A New Milford church recently marked its 50th anniversary with a special two-day celebration.

New Milford Assembly of God marked its golden anniversary with a special luncheon, featuring a “Remembering the Past” event with past pastors of the church, a worship service, a “Rejoicing Toward the Future” event and a barbecue and family-oriented afternoon of fun.

The Rev. David Siwek, who assumed the role as pastor of the church in June 2017, following the retirement of the Rev. Russell Joyce, rang in the festivities with a crowd of parishioners and community members.

Mayor Pete Bass paid a visit to the church during the celebration.

Siwek is the son of the Rev. Stanley and Rosemarie Siwek, one of the church’s founding families in 1968.

“We felt a tug to come back to the Northeast,” said the younger Siwek of how his family felt called from Arizona back to the Northeast.

“The church is near and dear to my heart,” Siwek said of his affection for the community in which he grew up.

The church’s small congregation has grown over the past year and a half. In January 2017, the average attendance was just over 20. It has more than doubled since then, Siwek said.

Siwek spent the first 12 years of his life in New Milford until his family moved to Torrington. He went on to college and to raise a family in Arizona.

In the early years of the church, members met at St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge.

Church leaders found a suitable property at 47 Old Park Lane Road and held its first Easter sunrise service there before it officially purchased the land and constructed the church.

Electricity was provided by a neighbor, and Rosemarie Siwek, an organ player, provided the music on an organ brought to the property on the back of a pickup truck, according to the current pastor.

The church — which operated the former Little People Nursery School, founded by Rosemarie Siwek — was dedicated Oct. 6, 1972.

New Milford Assembly of God offers worship Sundays at 10:30 a.m.; New Milford Kids, a kids’ ministry, and student ministries Tuesdays at 7 p.m. For more information, call the 47 Old Park Lane Road, at 860-355-0812 or visit www.newmilfordag.org.