MEDINA — The Medina United Church of Christ, Congregational, celebrated its bicentennial after church services Sunday by unveiling a historical marker from the Ohio History Connection.
The church at 217 E. Liberty St. got its beginnings in a log cabin, and the congregation was established in 1819.
The brick sanctuary that now sits on East Liberty Street was built in 1882. Some renovations and additions have been made since then to match the growing and aging congregation.
Church members and city officials gathered on the church’s lawn late Sunday morning after services, and people driving past on the square could watch the unveiling.
“It’s really exciting,” said Cathy Fafrak, the organist at the church for 12 years. “Something like this obviously doesn’t come around all the time, so to be here and part of this congregation at this time, there’s an excitement and energy that I haven’t felt in the same way in the years previous.”
According to the church’s website, obtaining the location on the square was important to early members as it provided a sense of visibility within the community.
Well-known members from Medina County’s past were members of the church, including A.I. Root.
“We found that some Sunday school kids would take his electric car for a joy ride around the square and they would park it back. He would come out wondering why it was dead and had to walk back down Liberty to his home,” said Pastor Luke Lindon.
The process of getting the marker began two years ago. The Medina County Historical Society, Ohio History Connection and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which helps people celebrate community history, as well as church officials and members worked together to verify historic events and complete other steps for the project.
“It’s amazing. So many people worked to get this to happen,” Lindon said. “There’s just so much that happened. It’s overwhelming, it’s amazing.”