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GENESEO — First United Methodist Church in Geneseo is hosting its Second Annual Homecoming on Sunday, July 21.

Erik Wilson, former director of worship at First United Methodist, will be the guest speaker at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. worship services. He will be joined by his wife, Ashley Wilson. The couple moved to Cincinnati in 2017 to serve at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, where Erik Wilson is contemporary music director and his wife is associate director of children’s ministry.

The Wilsons also will share music during both services.

The Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter, directing pastor at First United Methodist, said: “God has been so faithful in providing mercies that led us to be the congregation we are today. It seems appropriate to invite back all who moved away from Geneseo over the years who either grew up in or attended First Methodist. We hope it feels like a big family reunion.”

“There have been dozens of people who have been called into ministry or missions from our congregation,” Ritter said. “We hope to celebrate our global impact on Homecoming Sunday.”

The tradition of Homecoming Sunday, where churches honor their heritage and invite back former ministers and members, has a long history, especially in the Southern United States.

Starting this tradition at First UMC was the brainchild of Ritter, who grew up in a church in southern Illinois.

Last year’s inaugural homecoming was so successful the church decided to make it an annual event.

Between the 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. services there will be a reception time for people to reconnect with friends. There will be a breakfast served during the reception time with all proceeds to benefit the church’s support of missions in the U.S., U.K., Guinea and Liberia.

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