The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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February 21, 2014

First Presbyterian Church gets new pastor

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PALESTINE —

As the new pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Palestine, Meredith hopes to build a strong future for the congregation.

“Our congregation is relatively small but has great potential. We have a very strong membership outreach, especially with the Stock Pot (soup kitchen) and chartering the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts. It's a tremendous outreach,” Meredith said. “We are in the process of seeing what else we can do for Palestine.”

The church has about 150 members currently.

“We have a very strong history here and I'm still in the process of learning more about it. We use the history of our church as our foundation of what to build in the future,” Meredith said. “We have a very friendly congregation and I'm really looking forward to working with folks to see what we can do.”

Services on Sunday start with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and the worship service at 11 a.m.

“Our doors are open and everyone is more than welcome to come for worship and fellowship, no one is turned away,” Meredith said.

Church provides not only a direction for living, but a sense of community and family, Meredith said.

“People are searching for that these days,” Meredith said.

The congregation celebrated 125 years in its historic sanctuary in October 2013. The church is known for its historic bell, which has served the church since its inception in 1849. Prior to building its sanctuary on Avenue A, the Presbyterian congregation shared the church building located at Murchison and Church streets with the local Methodist, Baptist and Campbellite congregations.

First Presbyterian Church also is known for its Tiffany stained glass windows and its organ. The organ that presides over the alter is dated 1904 and was provided to the church by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 410 Avenue A in Palestine. For information, call 903-729-5730 or email fpc.palestine.tx@gmail.com.

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