Please join us as we celebrate our 200th year this year!  We will host a variety of activies that include the local community including a Celtic Concert coming soon.  Please read this wonderful article written by Stepanie Bouvia with the Syracuse Post Standard on March 4th:

Baldwinsville, NY-- The First Presbyterian Church of Baldwinsvillewill host a Celtic music concert this month in celebration of its 200th anniversary.

"There will be four groups, one is from Rochester. And it's very professionally done, even though they're not professionals," said Luella Oakes, lifetime member of the church and co-chair of the church's 200th anniversary committee.

The concert will feature a variety of Central New York bands and musical groups, including The Smallpipe Society, A Harmony of Harps and Gadzekes! The performance will take place at 2 p.m. on March 10 at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 64 Oswego St. in Baldwinsville. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after.

Church members are asking that attendants make a donation to the Food Bank of Central New York.

The church organization was formed July 13, 1813, in what is now the village of Baldwinsville by 14 people. The congregation first worshiped in a barn, then an old schoolhouse and a wooden church. The brick church, which the congregation now meets in, was built in 1865 during the Civil War. The First Presbyterian Church is the oldest church organization in the village.

"We've always been an intricate part of the community, and we hope to stay that way," said Carol Hovey, church member and co-chair of the anniversary committee

To celebrate its anniversary, the church is hosting an event each month. In January, church members retrieved and opened a 1963 time capsule from a wall of the church building. It contained newspaper clippings, two audio tapes and an 8-millimeter tape.

Last month, the church hosted a presentation on Vanderkamp, a retreat center and Christian Summer camp.

Later this year, the church will hold a presentation about its original, hand-painted windows, as well a presentation and performance on the church's organ, among other events. Those interested can check the church's website for future dates and times.

The goal is to hold events that will involve community members, young and old, in a church that is steeped in history, Oakes said.

"I'd like to leave a legacy for our future generations," she said.

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