SAN LEANDRO -- First Christian Church will close its doors Feb. 10 after nearly 70 years of service to its parishioners and service to those in need.

Founder, the Rev. Homer Richardson will deliver the church's last sermon that day and a celebration will follow from 2 to 4 p.m. Richardson retired in 1988 but has served as interim pastor three times since then as the church struggled to stay viable with a shrinking congregation, church officials said.

Helping organize the event are staff of the nonprofit Davis Street Community Center, which began as a food pantry ministry of the church in 1971 and today offers low-income families child care, medical, tax and other services.

"First Christian Church and Rev. Richardson were very progressive in their thoughts about how to utilize their congregation and focus its efforts to serving a community that was in need. ... He saw that people were hungry and he got his congregation together and motivated them to donate some food," said Karla Goodbody, Davis Street director of health and family support services. "It (the center) has always been focused on children and youth and people that need help."

Anyone with photos or stories to share about First Christian Church in San Leandro or its ministries can send them to Richardson via email at homjan4859@aol.com.

Ashly McGlone covers San Leandro, San Lorenzo and the Washington Township Health Care District. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.