Kent Lutheran Church marked its 130th anniversary in the community last Saturday.
Festivities included food, fellowship and a program that celebrated the church’s long history in the heart of the city.
A near-capacity crowd of church members and others from the community enjoyed pork sliders and tomatoes and cheese skewers before an hour-long program in the sanctuary that looked back at the church’s 130 years in the downtown area.
Individual speeches and a parody of the song, “Downtown,” preceded an event highlight with the opening of a 50-year time capsule. The sealed tin box, placed behind a copper ID plaque, was stolen some three years ago but was returned after being found in a nearby homeless camp.
The evening also celebrated Pastor Jane Prestbye’s 20-year tenure with an unexpected standing ovation.
The next major milestone for Kent Lutheran will be the dedication of its newly refurbished and installed Hutchings/Plaisted, Opus 78 Pipe Organ with some 70 ranks with 4,200 pipes. The million-dollar project is 75 percent complete, church officials said.