By Kathy Miller
On August 20, which turned out to be one of the hottest days of the summer, Femme Osage UCC celebrated its 190th Anniversary with a community-wide picnic. Despite the 100° temperatures, it did not stop the community from coming out and celebrating this historic event.
Wanting to mark such a historic anniversary, Carol Borgnaer, a church member, contacted PBS producer Jim Kirchherr with the story of Femme Osage UCC. Jim was truly interested, and he and his crew filmed a segment during the picnic. The program will focus on the modern-day struggle that churches and some religions are experiencing due to the changes in society. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Femme Osage UCC’s Rev. Dr. Jeffery Willey wanted to learn more about the church's history and began researching and writing a booklet that he plans to publish and share with the community. It will cover the struggle that the church has faced since 1833 and the current challenges. In 1833, the congregation was not wanted in the area, and many tried to shame, subvert, and even attempted assignations of the church’s pastor. Dr. Reverend Willey said, “Our forefathers would be shocked to know the church not only has thrived for 190 years, but members of the community from many walks of life and religions came together to celebrate this momentous occasion. From a small band of Prussian immigrants, we have grown to become a church of the community.” Dr. Willey would like to thank Angela Stephens of the Friends of Historic Augusta Museum for her help and access to information for his research.
The congregation of Femme Osage would like to thank the community for the continued support of the annual picnic. They also welcome everyone to join in the church service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. If the weather is nice, the service will be held outside. Bring your lawn chairs.
For more information on Femme Osage UCC, visit www.femmeosageucc.org