MOUNT CARMEL - With the theme, "The Light Still Shines," members of the congregation of United Presbyterian Church, East Fifth Street, Mount Carmel, were joined by guests, including public officials and Presbytery members, Sunday, for the third program in a series of special events this month marking the church's 125th anniversary celebration.

Rededication of the church, presentation of a certificate of recognition and accomplishments, honoring the church on its long history and acknowledging the role it has played in more than a century in the community, brief addresses and the presence of several former pastors and members involved in planning the anniversary celebration were the highlights of a dinner program in the church social hall following Sunday morning worship in the church's sanctuary.

Ellsworth George, a longtime member and elder, who served as chairman of the committee in charge of planning the events of the past three weeks, served as master of ceremonies and opened the dinner program by giving a complete history of the church from its founding in 1887 to the present day. The celebrations prior to Sunday's program included a Chinese auction, Sept. 8; a focus on "The Seal- A Closer Look," Sept. 9, and a "Bring a Friend Sunday," Sept. 16. The anniversary celebration will conclude next Sunday during a homecoming day observance and a dress-up day in which optimal attire of 1887 will be worn by the congregation.

Mayor J. Kevin Jones represented borough council and community leaders at Sunday's worship service and dinner program. On behalf of the council and the community, he presented a certificate and key to the borough to the congregation. Accepting the honors were the Rev. Ted Plott, interim pastor, and Ron Dixon, both of whom alternate as the church's Sunday morning worship leaders. Rev. Plott retired as the church's full-time pastor several years ago. Among those attending the dinner were former pastors Simon Miller, of Elysburg, and David Wiley, a professor at Susquehanna University. James Gates, representing the Northumberland Presbytery, offered brief remarks and gave the invocation for dinner.