Published DateGILMANTON — The First Congregational Society in Gilmanton will hold our Father's Day service on Sunday June 16, at 4 p.m. at the Smith Meeting House.
The Reverend Sidney Lovett of Holderness will return to officiate and Harriet Coupal will be the organist. Refreshments will be served after this non-denominational service in the meeting room downstairs.
Reverend Lovett, a current NH state representative, has received the Granite State Award for Public Service and was nominated by President Reagan to the Inaugural Board of the United States Institute of Peace in 1985. He was also instrumental in the the creation of the Sid Lovett Fund for the Center for the Environment for the purpose of supporting the production of professional, high quality materials developed from student and faculty research at Plymouth State University.
The First Congregational Society was formed in 1774 and that year built the oldest church in Gilmanton which became the Smith Meeting House in honor of the first minister to serve there, Reverend Isaac Smith. Today the Smith Meeting House and all four buildings on the grounds, located on Meeting House Road off Route 140 approximately 3.5 miles east of Route 107, are on the National Register of Historic Places.