Riverside Church celebrates centennial Sunday

On Sunday, the congregation and friends of Riverside Community Church will gather to rededicate the church building for another century of service. The public is invited to attend.

The event is part of the centennial celebration of the Riverside building, constructed in 1912. Early this summer Riverside installed solar panels and is planning other weatherization measures as part of a next-100-years legacy project.

In April the church hosted a “100 years of music” concert led by music director Perry Cole.

Riverside Church is the oldest church in the Hood River area continuously serving the community from the same location. Established in 1890 as a congregational church, the rock building was built in 1912 from rock quarried nearby at a cost of $24,000. It is designated as a historical landmark.

“The church building was originally dedicated on Sept. 1, 1912. On Sunday, we will look back on a century of service and commit ourselves to the next 100 years of vibrant ministry,” said Pastor Vicky Stifter. “With special music, guests and words of reflection and inspiration we will celebrate the past, embrace the present and move with blessing and joy into the future.”

Other improvements at the church in recent years include Arlen’s Access, an elevator installed on the southeast corner of the building to provide access for mobility-impaired parishioners and guests.

The elevator is named for the late Rev. Arlen Fick, who served the congregation in the 1970s and 1980s, and who died in 2008.

Service starts at 10:30 a.m.

The church is located at Fourth and State streets. For details call 541-386-1412.

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