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History Of The Graham County United Methodist Parish

        In the late 1960's, financial obligations and declining church attendance forced the congregation to discuss the possibility of closing the Morland United Methodist Church. The situations encountered at Morland also existed in other United Methodist churches in Graham County. Informal discussions regarding the formation of a cooperative parish began sometime between i969 and 1970. On Tuesday, April 27, 1971, the Morland United Methodist Church hosted the five Graham County United Methodist Churches as they met to explore options with Reverend Charles M. Curtis, the Hays District Superintendent. June 1, of that same year, serves as the formation date for the Graham County United Methodist Parish. The Bogue, Hill City, Morland, and Studley United Methodist Churches joined together to form a cooperative parish. The fifth church, Prairie Home, chose to Join in a circuit with Wakeeney.
        Reverend Leroy Bott replaced Reverend Charles M. Curtis as the District Superintendent in June of l971. The Reverends Delbert Honn and Donald Blanton served as the first ministers in the newly formed parish. Since its inception ten ministers have served the parish.
        On June 6, 1976, approximately 300 individuals celebrated the parish's fifth birthday at the fairgounds in Hill City. Likewise, the tenth birthday celebration occurred at the fairgrounds, on June 7, 1981. The parish celebrated its fifteenth birthday at the Hill City United Methodist Church on June 1, 1986. The Bogue United Methodist Church hosted the twentieth birthday party on April 21, 1991.
        As the church looks to the future, as a member of the Graham County United Methodist Parish, may it continue to offer Christ to those in need and serve the needs of the community, and as a result of the church's involvement in the life of the parish, may it continue to contribute to the life of United Methodism in Graham County.

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