Sale Creek Church of God will host a 100-year celebration with a special service of praise and worship Aug. 28 at 11 a.m.
"We would love to invite everyone out," said Sale Creek COG pastor Terry W. Bolton. "We are the oldest Church of God congregation in the state of Tennessee."
Hamilton County Commissioner Fred Skillern and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger are drafting a resolution to recognize the church's milestone. The document will be presented at the celebration.
"Throughout the last 100 years, we have encountered many ups and downs, but God has brought us through all of them," said Bolton. "While we were thankful to have been able to serve the Sale Creek community for the last 100 years, we now look forward to another 100."
Booths will be set up going in to the sanctuary to display dozens of former photos of the church and congregation.
The church, located at 14919 Dayton Pike, will host a symbolic passing of the torch from pastor emeritus Kenneth Bolton to his son, current pastor Terry W. Bolton, then to youth pastor Caleb Bolton and lastly to a member of the youth. The torch serves as a symbol of the church positioning itself for the future.
"The service will be geared to the occasion, but it will have less to do with the past and more to do with the future," said Terry W. Bolton. "Our mission is to move forward in faithfulness to the Lord."
Sale Creek Church of God was founded in 1911 in Sale Creek. In 2004, crews built a 1,100-capacity worship building on Dayton Pike. The church has 530 members. Current pastor Terry W. Bolton took the helm in 2007 after his father Kenneth Bolton retired from 25 years of service to the church.