Our home over time.
Winter task the body with it's cold and snow. We open our drives and walks and provide warm fellowship each sunday.
Spring is God's way of revitalizing the world. Attending Sunday services is your way to revitalize you.
God offers many signs of his love. Christians believe that Jesus is the greatest sign that God loves you!
Elias Axe home on Washington St at Library Lane. Elias Axe served as an elder from the first gathering in 1837 of this community of faith until his death in 1894. The church met in his home and the homes of the other members.
From 1868 until 1870, the church rented the use of the German House on Academy Street, until it could locate a new permanent home.
Through the efforts of Elias Axe, the church purchased, in 1874, the property a 7 Chicago Street and built the Chapel It could house 300 worshippers. Rev. and Mrs. Percy Thomas with the cornerstone in the fellowship hall of the later church.
The Tabernacle at 7 Chicago Street. Built in 1888 to house the growing congregation. In less than 2 months, the congregation grew from three fold and needed a new building. (Photo by Sutton Studios, Valparaiso IN, 1950s)
Built to house 1,000 congregants, the church took a large leap of faith having gone from 150 to 360 over one summer. They had room to grow. (Photo by Sutton Studios, Valparaiso IN, 1950s)
Built in 1888, it was designed to reflect the glory of god through a new American craft of the Stained Glass window. Kinsella Stained Glass of Chicago designed and install these magnificent panels of light.
Orginally on the south wall bellow the soaring glass wall holding the Rose windows, this glass now resides in the 1507 Glendale building in the Choir area.
After 68 years of service the 7 Chicago Street building was completely renovated, replacing the electric modified gas-lights with electric lanterns and repainting the entire facility. (Photo by Sutton Studios, Valparaiso IN, 1950s)
A winter day in 1950. The church building with it's full bell tower and the church parsonage on Michigan Ave. (Photo by Sutton Studios, Valparaiso IN, 1950s)
After years of effort to stabilize the bell tower, it became necessary to reduce it's height in 1958. The bell was removed and the peak lifted off and reduced by 3 levels. The original cap was returned to the remaining structure. The roof line was modified and the peaked gables over the side windows were removed.
When the Bell Tower was reduced in size in bell was placed in storage and then moved to the corner of Chicago & Washington Sts. A time capsule was dedicated by the youth of the church in June of 1967.