“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Eastland in Eastland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

First Christian Church

First Christian Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
1. First Christian Church Marker
Inscription. First Christian Church organized in Eastland in 1878 under the Rev. Cyrus Scarborough. There were a number of important Eastland leaders, including city founders, among the church’s early membership. In 1886, the congregation moved from the county courthouse, where it had been holding services, into new facilities. In 1907, it moved again, constructing a building on this site.

The church has a history of ecumenical programs, working in partnership with local Presbyterian and Methodist churches. The congregations have held combined summer evening worship services, as well as vacation bible schools and youth group events.

The church has played an active role in the community it serves. The Men’s Fellowship Bible Class, also interdenominational, has been a vital part of Eastland. Members have developed many service projects, including construction of a park in an African American community during the era of segregation and the collection and delivery of items for Thanksgiving and Christmas drives. The church has focused on outreach through missions and local service, as members established a food pantry for senior citizens, a jail ministry and children’s mission fund to distribute supplies to needy students. The church has also opened its doors to local organizations and activities, including blood drives.

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By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
2. First Christian Church
Marker is within the bushes.
more than 100 years of service, First Christian Church of Eastland continues to be a spiritual, education and community leader for the area.
Erected 2006 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13618.)
Location. 32° 24.024′ N, 98° 49.147′ W. Marker is in Eastland, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Lamar Street and West Olive Street. Touch for map. Marker is within the bushes on front right side of church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 South Lamar Street, Eastland TX 76448, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Early Settlers of Eastland County (a few steps from this marker); Camp Salmon / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eastland (about 400 feet away); Eastland County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); The Bankhead Highway (about 400 feet away); Early Banking in Eastland (about 400 feet away); Hargus Farm (approx. 1.6 miles away); Merriman Baptist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastland.
Categories. Churches & Religion
First Christian Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
3. First Christian Church
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 50 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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