Church founder to be remembered

Posted: Friday, July 21, 2000

JUNEAU -- The late founder of Douglas Community United Methodist Church will be remembered at a ``Time of Memory'' at 11 a.m. Sunday at the church.

The Rev. Robert S. Treat was pastor of the Juneau Methodist Church in 1944. Because of demand on the neighboring island of Douglas, he began holding Sunday school and worship services in the home of Frances and Leigh Grant of Douglas. The Douglas church was organized with 13 charter members on Oct. 27, 1946, said coordinator Debra Gerrish.

From 1945 to 1949, Treat held worship services in Douglas at 10 a.m. and then drove to Juneau to hold services there at 11 a.m.

Treat died a year ago in Muskegon, Mich. His second wife, Mary, 78, and 19 members of his last parish have come from Muskegon to Juneau to participate in the service. The youngest member of the group is 12, Gerrish said.

Treat was very compassionate and dedicated to his congregation, said Cindy Charlton, youth minister of the Lakeside United Methodist Church in Muskegon and leader of the delegation to Juneau.

``People all over the city of Muskegon know him because he visited everyone and walked everywhere, even when he was retired. Even young people have fond memories of Bob Treat's coming over,'' Charlton said.

Residents who remember Treat are asked to share their memories at the service, or ``just come and listen,'' Gerrish said. The sharing will be part of the regular Sunday service. For information, call 364-2408.

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