|Cornerstone of original building.
On May 9, 1875, a committee from the Des Moines Presbytery met with local
people from Guthrie Center who were determined to organize the First Presbyterian Church.
both the upper and lower levels of our building handicapped accessible.
Beginning with four members
and the organizing Pastor, for the next five years the little congregation struggled to survive. In 1882, with a new pastor,
a church building was erected on the corner of Fourth and Prairie Streets.
New building plans were begun in 1911 and
in August 1912, the cornerstone of the new church building was put into place at this current location.
years, maintenance and improvements have been made possible by gifts from members and Memorial funds. Our church has played
an active role in the life of the people in Guthrie Center, and finds itself today expanding that role in the community of
Panora, in which many of our new members are residing.
Our congregation added a new addition to the original building
in 2001. The new addition includes a carport entrance, handicapped accessible restrooms, an elevator, additional classrooms,
a nursery and a pastor's study. The addition makes
We salute the many faithful men and women of the past for laying such a firm foundation on which our church
can build on today.