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St. John's: 150 years in community
This photo of St. Johns United Church of Christ was taken in the 1870s, prior to construction of the current building on 14th Street. The altar painting, titled Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, was by German historical painter Heinrich Hofmann. The painting was moved to the current building in 1922 where it still hangs above the altar.
Church will celebrate with birthday party March 25MONROE - On a warm August day in 1862, a dozen Monroe families gathered in a small church in hopes of worshipping in the same way they had years earlier in their native Switzerland and Germany.Now the 1,500-member congregation of St. John's United Church of Christ will celebrate the church's 150th birthday. A series of events are being planned beginning with a birthday party following the 9 a.m. service on Sunday, March 25, in the church's Fellowship Hall. Cake and refreshments will be served and a short program highlighting the church's history will follow.