The Polytechnic United Methodist Church was filled with people from front to back on Sunday.

The church celebrated its 125th anniversary in combination with Texas Wesleyan Sunday with a successful turnout.

“It was awesome,” said Kathy Peacock, a 60-year member of the church and a member of the 125th Anniversary Celebration Sunday Committee. “I had lots of help but it was a lot of preparation. A lot of sleepless nights.”

The Texas Wesleyan Singers and the Texas Wesleyan Brass Quintet joined with the Polytechnic Choir during the program, which included songs, prayers and Scripture readings. Bishop J. Michael Lowry, bishop of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Texas Wesleyan Board of Trustees, gave a sermon.

“They had such beautiful voices,” Peacock said of the Wesleyan performers. “Dr. (Jerome) Bierschenk does such a wonderful job with his students.”

Sophomore music major Joanna Sermeno was proud that the choir’s performance was so well received.

“It makes me feel proud because I know we worked really hard on this to make everything sound perfect with everybody ending on the same pitch and everybody on the same tone,” Sermeno said. “It feels great to hear that because we worked really hard.”

Sermeno said the choir put in many practice hours in and out of school.

The choir also managed to draw new faces to the church.

“I came to this service because my friends are singing,” sophomore business management major Nikita Dhoubhadel said. “This is my first time and I’m excited for it.”

It wasn’t just first-timers coming to the service. Junior criminal justice major Katheryn Matthews goes to the church every Sunday and has been a member for a year.

Matthews is glad to see the church celebrating 125 years.

“To know this church is 125 years old is cool because I love old architect and just old buildings,” Matthews said. “It’s really good to know a church can last this long in today’s world.”

Aimee Bozarth, Dr. Robert Holloway and Dr. Allen Henderson sing You Are My All In All during Sunday's 125th anniversary celebration. Photo by Hannah Onder.

Aimee Bozarth, Dr. Robert Holloway and Dr. Allen Henderson sing You Are My All In All during Sunday’s 125th anniversary celebration.
Photo by Hannah Onder.

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Hannah Onder

Hannah Onder is a junior mass communication major at Texas Wesleyan. As editor-in-chief of The Rambler, Hannah is passionate about mentoring fellow writers and guiding our staff with a strong vision and an open heart. Hannah came to Wesleyan and The Rambler in the fall of 2016 with an extensive background in both journalism and editorial work after serving three years as editor-in-chief for her high school yearbook staff.

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys studying mythology, reading fiction, and sketching landscapes. She currently draws editorial cartoons for The Rambler as well.

Amidst all of her activities both professional and personal, she says that storytelling is what keeps her grounded.

“Storytelling is something that I carry throughout all facets of my life.”


  1. Katie Matthews
    September 23, 2016 at 6:51 pm — Reply

    So proud of Hannah for doing such a great job!

  2. Paola Estrada
    October 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    Great Story Hannah <3

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