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Minister David Napier stands outside the New Alexander Christian Church built in 1871. The regular prime minister was GJ Newcom. (Photo from Salem News by Danielle Garner)

EAST ROCHESTER – The New Alexander Christian Church celebrates the building’s 150th anniversary from July 10-11. The celebration will include activities from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

President Bill Kelly will speak on Saturday. Kelly has accumulated a lot of experience in different jobs throughout her life.

“He’s a local guy who’s lived in this county his whole life,” said former Curt Ewing.

There will be hay rides, a bonfire, hot dogs and pie judgments on Saturday. Families are invited to play games together while enjoying music provided by the Indian Run Christian Church Gospel Group.

Marilyn Napier, wife of Minister David Napier, looks forward to showing off images reflecting the changes and growth of the church over the years.

She loved to read about the history of the church. Reading the heated church with two pot-bellied stoves and set aside during the freezing temperatures surprised her.

“Everything stopped in 1888 because they had a new oven”, she said.

The gallery will be on display on Sunday accompanied by speakers Bob Laughlin and Tom Williams. “We will give the story to the people when they come” said Marilyne.

The building was used as a voting place and hosts the local 4-H club and Ruritan dinners.

Marilyn said the building is connected to local families. “Tom Wilson will try to integrate the story into his message”, David said.

A meal will be served Sunday at noon accompanied by a hot air balloon takeoff.

David feels the celebration is not about the brick and mortar of the building, but a reconnection he hopes to inspire within the community.

“It’s not a building” he said. “This is where people come together in the name of God and worship him with love for him”

David wants people to better understand the faith and the comfort he thinks church fellowship will bring.

Guests are encouraged to dress in clothing resembling the time in 1871 when the church was founded.

Commemorative items will also be available for purchase.

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