The session of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Greenfield, Missouri, has scheduled a weekend of celebration and worship on September 15 and 16, 2012, as we recognize God’s hand and grace over the past 170 years and look to the future as we follow our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Chartered on June 4, 1842, Ebenezer Presbyterian Church was the first congregation of the Old School Presbyterian Church south of the Osage River in Southwest Missouri, and one of the earliest congregations in this area. Mount Zion Church (a New School Presbyterian church), in Cave Spring, and Ebenezer were for decades the most influential churches in this territory. Chartered by pioneers, mostly from Virginia and Tennessee, the initial congregation consisted of 28 individuals, one of them identified as “Hanna, negro slave.” When asked by Reverend W. B. Bell, the minister chartering this fellowship, asked what the name would be, J. M. Rankin, the surveyor who laid out the city of Greenfield, stood, and with tears streaming down his cheeks, said, “Let the name be Ebenezer, for hitherto the Lord hath helped us.” A continuing history of the church is being published in the Ebenezer Presbyterian column of this paper, the third installment appearing this week.
The Lord has continued to help us, and on September 15, at 6:30 p.m., all are invited to join us in a celebration concert featuring singers and groups from around the Greenfield area, including some who are descendants of those original members. Continue with us on Sunday morning, September 16, as we fellowship at 10:15 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. Finally, we will gather with representatives from around Greenfield and the John Calvin Presbytery at 3 p.m. to rededicate ourselves and our facility to God’s continually revealed will as we worship and serve in Dade County.
If you have pictures or information regarding the early years of Ebenezer, including descendants of the families of Ebenezer, we would appreciate your contacting us . For questions or information regarding this weekend of celebration, contact Mary Kay Glunt, pastor of Ebenezer at 417-844-0629.