The Rev. Mamie Williams, who was Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church's pastor from 1988-1998, gives the benediction and blessing before the anniversary meal. (Courtesy of Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church)
The Rev. Mamie Williams, who was Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church's pastor from 1988-1998, gives the benediction and blessing before the anniversary meal. (Courtesy of Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church)

Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, pastored by the Rev. Paul Wesley Johnson and located at 53rd and Ames Streets in northeast D.C., recently celebrated its 70th anniversary.

From left: Rev. Ashley Hoover, Charles Miller Jr., Albert Lewis Sr. and James Ellis, members of a contemporary gospel quartet who were raised at Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church, perform at a March 15 evening concert. (Courtesy of Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church)

From church and community meals and a mini health fair, to an evening of song and an anniversary worship service and dinner, Hughes Memorial honored its past, its present and future, in alignment with its theme, “Celebrating 70 Years: Our Journey Continues.”

D.C. Council member Vincent Gray delivers a congratulatory commendation during the March 17 service that recognized Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church for 70 years of dedicated service. (Courtesy of Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church)

D.C. Council member Vincent Gray (D-Ward 7), who delivered a congratulatory commendation during the March 17 service, called the church a “pillar of strength in Ward 7 … and a pillar of hope to District residents.”

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