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Bethany Presbyterian Church history documented in centennial book

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Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview has published a 100-year retrospective of the church's history. The booklet was released in January and is available through the church office.

GRANDVIEW - The 100-year history of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grandview has been documented in "A New Century of Celebration and Service," a publication collaborated by Barbara Olmstead.

The 40-page booklet outlines the history of the church from 1903 to 2003. It was part of the church's centennial celebration, which was held last year.

Olmstead spent several months looking through boxes of documents and reading through meeting notes to personalize the booklet.

"I found lots of boxes of notes and things tucked here and there in the church," she said.

The booklet also has pictures from the past 100 years of the church's history.

Olmstead said that not all of the pastors are pictured, but all are listed. The book does have a picture of Rev. Wm. Lindsay Killian, who served as the first pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church, with his wife Edith.

Also featured are photos from youth meetings, church services and Sunday school classes.

She said for some of the years there were not a lot of pictures.

"As life goes along people forget to take pictures," she said.

Spanning 100 years, the booklet highlights the history of the church, which was first organized in 1903 after Rev. Rollin Blackman preached his first sermon in the Euclid schoolhouse, located at what is now the Euclid Grange at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Mountain View Road south of Grandview.

The original building was located at what is now the intersection of Apply Way and Charvet Road. It was moved into town to its current location at the corner of what is now Birch and East Second streets on log rollers in 1907.

Since then the church has been modernized, added onto and completely remodeled to its current look, but it has remained at the same location.

Olmstead also added in names of those serving as deacons and trustees in the church over the years. She also listed significant events in the history of the church.

The booklets were completed in January. Olmstead said the church had extra copies of the booklet printed because over 100 years the church has touched many lives, not just those of the ones still living in the Lower Valley or attending services.

Copies are available at Bethany Presbyterian Church or, she said, can be mailed for $3.

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