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Come Follow Me : First Christian Church, 1904-2004
The story of the congregation of the First Christian Church of Port Arthur, Texas from 1898 to 2004. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34965/
[Choraliers Visit Avery Island, Louisiana]
Photograph of the choraliers visit to Avery Island, Louisiana. Left to right: Sharon (Mary Ann Murphy's granddaughter), Margret Anne Blitch, Dan and Audrey Daniel, Lois Bryan, Angie Bowers, Rose Merriman, Mary Ann Murphy, Jack Cansler, and Lois Copeland. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34879/
[Choraliers Visit Avery Island, Louisiana]
Photograph of the Choraliers visit to Avery Island, Louisiana. Left to right: Angie Bowers, Bill Kettrick, Lois Copeland, Bob Bowers, Edna Nixon, Rex Copeland, Audrey Daniel, Lois Bryan, Jim Sutherline, and Bill Hauck, minister. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34880/
Ministers of the First Christian Church, Port Arthur, Texas
Book discussing all the Ministers of the Port Arthur First Christian Church from 1904-1990. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34949/
[Christian Men's Fellowship Litter Control Committee]
Photograph of the members of the Christian Men's Fellowship Litter Control Committee. The committee was responsible for picking up the trash in the neighborhood of the church, along Ninth Avenue, from 60th Street southward to Alligator Bayou. Standing, left to right: Ward Beckcom, Abe Snider, Jim Sutherlin, Kenneth Parker, L.G. Douglas, Clarence Richards, Frank Nixon, and Sidney Baker. Kneeling in front, left to right are Ralph Harrington and John Widenhoff. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34895/
[First Christian Church Sanctuary]
Photograph of the First Christian Church sanctuary. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34884/
[Camp Wildurr]
Photograph of Camp Wildurr and it's young campers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34883/
[Camp Wildurr Junior Summer Camp]
Photograph of Camp Wildurr and it's junior campers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34885/
[First Christian Church Greeters for Sunday Morning Service]
Photograph of greeters for the Sunday Morning Worship Service at First Christian Church. They are shown here in the narthex of the church at 620 Woodworth Blvd. Front row, left to right: Robert A. Bowers, Johnny Edgerton, and Leatrice Huber. Back row, left to right: Glynn Lowther, Len Caillouet, and Fred Day. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34887/
[Audience of the 75th Anniversary Presentation by Sutherlin and Reeder]
Photograph of the audience of the 75th Anniversary presentation by Yvonne Sutherlin and Hugh Reeder. The picture was taken from the back of the room, facing the stage, where a skit is being performed. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34913/
[Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Church]
Photograph of the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the First Christian Church. Yvonne Sutherlin and Hugh Reeder, "Old Timers" discuss the "old times" on stage in a theatrical skit. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34914/
[Members of the First Christian Church]
Photograph of the members of the First Christian Church. Left to right: Julia Jones, Glenn Lowther, Mark Hockett, Dr. D. Ray Lindley (Interim Minister), and Olive Fern Arisco. Event not known. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34888/
[First Christian Church After a Snowstorm]
Photograph of the First Christian Church after a snowstorm that took place on January 11, 1973. Three and a half inches of snow covers the church and the church bus parked on the left hand side of the church. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34896/
[Mother's Day at First Christian Church]
Photograph of three women on Mother's Day at the First Christian Church. Joan Edwards presented flowers to the oldest and youngest mothers. Left to right are Joan Edwards, Mrs. G.W. Cline (the oldest mother present), and Vicki Cropper (the youngest mother present). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34889/
[Camp Wildurr Summer Camp]
Photograph of the young people of the Camp Wildurr summer camp. The camp was on Village Creek in Hardin County near Silsbee. It was the Encampment of the Eastern Cluster of Christian Churches, known as District 13. The campers are posing in four rows. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34916/
[First Christian Church Boy Scout Troop]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Boy Scout Troop. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34878/
[First Christian Church Youth Choir]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir, about 1948. The adults standing on the left side of the photo are Peggy Catanach, Assistant Choir Director, and A.E. Catanach (her father), choir director. Sitting at the piano on the right of the photo is the pianist for the choir, Austin Mills. Child sitting in pew is one of the younger Shiflett boys. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34904/
[Glenda Watson]
Photograph of Glenda Watson, a First Christian Church's Link Missionary at D.C.C.M., Monieka, Coquilhatville, Belgian Congo, 1954-1958. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34893/
[Loyal Women's Sunday School Class Luncheon]
Photograph of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class luncheon. Minister John Hughes is standing at the back of the room behind the head table. Left side of left table, beginning at the closest end: Mrs. J.C. Safley, Mrs. J.H. (Zola) McDonald, not known, Mrs. Scott, Mrs. J.D. (Olga) Eidom, Mrs. A. J. (Alta) Barton. Right side of left table, beginning at closest end: not known, Mrs. John (Thelma) Chapman, Mrs. Bert (Minnie) Loy; not known, Mrs. Alta Chapman, Mrs. Marie Harmon. Left side of right table, beginning at closest end: Rena Cloutman, Clara Hine, not known, not known, Mrs. Henry (Bertie) Davis, Mrs. Terry Prince. Right side of right table: Cora Bell Draughon, Ethel Akkerman, Mary Harbert, Mary Dillinger, Virginia Little, Ida Jean Perry, Oza Pray. Head Table left to right: Sadie Davis, Mrs. C.E. (Bessie) Lauer, Elizabeth Powell, Kate Pearson, Mildred Smith, Mrs. Ellerbee, Mrs. O.P. Pearce. Standing: Minnie Youngblood, Lottie Millikin, Florence McDonald, Alta Newton, and Minister John Hughes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34882/
[On the Steps of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas]
Photograph of a group of women and children standing on the steps of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34948/
[First Christian Church High School Seniors]
Photograph of graduating seniors from the high schools local to the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas. They are wearing graduation caps and gowns, standing together in three rows inside the church. They are, from left to right: Front row: Mary Scott, Port Neches-Groves High School; Sandy Ellis, Thomas Jefferson High School; Elizabeth Anne Sutherlin, Thomas Jefferson High School; Patricia Trahan, Thomas Jefferson High School. Middle row: Sandra Reeder, Port Neches-Groves High School; Kay Houck, Nederland High School; Susan Davis, Thomas Jefferson High School; Patti Farley, Thomas Jefferson High School; Patricia Gayle Snider, Thomas Jefferson. Back row: Pete Huber, Thomas Jefferson High School; Ronnie Musgrove, Thomas Jefferson High School; Marc Huber, Thomas Jefferson High School; Dr. James R. Wright, Jr., Minister; Tommy Tuttle, Nederland High School; James R. Wright, III, Thomas Jefferson High School. Seniors not present when picture was taken were: Mike Harmon and Dianne Petry from Thomas Jefferson High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34907/
[Vacation Bible School]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Vacation Bible School. Teachers standing behind the children are, left to right: Alline Redd, Margie Jones, and Mary Ann McCoy. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34898/
[Vacation Bible School]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Vacation Bible School. The two Kindergarten teachers standing in back are Belinda Harmon and Marie Lowther." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34897/
[First Christian Church Fellowship Hall]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Left to right is Mrs. John H. McDonald, a charter member, explaining the church history to two young members, Mark Huber and his cousin, Pete Huber. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34890/
[Granny Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]
Photograph of Granny Pearce's 90th birthday party at the First Christian Church. Granny is sitting at the end of the table in front of her cake. The lady sitting on the left side at the front of the table is Mrs. C.E. Lauer. Also in the photograph is Mrs. Sadie Davis, Mrs. Youngblood, Mrs. Florence McDonald, Mrs. Mildred Smith, Kate Pearson, and Mrs. Powell (seating arrangement is unknown). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34901/
[Mrs. O.P. 'Granny' Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]
Photograph of Mrs. O.P. 'Granny' Pearce celebrating her 90th birthday at the First Christian Church on February 2, 1959. She passed away on July 14, 1961 at the age of 92. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34902/
[New Edition to the Timothy Wall at the First Christian Church]
Photograph of Edward Anderson, the new Timothy at First Christian Church, honored by having his photo hung on the Timothy Wall in the narthex of the sanctuary. In photo, left to right: John M. Hughes, Minister; Mary Jane Anderson, Eddie's wife; Glynn Lowther, Deacon; Edward Anderson receiving a congratulatory handshake from Charles Poston, Chairman of the Official Board; Miss Verna Evelyn Johnson, Minister of Education; and E.M. Reeder, Church elder. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34908/
[First Christian Church After a Snowstorm]
Photograph of the First Christian Church after a snowstorm that took place on February 13, 1958. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34899/
[First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper on grounds of the historic home, Rose Hill, adjacent to the Sabine-Neches Waterway and at foot of Woodworth Blvd. at Lakeshore Drive. A large number of people are congregating around several picnic tables and chairs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34911/
[First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper at Rose Hill]
Photograph of the First Christian Church members being served during the Church Chuck Wagon supper at Rose Hill. The event is taking place outdoors and the members are huddled around picnic tables texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34910/
[Camp Wildurr]
Photograph of Camp Wildurr and the many young people who attended the summer camp. There are a few personal messages and signatures on the back of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34886/
[First Christian Church 1956]
Photograph of the First Christian Church and educational building shortly after construction was completed.. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34925/
[First Christian Church 1956]
Photograph of a front view of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34924/
[First Christian Church Service of Dedication]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34921/
[Members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34909/
[Presentation of Plaque of Appreciation to Glynn Lowther]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34920/
[Inside the First Christian Church]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34912/
[Carrying the First Christian Church Entrance Tablet]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34926/
[First Christian Church Communion Table]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34923/
[First Christian Church Summer Youth Meeting]
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). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34919/
[Summer Youth Program Dinner]
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'. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34918/
[First Christian Church Educational Building]
Photograph of the First Christian Church educational building. There is a large group standing in front of the building and two parked cars in the street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34922/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony]
Photograph of the groundbreaking ceremony for the First Christian Church. Members of the Children's Division, under the supervision of Mrs. Shirley Trahan, Superintendent, (in photo helping child at podium) brought small bricks to the platform, symbolizing the part the children played in the growth of the church. John M. Hughes, Minister, is standing behind the podium. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34930/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony 1955]
Photograph of the First Christian Church groundbreaking ceremony. The future members of the church are standing in the lot where the church is to be built. They are lined along the perimeter of where the church will stand. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34929/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony 1955]
Photograph of the First Christian Church groundbreaking ceremony. Seven persons, using gilded spades, are turning the soil in front of the platform, which stood on the site of the proposed chancel. Participating - left to right: Patsy Smith, representing the Children's Division of the church school; Mrs. John H. McDonald and C.E. Perry, two charter members of the fifty-three year old congregation; John M. Hughes, Minister; E.M. Reeder, Chairman of the Board; W. Glynn Lowther, Chairman of the Building Committee; and Bobby Morgan, representing the youth. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34928/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony 1955]
Photograph of the First Christian Church groundbreaking ceremony. Aerial view of the church members standing shoulder-to-shoulder, outlining the shape of the new worship structure. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34927/
[Presentation to Glynn Lowther]
Photograph of the presentation to Glynn Lowther, Building Committee Chairman for the First Christian Church. Left to right: C.E. Perry, Charter Member; Elbert M. Reeder, elder and Chairman of the Board during construction of the sanctuary; Glynn Lowther; the Reverent John H. Hughes, Minister; and Mrs. John McDonald, Charter Member. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34915/
[Christian Men's Fellowship Queen for a Night Program]
Photograph of the Christian Men's Fellowship "Queen for a Night" program. Left to right: Fulton Allgood (standing in back), Gladys Lacey pining corsage on Marie Darlison, Queen (sitting in chair), Allen Dawson (standing in back). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34917/
[World Youth Conference]
Photograph of the World Youth Conference. Five buses are parked in a row with all the members of the conference standing in front of the buses, waving at the photographer. The conference was held at Methodist Temple on Fifth Street because the First Christian Church did not have a large enough place to have the meeting. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34903/
[First Christian Church Youth Choir 1954]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir. Janis Joplin, a Rock Star in the 1960's, is on the second row, second from the left. She is 14 in the photo and her birthday is January 19, 1940, so she was almost 15. First row - left to right: Marilyn Harbert, Martha Oliver, Delmer Fussell, Dennis Trahan, Terry Trahan, Roy Murphy III, Tommy Stansbury. Second row - left to right: Sandra Logan, Janis Joplin, Elva Buroker, Harriett Axtell, Mary Jane Budwine, Janet Addcox, Linda Douglas, Cynthia "Cookie" Swearingen, Sylvia Swearingen, Carol Quinn, Betty Ann Murphy, Shirley Logan. Third row - left to right: Alline Dawson, Ila Mae Prafka, Jane Catanach, George Fussell, Paul B. Bertrand, Phillip Foote, Robert Kettrick, Arthur Catanach, Darrell Evans, Doris Cannon, Peggy McIntosh, Gladys Rigsby, Charlotte Pittman, not known. Austine Mills was the pianist and A.E. Catanach was the Director but they are not in the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34931/
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