If it seems like the Community Church of Stow has been around forever, it has. And the church members are beginning plans for the celebration of its 100 years of existence.

Community Church of Stow has its centennial celebration all lined up, and has even included the May 12 Ladies' Spring Banquet as a starting point. With the theme "A Stroll Through 1917," ladies of the church and their friends and relatives were treated at the banquet with music by the Barbershop Quartet, "Keyed Up", who performed a program that included oldies and fun singalongs!

And, the displays of circa 1917 dresses, hats, photos, World War I items, furniture, and dcor were like that of a professional decorator. Linda Doepker worked her magic and transformed the church's Fellowship Hall into a 1917 wonderland, with donations from members. Table decorations were strewn with lilacs and roses.

Topping off the evening was a mini-play featuring two adults and one child, "Man on the Street An Interview by Reporter Jim Case" telling the story of the beginning of Community Church of Stow. "Reporter Case,"who doubles as Pastor Case, interviewed Winifred Barbara Wirts Dague, the first minister of Community Church of Stow (AKA Judy Faris, the church's administrative assistant).

Mrs. Dague was one of the members of the committee that started the Stow organization that eventually became the Community Church of Stow. And, she was the founding minister of the church in November 1917.

The mini-play was an outline of the events that led up to the moving of the "Aquarium" from Silver Lake to Elm Street in Stow.. The little round building that can be seen now near the banks on Kent Road and the library behind it.

More events are being planned monthly to include members of the community, former ministers and former members of the church throughout the year.

Call the church at 330-688-8927 to inquire, and a schedule can be forwarded to those interested or stop by and visit at the "new" location at 1567 Pilgrim Drive.