50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, October 22, 2017

On October 14, 1967, the cornerstone of the present day National Presbyterian Church building here on Nebraska Ave was laid by President Eisenhower. This October, we will celebrate how the Holy Spirit boldly led us from a downtown Romanesque church, with no parking or room to grow, to a  brand-new Modernist sanctuary in a setting of over 12 acres, allowing us to expand our mission and further spread Christ's love to the broader community. That same Spirit is leading us into a future serving God in this city and around the world.
Invite family and friends for the morning of October 22!
  • 9:00, 10:50, and 11 a.m.: Sanctuary Worship (9 & 11 a.m.) and Jones Hall Worship (10:50)
    Dr. Earl Palmer is our special guest preacher and former interim pastor at National.
  • 9:30–10:45 a.m.: Children & Youth Program in Jones Hall
    • 9:30-10:00 a.m.: Children (K-5th grade) can enjoy an extended Chapel time in Jones Hall. There  are regular Sunday School classes for 2-4 year olds.
    • 10:00-10:45 a.m.: Children and youth are invited for a fun scavenger hunt, beginning in Jones Hall! Children ages 2-4 are invited to join, with parent supervision. Please pick up children at 10:45 on the NPS Playground.
  • 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Program and Refreshments in Stone Hall
    Hear from Dr. Renwick about God’s work in our church and enjoy a video about our history and our future.
  • All Morning: Anniversary Exhibit in the Court of Flags
    Explore history in pictures and stories.
  • All Morning: Facilities Renderings in Elson Parlor
    See the new facilities proposals.
Sunday School classes for adults and youth will not meet this morning as we celebrate together. 
Plan ahead for marathon road closures that may add to your travel time.

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50 Hours of Service

As National Presbyterian Church celebrates 50 years at our current campus, we also celebrate a tradition of service. Ours is a church that serves—one another, our community and the world. Over the next year, we are challenging the entire NPC congregation to focus on service and celebrate what we learn from serving others.The goal is to have everyone at National log 50 hours of service. That may mean an hour a week, or perhaps part of a Saturday every month, or maybe a week-long mission trip.
It’s much less about the actual time as it is the call to see serving others as a part of a life following Christ. You can accept the challenge for yourself, your family, your Bible study or small group, or another
group of friends.
How can you serve? It's easy! Volunteering at the church; helping a neighbor; volunteering with our mission partners or local nonprofits; praying for our mission partners, our nation, and our world; and any volunteering you already do...they all count towards your 50 hours!
Each time you serve, come back here and record your hours, and share your experiences. Let's see how many hours we can serve together this year!

Record Your Service