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  Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
 Decade: 1950-1959
 Year: 1956
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2007
[Carrying the First Christian Church Entrance Tablet]

[Carrying the First Christian Church Entrance Tablet]

Date: April 3, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of four men placing the tablet above the entrance to the new worship building. Left to right: John M. Hughes, Minister; L.G. Douglas, Treasurer; Allen Dawson, Board Chairman; and Glynn Lowther, Chairman of the Building Committee.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church 1956]

[First Christian Church 1956]

Date: December 1, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church and educational building shortly after construction was completed..
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church 1956]

[First Christian Church 1956]

Date: December 1956
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a front view of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Communion Table]

[First Christian Church Communion Table]

Date: 1956
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church communion table, which is carved with an inset of the Last Supper. The table was given in memory of the Charter Members of the Church, by the Loyal Women's Bible Class for the new sanctuary. The women had earned $1000 making all kinds of needlework, mostly quilting, for eight years to provide this gift to the congregation.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Service of Dedication]

[First Christian Church Service of Dedication]

Date: November 25, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church service of Dedication of the new sanctuary led by Dr. Newton J. Robison (pastor of First Christian Church of Amarillo, a brother to Miss Gladyne Robison, Principal of Travis School, and a member of our congregation) spoke at the morning service. Dr. Elmer Henson, Dean of Brite University, Fort Worth was the chief speaker for the afternoon Dedication service.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Summer Youth Meeting]

[First Christian Church Summer Youth Meeting]

Date: 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of a First Christian Church Summer Youth Program meeting. Young man standing at left of photo not known. Front row - left to right: Phillip Foote, Norma Moss, Sylvia Swearingen, Sandra Brazil, Linda Douglas. Second row - left to right: Judy Dawson, Mary Evelyn Murphy, (girl sitting behind Sandra not identified), Darrell Evans, Ila Mae Prafka. Thirda row - left to right: Delmer Fussell, Bobby Morgan, Alline Dawson, Betty Murphy, (person sitting directly behind Ila Mae Prafka not identified).
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Inside the First Christian Church]

[Inside the First Christian Church]

Date: November 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the inside of the First Christian Church. Note the rose window above the draped baptistery given in memory of John Chapman by his wife, Thelma Chapman. Communion table given in memory of Charter members by the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class. Wicks pipe organ (behind lectern on left side) given in memory of S.O. Latimer by Mrs. S.O. Latimer. The pulpit lectern (on right) given by Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hughes and their son, John Marcus. Altar-ware given in memory of E.N. George by Mrs. S.I. Bishop.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class]

[Members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class]

Date: November 25, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class taken in the newly completed sanctuary. First row - left to right: Mrs. J.E. Davis (Sadie), Mrs. O.A. Youngblood (Minnie), Mrs. O.P. Pearce, Mrs. John H. McDonald, and Mrs. R.H. Draughon. Second row - left to right: Mrs. Frank Hines (Clara), Mrs. Bertie Ingalls, Mrs. Leon Little (Virginia), Mrs. W.C. Neel (Ida), Mrs. Jim Dillinger (Mary), Mrs. G.T. Wallace (Stella), Mrs. C.E. Lauer, Mrs. C.W. Warren (Rose), Mrs. C.E. Perry (Ida), Mrs. J.A House, Mrs. Mary Harmon, Mrs. Ethel Akkerman, Mrs. Dewey Prince (Terrie), Mrs. N.E. Pray, Mrs. J.R. Swan (Rate), Mrs. I.N. Noble (Maude), Mrs. J.D. Eidom (Olga), Mrs. G.E. Gartman (Alice), Mrs. H.W. Davis (Bertie), Mrs. Florence McDonald. Third row - left to right: Mrs. Kate Pearson, Mrs. Hazel Dorman, Mrs. Alta Newton, Mrs. Beulah Christopher, Mrs. Mamie Peck. Fourth row - left to right: Mrs. Burt Loy, Mrs. John Chapman (Thelma), Mrs. N.C. Cloutman (Rena), Mrs. Gladys Holmes, Mrs. Nora LaRose, Mrs. S.I. Bishop, Mrs. C.H. Powell (Elizabeth), and Mrs. Ozello Doiron.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Presentation of Plaque of Appreciation to Glynn Lowther]

[Presentation of Plaque of Appreciation to Glynn Lowther]

Date: November 25, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of presentation of plaque of appreciation to Glynn Lowther for his work as Chairman of Building Construction. In photo, left to right: A.E. Catanach, Choir Director; Homer D. Snider, Building Committee member; Martin Dooley, Building Committee member; Glenn Lowther; and Elbert M. Reeder, Immedate past Board Chairman.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Summer Youth Program Dinner]

[Summer Youth Program Dinner]

Date: 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Summer Youth Program Dinner. Minister John H. Hughes is standing in front of the slogan 'Not My Will but Thine'.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur