First United Methodist Church in Humble has an active congregation of churchgoers who are 80 years and older. In fact, there are 62 members in this age group, known fondly as TNT, “Tried N True.” To honor these individuals, FUMC held Legacy Sunday Feb. 8. Legacy Sunday has been held as an annual event for a few years, but last year it was redesignated specifically to honor octogenarians and older. In a very special part of the service, two of its longest active members were honored as Sweethearts of Service.
Arthur Tipton, 87, has been a member of FUMC since 1955. Dorothy Nell Snellings, 92, was also honored. Snellings has been a member of FUMC since 1951, is a past president of the TNT group, and currently volunteers in the church writing get well cards and condolence cards for members who have lost loved ones. Tipton and Snellings were presented with letters from the bishop, and Humble Mayor Donnie McMannes declared February 8 “Arthur and Dorothy Day” in the City of Humble. The service featured old hymns chosen by the TNT group, and a lovely reception followed.
When asked about these individuals’ contributions and importance to the church, Sharon Mittag, organizer of Legacy Sunday, said, “Many people in our TNT group have been through hard times in life. They have taught all of us to keep the faith, and that God will never let us down. We are so grateful to have them as members of our church.”