The history culminating in the organization of the Tullahoma, Tenn. Church on October 29, 1949 is an interesting and extensive one. It went from a small group that began meeting at the old Presbyterian Church in Tullahoma in 1941 to a vibrant congregation of 134 in 2014. On October 25, 2014, a celebration was held for the 65th anniversary with a homecoming. “It took time, effort, and money to locate members that are no longer members of our church and to also locate the pastors that had previously led our church,” says Chuck Arellano, who together with other members organized the event. The celebration started on Friday night with an AGAPE feast followed by a communion service led by Nelson Mercado, current pastor, and Jon Weigley, pastor 2008-2012. After the communion service, there was a song service and a time for group prayers.
On Sabbath, it was a delight to see previous members who came to visit. The Sabbath School lesson was led by Gil Floyd, pastor 2005-2008, and Richard Teller, pastor 1998-2004, had the sermon. A celebration is not complete without good food and time for everyone to share and fellowship together. So, a potluck was held after the church service.
A media show highlighting the history of the church was shown in the sanctuary; and, the evening ended with an inspirational musical program. The Tullahoma Church members thank God for leading the church for 65 years and pray that it continues to be a blessing to the Tullahoma community for many years to come.
—BY NELSON MERCADO