Centennial Projects


As you know, the Centennial Celebration Committee at First Presbyterian Church is hard at work preparing for our 100th anniversary celebration in 2017. We want to remember as much of our church history as possible, and we need your help to do that. We need your memories. Our goal is to fill a binder with the memories you have of your days at First Pres—memories of the first time you came to this church, of baptisms and weddings, of your Sunday School classes and teachers, of times of great fun and moments of poignancy, of inspiring pastors and remarkable sermons, of saints gone before us, of building and service, of humor and fellowship, and everything in between.

Will you please take a few minutes and write down some of your fondest, strongest memories of our church? Feel free to hand write or type on your computer—be sure to sign. The memory can be as long or short as you wish. Multiple memories are encouraged, and can be written on the same paper. Then, just drop your memory in the Memory Box in the foyer of the church (or mail to: 100 West Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660, or e-mail it to whmcclure@hotmail.com).

Your assistance with this task is vital and greatly appreciated. Please help! The Memory Book will not be complete without you. Your speedy response would be wonderful.


In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle Paul urged the believers to grow in the knowledge of God and to bear fruit—to do good works. In March 2017, we will celebrate our centennial as a church. We are already remembering and rejoicing in our history, and recalling the many saints who have gone before. What better time to be engaged in a new fruit-bearing project? What better way to show our appreciation for the past work of faithful members? What better way to honor God for his blessings to this church?

The Centennial Celebration Committee encourages all Sunday School classes and other groups of the church to identify a service project and purposefully bear fruit in celebration of our 100 years. Your class project might be as simple as committing to bring food for the food pantry on a regularly scheduled basis—OR as elaborate as designing a totally new initiative. The Discovery Class has recently adopted two fruit-bearing projects. They will provide food for four hunger initiatives. And they will contact members of the congregation to promote fellowship, intergenerational interaction, and discipleship growth opportunities.

Please take some time to consider how your class or group, too, might be involved and bear fruit. What a special way, not only to honor our history, but to be the church alive—to be the hands of Christ at work in the world today.