GOLDFIELD - Throughout 2009, the United Presbyterian Church in Goldfield will celebrate its 125th anniversary.
The first event will take place on March 1 with a special worship service, fellowship meal and a birthday cake complete with candles.
The theme "March Forward with Christ" will be used as the past, present and future are brought together with a variety of events during the year. The bell purchased in 1888 will be rung to start the festivities, followed by prayer and a moment of silence giving thanks for all who have been a part of the history of the church.
The church was officially organized on March 1, 1884, under the leadership of the Rev. David Livingston of Traer. Pastors who have served the church will be invited to take part at different times during the year.
History, mission work and service in the community will be a part of the program this year. A number of people who have served in the mission field have roots in the congregation.
Today the church is served by three rotating pastors - the Rev. Phil Somsen and Joyce Garton-Natte, co-interim pastor, and lay pastor student Justin Asche.
Members of the anniversary planning committee are Jack and Barbara Stoakes, Sonna Johnson, Kathryn Hansen, Carol Ganzeveld, Jim and Nicky Kvale, Gary and Syl Funnell, Jayne Schipull, Doris Olson, Dee Anderson, Vicky Bell and Dean Nelson.