MUNSTER | Members of St. Paul Episcopal Church will celebrate its 125 year anniversary at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The church was founded in Hammond in 1888 and rededicated in Munster in 1989. Church members come from Hammond, Highland, Griffith, Munster, Dyer, St. John, Schererville, Crown Point, Merrillville as well as Calumet City, Lansing, South Holland and Dolton. The church has about 40 families as members.
A reception will follow in the Cloister in the Woods, the dining facility adjoining the church at 1101 Park Drive. All are welcome.
The service will be concelebrated with Bishop Edward Little of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana and with the pastor, Fr. Michael Dwyer.
Dwyer has been with the church for about 16 months.
"This is huge," Dwyer said. "It's 125 years. It's a milestone. Sometimes you go and look forward and then you look backwards to see where you've come from. We have to look into the future. That is what the church is about."
Dwyer said the people make the church what it is.
"The people make it great and they give it life and breath," Dwyer said.
Fr. Peter Irvine, a hospice chaplain, and Jane Best, have composed a hymn, special for the anniversary event, call St. Paul's March.
"We hope to keep this curch going for another 125 years," Dwyer said.