Church History

history pamplet (for sanctuary), as of March 2016

First Pres CW Soldiers Brochure

For over 280 years, members of the First Presbyterian Church have worshiped God here in the Cumberland Valley.  Our heritage goes back to 1734, when a large settlement of sturdy, God-fearing Scots-Irish from Lancaster County established a Presbyterian Church at Meeting House Springs, located on the Conodoguinet Creek about two miles west of the Carlisle Public Square.

Two books were recently written by church members and are available:

—  If These Stones Could Talk, by Richard Sommers, Charles Thompson, and Richard Tritt.  This hardback book can be purchased from the church (see below), as well as from the Cumberland County Historical Society, History-on-High, and the Whistlestop Bookshop.  Purchase price (from the church) is $22 (make checks to “First Presbyterian Church”).  All proceeds going to the 300th Anniversary celebration.

Here Lyes the Body, The Story of Meeting House Springs, by Richard  Tritt, is available at the cost of $22. All proceeds go to support the “MHS Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund” (make checks to this fund).  Other locations where the book is available are Cumberland County Historical Society; History-on-High; and Whistlestop Bookshop.

If you wish to purchase either of these books from the church, and live out of the immediate area, add $4 to the purchase price and we will mail it to you.  Contact us at; or call (717)243-4612.

Specific topics in our church’s history are covered in sub-pages of the “CHURCH HISTORY” heading.

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Anniversary Sermons

(preached during the 275th Anniversary year)

Preface to 275th Anniversary Sermons of 2009

Anniversary Sermon, Jan 4, 2009 (“A Forgotten Sermon Remembered”)

Anniversary Sermon, Jan 11, 2009 (“Landscapes of the Heart”)

Anniversary Sermon, Jan 18, 2009 (“Now What?”)

Anniversary Sermon, Feb 1, 2009 (pulpit exchange with Silver Spring PC)

Anniversary Sermon, Feb 8, 2009 (“Informed, Reformed, Transformed”

Anniversary Sermon, Feb 22, 2009 (“A Volatile Mix”)

Anniversary Sermon, Apr 26, 2009 (Century Service, 1800-1850: “Stress Fractures”)

Anniversary Sermon, May 24, 2009 (Century Service, 1850-1900: “Crisis and Hope”)

Anniversary Sermon, May 31, 2009 (Cemetery Dedication) (“Standing on Sacred Ground”)

Anniversary Sermon, Jun 28, 2009 (“Century Service, 1900-1950”)

Anniversary Sermon, Jul 5, 2009 (“In This Very Place”)

Anniversary Sermon, Jul 12, 2009 (Calvin’s 500th Birthday, “Look What You Did, John Calvin”)

Anniversary Sermon, Aug 30, 2009 (Century Service, 1950-2000: “All We Are Saying”)

Anniversary Sermon, Sep 27, 2009 (Century Service, 2000 and Beyond: “Time Flies”)

Anniversary Sermon, the 275th Celebration (“Ever Faithful, Ever Sure”)