“Rooted In Faith and Honoring Our Legacy” was the theme for the celebration, based on St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians where he admonished them, “…So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
The church was established in 1866 by a group of ex-slaves as Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church and for 150 years the church has been located at the corner of Fifth and St. Denis Streets, adjacent to the Natchitoches Historic District.
During the service, Rev. James A. Graham, who served the church for 23 years before his retirement, was recognized with the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus.
Mayor Lee Posey presented a proclamation to the eldest church member, Ruth Antee Thomas and other members of the church in honor of their 150th year including Lay Leader DeMelvin Johnson, Mayor Posey, Mrs. Thomas, Belinda Hearne, Judy Barnum and Travis Barnum.