Darlington church celebrates 175 years of faith, community service

DARLINGTON, Wis. – Darlington United Methodist Church has for decades helped people celebrate the big moments weddings, holidays, and new life; now the church is celebrating a milestone of its own.

On Sunday, the Lafayette County church’s congregation commemorated 175 years of faith based service in the community with a ceremony, delighting both new and old members.

“This is a very special congregation,” said Pastor Insun Lee. “It means not only church building stays but also so many people, so many generations, committed their loving sacrifice and commitment to service.”

Many at gathered at the church took the opportunity to swap stories about their own history, sharing memories filled with joy.

Among them was John Pelock who made the trip from Beloit to Darlington with one big day in mind.

“It was a beautiful October 3rd day in 1975,” Pelock said “I married one of the local girls and Reverend Burke married us on the village green here, right outside of the church.” 

He also said that after decades of change he’s glad to see the church’s community centric values haven’t changed, leaving Pastor Lee confident about the future.