“It’s a consecration service remembering how God has brought us through and recognizing the wonderful present reality of our new sanctuary as well as the hopes for future ministry,” said the Rev. Ryan Rosser.
UMC district superintendent Bob Alford will speak to the congregation during the 11 a.m. service.
Also, Northport artist Laura Hunter will make the formal presentation of a mosaic she created from the former sanctuary’s distinctive stained glass windows that were destroyed in the April 2011 tornadoes.
Hunter, a Cordova native, learned to play the organ at Long Memorial and was also married there.
Lunch will be served following the service.
Rosser said the church did not schedule homecomings prior to the tornadoes.
“We came back the first Sunday in October last year, and we just established that day as our annual homecoming,” Rosser said.
Long Memorial was one of the most historic structures lost in Cordova on April 27, 2011.
The 100-year-old church was built in 1912. Funding was provided by the heirs of Captain Benjamin Long, the founder of the city and namesake of the church.
The new church has more than 9,000 square feet, approximately 1,000 more than its predecessor.
The additional space allows for new ministries, such as a daycare that is expected to open next fall.
Church member Penne Mott said that program is currently in the planning stage. A committee of current and retired teachers from within the church is currently organizing the daycare.
“We want to reach out to the community, and this is a way we can minister to children and young adults with children,” Mott said.
Additional improvements have been made to Long Memorial since the first service was held last fall. The most noticeable is the completion of the bell tower, one of the most recognizable features of the former church.
Rosser said the church has also experienced growth in the past year.
“We have a few new families and look forward to minstering to many more,” he said.