First Presbyterian Church, located at 304 West Main Street in Lebanon, is the oldest church building in Lebanon still being used for religious services and will celebrate the church’s 100th year in April 2010. The building was authorized by the elders and trustees in 1909, and a lot obtained on the corner of South Greenwood Street and West Main Street. Ground was broken in April of 1910 and a cornerstone laid.
The architectural plan of the church is call “The Akron Plan” which was suggested by architects and was used. This structural plan was very popular in the United States from 1885 to 1925, and many other churches in the USA have the typical corner tower and diagonal seating in the sanctuary, with moving partitions giving maximum space for educational classrooms. At one time, the First Presbyterian Church building had the largest seating capacity of any sanctuary in Lebanon, because of this multi-purpose arrangement. In addition to the historic building, the wonderful stained glass windows, organ and church bells also hold a great deal of historic importance.
The Minister of First Presbyterian Church is Dr. John T. Cheetham. For more information, visit www.fpclebanon.org.
As Lebanon’s First Presbyterian Church anticipates celebrating the church’s 100th birthday in April, the Deacons of the church kick off a year long celebration with their Annual Chili Dinner.
Great food at a great price…all for a great cause can be found at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Feb. 24 as they host their Annual Deacons’ Chili Dinner. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.
The Deacons of First Presbyterian Church host this annual event to raise funds to support their community efforts throughout the year. FPC Deacons stay very involved in the community and give back to those in need as much as possible.
“This is such a great way for us to raise money,” said Allen Vance, one of FPC’s Deacons. “We are able to open the doors of our church and offer some pretty incredible homemade chili…plus…help fund many of the community outreach projects that we do throughout the year.”
For the price of a ticket you will receive a generous serving of homemade chili with all the fixin’s, dessert and a drink. As we all watch our budgets a little closer these days, this is a great deal for everyone, Vance added. Chili will be served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian. Takeout orders are available upon request, so at just $5 a ticket, this would be the perfect opportunity to buy lunch for the entire office.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door, or can be purchased in advance from any of the Deacons. They are as follows: Hal Bone, Linda Bramhall, Bob Frye, Sue Abernathy, Jimmie Crawford, Jane Hay, Jack Pratt, Lisa Burruss, Rachel Farley, Robin Orewiler and Vance.