For the past seven decades, members of Denmark United Church of Christ have celebrated their faith through the God's Portion Day fundraiser.

This Saturday's iteration of the event will be the 70th, and the church committee has been working hard to bring it together.

"We have a chicken noodle dinner, and it's usually a big draw," said committee member Elizabeth Savage. "We usually have people sitting and waiting for that."

This year's God's Portion Day is scheduled for Saturday, starting with a raising of the flag at 9:20 a.m. After the church bell rings, the baked goods booth will be open at 9:30 a.m., with a parade to follow at 10:30 a.m.

"If it rains, the parade will probably be canceled," Savage said.

The famed chicken noodle dinner will be served after the parade at about 11:15 a.m., and will go on rain or shine. But that's just the beginning of the festivities. An auction is planned for 12:30 p.m. inside the church.

"The auction is mostly homemade items. We have some quilts and woodworking and some generous donations from local businesses," Savage said.

Six of those auction items consist of chances to win a flying drone. It's kind of like a combined raffle/auction, since half-a-dozen of those 1 in 6 chances will be up for bid. The winner will be declared at the end of the auction.

"The auction generally lasts three hours," Savage said.

The money earned from the event will go toward various church functions and mission trips, just as it always has.

Denmark UCC celebrated its 175th anniversary a few years ago, and God's Portion Day was created at the suggestion of church member Arthur Meyer. Funds from the first God's Portion Day were used to support 10 churches, including one in Kentucky.

A lot has changed over the past 70 years. The women of the church no longer butcher and clean their own chickens, and the noodles are no longer cut by hand. The coffee is no longer made using granite pots and boilers over tanks of gas. The price of candy is no longer 80 cents per pound, but fudge still proves to be a popular purchase.

"We still gather each year to promote the cause of Christ, unite the community and raise money for the church and missions. We love seeing each and every person enjoying themselves," the God's Portion Day committee said in a statement.