By Terry Rogers
With this year’s Milford Community Parade theme being “To the Stars and Beyond,” the First Presbyterian Church of Milford chose the same theme for their 2nd Friday Event in October. The program is part of a monthly, free, family-oriented event held on the second Friday of each month. The October event is planned for Friday, October 13 from 7 to 8:30 PM at the church.
“Because 2nd Friday for October falls on the Friday right before the Milford Community Parade, we felt that this would be a great tie-in,” John Hunzinger of the First Presbyterian Church said. “I asked ILC-Dover, the only company to make spacesuits for NASA and a Delaware-based company, if they would like to do a program for us and they graciously agreed.”
According to Steve Wyatt of ILC-Dover, the event at the church will include a talk along with pictures that explain more about the spacesuits created at ILC-Dover. In addition, Mr. Wyatt said that there will be a demonstration spacesuit at the event for people to view. There will also be spacesuit components that anyone at the event can handle and try. ILC-Dover is also providing free space-related items for children who attend.
“The church is also entering a float in the parade that we hope will include part of the ILC-Dover spacesuit,” Mr. Hunzinger said. “This seems like a great way to connect our 2nd Friday event and other events in the community, especially with this year’s theme for the Community Parade.”
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The First Presbyterian Church is located at 101 South Walnut Street in Milford. The churches roots in Milford go back as far as 1700 when Francis Makemie organized a church known as Three Runs Church. The original church was located off of Kings Highway and was a frame building with a brick floor. It was incorporated as the First Presbyterian Church and Congregation in Milford in 1819. Eventually, the church building fell into disrepair and services were held in a building on Montgomery Street for a time. Although worship services ceased, Miss Hester McColly, who later became Mrs. William Marshall, started a Sunday School.
The Presbytery of Wilmington were interested in extending the influences of the church, sending Reverend G.W. Kennedy to Milford to organize a congregation. The first roll of members for the new church included seven names, but Rev. Kennedy worked tirelessly to raise funds, even collecting from members of the community who were members of other churches. The cornerstone for the new church was laid July 4, 1850.
For more information about the 2nd Friday events, contact Mr. Huntzinger at 571-335-3453 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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