WATERFORD — The 150th anniversary of the North Waterford Congregational Church, Five Kezars Road, will be celebrated with several activities, beginning Sunday, July 4. The church, which was dedicated on July 4, 1860, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, and over the years church members and community volunteers have maintained, improved and worked to keep the church an active place of worship in the community.

Last year, major fundraising was undertaken to repair the church steeple. It was lowered to the ground, rebuilt, repainted and raised back up. An upcoming project includes painting the exterior of the building.

The Rev. Norman Rust will be the guest speaker at the regular worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 4. A ceremony celebrating the historic bell at the church will take place just prior to the service.

A public supper will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 6, in the church vestry. The menu will include baked beans, American chop suey, casseroles, salads, brown bread, rolls, beverages and strawberry shortcake for dessert. The price for adults is $7, children under 12, $3.50.

History Night will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the church, with members of the Waterford Historical Society. The history of the church, its members and pastors who have served will be presented, under the direction of Marjorie Kimball. A hymn sing and refreshments will follow.

A celebration of 150 years as a church will begin with a worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 11. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Nancy S. Taylor, a former pastor of the church, who now serves as senior pastor at Old South Church UCC in Boston.

Ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ in 1983, Taylor became pastor of the Oxford County United Paris churches in East Stoneham and North Waterford, where she served for four years. A highlight of the service will include music by the Mollyockett Chapter of the Sweet Adelines, and a picnic lunch will follow.

Regular Sunday worship services will be held at 10 a.m. at the church through July and August. Having recently said farewell to the Rev. George Frobig and his wife, Joan, a search committee is at work to find a replacement pastor. After serving the Oxford County United Parish churches in North Waterford and Stoneham for 10 years, the Frobigs will retire and move from their Naples home to be closer to their children and grandchildren.


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