Church Marks Landmark Anniversary

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Voices and songs of praise have filled the walls of the First Christian Church of Bryan-College Station for 140 years now.

On its anniversary the church celebrated with music, songs of thanksgiving, communion, and prayer.

In 1866, the First Christian Church was organized. Since that date members of the church have worshiped in five different buildings, before settling down in their current location on the corner of Ennis and Homestead.

Services held Sunday morning gave people, good reason to the celebrate.

"Seeing people so joyful, people's lives have been touched you know, by their ancestors who have been a part of this church," said John Hoyle, Chairman of the Church Board.

The church is rich in history, and was started by several prominent figures, including one involved with the development of Texas A&M.

"One of the organizers for this church was judge Spencer Ford. And it just so happens we found out this year, that he was on the committee that met with the Texas Legislature to convince them to place Texas A&M where they did. And so we feel real proud of that," said Ann Pittman, Chair of the 140th Celebration.

At a luncheon held after the morning service, members and guests were invited to eat, fellowship and celebrate the church's anniversary.

"This church is like a big family, so this is like a big family reunion," said Pittman.

Members had the opportunity to relive the past history of the church by looking through dozens of scrapbooks, and photo albums which were collected and put together over the years.

The Church is carrying on a tradition of 140 years of worship, something they want to see continue for many years to come.

"We hope we'll have another one hundred and forty years to serve this community and the lives of people who are part of this church," said Hoyle.