ROY -- First Baptist Church of Roy on Sunday will celebrate 60 years of bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to those it serves.
The public is invited to celebrate with the members at a 12:30 p.m. lunch, followed by a slide show, music and testimonials.
"We would certainly love to invite the community of Roy and surrounding towns to come and celebrate with us," said Pastor Jim Panagoplos.
"It is exciting to be a part of this great time in the history of First Baptist Church of Roy," Panagoplos said.
"Many changes have occurred over the years, from construction to members to music to ministry concepts."
But Panagoplos said one idea has remained the same -- the message of salvation found in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
"This Sunday is an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate our heritage and meager beginnings, reflect on what God has done in the life of the church through the years and look ahead to the future filled with excitement and anticipation of how God wants to bless the city of Roy and surrounding area," Panagoplos said.
Representatives of five area churches have said they will be attending the event.
The Roy church was started in 1952 by members of Clearfield First Southern Baptist Church, now called Mountain View Baptist Church in Layton.
Panagoplos said those members were committed to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of Roy.
"Sixty years later, that commitment is still part of who the members of the church are," he said.
Several congregations have been touched by the efforts of the Roy church. They are:
* First Baptist Church of Brigham City, which was planted by the Roy church.
* Glory Korean Presbyterian Church, which has been a ministry partner, meeting in the same building, for 20 years.
* Lakeside Church in Syracuse, which was planted by the Roy church, and
* First Baptist Church Roy Gbangbatoke, Sierra Leone, Africa, which was planted by the Roy church.
Member Clara Hohmann said she and the other members are really excited about the anniversary celebration.
"Hopefully, we'll have some letters and contacts from people who have moved out of state," Hohmann said.
Hohmann has gone to the church for 40 years and said she has made a lot of friends in all that time. She's hoping those who have moved out of the area will take the time to come to the church for the special day.
"We'll make a memory book of people who have gone," she said.
"Everyone is invited, especially those who have gone to our church."
First Baptist Church of Roy is at 2025 W. 5700 South in Roy.