Church to celebrate 150 years on Sunday

The First Christian Church of Colusa is celebrating 150 years of service in the community.
The sesquicentennial celebration will be held from 4-6 PM on Sunday, May 19, inside the church’s original building, located at 725 Jay St. The ceremony will include a brief history of the church, greetings from others, worship service, speakers, music, and communion, which is open to all.

Following the service, the church will serve food and drinks.

Before the erection of their own church buildings in the late 19th century, the congregations of several denominations in Colusa held their services in the courtroom of the present Colusa County Courthouse.

According to church officials, M.B. Farris began work on the First Christian Church edifice in August of 1868. It was completed in March of 1869, and was constructed of hand-made, locally kilned brick, made of clay material from a clay bank near the old junior high school.

“The design of the building was a practical adaptation of colonial architecture resulting in a simple, functional, white-painted brick structure with Gothic arched doors and windows,” noted Rev. Samuel Krouse, pastor of the First Christian Church.

Krouse said a brick bell tower 42 feet high, upon which a wooden spire was built projecting upward an additional 33 feet, was added to the structure in 1879.

“The steeple was removed many years later,” he said. “Another interesting feature of the present building is the two entry doors. Although apparently not part of the original construction, for many years the two doors admitted men to sit on the men’s side of the sanctuary and women to sit on the women’s side.”

On March 27, 1869, the Colusa Sun reported “The Christian Church has at last been completed and services will be held there tonight and tomorrow. Elder DeWitt will preach.”

Early pastors and members of the Colusa Church were closely identified with the establishment of Pierce Christian College in 1874, in College City. Andrew Pierce, for whom the College was named, was a member of the Colusa congregation. The Colusa congregation was also the “mother church” for several other Christian Churches in the area.

The public is invited to help the church celebrate this important milestone. Car-pooling is encouraged as the church is located in a residential neighborhood, and only street parking is available.

For more information about the sesquicentennial celebration at the First Christian Church, call Sara Niles at (530) 356-9385, after 11 AM.

The church currently meets every Sunday at 5 PM (no morning service). ■