Events and Celebrations
Church of Our Savior in North Platte is having a “Year of Celebrations” to mark the 146th anniversary of the first Episcopal services in North Platte (May, 1867), the 140th anniversary of the first Episcopal Church building to be built in the city of North Platte at their present location (the corner of 4th and Vine Streets), and the 50th anniversary of the consecration of the “new” church building, which was consecrated in September, 1964.
On Sunday, October 6 there was a commemoration of the first service (held in the lobby of the Union Pacific Hotel in 1867) by using the The Book of Common Prayer from the 1700’s and music from The Hymnal of that time. Father Jeffrey Nelson celebrated the Eucharist facing the altar in the manner of that day.
The next big event will be the re-dedication of the pipe organ. The first pipe organ in North Platte was installed in the Church of Our Savior. That organ was destroyed when the church building burned in 1962. The current pipe organ is nearing its 50th year of service and has been completely rebuilt and brought up to date electronically. The completion of the restoration will be celebrated in a free public concert on Saturday evening, November 9, at 7:00 PM. There is no admission charge. The organist will be Ray Johnston, Canon Musician at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis, MN. A wine and cheese reception will follow in the Fireside Room at Church of Our Savior.
On Sunday, November 10, the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be combined for one service at 10:00 AM and the organ will be officially rededicated. Ray Johnston again will be the guest organist.
Church of Our Savior, North Platte, is located at 203 W. 4th Street
For more information contact Brian Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org
The anniversary observances at the Church of Our Savior will continue from time to time until September, 2014, when Bishop Barker will come to North Platte to reconsecrate the church building.