner in memory of their young daughter Kristen. The bench includes the inscription “Kristen – Our Sunshine” as well as the 150th anniversary logo of the church. A maple tree was also dedicated in memory of loved ones by the Odell family.
Cemetery operations committee took on a 150th anniversary project to have the name of a former member engraved on the family stone. Miss Irene Frizelle was a very active lifetime member of Christ Church and an ancestor of one of the original founders, Samuel Sutton Frizelle. Miss Frizelle was the last surviving member of her own family and the committee felt it fitting that her name be engraved on the family stone marking her burial spot and ensuring her name and legacy be visible in the church's history.
An cemetery walk was led by Bill Alyea, Ron Lindsay, Greg Pellow and Ron Shiell where each presented a commentary at the graves of Granny Gardner, Mary Jane Chambers, Bill Hancox and Irene Frizelle. The cemetery walk led to the newly dedicated bench and tree where the congregation gathered for a picture. Golf carts were provided to tour the cemetery so as many as possible could participate.
Christ Church now looks forward to its main anniversary event which will be held Sunday, Sept. 24, 10:15 a.m. with Bishop Linda Nicholls as guest.