Wesley United Methodist Church of Tyrone will honor almost 50 of its members Sunday.
The church will celebrate their support and contributions as part of Hospitality Sunday, a time when it will also put out the welcome mat to visitors.
Pastor Jason Guillaume said Hospitality Sunday is held in September for its 160 participants to focus on inviting others to church as well as a reminder to be welcoming all the time.
Karen Rumberger, program director for the church, said Hospitality Sunday is an open invitation for people who have been absent to come back.
"We want them to know we are there for them," Rumberger said.
This year's Hospitality Sunday also will honor the 48 people who have been members of the church for 50 or more years.
"I'm looking forward to it," Guillaume said.
He pointed out that Elizabeth Black, a resident of Epworth Manor, has been a member of the church for 87 years. He said the church was started in 1850 and Black has lived more than half of the years the church has been in existence.
He said the recognition is making him think about the honorees and the history they have experienced in the church as well as in the community of Tyrone and the nation.
Guillaume said it also makes him think about the children who are growing up in the church and the experiences they will have in the upcoming decades. He said it is like a connection across the generations.
Among those being honored is Richard "Dick" Searer, 88, of Tyrone.
"I have been there [at Wesley] all my life," Searer said, although he believes he officially became a member when he was confirmed about 78 years ago.
Searer said the church "stabilizes and strengthens my character."
His primary obligation for the church is to serve as treasurer, which entails overseeing its investments.
In the past, he also handled the day-to-day finances, Searer said.
Searer serves as an usher and is on the adminstrative council or governing body of the the church. He formerly was one of the trustees. They oversee the physical aspects of the church building and grounds.
"Hopefully, I have been a positive influence in that church," Searer said. "The church has been a positive influence on me."