Sixtieth Anniversary 2016

Sixtieth Anniversary 2016
Richard Bass

Sixtieth Anniversary
October 23, 2016

Famed Duke Theologian Preaches at Virginia Church’s 60th Anniversary

To mark 60 years and growing, Aldersgate United Methodist Church welcomed renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas from Duke University as its guest preacher for all four weekend services Oct. 22-23 at their campus in Alexandria, Virginia.

During each service, the Aldersgate choir sang a commissioned work composed for the church by celebrated conductor and composer René Clausen.

The anniversary celebration also included welcoming more new members to its 2,000-plus-member church during the weekend services.

“I love coming to worship here. The music is great, and the sermons challenge you and make you think about how you live your life outside these walls,” said Carly Eddinger, who joined the church on Sunday.

With a joyful celebration on a beautiful fall day to mark the past 60 years, it is now time for the church to look forward to what comes next. Hauerwas’ remarks perhaps summed it up best.

“It is a great and good thing that you have been here 60 years,” he said. “I pray you will be here for the next 60 years.”

Members gathered outside the church after services for a picnic, which included activities for youth and music by the Clay Mottley Band.

Listen to Stanley Hauerwas’s Sermon

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The Aldersgate choir sang a commissioned piece composed by René Clausen.

The Aldersgate Choirs sang a commissioned piece composed by Rene Clausen.

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke Divinity School, preached.

Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke Divinity School, preached.

Infants were baptized and adults joined the church.

Infants were baptized and adults joined the church.

Children enjoyed the  moon bounce during the picnic after the church service.

Children enjoyed the moon bounce during the picnic after the church service.