Celebrating Our Bicentennial, Honoring Our Legacy
2016 was a banner year for celebrating. On January 21, 2016, our church was 200 years old!
The mission statement we've adopted for our bicentennial year is in keeping with our continual focus: “A community of Christ serving with grace, hope, gratitude, love, and faith.” The theme for our special year is Celebrating Through Service. We're challenging every member of First Presbyterian to perform additional service to our church and community this year to honor our church's incredible history.
A Bicentennial Commemoration Service at the State Capitol was the kick off for our celebration on January 21 at 7:00 p.m. It included a gathering in the old House chamber and a bagpiper-led recessional back to Memorial Hall. There, a Scottish-themed reception featured music and a “visit” by FPC forefather Dr. William McPheeters.
FPC Families In Our 200 Years — Special displays featured photos and other memorabilia from families representing multiple generations of our church‘s history.
A First Presbyterian History — Campbell University professor Dr. Glenn Jonas presented the book he was commissioned to write.
A Concert and Lecture Series concerts by FPC youth, an adult professional singing group, and instrumental performances by FPC members.
Our Church Facilities Over Time — Photographs depicting historical and recent changes to our church were shown on a flat-screen television.
Our Books of Remembrance contain a history of gifts made to the church. The books’ pages, now being digitally photographed for easier access by members, will be stored in a database and a hard-copy notebook in the library. Periodically during our bicentennial year, many of these pages were displayed on flat-screen televisions.
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Oral History — DVDs were produced featuring interviews with FPC members who have had significant roles in the church’s recent history. The DVDs are shown periodically on a flat-screen TV and be available for purchase.
Bicentennial Curriculum — The Christian Education Committee developed lesson plans designed for youth that assisted teachers in helping students understand the significance of the FPC bicentennial.
Bicentennial Anthem — A special piece, commissioned by the Worship, Music, and Communion Committee, had its premiere, performed by the Chancel Choir and Dr. David Covington in January.
Special Worship Services throughout the year featured ministers previously associated with FPC.
200 Hours of Service — Members were invited to account for the number of hours in 2016 they donate in service to the bicentennial theme, purpose and mission. Displays will illustrated these service activities, and participants were recognized at the end of the year.
School of Grace — FPC member Anna Grace Thompson volunteered to teach piano lessons to youth who might be unable to study the piano otherwise. (We are grateful to Anna Grace for this outstanding example of service.)
Bicentennial Promotional Items to help you remember our special year are available for sale.