Double Celebration

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email

It was an afternoon full of 50th anniversaries.

They got married 50 years ago, the year the church was founded.
Church member Charlotte Gilbert headed up the team that planned the party.

"When the team got together and we were thinking about it, and we just started thinking about that 1963 year, and how many couples were married that first year, and that they all were still living, and they were all still married," said Charlotte Gilbert, church member.

The celebration looked like a wedding reception. Cake, bridal party table and all. Sons and daughters. Grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Everyone showed up for the occasion.

"It's awesome, its great you know to actually have grandparents that are still together, and they have been together for that long and it's been a great experience for growing up," says one of the grandchildren, Shianne Winters.

Fairview United Methodist Church invited all five couples that were married in the church the first year it was in founded, back to celebrate the church's 50th anniversary and their marriages. As well as another couple that was married that year. One of the honored couples, Jackie and Gary Blair say it's been quite the journey but it's completely worth it.

"It's just been quick, that's about the only thing i can say, it's been a joy, and we appreciate how everything has turned out," said husband, Gary Blair.

With the decorated 1963 car as a fun reminder, cakes and old photos, the congregation joined in celebrating 50 years of marriage and church.

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