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United Church Of Los Alamos Celebrates 70 Years

on November 9, 2017 - 7:15am

John Fitzpatrick works in the kitchen Saturday night during the United Church of Los Alamos' 70th anniversary celebration. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

From left, Carroll Swanson, Loree Lynch, Janina Greene and Jane Phillips enjoy the festivities during the United Church of Los Alamos' 70th anniversary celebration. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/



Los Alamos Daily Post 


The United Church of Los Alamos congregation celebrated 70 years serving the local community during a dinner and anniversary party Saturday night at the church at 2525 Canyon Road.

President of the congregation Laura Erickson said the church was founded in 1947. She said the congregation met through the war years in Los Alamos and after World War II, they decided to combine with a number of denominations to create a united church.

“We come from different backgrounds but our church’s covenant states we believe in private judgement in the interpretation of the scriptures,” Erickson said. “So we enjoy studying and learning together and with all our different perspectives.”

Throughout the church’s time in Los Alamos it has become known for its mission work. 

“We have a very strong support of missions both local and worldwide and one thing we’ve been known for ... is the Mexico mission trip with high schoolers over spring break,” Erickson said, adding that high school students have traveled to Mexico to build homes for those in need for the past 32 years. She estimates 140 homes have been built through the program.

It was a full house during Saturday's anniversary party. Young children to seniors took part in the festivities. One person of note was Krik Krikorian, who was one of the founders of the church. To mark the occasion, members of the congregation cooked dinner and baked desserts.  

Erickson said the dinner was in homage to the Women Christian Services Society (WCSS), which used to hold regular chicken enchilada and pie luncheons.

She added celebrating this milestone was an exciting thing. “I’m very excited. It’s so fun to see these people gather and know the church means so much to them,” she said.

Clockwise from the top, Gary and Marilyn Doolen, Kathy and Eric Bjorklund, Kay Swadener, Kathleen Logan and Andrea and Sig Gerstl take part in the anniversary celebration. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Charmain Schaller takes home some leftovers from the dinner held to celebrate her church's 70th anniversary. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Jody Rigg mixes up some punch during the United Church's 70th anniversary. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Krick Krickorian (second from left) enjoys his church's 70th anniversary. Craikorian was a founder of the United Church of Los Alamos. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

United Church of Los Alamos Pastor David Elton invites the congregation to share favorite memories of the church. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Gary Doolen helps himself to some dessert Saturday night during the anniversary party. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/