Historic find sheds light on Indiana church’s past
by Pam Newhouse | Special to Presbyterian News Service
Jill Wiest (left) and Pam Newhouse (right) with the safe at Madison Presbyterian Church. (Photo provided)
MADISON, Ind. – In 2014, a year before Madison Presbyterian Church’s 200th anniversary, Jill Wiest and I volunteered to see what information we could find to enhance the celebration. After looking through many old files we wondered if we had found everything—after all, there are many nooks and crannies in our 1846 church building.
What about that old safe in the small room off the kitchen that had been the pastor’s study in the 1800s? It took a while to find the right key, but eventually we did and opened it. To our satisfaction, it held a treasure trove of documents, letters, and ledgers that told of some of the highs and lows of Madison Presbyterian Church through the years.
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UPDATE: This event was originally scheduled for 2/22/15, however, due to weather concerns, it has been rescheduled, and will now take place on 3/15/15.
The Session and the Congregation of the Madison Presbyterian Church invite you to join us in a celebration of our 200th anniversary.
To commemorate the George Washington Birthday Feaste, first held on February 22, 1887 (later known as a “tea”), “A Tribute to Our Heritage” will be held on March 15, 2015, at 3:00pm in the sanctuary at 202 Broadway, Madison, Indiana.
It will include brief histories of our 200 years, and special choral and instrumental music that was typical of “ye olden tyme,” as well as familiar hymns for everyone to sing.
Afterward, “patriotic” desserts will be served in the fellowship hall.
On Wednesday, September 21, 2011, and Thursday, September 22, at 7:00 p.m. David and Nancy Young will present a concert of vocal music, accompanied by their son, Micah.
The concert will include works by Vaughn Williams, Gershwin, and Maury Yeston, along with songs and arrangements by MicahYoung.
The concert on Sept. 21st will be held at St. John Presbyterian in New Albany, IN. The concert the following night will be at the Madison Presbyterian Church in Madison, IN. Both concerts are free. The concert at Madison will include a freewill offering to offset the cost of the new Steinway piano recently purchased for the sanctuary.
David and Nancy are both Presbyterian pastor members of POV, with broad experience in vocal performance and teaching. Their son, Micah, is an accomplished pianist, conductor, composer, vocal coach and accompanist, and performs regularly on Broadway. His credits include “Spring Awakening”, “Mary Poppins”, “Chicago”, “White Christmas” and “Momma Mia”. Micah has just finished a national tour of “Guys and Dolls”, serving as its associate music director. He is also a member of the prestigious BMI Academy for composers and lyricists.
Special Guest Speaker at Madison Presbyterian on March 10th . The regular pitch-in and study on Thursday, March 10th, will feature Milcah Lalam who is in the United States from Africa as a guest of Presbyterian Women. Milcah is a development specialist with expertise in theatre. She uses drama and storytelling to help with the healing of those who have experienced the trauma of war, poverty and violence. Milcah works closely with displaced persons, women, and youth, many of whom are victims of rape and abuse. She also works with development workers and human rights workers in post-war contexts.
Milcah has worked for five years in various capacities in the peace building field with RECONCILE in Sudan. As a psychosocial rehabilitation coordinator for RECONCILE, she developed the trauma recovery manuals and pioneered the use of drama for trauma awareness and healing. Currently, she is RECONCILE’s programs manager and acting principal for RECONCILE Peace Institute.
Milcah holds an MA in Theatre and Development Studies with emphasis on post conflict development and trauma healing from University of Leeds, a BA in Drama from Makerere University, and specialized certificates in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Transformation, Theatre and Peace building from Eastern Mennonite University-USA.
Milcah will share her story with us, and we are excited to have her here. Please know that all are welcome to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Pitch in at 6pm. Presentation at 6:30.
Sing in the Season at the Madison Presbyterian Church!
Everyone is invited to Madison Presbyterian’s 6th annual Christmas Hymn Fest on Sunday afternoon, December 12, at 3:00 pm.
We’ll sing hymns together and rediscover their Biblical connections, listen to and learn from the choir, delight in the organ accompaniment, and enjoy seeing how many requested songs for which we can find time.
Come for the music in the sanctuary and stay for refreshments in Fellowship Hall.
Click here for a Google map of the church’s location. For more information, contact the church office at 812-265-2952 or by email at email@example.com.
A Choral Evening Prayer Service, sponsored by the Adult Christian Education Subgroup, will be held on November 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway, with the combined choirs of the Hanover Presbyterian and Madison Presbyterian Churches.
The service will be preceded by the usual Food, Fun, and Fellowship time at 6:00 p.m. (aka Thursday Potluck!) Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share and join in the fellowship time. If this is not possible, please feel welcome to arrive at 7:00 for the Choral Evening Prayer Service in the Sanctary. Come and bring a friend!