From those early prayer meetings in homes, to the tent chapel, to the present sanctuary…faithful Methodists have gathered for worship and service, answering God‘s call to share the good news with the world. This volume records the major events and people who shaped this congregation from its very beginnings in 1890. Behind this story are thousands of ordinary lives, where people are touched by God‘s grace in this congregation.
Here people claimed their faith, heard the call to ordained ministry, asked important questions, studied and learned. They supported each other in times of grief. They wrote notes of encouragement, offered words of comfort. They rejoiced at weddings, delighted in the birth of children.
Sunday after Sunday the congregation gathered for worship. Marvelous music helped people offer their praise to God. The informality of the Early Christians worship service built a caring community. College students, teachers, long-time members, first-time visitors, the homeless, young and old — all are welcome to this great community of faith. The decision to become a Reconciling Congregation reflects both this welcoming spirit and a concern for justice for all God‘s people. Click here to see a condensed web version of From Tent to Temple. The full book is available to peruse in the University Temple Library.