The Eldorado Universalist Church commemorated the 100th anniversary of the dedication of its church building on Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 3 p.m. The present edifice is the third structure in the church’s long history and was originally dedicated on October 10, 1909. The church was organized in 1849 with thirteen founding members.
Articles in the area newspapers announcing the event and extending a warm welcome to all in the community to attend preceded the celebration.
A complement of five ministers able to attend the event and who had served the church during the sixty years prior to the 2009 celebration each spoke briefly during the service. The speakers’ remarks built on the title of the sermon, “Cornerstones and Foundations”, delivered by Rev. Sara L. Stoner on the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone June 6, 1909.
Speaking were Reverend Wells Behee (1953-1956) who presented the church with original artwork titled “The Mural Of All Religions” depicting the interconnectedness of all faith traditions,
Reverend Derek Parker (2001-2005)
Reverend Donne Hayden (2005-2008)
Reverend Leslie Woodward (2008-2009)
Reverend Kathy Brawley (2010 to present), a frequent guest speaker at the time and now the church’s consulting minister also spoke.
Tiana R. White, Honorable Mayor of the Village of Eldorado, read a proclamation acknowledging the enduring religious presence which the church has maintained within the community during its lengthy history.
Special music was provided by guest violinists Lana Studebaker (formerly with the Dayton Opera Symphony Orchestra) and her granddaughter Shelby Studebaker.
While the church was not overflowing with 200 guests as it had a century earlier, there was nonetheless a gratifying turnout of members, guests and well-wishers from the community.
Following the service, a reception line for the speakers formed in the Social Room.
Shortly thereafter, refreshments were served in the basement with a large sheet cake celebrating the occasion and depicting the church building.