A rich history of service to God and the community will be the focus of First United Methodist Church's 125th anniversary celebration this Saturday and Sunday.

The festivities begin Saturday with the opening of a time capsule at 10:30 a.m. on the church lawn near the historic bell. A celebration program follows in the sanctuary at 11 a.m. and visitation and lunch at noon at the church's Family Center.

Then a musical extravaganza on the church lawn begins at 1:30 p.m.

The day's highlight will be the release of 500 helium-filled balloons, each one of them with a message inside, at 3 p.m. on the church lawn. After the balloon release for the church's 100-year anniversary celebration, the balloons drifted to other states. Three responses were received from people as far way as Tennessee who found the messages.

On Sunday the worship service will be held at 10 a.m., with a celebration message delivered by Bishop Michael Lowry, followed by a reception at the Family Center.

Everyone is invited to come celebrate the church's contribution to the community in the past, present and future.