The First congregational Church of Western Springs was founded in 1887 with twenty-one charter members. The church group quickly grew to more than forty, a membership recognized as "cosmopolitan in spirit and life, broad in sympathy, and tolerant in non-essentials. Early members worshipped in a small frame schoolhouse that stood near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Chestnut Street. When this building was removed in 1894 to make way for construction of an ornate stone church, services were temporarily held in a large tent. The new building was opened in late fall of 1894, and was officially dedicated in June of 1895. In 1929, the congregation moved into the building and sanctuary where we presently hold services. G. Grant Elmslie, a Prairie School architect and highly regarded associate of the renowned Louis Sullivan, designed this new building. Today the elegant woodwork patterns, the resplendent stained glass window above the altar, and the detailed stonework on our building's edifice serve as stunning reminders of Elmslie's talents. Changes that have occurred over the past 70 years are: * 1949 Church nursery school is formed. * 1956 The addition of our current education building is completed. * 1961 Congregation votes to join the United Church of Christ. * 1987 The centennial of our church's founding is celebrated. * 2004 We celebrate our Diamond Anniversary with a major restoration and renovation effort that will catch us up on many deferred maintenance items and restore some of Mr. Elmslie's original detailing. It is our hope that following these projects, we will qualify for inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places. |Bible Studies|Sunday School|Religious Education|Community Services|Prayer Services|Support Groups|Music & Choirs|Youth Choirs|Preschools & Day Care|Youth Programs|Church of Christ Churches|Prayer|Music Ministries|Church Services|Morning Services|Worship Services|Traditional Services|Sunday School|Religious Education|Classes|Music & Choirs|Youth Programs|Summer Worship 9:30 AM|Sunday Worship 9:00 & 10:30 Am|Children'S Sunday Schodol 9:00 & 10:30 Am|Adult Educoation 10:00 Am|Sunday Worship 9:00 & 10:30 Am|Children'S Sunday Schodol 9:00 & 10:30 Am|Adult Educoation 10:00 Am
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