Loving Through Truth and Action
"Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." – 1 John 3:18
The call to action before us now as members and friends of MPC is to collectively make our annual pledge to the 2019 Church’s annual ministry budget. Our campaign mailing has gone out, so if you have not received your Stewardship Packet or if you have any questions, please call Paula in the church office at 829-6451. Stewardship supports everything we do at MPC—our inspiring worship services, caring for our members, serving our community and world, educating our members, preserving our rich history and the day-to-day operations.
As you reflect on the many ways we serve God together at MPC, please prayerfully consider your pledge of financial support for 2019. If possible, consider increasing your pledge as you are able. If you pledged last year, we thank you and ask for your generous support again for 2019. This annual Stewardship season, may you experience the inner harmony that comes from giving of your resources.
Please make a donation by clicking below. You may give to any of the church’s ministries with your online donation.
The 25-foot-tall cross atop the Byzantine dome has toppled, damaging the dome. One of the concrete spires blew off and parts of the church flooded during Hurricane Irma. Memorial Presbyterian Church, with its prominent dome and exceptional architecture is an historic symbol and significant part of the city of St. Augustine’s skyline.
Tours serving over 40,000 visitors annually, from around the world, take place regularly. Trolley and train tours bring over a million visitors by the church each year to hear the connection between the church and Henry Flagler. Many individuals in and outside of our community have been baptized and/or married here.
The church was built 127 years ago by Henry Flagler (who also constructed Flagler College), in memory of his daughter Jennie Louise Benedict. He requested a cross to top the dome inspired by St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy. It now dangles from atop the dome in the heart of our nation’s oldest continuously inhabited city.
Henry Flagler, his daughter and her baby are entombed within the church. The architecture holds much more than religious significance within its walls. The church has been recognized as one of the nation’s most significant religious structures.
In 1965, the building was added to the Historic American Building Survey.
In 2012, the building received recognition from CNN as one of “8 Religious Wonders to See in the United States.”
In 2013, the building was selected by FOX News as one of the “12 Most Beautiful Churches in America.”
It is truly a building worthy of preservation for its stunning architecture and its importance to the religious life of the local community, nation and world.
The cross must be raised, reattached, stabilized and the dome repaired to save this distinct part of our city’s history.
– Dr. Hunter Camp, Pastor