CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The First Baptist Church of Cambridge will hold its final service of worship on June 8. The Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, associate executive minister, American Baptist Churches of New York State will conduct the service, which begins at 10:30 a.m. All members of the Cambridge community are encouraged to attend.

First Baptist, which stands at 29 West Main St., between the Cambridge Village Market and Glens Falls National, has been a part of Cambridge since before there was a village of Cambridge. The church performed its first service of worship in 1843, nearly 20 years before the beginning of the civil war, and more than two decades before the hamlets of White Creek and Cambridge were incorporated to create the village of Cambridge.

"We simply reached a point where our remaining members could no longer carry on the mission of the church here in Cambridge," said Church Clerk Beverly Collamer. "It is sad to think that a church which has provided a place of worship and peace for nearly nine thousand Sundays will finally be empty."

Collamer noted that the popular Community Dinners, hosted by First Baptist on the last Saturday of each month with the assistance of eight community churches and organizations, will continue to be held at the church until further notice. "We see no reason why these dinners which have been a blessing to so many over the years, should not continue," she said.

First Baptist is planning a special event at the church on the day of its final worship. More information will be made available as the June 8 date approaches.

Guest Pastor on May 18 and 25 and June 1 will be Rev. Richard Hoffman.

For more information about attending regular worship services or the final worship at First Baptist, contact Beverly Collamer at 518-677-3327 or call the church at 518-677-5487.