Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington will celebrate its 100th anniversary this weekend with a weekend full of events culminating with a worship service and traditional Strawberry Festival.
The church, located at the intersection of Little Falls and Rock Spring roads, has been serving the community since it first organized at the same location in 1912 as Vanderwerken Congregational Church, named after the closest stop on the trolley line that then ran along what is now Old Dominion Drive to Great Falls Park.
Two of the congregation’s former senior pastors – the Rev. Sidney Lovett (1957-66) and the Rev. Charles Wildman (1989-2008) – will be returning for the centennial events. They will join the church’s current senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Kathryn Nystrand Dwyer, in leading worship services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The service will also feature a new anthem commissioned in celebration of the centennial. Also returning will be Joanne Booth, wife of the late Rev. George Booth, who served the church from 1967-87.
For more information, visit rockspringucc.org.