First Presbyterian celebrates Heritage Sunday


On the last Sunday of each February, the First Presbyterian Church of Rome, celebrates Heritage Sunday. The event often highlights the diverse backgrounds of its members and the heritage and traditions of this long-standing church.

On Sunday, Feb. 27, immediately after 10 a.m. worship, at approximately 11:15 a.m., congregation member Christine Tyrlik will lead, “Scrapbook Show and Tell.” The presentation offers a look at historical First Presbyterian of Rome photos which include items prior to the 20th century.

“There are so many people who contributed to the collection of historical artifacts and documents over the years. It’s amazing and I urge everyone to have a look whether in person or via our church website,” said Tyrlik.

Tyrlik is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and has made presentations to local organizations including the Rome Historical Society. She also authored the book, “Harold Bell Wright and his Wright Settlement Cousins.” It is available on Amazon and covers aspects of the church and Rome. It also includes history on the authors’ relatives. Tyrlik is descended from co-founders of the church, Lieutenant Ebenezer and Grace Wright.

The community may attend or view much of the documentation via Located at 108 W. Court St., the church sanctuary entrance is handicapped accessible. Masks remain a requirement to enter the church buildings. The Rev. Edwina E. Landry is the pastor.


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