Churches celebrate sesquicentennial |

Churches celebrate sesquicentennial

The Downieville United Methodist Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary Sunday during a special worship service at 10:30 a.m.

The other two churches of the North Gold Circuit, North San Juan and Sierra City, will not hold their own worship services on that day, but will join with the Downieville congregation.

The preacher for the service will be the Rev. Suk-Chong Yu, superintendent of the Nevada-Sierra District of the United Methodist Church.

His sermon is titled “An Open Door,” and is based on Revelation 3:7-13.

Special music will be provided by the North San Juan choir, Kathy Ashby and Lou Phillippi of the Sierra City congregation and the Rev. Paul Guffin, pastor of the church. Following the worship service, there will be a potluck lunch.

The church building is also celebrating its 150th anniversary. As far as the congregation can tell, this is the oldest Protestant church building in continuous use in California.

For more information, call Guffin at 289-3140, or e-mail

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