LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Trinity United Methodist Church in Lafayette celebrated its sesquicentennial Thursday.
The first portion of the church was built the same year as Purdue in 1869.
Trinity UMC held a celebration for the congregation that included live music, food and speakers.
The congregation is the oldest, continuous one in Tippecanoe County.
Senior Pastor Tracey Leslie said the church wants to celebrate its historic structure this year and find a creative use for its green space.
Guests that attended Thursday's event heard various musicians including violinists, organists and singers.
The organist who played for Thursday's congregation and a 40-year-member of the congregation said it's remarkable the church is celebrating 150 years.
"I think it's a wonderful thing to be a part of and I am happy for them that they are celebrating publicly with everybody here tonight," said organist Tom Nichols.
"The thing that those congregants looked to was to build something of faith and here it 150 years later and here we are," said congregant Jane Anderson.
Later in the spring, the church will be open for art-making days. It's one way for artists and photographers to capture the beauty of the historic building.