Submitted by Northminster Presbyterian Church
On January 29, immediately following its 9:30 a.m. worship service, Northminster Presbyterian members will gather for the 101 Stated Meeting of the Congregation, marking its 100th anniversary. This meeting (and a Gala the night before) are the kickoff to a months-long celebration of Northminster’s Centennial.
The organizational meeting to create Northminster was held at 3:30 p.m. on the afternoon of Sunday, January 28, 1923 at Lincolnwood School with 150 people attending. The name Northminster Presbyterian Church was chosen and 57 people became charter members. The goal was to have 100 members by Easter of 1923, all of them to be included as charter members. By Easter, Northminster had 82 charter members. At the meeting this weekend, Northminster’s annual report notes that it currently has just over 500 members.
From now until Memorial Day Weekend, the art and information exhibit “Northminster at 100,” will be presented in the Tower Gallery space of the church. Two large panels share highlights of Northminster’s first century of service and worship on the North Shore. The panels shape Northminster’s story around its Motto: Growing in Faith, Rooted in Love. The exhibit also features one key photograph from each of the 11 decades of Northminster’s existence. Special centennial events, including special worship services are planned from now until Pentecost, the final Sunday of May. The service this Sunday, January 29, is based on the very first worship service from the final Sunday in January, 1923.