SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Schenectady church celebrated its centennial on Friday night. They kicked off the celebration of their monumental milestone with an hors d’oeuvres hour, a historical presentation throughout the years, and of course, a religious service.

“This church has been through a lot over those hundred years and we’re just so excited about celebrating a hundred years being here in the city of Schenectady,” said church member John Hodorowski.

The mission of Liberty Church is simple. “That’s what Jesus called us to do, is love our neighbors,” said “happy” member Lydia Lilly Colon. “That’s what we do.”

The church, known as Liberty Church New York since 2018, was established in 1922 in Schenectady. Three years ago, the church joined the Care Portal National Nonprofit Organization, helping over 1,100 families in Schenectady.

Church members say it’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of a church with such longevity and a significant place in the community. Those qualities are not lost on the younger member of the congregation. “The best part about this church is that I’m able to be on the worship team and then I’m able to praise the Lord,” said Jason Otero.

“I agree,” added David Pickett.

Pastor Dennis Graham-Parker’s message for the community is that they are not finished with doing the lord’s work. “We love the city we love being here we are mindful of a challenge but we’re hopeful for its future,” he said.