by Elizabeth Wehman, editor

THE COMMITTEE to organize the 84th Annual May Breakfast at the First United Methodist Church in Owosso is shown here with their special guest, Betty Coy, who has attended all 84 events. Coy is in the middle of the group of committee members who include: (from left) Karin VanderMolen, Carolyn Wing, Betty Coy, Sherry Elwell, and Diane Allen.

Approximately 170 ladies came out on Wednesday, May 4 for the First United Methodist Church of Owosso’s Annual May Breakfast. This is the 84th year for the annual spring event at the church. This year’s theme was: ‘God Bless America, Land that I Love.’ The breakfast is a long-standing tradition for the church and used to be one of the high society social events in the city of Owosso. Ladies attending would dress in their finest, including hats and gloves, to greet friends and neighbors of the community.

One of the guests, in 1932, attended her first breakfast as a young girl and has been a part of the breakfast every year for 84 years. Betty Coy, 95 years young, remembers coming to the very first breakfast with her mother, at the age of 11, and helped set up as well as clean up. “It was at a different location,” recalls Coy. “But it was always very lovely.”

Guests were treated to white cheesy chicken casserole with an all American vegetables medley complete with blueberry muffins and patriotic parfaits. After their meal, they entered the sanctuary of the church to enjoy the piano and vocal talents of music composer Ron Elrod. Selections from the program included many gospel and Christian arrangements. Elrod has toured with many musical talents such as The Cathedral Quartet, Bill Gaither, and the Oak Ridge Boys to name a few. Elrod believes that no church gathering is too big or too small for his music…God blesses his people in every setting. His website reads, “I thank God for his mercy and blessing on my life. Without him, I would have no song to sing, and no reason to make music.”

84th May Breakfast was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by Karen Elford