As the Winter Park (Florida) Presbyterian Church approached its sixtieth anniversary, several events and activities were considered to appropriately mark the occasion. One of them was this “Book of Memories.”
It is a compilation of stories contributed by current or former members and friends of the church, as they felt inspired, of their memories of our church since its inception -- an anecdotal view of its history. The cooperation of church members was wonderful! Nearly 100 stories were submitted, ranging in length from three lines to three pages. The project was a work of love and inspiration.
There are fourteen subject sections: Buildings and Grounds, Christian Education, Compassion, Mission, Music, Preschool, Youth, Church Life Activities, Groups, Special Projects, Travel and Outings, Hurricanes, Personalities, and Personal Memories.
Hundreds of photographs, past and present, are included.
One elderly contributor passed away just days after reminiscing with a writer. The church cat, Patches, is discussed. The only surviving church member whose signature appears on the original charter wrote a story. Many references appear to the popular “Living Nativity” that is produced every Christmas season. The many stained-glass windows are described and applauded. And the personality of each writer comes through loud and clear.
The reader will experience an enjoyable tour of the past sixty years of this ever-changing but still-thriving Presbyterian church.