Lansing UB Ends with Celebration Sevice

L. Scott Hergert (right), senior pastor, First UB Church (Lansing, Mich.)

First UB Church of Lansing held the closing service on October 24. I have been praying that it would be a time of celebration, remembrance and most importantly of God’s faithfulness.

Beginning with the first Sunday of October, Theron Smith gave us a brief lesson on the History of the United Brethren denomination. The next Sunday he gave us a lesson on the history of First United Brethren Church of Lansing.

It was incredible to hear how the city of Lansing contributed to clearing the lot that the building is built on. R. E. Olds donated funds toward the building, and a local bank donated the original chandeliers. You could clearly see how God’s hand had been in the starting of First UB Church.

On the third Sunday of the month we were introduced to Pastor Tim Flickinger, former pastor of Fowlerville UB (Fowlerville, Mich.), who will serve as church planter/restart pastor to begin a new UB church in Lansing.

In preparation for the closing service, several invitations were sent to people who have moved on and to those who have not been in church for a long time. As a result, over 100 people attended the last service.

Each of the living pastors were contacted, and most of them sent letters highlighting their time at First UB. Rev. Harold Cherry, Rev. Kevin Cherry, and Rev. Connie Cherry were also in attendance. Harold and his family served the church 1959-1969. They all shared some of their memories.

Much of the service was opened up for people to share their memories and to express their thanks to individuals. Many people shared special music. The service was closed with Pastor Kevin Cherry praying for the Hergert family and their future, then Pastor Theron Smith prayed for the children in the church and for their future as well.

It seems clear to me that God has been working through the closing of First UB to benefit the kingdom through the new work in the Lansing area. The people of the church have been very open to this, plan and the issues of timing make It evident that God has been and continues to be in charge.

  • Valerie Miller
    Posted at 15:56h, 09 November

    Will Pastor Tim F. be the Pastor of this

  • Phil Whipple
    Posted at 05:43h, 12 November

    Yes Tim Flickinger is going to be the pastor at the Lansing Restart.

  • Howard
    Posted at 21:53h, 15 November

    Pastor tim is GREAT you will love him

  • Pastor Linton (Wally) Tropp
    Posted at 22:14h, 13 February

    I went to that church as a youth I learnt Bible verse from Harold Cherry so I could go to church camp. There I became great friends of Herb Cherry and Milan Maybee. My second year I was even King
    When I came home I’d changed so much my folks decided to go to that church. The three of us all became members on the same day. Since we lived so far away my family and Archie Carpenter started a church at West Windsor. So some reason when my parents died they were going to Charlotte UB. I’m sad the Lansing church closed. I showed the church to my wife the other day, we were in Lansing the other day unaware it was no longer my birth church as a Christian (it took me 54 yrs) now I am a ordained minister. God bless the old church and Harold
    Pastor Wally

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