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First Congregational, Riverside Then and Now: Two Great Stories from The Press-Enterprise

1872 – 2012 – Celebrating 140 Years!

“The First Congregational Church of Riverside celebrated 140 years of service to Riverside and the surrounding communities on April 21.

“In 1871, John W. North inspected the brush-covered land that was to become the city of Riverside from his buggy.  With him was the Rev. Isaac W. Atherton who founded the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles in 1869.  The following year, partly due to poor health, Atherton moved his family to the tiny colony of Riverside, began preaching and soon founded Riversides first church.”  For the rest, click here

March 24, 2012 – Taking a Stand

In March Jane Quandt, Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church Riverside had already moved her mortgage from Bank of America to Provident Federal, a locally based bank when she was accompanied by supporters as she closed her remaining accounts. Quandt along with members of Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC), which whom the church is associated with, and members of the congregation then went before the Riverside City Council to demand the city consider a “responsible banking” initiative as many other larger cities have already done.  The entire story was reported in Riverside’s Press-Enterprise March 25. 

Link to article:  http://www.pe.com/business/business-headlines/20120325-banking-inland-clergy-urge-ethical-banking.ece

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