Normandale Hylands UMC 50th Anniversary
Normandale Hylands UMC will hold a special worship service to celebrate, commemorate, reminisce, and learn more about the church’s 50-year history and how it all began. The service will include memories from former and current pastors and special music from the choirs, and it will be followed by a cupcake reception. All are invited.
The church began as a new mission church for the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1967. Rev. Wayne Abdella and his family moved to Bloomington in June 1967 to begin the work of seeking out a congregation. On Oct. 1, 1967, the first formal meeting of the church took place at Olson Elementary School in Bloomington. By December 1967, there were 36 adult charter members. In 1968, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church combined to form The United Methodist Church. By Dec. 1968, groundbreaking for the new church building took place and, in October 1969, the congregation met in the new building for the first time. In 1970, Bloomington Ferry Church merged with Normandale Hylands to become what is now known as Normandale Hylands UMC.
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