MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) – One hundred fifty years in the country. A church in Muscatine County celebrates a milestone this year.
Sweetland United Methodist Church sits on the prairie. In 1866, the trustees paid fifty six dollars to buy the land and eventually build a church.
These days, the adult chime choir makes a joyful sound. Sunday attendance is usually about twenty people. There are seventy one members listed on the church records.
A portion of the sanctuary is original. The Good Shepherd stained glass window at Sweetland United Methodist was designed by a church member. The steeple is also impressive.
Member Joyce Schultz says several years ago the congregation wondered if the little church could remain open. It has, and the congregation remains dedicated to a weekly service on Sunday.
Part time Pastor Don Timmermann says this country church has a spirit of faith and friendliness. Celebrating one hundred fifty years of worship. The country congregation with a big heart!