New Port Presbyterian Church, Washington, will celebrate its 170th anniversary with a community event Saturday, Aug. 23, beginning at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Displays of New Port history will be set up at 3 p.m. and children’s games will get started at 4 p.m. A meal will be served at 5 p.m. followed by singing of old-time hymns.

Regular services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

New Port Church was established 170 years ago as the community church of what was once the seat of Franklin County. There was a courthouse across the street for many years, a three-story brick building that served as a hotel down the road and a church.

When the county seat moved to Union, Newport remained the hub of the farming community for generations. Some of those descendants are still members of the church today.

A critical point in the church’s history came a little over 30 years ago when the denomination was making plans to join a larger, national denomination.

“We had to decide whether we could best service our congregation and our community by joining the denomination or by moving to another group of churches that still believe the Bible was true, even if it didn’t agree with the changing morals of our time,” said the Rev. John Allgaier, pastor.

“We felt we could only truly service our members and our communities by serving God first and by trusting that He was able to preserve His word.

“That is the special thing about Newport,” the Rev. Allgaier continued. “We don’t huddle ourselves away separately from our neighbors. We hold God’s word first, but we are serious about reaching out to the community with His love and grace in Jesus Christ: in our schools, in our retirement communities, in our places of work, in our passions and hobbies, in our friendships, in our missions work and in our passionate service to our communities.”

For more information, people can call the church at 636-239-3371.