Historic Church Shines During Holy Week Services

Easter Concert Charles Gilbert played selections from Bach and Maybrick as part of a noon organ concert of “The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ” on Tuesday. Full volume tones filled the sanctuary of Jefferson’s Cumberland Presbyterian Church for an appreciative audience.

Cumberland Presbyterian Church threw open its doors this week for a public organ concert with all its freshly restored and remodeled glory on display. Light poured into the sanctuary through brightly colored stained glass windows illuminating Bible verses capping the walls just below the ceiling.

The dignified chancel invites prayer and meditation. Cumberland Presbyterian was formed in 1846 under the leadership of the Rev. Solomon Awalt. Official organization came in 1851 when the church was enrolled in the Eastern Texas Presbytery.

Both Jefferson and Cumberland Presbyterian Church experienced rapid growth following the Civil War. Construction of the present church was completed in 1872. Members claimed the church on Jefferson Street to be the finest church edifice in Texas.

Church membership waxed and waned with the fortunes of Jefferson. In 1906, the congregation affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. In 1946, however, the church re-established its ties with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Holy Week services include the Tuesday organ concert by Charles Gilbert. A Good Friday service is planned for 7 P.M. Two services are planned for Easter Sunday. A Sunrise Service is set for 6:45 A.M. and the Easter Service will be at 11 A.M.



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