by: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - The Springwater Presbyterian Church is turning 125-years-old. Kathy Scott is chairing the committee for the celebration happening Friday-Saturday July 19-20.Springwater Presbyterian Church is about to have a very big birthday.

In honor of the church’s 125 years, the congregation is throwing a birthday party Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, open to the public.

“We welcome the community to come,” said Kathy Scott, chairwoman of the event committee. “There’s such historical value as well.”

In preparing for the celebration, Scott has put out the word that she would like photos from throughout the church and surrounding area’s history.

Many historical photographs and stories have surfaced in the process.

Festivities kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, with music in the Springwater Grange by the Old Time Fiddlers.

There will be tours of the church offered from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 19, led by guides selected specifically for their knowledge of the church and its history.

by: CONTRIBUTED - A selection of photos that have surfaced from throughout the churchs history. Top left, work on the steeple leading up to the 1989 centennial celebration, top righ the marriage of Bill and Marge Varitz in the church in 1955, bottom right, Pastor Vernon Ross in the 1980s.A barbecue will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, while Jawbone Flats plays outdoors.

Be sure to RSVP if you plan to attend the barbecue so organizers can provide enough food.

The meal will be followed by more music and dancing.

You may make a reservation at or call Wilma Guttridge at 503-630-4574 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

From 10:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 20, there will be worship, communion and the dedication of a new stained glass window celebrating “God’s Natural Environment.”

Snacks will be served afterwards. The church is at 24553 S. Springwater Road.

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