Marcus Whitman Presbyterian Church, USA is celebrating its Golden Anniversary on Saturday, August 13th at 2130. S. 248th in Des Moines.
In 1959 residents of Salt Air Hills began to meet in a small house on property belonging to the Seattle Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church. They were formally organized in January of 1961, with Pastor Morgan West as the first pastor. Over the next 50 years the church has gradually evolved from a house church to a congregation which offers full worship services, Christian education, and youth programs. It has been active in the community by supporting Parkside School, and Des Moines Food Bank, participating in Waterland Pancake breakfasts and parades, offering tutoring programs, and help to neighbors. It has shared is facilities with Korean congregations and has supported missions in Mexico, Guatemala and Africa as well as the Presbyterian Disaster and Hunger programs and Mary’s Place in Seattle. During this time they were led by Pastors Morgan West, Lyle Starkey, Alfred E Horn, lay pastor Mary Madson, and current Pastors Rob and Lynell Caudillo. All former members and friends are invited to join in sharing memories and renewing old friendships.
The celebration begins at 1 p.m. with a choir reunion and rehearsal. The fellowship hall will have displays and memory books available. At 5 p.m. a salmon bake will be served with a program to follow at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the salmon bake are $25 and are available until August 3rd.