The bell will be ringing as we celebrate our 125 events this year!

            The original bell which was brought upriver to South Elgin and hauled up to the original clapboard church at 200 W. Spring St., is still the bell we ring to call people to worship every Sunday at 9 a.m.

            When the first church burned down in **, only the bell and the belfry remained after the fire.

            When the new church was built two years later, the old bell was newly installed in the bell tower at 400 W. Spring St., where we are today.

            So it is only fitting that we ring out the bell as we celebrate 125 years in South Elgin at our two events:


Open House – Sunday, August 27, 1-4 p.m.

            The Open House is a way that we can invite people from the community to celebrate our century-plus here in this town.

            We have invited many local officials. At this time, Village President Steve Ward has indicated he will attend, make a few remarks, and read the Proclamation for our 125 years (see page XX). Also from the village will be other officials, including Margo Gray, Jennifer Barconi and Greg Lieser.

            Mike Kenyon, County Board Member and officials from Elgin Township have also been invited, as well as officials from the library, park board, etc. It should be a good turn-out, so please be sure to invite your family and friends.

            The event will be kicked off at 1 p.m. by Pastor Jan. After remarks, ice cream will be served to everyone, and we will begin tours of the church.

            For the event, we are going to be asking members to serve as volunteers to serve ice cream and lead tours through the building. You will hear more about this later, but if you would like to volunteer, please let Penny know.

            Everyone who attends the events will receive a free gift tote bag inscribed with our celebration logo.


Homecoming – Sunday, September 17, 10-11 a.m.

            The Homecoming celebration is for the celebration of our current and former members and pastors.

            All of the former pastors who are still alive have been invited. Those who have so far indicated they will attend are Clyde Galow, John Smith and Rick Carlson.

            An invitation has also gone out to all former members who we have been able to locate.

            We will have a special worship service at 9 a.m. that morning with the former pastors in attendance. They have been invited to share their memories of their service here.

            After the service, there will be a Continental Breakfast in Fellowship Hall so that everyone will have a chance to visit.

            (Immediately following, the pastors and their wives will be served a private brunch at the parsonage so they can return home with full bellies!)


            The 125 Committee has been working very hard and is very  excited about the upcoming celebrations. If you would like to help in any way, do not hesitate to let us know!