Category Archives: Congregational Church of Needham

Have you seen this window?

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. On June 5, 1904, the Congregational Church of Needham unveiled the Greene Memorial Window during the regular Sunday morning service. The window was given to the church by Miss Marietta R. Greene … Continue reading

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The time-honored practice of collecting pew rents

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. Among the original documents tucked away in the archives of the Congregational Church of Needham is the Weekly Calendar for June 15, 1890. The calendar is notable not only for its mention … Continue reading

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The 1924 Fire and Capital Campaign

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. On Saturday, January 5, 1924, a fire almost completely destroyed the original church building. The Kingsbury, Greene, and Crossman memorial windows, along with the Communion silver, the old bell, some flags, the … Continue reading

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The Greatest Day in Needham’s History

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. Nowadays the Congregational Church of Needham saves copies of each week’s bulletin. But that wasn’t always the case. Which is why whenever I come across a stray calendar from our first 100 … Continue reading

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1907: The Ceremonial Burning of the Mortgage

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. When I think of special church services, I think of Christmas, Easter, baptisms, and weddings. I don’t think of the ceremonial burning of financial documents. That’s really more a private thing. So … Continue reading

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Thou Shalt Not Play Sports Nor Smoke Tobacco

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. The Great Pastoral Coup d’Etat of 1903 Every once in a while I come across something in the archives of the Congregational Church of Needham that reminds me how very different life … Continue reading

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Mystery Photo: Scarecrow with Pumpkins

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham for your Halloween pleasure. While we still lived in Norwood, I was privileged to serve in a volunteer capacity in the archives at the Congregational Church of Needham. The archives are full … Continue reading

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Our Calvinist Roots

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham As anyone who walks into the Congregational Church of Needham or even drives by the church’s sign on Great Plain Avenue knows, the church is an Open and Affirming Congregation. What does … Continue reading

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Dr. Josiah Noyes: Doctor, Geologist, Botanist, Lecturer, Surveyor, Astronomer, & Church Founder

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. Notice how that list doesn’t include minister? That’s because the founder of the Congregational Church of Needham was not a minister at all, but Needham’s town doctor. During the first 30 years … Continue reading

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Who were the Peak Sisters and what were they doing in Needham, MA in 1890?

Reposted from Once Upon a Time in Needham. The more I look at this 1890 Strawberry Festival poster, the more questions I have about it. What’s an observation table? Who was Professor Pike? Walter Morgan? Is that mangled name Alice … Continue reading

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