240 Standish St.
Monday - Thursday
8:30AM - 4:30PM
July 20, 2017
L: The Lord is in his holy temple. P: (rising) Let all the earth keep silent before him. L: Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. ALL: And establish the work of our hands, yes, establish the work of our hands. -First words spoken in invocation for the dedication of House of Hope Presbyterian Church, November 20, 1892
The first charter members of our church were listed as "Presbyterians" in the list of charter members of First Congregational Church in Elgin. The meetings that led to the formation of our church took place in the parlor of that Congregational Church in 1853. The names of the families that formed our church that day were Stiles, Hubbard, Call, Vreeland, Hewitt, Warden, McClure, and Denison. There were 23 charter members in all.
Not an overwhelming number. A small start, however doesn’t predict failure. Jesus had only 12 disciples. He talked about the kingdom of heaven being the size of a tiny mustard seed. And notice one more thing: We STARTED OUT as part of another denomination. We worshipped with folk who were different from ourselves. It was our first lesson in diversity. Our ability to open our hearts and doors to persons with a differing faith, or perhaps no faith at all, is the tiny secret seed that seals our future as part of God’s surprising kingdom. Thanks be to God!