[The Christian Tabernacle]

[The Christian Tabernacle]

Date: 1904
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church charter members in front of the building known as the "Christian Tabernacle". The Reverend H.M. Polsgrove is sixth from the left on front row. He served the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, 1908-1911. This building was constructed in 1905 at 700 Fifth Street. It was removed in 1912 to make room for the new brick structure which was completed in 1915. Other ministers who served in the Tabernacle were Reverend Tolbert Weaver, and Reverend C.F. Pearce.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Loyal Women's Sunday School Class Luncheon]

[Loyal Women's Sunday School Class Luncheon]

Date: unknown
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Presentation to Glynn Lowther]

[Presentation to Glynn Lowther]

Date: October 8, 1955
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: 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.
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
[Mrs. O.P. 'Granny' Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

[Mrs. O.P. 'Granny' Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

Date: February 2, 1959
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper at Rose Hill]

[First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper at Rose Hill]

Date: August 30, 1957
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: 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
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Granny Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

[Granny Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

Date: February 2, 1959
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: 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).
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[New Edition to the Timothy Wall at the First Christian Church]

[New Edition to the Timothy Wall at the First Christian Church]

Date: August 31, 1958
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: 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.
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
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony]

[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony]

Date: October 9, 1955
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
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