The Civil War was raging when Marshalltown's First Baptist Church was formed. And over its distinguished history, the church has celebrated many a milestone.
Most recently, the church hosted events in honor of its 125th and 130th anniversaries, according to parishioner Jane Giannetto.
Those are but two of the reasons the church wanted to do something extra special for its 150th anniversary.
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First Baptist Church of Marshalltown, seen here, will celebrate its 150th anniversary on Saturday.
Nothing short of a spiritual exclamation point has been placed on a power-packed and faith-based festival set for Saturday at the church. And Giannetto emphasized it is free-of-charge and open to the community.
From a carnival to food to comedy, Giannetto said the event committee has worked to make it one to remember.
"Remembering, Rejoicing and Rededicating" is the theme.
If You Go ...
WHAT: First Baptist Church 150th anniversary event
WHEN: Saturday, beginning at 3:30 p.m
WHERE: 700E. Olive St., Marshalltown
The day kicks-off at 3:30 p.m., with a carnival including cotton candy, a dunk tank, face painting, volleyball tournament and more.
At 5:30 p.m., attendees can partake in a meal followed at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by FBC's own 10 person worship team.
The Fishsticks comedy troupe is on deck at 7 p.m. The seven-person group from Milwaukee specializes in "squeaky-clean" improv using a "never-cross-the-line" philosophy to attract all ages.
The group, formed in 2006, has entertained charities, churches, corporations and schools.
At 8:30 p.m., Eric Samuel Timm wraps up the day with his unique chalk drawings melded with a spiritual message.
Timm will be also be guest speaker at a Sunday worship service.
"We are excited to have special guests Fishsticks and Timm with us Saturday, and hope the community will join us for this special event," Giannetto said.
For additional information, contact 641-753-3528 or fbcmarshalltown.org