The Second Congregational Church recently celebrated its 188th birthday. The church building was dedicated Jan. 16, 1833, and the steeple was added in 1855. It was destroyed in a gale in 1869 and replaced a year later. Now, in 2016, the steeple is need of repair again.

The church will host a Dining to Donate event at Applebee's in Thomaston Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to closing to  benefit the steeple restoration project.

Visit Applebee's for lunch or dinner, and it will donate a portion of the check, whether it be dining inside or using their Carside to Go. Each individual diner must present a flyer (see accompnying image) for the church to receive credit for your food purchase. Donations exclude tax and tip.