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BOARDMAN — Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., will celebrate its 200th anniversary and All Saints Day with a 10 a.m. service Nov. 6.

Organizers of the event said the service will celebrate the past, present and future and will also remember members who have passed away since November 2021. The children’s choir will sing during the service. A lunch will follow in the party room.

Event organizers said 1812 marked the birth of Methodism in the region, when the first Ohio Conference was held. Called The Trumbull Charge, it spanned 400 miles, stretching from Lake Erie through all of Ohio Territory and including part of Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Organizers said Boardman quickly embraced Methodism. Records of the Ohio conference at Chillicothe show that a class of study under a J. M’Mahon was flourishing in º1821. Once every four weeks, a preacher on horseback traveled the circuit, finding safe lodging wherever he could. Records show that the first true church services were held at an old log schoolhouse about 1 mile east of Boardman Center.

In 1838 Anna Marchand deeded land to Boardman Methodist Church Trustees, and in 1884 Thomas Agnew and Joseah Beardsley left an $803 contract with William Meeker to build the first church house on the site. Located several hundred feet south of the center, adjacent to City Hall, the structure served its members well for many years, with upgrades such as electric lights added in 1913 and a balcony in 1923.

With the growth of Boardman, there was a need for a larger church to serve the community. Frank Agnew contacted LA Beeghly, hoping to buy three lots from him to build on. Beeghly offered to “trade” his property with Boardman Methodist Church for 3 gallons of maple syrup, which Agnew was to supply from his own farm. A donation of $5,000 soon followed to drive the building campaign towards its goal of $40,000.

In late 1940, the land was laid for the current structure, which included the sanctuary, lounge, and offices. Membership was 278. Three years later, the official dedication, with the church debt-free, took place on March 26, 1944, and membership had grown to 500.

Boardman United Methodist Church membership grew with more space required to meet the needs of its residents. The new Educational Wing and Fellowship Hall additions were completed and furnished in 1957 at a cost of $435,000, and 10 years later the new sanctuary was completed at a cost of $650,000.

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