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Hinesville's oldest church having homecoming
First United Methodist Church of Hinesville, at 100 Memorial Drive, was founded 1837. For 100 years, it was the only church in Hinesville. - photo by Courier file photo
The First United Methodist Church Of Hinesville will celebrate homecoming Sunday, Nov. 2.  A special worship service, which begins at 11 a.m., will combine the homecoming festivities with All Saints Sunday and Holy Communion.
The Methodist church was founded 171 years ago in 1837, the same year Hinesville was founded. For more than 100 years, it was the only house of worship in Hinesville and everyone in the town attended the same church.
Dr. Wayne Ates of Jesup will be the featured speaker this Sunday. Ates is an educator and motivational speaker.  He is a graduate of Brewton-Parker College, Louisiana College in New Orleans and Louisiana Baptist Seminary. He also has studied at Georgia Southern University and has taught high school and college level classes in Georgia for 14 years.
Names of those in the congregation who died during the past year will
be read along with the names of loved ones who are not members of the church. A brief portion of the church’s history will be read and bound copies of the entire history will be presented.
Following the service, everyone in attendance will gather in the social hall for a covered-dish lunch.
The church’s pastor, the Rev. Douglas Force, and the congregation invite the Hinesville Community to return to its roots and attend the event at Hinesville First Methodist, 100 Memorial Drive. 
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