Last week, this space was used to give you a little bit of a taste of the history of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church through a little bit of trivia. Well guess what? This week, we have more of the same!
The members of Emmanuel briefly considered transferring to the Reformed Church in America in 1892. Imagine if there were FOUR churches with “Reformed” in the name in the Marion-Monroe area!
Emmanuel is in its fourth building. It first met in the Methodist Episcopal Church (which had been bought from the previous Presbyterian congregation, and was on the same site as what is now Bethesda Lutheran Church). Then, after a failed attempt to buy that building, a member purchased the old schoolhouse, moved it, and worship was held on the second floor. In 1897, a church was built. However, that building was destroyed by fire just before completion. Eight months later, the fourth and final church building was completed in 1899. It has been added-to since that time, but that structure is still the root of where we worship today.
Emmanuel has been celebrating an annual Mission Fest since 1906. On that annual Sunday, we pick a mission project to support. In that first 1906 Mission Fest, $148.45 was raised. That’s not a lot today, but it sure was in 1906!
For those of you who are familiar with Emmanuel selling concessions at Wieman Land and Auction sales, it may interest you to know that Emmanuel’s women have been fundraising through selling concessions at auction sales since 1909! They haven’t been selling concessions every year, but it has been a form of fundraising in this congregation for over 100 years.
Our longest-tenured current members are Bud Yopp and Gladys Niezwaag, who both joined Emmanuel in 1941.
Five pastors have come from our church. The most recent is Dennis Niezwaag, son of Jake and Gladys Niezwaag. He is a Lutheran pastor in Charles City, IA.
Many people remember the major remodels to Emmanuel’s property in the 1990s. In 1993, the manse was picked up and moved from the corner of 1st and Broadway to the corner of 1st and Cedar. In 1998, the Fellowship Hall was added to the west of the church, filling the space where the manse used to sit.
Stay tuned for more next week as we lead up to Emmanuel’s “birthday!”
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church is celebrating their 125th anniversary on reunion weekend. There will be an open house at the church and the manse next door from 2:00-4:00 PM on Saturday the 21st. There will be a special worship service at 10:00 on Sunday morning to be followed by a meal ($5 per adult, kids 12 and under eat free; call the church at 648-3876 if you plan on joining us for the meal). Please plan on joining us for as much of this weekend as you are able. We would love to see you there!