This Year’s Annual Thanksgiving Service will be In Gettysburg on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10th 2013
November 9, 2013:
Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn, 1061 York Road, Route 30, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, 17325, (717) 334-2040.
Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner and Cash bar at 6:00 Dinner at 6:30p.m.
November 10, 2013: Thanksgiving Service
I am glad to announce that this year's annual Thanksgiving Service will be held at the historic Gettysburg Presbyterian Church. The Church is located at 208 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325. The service will begin at 2:00 PM. on November 10, 2013. We encourage everyone to bring canned/nonperishable foods for the children to bring forward as a gift.
The Gettysburg Presbyterian Church began its work in 1740 in a log structure situated on the Belmont Road three miles west of town, at the present site known as Black's Graveyard. The first Presbyterian church in the borough of Gettysburg was erected in 1813 at the corner of North Washington and Railroad Streets. The congregation moved to the present location in 1842. The original building consisted only of a sanctuary without the vestibule. During and immediately following the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, the church, along with many other public buildings in town, was converted into a temporary hospital. Conditions in the town and the improvised hospitals were appalling.
On November 19, 1863, four months after the battle, President Abraham Lincoln came to Gettysburg to take part in the dedication of the National Cemetery. At five o'clock in the afternoon, following the morning ceremonies where he delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln attended a patriotic meeting in this church. He was accompanied by John Burns, a local patriot, and left shortly before the conclusion of the meeting to return to Washington. The seats of President Lincoln and John Burns are marked with a bronze plaque.
On February 1, 1963, President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower became members of the church. The pew President Eisenhower The church also has an Eisenhower Lounge containing prints of paintings and memorabilia of the late President.
The Gettysburg Presbyterian Church was selected for a special citation as American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site No. 94 and is registered by the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia.
My prayer is that everyone would be able to attend this year's Thanksgiving Service at this historic church during the year of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Rev James R. Buckner
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