WILLIAMSTOWN -- Se cond Congregational Church, founded in 1836, is celebrating its 175th Anniversary with a weekend of events on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30.
The Rev. Penny Rich Smith is serving in her 19th year as pastor and is the longest serving minister in the 175-year history of the church.
The Saturday evening celebration begins with a pot-luck supper (people are asked to bring a hot dish or salad to share) at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by some history-telling, a raffle of a painting of the church and pastoral scene by local artist Ed Scofield (raffle tickets are being sold by Martha Storey), ongoing slide show of church family and events over the years, arts and crafts tables, and a circle dance from the mid-1800s era.
Sunday morning worship, 9 a.m., will be a continuation of the celebration, with special music and history-telling, a historical/musical skit by the Sunday School and others, a gathering outdoors around the peace pole and message by Smith, "Sermon on the Mount."
Members will celebrate a story of determined faithfulness and shared purpose, in keeping a small church in South Williamstown alive and vital for 175 years. The community is invited to join for any or all of these events at 81 Han cock Road, South Willi amstown.