On Sunday, Feb. 5, Old Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church honored the birthday of the denomination, Feb. 4, 1810.
Included in the celebration were contributions made by the McDonald family for seven generations, four of which are attending Old Union at this time.
The oldest living member at Old Union, Eugene McDonald, was honored with stories from the congregation and memories from his daughters, Sharon Richardson and Karen (Boyd) Hicks. Favorite hymns and a narrated video were included in the service.
Brother Eugene’s great-grandfather, W.J. McDonald organized the CPC at Old Union during the Civil War and was a circuit riding preacher in this area during that time. Eugene’s grandfather, was a Cumberland Presbyterian minister in the early 1900’s, traveling by horseback, also, to local churches in the area, including organizing the CPC at Palmetto, north of Russellville. His circuit included Chickelah, Gum Springs, Sugar Grove and Old Union.
A potluck lunch followed the local celebration, enjoyed by church members and friends from Old Union and the Booneville CPC, both of which are pastored by Rev. Henry Jenkins.