In the early years, there were three churches that held Sunday morning services in the township. The three churches, McDowell, the Eastern Casco E.U.B., and West Casco E.U.B. decided to merge in November of 1968.
Land was purchased from the Lynn Fleming family on the corner of 66th Street and 109th Avenue. Using a gold plated shovel, ground was broken for the new church and construction began on July 18, 1971. The whole community watched anxiously as the construction took place. Martin Associates of Caledonia had built the church.
On January 16, 1972 an Exodus – Entrance service was held with various members of the congregation carrying various articles of worship from the existing old East E.U.B. church. The Key to the new church was the first article presented, followed by the Cross, the Flags, the Chancel Bible, the Communion Service, the Offering Plates, the Vases, the Candle holders, Candles and Candle Lighters. Then everyone drove to the new church to attend.
On May 7, 1972, the new church was consecrated with Bishop Dwight E. Loder, Resident of Michigan, giving the morning sermon. A dinner was held at noon. Dr. Robert Smith, District Superintendent of the Grand Rapids District U.M. Church gave an address during the afternoon. The cornerstone was laid following the service by retired Rev. Floyd Barden, Dr. Smith, and the presiding pastor of the church, Rev. Adam Chyrowski.
We will be celebrating our 50th Church Anniversary in 2022 and hope you can join us for many of our special events.
Casco United Methodist Church
880 – 66th Street
South Haven, MI 49090