United Methodist Church of Ludington
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  The Methodist society was the first church organization within the limits of Mason County, excepting an Indian church. The first church build is the one still used by the Methodist Episcopal society. Much of its earliest history is contained in the following record made by Rev. L. M. Garlock, the first pastor in charge of the work.
  His record is as follows:
  “Pere Marquette circuit was organized in the Fall of 1865, and Rev. L. M. Garlock was appointed its first pastor. Part of the territory was formerly embraced in the Pentwater charge, which was set off to this new work, and the society received by transfer, nine members, with which it started on its mission.
  "Having no parsonage to live in, and not being able to hire, the attention of the pastor was first drawn to the necessity of building a new parsonage. A subscription was started October 15, 1865, and a house sixteen by twenty-four feet was begun. This was begun all but lathing and plastering, so that I moved in on December 26, 1865. During its construction, I worked with the carpenters during the week. After moving into the house, I dug a small cellar and banked the house, working at this through the day and lathing in the evening.
  "On Sunday I would ride on an Indian pony from twenty to thirty miles, preach three times and come back home again, and to work on Monday morning.
   “The work was first organized with six appointments vis.: Riverton, Clay Banks and Pere Marquette one Sunday, and Pere Marquette settlements, Bird settlement and Lincoln the next; each place having preaching every other Sunday.
  “Some time in January, having heard of a settlement on the Big Sauble River, which had no preaching, I visited the place and arranged for meetings once in four weeks, though it was twenty-two miles from Pere Marquette. During the year a class of eight was formed at the Big Sauble Settlement, and William Freeman was appointed its first leader and steward.
  "Classes were also formed at Clay Banks, Riverton, Pere Marquette and Bird settlements.
  "Although a year of hard labor and close fare, yet God has graciously favored us with an increase in Zion, for which we would return unto him our grateful thanks, praying that the little one may become a thousand and the small one a strong nation.


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