As part of The First Church in Belfast's 200th anniversary celebration, the Rev. Dr. Douglas Showalter will present a slide program Wednesday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m., entitled:

"You're Sitting in My Pew!: The Long Journey of Massachusetts/Maine Congregationalists from Meeting Houses to Churches, Free Pews, Offerings at Worship, and Individual Communion Cups."

Showalter is a retired UCC minister who has served churches in Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts, including the First Church in Belfast from 1976 to 1987. His wife Chris is a retired marriage and family therapist. The Showalters live in Plymouth, Mass., where they are members of The Church of the Pilgrimage, of which he is moderator.

Showalter is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Yale Divinity School and Chicago Theological Seminary. He administers the Facebook group "Explore Congregational Church History."

This program is free and open to the public.

The First Church is located at 104 Church St. The church is open to all and is ADA accessible. For more information, please call the church office at 338-2282 or email