150th Anniversary

150th Anniversary Right Around the Corner

Just one service on October 29th at 10:30 a.m. with a celebratory brunch at 9:00 a.m.!

On October 29th, which is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we will also celebrate the 150th anniversary of First Presbyterian’s founding. Bagpipes and drums will lead the procession on this historic day in the life of the Protestant Church, coupled with a celebration of our congregation’s mission and outreach since 1867. Fourteen members, along with the Rev. Alexander Sterrett, constituted the first Sunday worship of the congregation on the second floor of the courthouse just two years after the Civil War. Three years later the congregation would build its first building on the southwest corner of Fifth and Poyntz at a cost of $6,223.00.

We often associate the founding of a church or any organization in a romantic light, considering the dreams, aspirations, and vision of the founders. But we know that hard work, disappointments, and discouragements come with the territory in any proposition or idea worth working for and sharing with others. Such was the dedication of our founders in an effort to promote the gospel in a city with a brand new University and brand new vision for itself. First Presbyterian would join in this growth of spirit and community, just four years after the city of Manhattan and Kansas State University were founded.

And so here we are today, not only appreciating the diligent efforts and the
visions of our spiritual ancestors, but carrying on the tradition of the mission of the gospel forward so we reach others for Christ and prepare the way for future

Mark October 29th on your calendar. It will be a great day of celebration!