SHEPARDSVILLE UNITED Methodist Church is shown above. A unique, field stone, flower pattern can be discerned in the masonry. (Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

By Elizabeth Wehman, editor

Even though the village of Shepardsville is no longer on a Michigan map a historical building, located at 6990 Winfield Rd., in Ovid, is a chapel extending back 150 years. The unique building, constructed of field stone laid by a stone mason, as shown here, is located at the corner of Shepardsville Rd. Looking closely at the mason stone, a flower pattern becomes distinguishable and often goes unnoticed by the naked eye. Individual patterns in stone work often reflect the unique styles of stone masons. This is the beauty of the Shepardsville United Methodist Church.

On Friday, Feb. 26, the public is invited to see the new renovations and attend a community dinner and marriage enrichment beginning at 6 p.m. The charge is $5 per couple (to be paid at the door) and the program will conclude at 8:30 p.m. The focus of the event will be marriage and family.

The church and a school building located directly across the street are the only two buildings left in the village. The village was founded as a railway station in 1856 becoming a vigorous village by 1867. A village store, erected by William Shepard, was the location of the Methodist Episcopal Class. A series of fires started the demise of the unincorporated village. The church was reconstructed on the corner of Winfield and Shepardsville roads, now known as the Shepardsville United Methodist Church.

Every Sunday morning, the old church bell still rings as someone pulls the rope. A new roof has been added as well as reconstruction of the sanctuary over the past few months. Visitors are encouraged to attend the church to hear the bell, see the wooden church padded pews, take in the freshly painted original ceilings, view the stained glass windows and enjoy the music at 10 a.m. each Sunday for Bible studies and other events. The church is also available and used for weddings and community dinners.

To register for dinner, interested persons may call (989) 834-5104 and leave your name and phone number, or email pastorjudy777@gmail.com.

Renovations at Shepardsville Church was last modified: February 22nd, 2016 by Karen Elford