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Private Elvis

 

1958 was a year of change. Elvis went from the King of Rock & Roll to Private Presley. President Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act paving the way for  our 49th state and 14-year-old Bobby Fischer was on his way to becoming the greatest  chess player of all time.

President Eisenhower signing Alaska Statehood Act in 1958

In Winter Park, Florida, a small group of people, with names like Considder, Hartsaw and Evans, were making some changes of their own. This devout and visionary group had been meeting in homes, halls and borrowed churches for nearly five years forming the spiritual nucleus of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church of  Winter Park, Florida. After careful planning and research, the group purchased land in Winter Park, Florida, and  broke ground on the construction of their church in 1959.

Construction of St. Andrews in 1959

The dedication of the main building was  held on February 28, 1960. More than 50 years later the hopes and dreams of those founding members are still alive and well and contained within St. Andrews United Methodist Church.  The foundation that was laid more than five decades  ago still stands strong today. As a spiritual center and haven for those in need, St. Andrews still serves the community now.

St. Andrews today

With locally based missions and outreach , St. Andrews impacts the lives of those closest to us, our neighbors. Making a difference in the lives of those around us and the community that we share  St. Andrews remains  a beacon of spirit and hope for many.