The annual homecoming of the Cato Historic Methodist Church and Cemetery in northern Pulaski County will be held this Sunday. A gathering for a cemetery business meeting begins at 11 a.m. followed by a worship service at 11:30 a.,m. and a potluck dinner at 12:30 p.m.
The Reverend Dr. Ed Matthews, a noted United Methodist retired minister, will be the speaker. Matthews spent four years as a missionary in Belgium Congo in Africa, then served as pastor of several churches in Arkansas. His last assignment was senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Little Rock from which he retired in 1998. He and his wife, Pat, live in Little Rock and have been active volunteers in several non-profit entities including Clinton Library, Heifer International, and has served as interim pastor in several Arkansas churches. Pat and he attended the Walk Through History Tour of the historic old Cato church last August and became interested in helping with it.
Cato Historic Church and Cemetery is the new name of the 141-year-old house of worship and its connecting cemetery. A non-profit corporation was formed to which the United Methodist Church deeded the property in 2012.
Its board of directors directs volunteers to maintain the cemetery, buildings, and grounds and seek funds to do so at the Annual Homecoming; at the Annual Carols, Candles, and Readings program in December; and by mail to the Corporate Treasurer, Roger Harrell, 149 Cato Road, Sherwood, AR 72120.
A current drive is underway to increase the financial base fund to an amount sufficient to support maintenance with interest received on the fund.
The property is now in pristine conditions but cannot be kept that way without an increase in donations, especially with current low interest rates.