The Free Methodist Archive dedication was held on Friday, April 10. The archive is named in honor of Evelyn Marston Mottweiler for her outstanding service in the development of the Marston Memorial Historical Center. Evelyn served as Executive Secretary of the MMHC 1971-1988. Family and close friends enjoyed a nice luncheon with Evelyn and the Committee on Free Methodist History and Archives (CFMHA). In 1988 Evelyn was granted a lifetime membership to this committee by the Board of Administration (BOA).
The CFMHA held the bi-annual meeting on April 10 & 11 to discuss and plan future events and projects such as General Conference 2015, the redesign of the MMHC and digitization projects. The dedication event was attended by even more of Evelyn’s friends and former co-workers along with the World Ministries Center staff and BOA members. Howard Snyder, chair of the CFMHA shared a bit of history of the Historical Center and Evelyn’s work, followed by words of appreciation from Bishop David Kendall and Cathy Robling, current director of the MMHC. Larry Roberts, COO of the FMC-USA, concluded the event with prayer.
Evelyn, who was very humbled by this honor, has expressed her appreciation for all the work and detail oriented aspects of the day. The archive contains photographs, journals, ledgers, conference material, missionary papers and artifacts along with audio visual material, FM Publishing House publications and many more items of interest and importance to the Free Methodist Church.
General Conference 2015
The Marston Historical Center will host four luncheons at the Free Methodist General Conference in Orlando, July 13-16. Topics for the luncheon presentations will be Monday: Free Methodist Quartets, Tuesday: Bible Quizzers, Wednesday: Global Free Methodist History, and Thursday: Free Methodist Historical Society, with updates on the work of the Historical Center.
Bring your own lunch and join us each day. Learn more.
We now have t-shirts designed with a stylized picture of B.T. and Ellen Roberts on the front and the Top 10 Reasons to Be a Free Methodist on the back. For previews of the t-shirt and for more information and how to order them, visit our webpage here.
Marston Historical Center representatives will meet soon with Dan Rawlins and Phill Wink of InterDesign to determine a construction timeline for the next phrase of the Center's renovation. When the renovation is completed, the Historical Center will have expanded library space, an office for the Director, and a new chapel patterned after a typical Free Methodist sanctuary from the early twentieth century.
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