In 1963, Rev. Paul Neel led the call to worship at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church. On Nov. 17, his son, Dean Neel, will lead the call to worship again as part of the church’s 50th anniversary celebration.
On Nov. 17, the church will have only one service that will serve as a jubilee celebration of the church’s time in Gig Harbor. People from the community and from out of town will be on hand to talk about the history of the church and to look forward to many more years.
The celebration will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Chapel Hill, 7700 Skansie Avenue. There will be food, fellowship and live music, according to the church website. Instead of the usual two services, the whole church will celebrate as one. Afterwards, there will be a comedian for the youth group, hot dogs and hor d’ouvers. Rev. Larry Hackman, assistant pastor, said former pastors will be a part of the celebration, which is a time of retrospective for the church.
The church was founded on Nov. 17, 1963, by Rev. Neel. The ground breaking for a building on Rosedale Street followed in February 1965.
There’s a biblical basis for the church’s 50th year celebration. In Leviticus 25, the fiftieth year is set aside as one of “jubilee.”Reporter Karen Miller can be reached at 253-358-4155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.