First Presbyterian Church

Sullivan, Missouri

165th Anniversary Celebration

July 14, 2019




Welcome                                         Pastor Ron Koppelmann, Jr.


Call to worship                                                           Royce Scott

Leader: We gather, looking back to see the paths taken,

People: Looking forward to see our path.

Leader: We honour those who have gone before us,

People: Learning from their successes and failures.

Leader: We celebrate who we are today,

People: And welcome the possibilities and opportunities before us.

Leader: We gather to worship God,

People: the God of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Let us worship our awesome God!


Opening prayer                                  The Rev. Dr. James Camp


Introduction of guest:                     Pastor Ron Koppelmann, Jr.


Hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”                   PH# 260

            “Great is Thy Faithfulness”                           PH# 276


Ron Woodland’s poem  “The Church”        Marilyn McWhorter


Church history                                                           Valeta Betz


Special music

Special recognition of members:    Pastor Ron Koppelmann, Jr.




Scripture passages                                                      Royce Scott

Old Test.??

New Test??

Message – The Rev. Dr. Craig Howard, Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery Leader


Affirmation of Faith – The Apostle’s Creed


Special music


Sharing of Joys and Experiences, and Prayers of Concerns and The Lord’s Prayer                     Pastor Ron Koppelmann, Jr.


Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                             PH#592


Hymn  “Here I Am, Lord”                                         PH# 525


Charge and benediction


Response         “Song of Hope”                                  PH# 432




We, the congregation of First Presbyterian Church, in Sullivan, MO. would like to thank you for attending our 165th Anniversary celebration. May God Bless you all.

** The Offering will be donated to the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Fund. Thank you for generous donation.



Rev. Dr. Craig M. Howard

Presbytery Leader, Giddings-Lovejoy


Craig is a native of Chicago. He completed his undergraduate work at DePaul University, and earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary. Before coming to St. Louis, Craig served as Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships (Presbytery Executive) for the presbytery of Milwaukee.

Craig’s first career was in business, as owner and operator of a State Farm insurance agency for 20 years. After being called to ministry, Craig served McCormick Seminary as Director of Recruitment and Admissions and later as Chief Development Officer. After relocating to Madison WI Craig worked as a Major Gifts officer at Beloit College and as Mission Advancement Director at Bethesda Lutheran Communities.

In pastoral ministry, Craig has served several racial ethnic churches including Ravenswood Presbyterian (Latino), Crerar Presbyterian (African American), Korean Presbyterian Church of Madison (Korean), and Bryn Mawr Presbyterian, WI (Euro American). Craig’s spouse is the Rev. Marilyn Gamm, who serves as Transitional Pastor of Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church in St. Louis. Craig has two adult daughters, both living in Chicago.








First Presbyterian Church

Sullivan, Missouri



165th Anniversary Celebration

July 14, 2019

2 P.M.


“Serving God and Our Community since 1854”