Sunday, August 18, 2013

6355 Greenleaf Avenue

First Christian Church
Whittier, California

"Whittier is located in Los Angeles County, about 12 miles southeast of the City of Los Angeles....The Charter form of City government was ratified in 1955. The City covers 14.8 square miles and has an estimated population of 85,244. 

"The town was named after fellow Quaker John Greenleaf Whittier, a famous poet, writer and newspaper editor. John Greenleaf Whittier never had the opportunity to visit the town that bears his name but he did write and dedicate a poem in honor of the new City.

"My Name I Give To Thee"

Dear Town, for whom the flowers are born,

Stars shine, and happy songbirds sing,

What can my evening give to thy morn,

My Winter to Thy Spring? 

A life not void of pure intent

With small desert of praise or blame;

The Love I felt, the Good I meant,
I leave Thee with My Name. (Link 2.)

Corner Stone

Whittier First Christian Church was built in 1923.  The total value of the property in 2008/2009 was $982,414. (Link 4.)  The front of this stately church has six free standing Ionic columns.  To each side, on the facade are two Doric columns.  Both sides of the building  are adorned with banks of tall arched windows.  The glass in these windows is marble with a center feature.

Side Marbled Glass Windows

Sunday worship services are presented in both English and Spanish.

Whittier First Christian Church  was designated a heritage landmark in the
California Register of Historic Resources in 2001.(Link 3.)

Photos: Taken in June 2013 by SW.
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God, be with the persecuted Christians through out the world. Amen

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