Fontana Community Church will celebrate its 97th anniversary on July 31 | New

Fontana Community Church, the oldest church in the city, will celebrate its 97th anniversary on Sunday, July 31.

The service will take place at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a time of conviviality around coffee and cupcakes.

The church’s history began on July 19, 1925, when it was chartered by Fontana founder AB Miller and 187 pioneers. In 1926, they dedicated the sanctuary, which had distinctive mission-style architecture, a steeple, and a red-tiled roof. Miller donated the land and $10,000 to this project.

“At a time when so much has changed, FCC continues a tradition of serving downtown as a nondenominational community church,” said Pastor Dayton Griffin-Sloat.

For more than half a century, it has served families with its weekday preschool, affordable Christian daycare and school. For over three decades it has hosted Crossroads, a Christian renewal ministry founded by LD and Ruth Johnson. It shares facilities with GMIM, an Indonesian-speaking church, and provides space for AA meetings.

In the past, the Fontana Community Church was home to Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and many civic organizations. The city’s first scout troop, Troop 501, started at the church.

“Its magnificent stained glass windows have witnessed hundreds of weddings, baptisms and funerals,” Griffin-Sloat said.

“On this special anniversary, anyone with special memories or photos from a wedding, baptism or special event in your life can send them to the church office or email them to font [email protected] They will be included in a special scrapbook and media presentation that day. Better yet, if you have memories to share, join the congregation for worship at 10 a.m. on July 31 and share Meet them in person. Everyone is welcome.”

The church is located at 8316 Sierra Avenue, across from City Hall. The phone number is (909) 822-8085.

Norma P. Rex