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History of First Christian Church

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

Join the Alliance Historical Society on Monday, April 7, for a program on First Christian Church. Presenters Earl Himmelheber and Ronald Rittenhouse will present a lively program on the history of the church.

In 1857, the present day First Christian Church (DOC) was established by 30 members who created the first permanent Disciple church in Alliance, Ohio. Sixty acres of land was acquired in what was known as the village of Freedom, which was later incorporated into what is present day Alliance. A “meeting house” was created and moved several times before the former church home at Park and Main Street was established. Today in 2014, First Church Church (DOC) of Alliance will celebrate 10 years on 17.5 acres of land at 1141 W. Beech Street.

Presenters Himmelheber and Rittenhouse both serve on the church's outreach committee and work together on the historical committee of the church. Himmelheber is a retired educator of the Marlington School System and an ordained Disciple of Christ Minister who at one time served as Minister of Education in the Alliance church. He recently retired from serving as an elder for many years. Rittenhouse is a 57 year member of the Alliance church and serves as an elder.

The program will take place in the Rodman Public Library auditorium at 7 p.m. No reservations are required.


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