first Presbyterian Church

                                                      Des Plaines, IL

Celebrating 60 Years

Posted by Lorrie on October 31, 2013

First Presbyterian Church of Des Plaines Celebrates 60 years

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Though the actual date of the formal organization for what is now called First Presbyterian Church is December 13, 1953, the friends, current and past members and clergy came together September 29, 2013, to honor the past and look ahead to tomorrow.

Rev. Jill Paulsen served as guest speaker at the Re-dedication 10 a.m. Worship Service. A casual buffet dinner followed in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Approximately seventy-five people helped celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the church. There was plenty of time for conversation, laughter, and reminiscing.

In honor of the sixty years of existence, Olivia Albert, current Pastor Bill Albert’s wife, designed and created two new banners to decorate the front of the sanctuary. Using John 5:15 as her inspiration, “I am the vine; you are the branches”, both banners are adorned with twisting, leafy vines as well as other religious symbols.  

New, ivory-colored choir robes and stoles were also dedicated. The group of 6-10 singers happily gave up their 40 year old green robes when one of the members raised money to replace them. “Lord, Let Me Serve” was the anthem for the day. It reflects the mindful effort that should take place in all our lives considering the plight and needs of our fellow humans.

The small group of pilgrims who started meeting in one another’s homes back in the 50’s would be surprised at all the changes this worshiping body has gone through. The name was once Orchard Place Community Church and then United Protestant Church. From holding services in places such as Orchard Place School in the early 50’s and the Old Masonic Temple in 1959 to the breaking of ground for the red brick, steepled building at 1755 Howard Street in the early 60’s, the places where members and friends have worshiped has varied. The size of the congregation has dwindled since the 80’s, as many mainline churches are experiencing. What has not changed is the heart of the people to be true to the commands found in the Bible and the bonds of love and fellowship that have been forged here. Praise God!

You, too, can be a part of this community. If you are seeking, call the church office 847-299-4215 and leave a message. Visit the website at

First Presbyterian Church

1755 Howard Avenue

Des Plaines, IL 60018


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