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Towner Presbyterian celebrates 125 years

By Staff | Jul 20, 2018

The exterior of Towner Presbyterian Church as it exists today. The church will celebrate its 125th anniversary later this month.

The Towner Presbyterian Church will celebrate 125 years on July 29, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The afteroon will begin with a short service at 2:00 pm followed by refreshments in the church basement.

In 1893, 150 settlers of Towner gathered to organize a church. It was the first church in Towner and was rented by several other denominations. The fee for these services werer 35 cents for a morning service and 65 cents for an evening service. The Articles of Incorporation were signed on July 6, 1983. Nearly 14 months later the church building, which cost $1,700.00 was dedicated debt free.

In the years that followed, a basement was dug for a kitchen and dining area. A new concrete floor with the flooring was completed in 1961 and later the tile was replaced with a carpet. The bathroom has also been refurbished. In 1961 new chancel furniture was ordered. In the years that followed new siding was added to the building, a carillon placed in the bell tower, two chairlifts were installed to make it handicap accessible and in 1992 a Rogers organ was purchased from a bequest and memorial funds. Beautiful stained glass windows, memorials for deceased members grace the sanctuary. A new furnace was installed in 2017.

In preparation for the quasquicentennial celebration, sidewalk improvements were made, old plaster cracks sealed and the entire sanctuary and entrance to the church received a new coat of paint.

The church meets weekly at 9:30 am with the Rev. Don Andrews, a retired Methodist minister from Minot, leading the congregation. The Presbyterian Women meet on the second Wednesday of each month with mission projects and Bible study.

– Article submitted by the Mouse River Journal

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