Christ Church celebrates 125th anniversary with a pig roast

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Descendants of the original pastor are still members

Christ Lutheran Church will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a pig roast from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, corner of Red Banks Road and County Road H in the town of Underhill. The public is invited.

The menu includes charcoal roasted pork, sauerkraut, German potato salad, red potatoes, baked beans, corn, coleslaw, fresh vegetables, buns, bars, root beer floats and beverages.

Prices are $9 for 15 and older, $5 ages 6-14, free for 5 and younger. The dinner will be served in the fellowship hall with some seating in an outdoor tent, weather permitting.

Christ Lutheran Church was organized in in 1892 in the neighborhood of Berry Lake and served by Pastor P.H Dicke, with descendants who are church members yet today.

Up until 1998, annual ham dinners were served in the basement of the church. Seating space was rather limited, and the members needed to use every foot of the small kitchen effectively for dinners and other big events.

In 2002, the congregation committed to building a parish hall that connects to the church on the southwest corner of the building. The church contracted with Frontier Log Homes for the building project. Many members donated their help with bricklaying, carpet installation, painting, tiling, electrical and work on the roof.

Through these gifts of time and labor, much of the addition was built by church members. The fellowship hall is wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned.

The south entrance vestibule was redesigned with a small enclosure in 2004, and a lift elevator was installed that goes from the basement to the worship level of the church. More recent improvements include a new sound system and replacement of the lighted cross above the steeple, after it was knocked down during a storm earlier this year.

The most recent project was blacktop paving of the parking lot.

Along with encouraging fellowship for the community, the annual dinners serve as a fundraising tool for the projects taken on by the congregation.