The First Congregational Church of Freedom will be celebrating its 190th anniversary in May.

The historic building at Route 88 and Route 303 is the township’s crown jewel. Pastors Jim and Janie Melick and the congregation members will celebrate milestone with a two-day celebration on May 19 and 20 that includes tours of the building and a special Sunday morning service.

The celebration will begin with a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19. The Congregational Church and the Freedom Township Historical Society will have sale items and baked goods on sale, and FTHS will also have its T-shirts on sale with a choice of Freedom School or one-room schoolhouse designs.

Also on May 19, David Brockelman II will give tours of the church from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brockelman is a former Freedom resident who has studied the history of the Congregational Church and Freedom’s other churches. 

There will be a special Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m. May 20. Rev. Jim Melick will speak about the original 20 members who gathered together on Feb. 9, 1828, to organize a church where believers could gather together to worship God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The first sermon at this gathering was preached by Rev. David L. Coe from the Bible verse Acts 17:11. Pastor Melick will share from this same scripture.

The Congregational Church will celebrate Mother’s Day with a special service at 10:30 a.m. May 6. The popular Southern Gospel group The Singing Weavers will be there to share God’s Word through music, and there will be a covered dish dinner.

These events are open to everyone in Freedom and the surrounding communities.