Associate Presbyterian Church (Graystone) Timeline
Founded by Rev. Wilson and Rev. Allison, the first congregants met in public spaces and private homes.
Dr. David Blair - First called pastor (1858-1862) - Staunch abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad. He and the Elders were very active in Anti-Slavery activities.
One elder was fined over $10,000.00 for assisting fugitive slaves.
1st building held 40 worshippers and cost $3000
2nd building provided two stories at a cost of $3,400.
The Norman Tower and a balcony were added to make more space.
A Worship War Schism 1894
A church split - 22 members left when the pipe organ was approved for installation. Started Second UPC which grew to 100 members. Building was located on north 7th next to the Progress Office.
Back at First UPC 1923
652 Members and a building fund of $12,622.78
(June 6): First UPC began construction on the current sanctuary. Completed in 1927, the total cost was over $250,000.
(April 1): schism ends - 1st and 2nd UPC merge.
First United Presbyterian Church retired the $108K mortgage in 17 yrs.
Formally named Graystone in creation of PCUSA.
Education wing was built.
Chapel was created.
Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) was started.
Contemporary worship services began.
Sanctuary/Chancel renovations were completed.
A group from Graystone joins several thousand PCUSA church members in “The Gathering” at Minneapolis/St.Paul. The intention of the meeting was to discuss concerns within the denomination.
Graystone formally enters a discernment process to decide whether or not to vote to leave or stay in the PCUSA.
(May 13) Graystone enters the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC).
Please view our bicentenial brochure as it provides additional history of our church.
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