First Presbyterian Church in Van Buren will host a centennial anniversary celebration of the dedication of its building at 10th and Jefferson streets.
The event will be Feb. 11, the actual anniversary date, according to Viki Kilgore, a member of the centennial celebration committee.
It will begin at 2 p.m. and feature several area pastors. A reception will follow.
“We are planning to replicate the exact order of service that was performed in 1917, including the participation of our area pastors,” Kilgore said. “Former First Presbyterian pastors as well as members of area Presbyterian churches will be participating in this service.”
Memorabilia also will be on display at the anniversary celebration, she said.
The Rev. Bryan Bond, pastor of First Presbyterian, will deliver the welcome address, followed by the doxology. The invocation will be led by the Rev. Kevin Robinson of Trinity Episcopal Church.
A responsive reading will be given by Mike Jones of Wood Memorial Christian Church with a scripture lesson from the Old Testament by Randy Miller of City Heights Methodist Church and a scripture lesson from the New Testament by the Rev. Wes Hillard of Heritage United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Stewart Smith, general presbyter, will offer the blessing and the Rev. Chris Johnson of First Baptist Church in Van Buren will give the benediction.
Prayers will be given by pastors to be announced.
Music will be provided by the church choir.
Lynne Rotert will present the church history and Rusty Myers will give an update for the church’s current activities.
According to a history of the church by Robert Garner, First Presbyterian was organized in 1844. The 10th and Jefferson streets building was dedicated on Feb. 11, 1917.
After the move was completed from the old church at Fifth and Webster streets, the building was sold to Tom Wallace for $1,500. He later donated the building to the Women’s Literary Club for a library. It was used as the Van Buren City Library for many years until a new library was built on North 12th Street.
The Women’s Literary Club still owns the building.