Brighton to hold ecumenical Sunday service

The Brighton Area Ministerial Association is conducting a Sesquicentennial Sunday Service in the City Park Sunday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. The group holds an ecumenical service annually in conjunction with Whoopee Days and is continuing that tradition in this outdoor virus-sensitive setting to celebrate 150 years since Brighton was incorporated.

The Hope Worship Band will lead in music, area clergy and congregants will offer prayers and comments, and Pastor Rick Zickefoose of Brighton Community Church will speak on “Celebrating Brighton’s Christian faith.” Also featured will be Pastor Tony Campbell and worship team from Second Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, the oldest ongoing African-American congregation west of the Mississippi.

There will also be a special collection for Kreston Billingsley’s recovery. Kreston’s family lives in Brighton (Chase and Linsey Maschmann). Kreston is 20 years old and was awaiting his first deployment to the Middle East. He received third degree burns over 80 percent of his body in a shop fire and is being treated at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The city of Brighton Iowa was incorporated in 1870. In July of 1910, Brighton had its first annual Whoopee Days. However, it was known then as Booster Days and the name was changed to “Whoopee Days” in 1929. Brighton held its Centennial Celebration during Whoopee Days in 1970.

This year of 2020 marks Brighton’s Sesquicentennial, celebrating 150 years since Brighton was incorporated.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and distance 6 feet apart or in family groups no larger than 10. Alternate location for unforeseeable conditions will be Brighton Community Church, 101 S Mechanic St.