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Community Presbyterian Church still keeping the faith after 60 years

Sara Thompson

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church, which turned 60 years old this year, will celebrate the milestone Sunday.

An anniversary celebration is scheduled for both the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services at the church, between Blue Lake Avenue and Link Road on Lake Tahoe Boulevard. Bob Grant, the choir director, created a musical program for the services. Cake will be served after each one.

The program will take the congregation back to the days when the church formed on June 7, 1948, with the Rev. Theodore Alam.

Previously, the church congregation was the South Shore’s first year-round church, hosting different ministers every Sunday from different denominations, said Jerry Johnson, who was there when the church was founded.

Other churches were in the area but only offered services from June through August, Johnson said.

Johnson’s wife, Anne, also was present when the church began. Anne and Jerry Johnson’s families, along with others in town, organized a meeting at Leonard Scott’s house. From that point, the congregation arranged to rent space for worship from the Christian Science Church starting in February 1947.

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It wasn’t until the church became a Presbyterian church that it had consistent ministers. Plans for a church building were drawn up in August 1949, and the building was completed in the early 1950s. Anne Johnson’s mother, Adelea Nelson, was the church’s first pianist and organist.

In September 1966, construction began to connect the minister’s residence and the church. The addition, which took about a year to complete, created more space for Sunday School classrooms and places for community members to use.

Since the church’s inception, ministers have come and gone, but the congregation has remained intact.

Bruce and Bea Cook came to the South Shore in 1956, and they have attended the church ever since.

“We have a nucleus of people who are there,” Bea said.

LTCPC truly is a community church, and that’s important to the congregation, Bea said. About 250 people attend the church regularly.

Numerous community organizations and support groups use the space. In the past, Tahoe Parents Nursery School used the building, and the Lake Tahoe Unified School District teacher taught a kindergarten class in the basement.

The church even shared space with the Episcopalian denomination for several years in the late 1960s, Jerry Johnson said.

And on Election Day, the church will have polls open for two precincts.

Theodore and Claire Alam, 1948-51

Robert K. and Gloria Staley, 1951-52

Hugh A. and Helen Huddleson, Interim

James F. and Lois Scott, 1954-61

Roland and Harriet Hughes, Interim

Irvin N. and Lou Morris, 1962-69

Howard Abbot, Assistant to the Rev. Morris

Ronald D. and Ann Soucy, 1970-80

Rodman and Gretta Fridlund, Interim

Robert L. and Laurie Sanders, 1982-95

Intern David and Rita Rowe

Intern David and Dolly Robin

Intern Phyllis Kline

Asa and Pat Collins, Interim

Steven M. and Janelle Blocher, 1996 to present