Church Of Our Saviour
200 NW 3rd Street
Okeechobee, Florida
60th Anniversary Celebration
On Saturday, May 11th, the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour celebrated 60 years since its dedication on May 14th, 1953. Although the groundbreaking for the church was November 2nd 1952, Episcopal services began in Okeechobee in 1916 when the Rev. Stephen R. Reade of St Andrews in Ft. Pierce traveled to Okeechobee to conduct services for eight families. But the services were later discontinued due to “road” conditions. There were more failed attempts to establish Episcopal services in Okeechobee until 1951, when a permanent mission church status began on Ascension Day, Sunday May 3, and the Rev. J. Saxton Wolfe of St Andrews in Ft. Pierce began conducting services at the Women’s Club, the Christian Science Society building, the downstairs of the Masonic Hall and in the dining room of the Southland Hotel. Then in 1953, on Palm Sunday, March 29th, the church held its first service in the new church with the Rev. J. Saxton Wolfe presiding and on Ascension Day on May 14th, Bishop Henry I. Louttit dedicated the new church and social hall with Rev. J. Saxton Wolfe assisting with the service. Later the Rev. M. Wendell Hainlin, a deacon, arrived in Okeechobee in July of 1953, was ordained to the priesthood in December and served as the first resident priest for Church of Our Saviour.

Much more history about the church was available for in displays around the colonade as well as articles and pictures from years past. At the end of the cocktail hour the parishioners were served a wonderful chicken dinner, a special cake for dessert and the fellowship and reminising of the event.

THANK YOU to the members who worked so hard to organize and put this event together. A special thanks to Lauri Pharr and Connie Pennington for the photos. To view some of the pictures taken at the event, simply click on the thumbnails below:


     
     


     


Also, if you would like to read the article in the Okeechobee News about our 60th anniversary celebration, click the link below:

Okeechobee News Article