When it comes time to gather, the reasons are as diverse as our community.

This week we note a local church's celebration of 100 years, special recognition for cancer survivors, a check presentation that will help sick kids and a Christmas in July party for veterans.

Church celebration

Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church on Scenic Highway celebrated its 100th anniversary on Sunday, June 25, with a theme of "God's Grace and Witnessing for Jesus Christ."

The centennial message was given by Pastor Stephen Emmanuel Handy, of McKendree United Methodist Church in Nashville.

The Sunday morning service capped six months of activities, including an old-fashioned picnic the day before, marking the church's anniversary. A reception was held after the worship service in the Moses T. Jackson Fellowship Hall. The 12 founders and former ministers were recognized.

Among those attending the celebration were the Rev. Clifton Conrad Sr., senior pastor; the Rev. Tiffanie Postell, associate pastor; the Rev. Ken Irby, Baton Rouge District superintendent, and the Rev. Cynthia Harvey, bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference.