St. Peter’s Celebrates 140 Years!
May 27, 2016 08:54PM
By Ron Searl
On Monday, May 30, 2016, St. Peter's United Church of Christ members will march in the Elmhurst Memorial Day Parade. This year’s parade coincides with the St. Peter's 140th Anniversary. While the City of Elmhurst was incorporated in 1881, St. Peter's United Church of Christ (UCC) was the first organized Protestant church in the Elmhurst settlement. St. Peter's congregation was organized in May 1876 while the building cornerstone was laid a few months later in September of the same year.
The early settlers of the Elmhurst area were predominantly German or English. The merger of two German immigrant church groups in 1871- the Evangelical Synod of the West and the Evangelical Synod of the Northwest led to the creation of the German Evangelical Synod of North America in 1869. This group founded the Evangelical Proseminary in 1871 which was the parent institution of Elmhurst College. The German Evangelical Synod was the denomination to which the founders of the St. Peter’s Church members belonged. This connects to the German Evangelical Synod identifies St. Peter’s UCC with the early founding of Elmhurst College.
Memorial Day is intended to honor and remember those who have died serving in our Country’s Armed Forces. St. Peter’s is honored to have served the Elmhurst community and honored to share in the communities support of those who have died for our country.
St. Peter’s United Church (http://www.stpeterselmhurst.org/) of Christ located at 125 W. Church Street, Elmhurst, IL. Learn more about the church at www.stpeterselmhurst.org or by calling 630-530-6000. “Like” the church at https://www.facebook.com/St-Peters-UCC-Elmhurst-303225093043983/.