Three dedicated Sunday School teachers: Jean Lybbert, Loyce Stout and Virginia Johnson were honored at First United Methodist Church in Waterloo.
Jean taught the longest -- 53 years. She started when another church member asked her to get involved.
"I consented after a little push," said Jean Lybbert.
Loyce Stout began helping Jean 47 years ago.
"I was bringing my oldest daughter to Sunday School and somebody stopped me in the hall. It was right next door to Jean's room and said as long as you come here every Sunday, why don't you help Jean," said Loyce Stout.
Then Jean got Virginia Johnson to start teaching 46 years ago.
"Jean's husband was a lawyer we knew because our children are adopted, and Jean asked me to help also," said Virginia Johnson.
The church congregation thanked the three women for their combined 146 years of service with a special framed photograph.
At one point in the service, all the children and parents of children taught by Lybbert, Stout and Johnson were asked to stand. Almost everyone rose.
"I knew we were teaching third generation kids, but you don't realize as it goes on and on how deep you've gone," said Johnson.
After church, the women were honored again at a reception.
All past students and their parents were invited to attend and thank the three ladies for volunteering to teach Bible stories for so many years.
"We're here this long because it's been fun, and we are good friends," said Jean Lybbert.
They said they've enjoyed teaching for so long, but it's time to retire. However, don't be surprised to see them still helping out every once in a while.