Lakehoma marks golden anniversary
By Traci Chapman
In 1963, five couples gathered together to talk about the possibility of starting a church in Mustang.
Fifty years later, hundreds of people call Lakehoma Church of Christ their spiritual home.
“It all started with a group called the Harvester’s Club,” charter member Molly Lemmons said. “From there it just blossomed.”
Back then, Mustang was a town with a population of 960 people, Lemmons said. Mustang Road was gravel and state Highway 152 was a one-lane track. As the town grew, so too did the church, she said. In 1965 the church held its first Vacation Bible school for eight children. This year’s event hosted more than 200 participants, she said.
”It’s like a huge family, and it just keeps getting bigger and better,” she said.
The church’s anniversary was like a time capsule brought to life, Lemmons said. One of the original founding couples – who moved to Edmond years ago – came to the day’s events. Lakehoma’s Deanna Dowell said regular Sunday attendance is generally 350, but on the church’s anniversary, that number surpassed 500 attendees. With past and present side by side, the day was more emotional than organizers anticipated, Lemmons said.
“It was just amazing,” she said.
No matter how much the church grows or the community changes, some things remained constant, Lemmons said.
“There have been some troubles and struggles and heartaches and we’ve always pulled together,” she said. “We’re a family that always is there for each other, and no matter what else has changed, that has not.”