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History of the Elmwood Community Church

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1712 The first Congregational Church was organized in a meeting house built in the newly incorporated Township of "The West Division Parish" to the west of Hartford. 164 years later, a group of that church's members built the Elmwood Community Chapel.
1857 The Ladies' Benevolent Sewing Society was organized in the South District. After interruption during the Civil War period this society resumed activity and had a membership of fifty by 1871.
1873 South District Sunday School began.
1875 The Elmwood Social Union was organized November 12th.
1882 The Elmwood Sewing Society was formed December 14th.
1889 The Village Improvement Society was formed October 30th.
1897 The Elmwood Chapel Association, Inc. was formed September 16th.
1921 The independent Community Church was organized in March. In April, James F. English was ordained Pastor after having served as a student preacher.
1921-1925 A Sunday School of more than one hundred plus a  number of other community and church organizations quickly outgrew the facilities. "Mrs. William H. Mueller was quick to offer a workable plan."  She gave 25 cents to start a building fund which would eventually supply more than $115,000.
1926 In February Reverend Charles K. Tracy came to Elmwood to help build the meeting house. Digging began in October.
1927 The corner stone was laid on May 8th by a delegation from the Wyllys Lodge No. 99 of West Hartford, with elaborate Masonic symbolism and one hundred lodge members in attendance.
1928 The Women's Federation was organized.
1931 The Women's Federation Teams were regrouped as "Circles". Ten teams became 5 Circles.
1946 Reverend Charles K. Tracy resigned as active pastor after 20 years of service and became Pastor Emeritus. Reverend Sterling S. White became the third pastor of the Elmwood Community Church. The 25th Anniversary of the Elmwood Community Church was celebrated in March.
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Last Updated 11/30/2012