As your pastor, I have been looking forward to greeting you with these words,
“Happy 75th Anniversary!”
This year, 2019, is the seventy-fifth anniversary of our beloved Lovers Lane United Methodist Church - a congregation that has been a source of Overflowing Hope for the greater Dallas area and beyond! Whether you’ve been a part of our church family for many of those seventy-five years or less than seventyfive days, your involvement through your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness has made a difference.
This year, we will glance back to celebrate the great history of Lovers Lane and gratefully remember what God has done through our congregation. We will also be preparing ourselves for a future based on a vision of the hope that God will overflow into lives for the next seventy-five years.
I ask you to join Tammy and me in praying for our church and this campaign, and to prayerfully consider how God is leading you to make a difference. All gifts matter as do ALL people here. It is my sincere joy to serve as your pastor. Our shared legacy is hope-overflowing, and our future will be full of making a difference through our unique approach to ministry and outreach that makes a positive impact on lives and our greater community.
I hope you are planning to bless your church by generously participating in our Overflowing Hope: The Next 75 Capital Campaign. In this brochure, you can read about the exciting initiatives that God is leading us to pursue. The success of our campaign will leave a legacy that will help shape the future of ministry and outreach that God is already preparing for the people of Lovers Lane.
What a blessing of a church God has given us to share with others!
To know Lovers Lane United Methodist Church and our history of overflowing hope is to know that we were a church conceived to be an others-oriented congregation but little did anyone know the extent to which God would bless our Lovers Lane ancestors into this church-start endeavor.
The church was started by young pastors--a part-time student pastor from Arkansas--Bill Scroggin and one who would become a dynamic pastor and community leader--Tom Shipp. Tom in this role for 31 years, until his sudden death at the church meeting finalizing plans of our new sanctuary, at the age of fifty-eight.
Lovers Lane’s first capital fundraising was done in 1946 and it resulted in the building of the first house of worship on the old Lovers Lane Methodist Church campus--The Wallace Chapel. On the day of the dedication, a 27-year old Tom Shipp would say this, not about the building but the congregation that would worship God on this first campus:
“Let us make this church an institution that stands as we say `four-square’, for what is right, what is just, what is fair, what is of good report; an institution in which there are no shams, no make-believe, no halfway measures; where thoroughness and straight-forwardness are taught and practiced. May those within this Church have high integrity, be faithful to ideals, dependable, true friends of others and loyal to Jesus.” October 20, 1946