Pleasant Hill Memorial Homecoming service & potluck at pioneer church
May 26 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
The annual Pleasant Hill Memorial Homecoming service & potluck dinner will be held on Sunday, May 26, at the 138-year-old pioneer church located about five miles southeast of Jefferson.
The event is presented by the Pleasant Hill Memorial Inc. committee, with support from the Greene County Iowa Historical Society.
Pleasant Hill Church has roots from 1873 when Methodist classes were started to serve the pioneers settling in the area. The church structure was started in 1881, and it has been kept in more-or-less good repair ever since, even though there hasn’t been an active congregation using the church for decades. The neighbors formed a non-profit organization to sustain it. For 60 or 70 years, a service on Memorial Day weekend has been held.
Activities at this year’s Homecoming on May 26 will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a revival-like service presented by Central Christian Church of Jefferson, and the public is welcome.
At 10:30 a.m, there will be coffee, juice and Marianne Carlson’s cinnamon rolls served in the church yard, with music by the Central Christian brass ensemble.
At 11 a.m., the official Homecoming service will be held back in the church with hymn singing; an address by Melissa Bosshart Frederick, who grew up in the area and got married at the church, and a patriotic oration by Wallace Teagarden, 96, of Ames, whose family roots are around Pleasant Hill. Teagarden learned his address as a junior high student in Grand Junction, and has been doing it from memory every since — including at the Pleasant Hill Homecoming’s for more than 50 years.
After the service there will be a 21-gun salute outdoors by the Kinkead Martin American Legion Post of Rippey.
Then there will be the traditional Pleasant Hill Homecoming chicken potluck dinner. The chicken will be provided, but all are asked to bring a favorite side dish and their tableware.
Following the dinner, the board members of Pleasant Hill Memorial Inc. will have their annual meeting in the church.