Cito Church Celebrates 100 Years
This Sunday, May 22, starting at 9:30 a.m., Cito United Methodist Church will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the life of the church. Guest speaker will be Bishop Jane Allen Middleton. Former pastors and families will share in the service, and there will be a variety of special music. The church is located at 3746 Cito Road, McCon-nellsburg.
The history of the church started before 1911. It was the importunity of Mrs. Samuel Mellott and a group of families who lived on the farms in the Cove south of Mc- Connellsburg to start a Sunday School. Clayton J. Brewer of the McConnellsburg Methodist Episcopal Church responded to their call. Sunday School was held in the Spring House Valley School during the summers of 1908 to 1911. This one-room school was located a few hundred yards west of the present church building. Early Sunday school teachers were Mrs. John Heinbaugh, William Bivens, Cyrus Wagner, Kathryn Mellott, John Hendershot, Mrs. John Hendershot and C. J. Brewer. In 1910 after a revival was held at the neighboring A.M.E. Church, a number of converts were prompted to build a church. Land was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hohman, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reed and Miss Bessie Hohman. The lumber for the church was donated by Samuel Mellott. The men of the neighborhood erected the church. The new church cost $1,300. A dedication service for the Cito Methodist Episcopal Church was held in December 1911. There were 33 charter members.
The church has undergone many changes through the years. A room was added to the original building in 1954 for Sunday school classes. A fellowship hall was built in 1992. In the late ’90s the congregation was outgrowing the old church. Worship services were moved to the fellowship hall. After five years of planning, ground was broken for a new church in 2001. The first worship service in the new church took place November 17, 2002. All this was made possible by many prayers, dedicated workers, and generous donations from extended church family and friends.
The church is not just a building, it is the people. Today the membership is 183. Cito is blessed to have many young people and children attending. They are the future of the church. The worship service at Cito is a blended service with contemporary and traditional music. Rev. John Godissart serves as pastor. Worship services are held each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
All are welcome to come and share in this special celebration of the 100th anniversary of the church.