Join us at Juneteenth!

At their May meeting, Church Council voted to worship with our Christian neighbors at the Juneteenth Community Worship Celebration on Sunday, June 10. We will begin in our Sanctuary at 10:10am for a brief opening, sharing joys, lifting up prayer concerns, and receiving an offering. Then we’ll carpool and caravan to LFM Park in time for the community service at 11 a.m.

What is Juneteenth?

Known as Juneteenth Independence Day, or Freedom Day, it is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former confederacy of the southern United States.

Methodists on Slavery

John Wesley, founder of Methodism, opposed slavery in his written work “Thoughts on Slavery” published in 1774, later continued by Thomas Coke and the Methodist Episcopal Church. However, Methodist history is somewhat mixed on abolition in the United States. You can read about our history here:


Photo courtesy of the Kansas State Historical Society. Built in the spring of 1859, the Kansas Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church was the first church built in Atchison, Kansas. Abraham Lincoln spoke here on Dec. 2, 1859 while campaigning for the U.S. presidency.

It was in our very own Atchison Methodist church, prior to moving to its current location at Fifth and Kansas, that Abraham Lincoln delivered a campaign speech while running for president in 1859.

About Atchison’s Juneteenth
Seating at LFM will be under large tents with big fans to help stay cool. Dress is casual. There is handicapped parking available on 7th Street by the former pool hall. Juneteenth organizers have indicated that everything is loud enough to be heard from cars parked in the area. Dress is casual.
Food will follow the service with Gospel music and a talent show. There will be a freewill donation to help with expenses and seed money for next year’s celebration.
For more information or to help with carpooling, contact Marta in the church office (913-367-1844), or one of the following members of Church Council or the Coaching Team: Larry BeesonJudy DentonAlex Gehring,Tamara HouseMerri LeachChristine McCoole,Carolyn MohlerColeen MurphyMike SchaefferPam SchwartzNancy Wheeler; or talk with Pastor Nancy.