Since 1743 Christ Church has been a proud part of religious and civic life in Elizabethtown. This year the church is celebrating 275 years of sharing the word of Jesus in the community with special events culminating with our “Inspiring a Legacy of Faith” weekend from Friday, Sept. 7, through Sunday, Sept. 9.
A portion of the proceeds raised over the course of the weekend’s events will benefit the Community Place on Washington, a collaborative effort between United Elizabethtown Area Churches and community members, organizations, businesses and social service providers to establish a centralized location for community services to serve those in need.
“We’re very excited to share our anniversary events with the people of Elizabethtown. Like our Sunday services themselves, all are welcome,” said Rev. Dr. Galen Russell III, lead pastor of Christ Church. “We want to see all our friends and neighbors here to celebrate with us.”
The weekend events include a Family Movie Night, a Legacy of Faith Festival, a Legacy of Faith Dinner Buffet, and the church’s annual Spirit Sunday worship service. All events take place at Christ Church United Church of Christ
at 247 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. Here’s a quick rundown of the events: Friday, Sept. 7: Families are invited to bring a blanket and chairs for a free showing of “I Can Only Imagine” (PG) outdoors under the big tent. Refreshments will be on sale and a freewill offering will be collected to benefit the Community Place on Washington. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 8: Everyone is invited to the Legacy of Faith Festival the following day. Food, games, live music, and commercial and craft vendors will be on hand from 8 to 4. There is still room for vendors; those interested should check the Christ Church’s website for details.
Saturday, Sept. 8: Tickets are available for the Christ Church 275th Anniversary Dinner Buffet; a sit-down buffet dinner featuring pork loin, potatoes, and steamed seasonal vegetables and desert.
Guest speakers include Andy Lang, Executive Director of Open and Affirming Coalition of the UCC; and Rev. Dr. Monica Dawkins, Conference Minister for the Penn Central Conference UCC. A performance by the Lancaster Brass Quintet, and video greetings by Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer,president of the United Church of Christ, and
a slideshow presentation are also planned.
There are children’s activities scheduled.
Tickets are $20 are per adult (up to $60 per family) and free for kids under 10. All tickets must be purchased in advance.
Sunday, Sept. 9: The church invites the public to its annual Spirit Sunday Worship when it begins the two worship service format, children, youth, and adult Faith Formation classes, and fall programming. Rev. Russell’s sermon will be on the topic of “Inspiring a Legacy of Faith.”