Grace Church Started in Parsons Hall in this Block 50 Years Ago,

by Laurel | January 20th, 2014

20 Jan 1929

Parsons Hall

Parsons Hall, Holyoke, Massachusetts

Will Observe Its Anniversary

Holyoke, Jan 19 —  Grace Congregational Church will celebrate its golden jubilee January 27 and 30 and February 3. The church was started in Parsons Hall, where several other church infants were born, and various Holyoke organizations first saw the light.

On January 27th at the 10:30 a.m.,  service, Prof. James Mullenburg will speak on “The Necessity of the Bible for Victorious Living.” On the evening of that Sunday, the history of the 50 years will be told on the silver screen.

On Wednesday evening the 30th, Miss Anne Halfpenny will preside. The speakers will be Rev. Dr. Clarence Reidenback for the mother schurch, Principal Emeritus, W. E. Judd, for the grandmother church; Rev. Earle W. Darrow for the venerable church, which has just opened its anniversary, and probably Arthur W. Remington, first regular minister. At the close of the service, a reception will be held in Grace Church hall.

The second Sunday of the celebration, February 3, Dr. E. B. Robinson will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service. Holy communion will be celebrated and new members will be received. At noon, former superintendents will speak of the past, and members of the school will predict the future.

At vespers, Albert Farr, superintendent of the church school, will preside. The speaker will be the famous Grace Church missionary, Mrs. Marion Wells Woodward, now home from the Philippines on furlough. In 1928 the minister officiated at 50 christenings, at 35 weddings, and at 38 funerals. He secured special gifts totally $6545 from 34 persons. Seventy new members were received, of whom 31 were men and 39 women. Eight adults were baptized.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

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