Today is Sunday, July 23, 2017

1st Presbyterian celebrates 100 years on Sunday

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At 2 p.m., several former ministers will speak to the congregation at a special celebration service. Members of the church will also perform special music during the celebration service, including the choir, organist and bells.

According to Lebanon City Historian Jack Howard, a life-long member of the church, the congregation was formed earlier than the building itself.

“The cornerstone was laid in 1910, but the church met across the street for a few years before that,” Howard said. Howard also noted that Cumberland University was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church for many years after the church’s founding in 1910. Since the church building had the largest seating capacity at the time, Cumberland held some of its commencement services at the church.

“A lot of the initial members of the church were faculty at the university,” Howard said. Also, after Castle Heights Military Academy was established, the school required students to attend worship services on Sunday mornings at the church of their choice. Howard said many of the students attended First Presbyterian Church.

For the celebration on Sunday, the church has gathered memorabilia and historic photos to showcase First Presbyterian’s past. Kathy Adams, a church member for more than 20 years, said they have a photograph of the groundbreaking from 1910 and many others.

“A lot of people that still go to church here were married here, so we have wedding pictures through the years,” Adams said.

Everyone is welcome to attend worship services on Sunday and join the church’s congregation in celebrating this historic milestone in Lebanon’s history. First Presbyterian Church is located at 304 West Main Street in Lebanon, the church with the bells. Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at

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