“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder, I laid a foundataion, and another man is building upon it. Let each man take care how he builds upon it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 3:10,11
1857 – The First Presbyterian Church, originally name the High Grove Church, was organized.
1860 – The First Ebenezer church building was dedicated on land which would become part of Longview Farm. The church resembled the log church which now stands at Missouri Town.
1861 – The log church was burned to the ground by Union Troops as part of the infamous Order 11. The Bible was taken off the pulpit and placed on a tree stump unharmed. A member buried the Communion Set and Baptismal Font in his garden. While digging the sack up, the shovel hit the Baptismal Font and broke off its base. You can see the crude weld that repaired it. We still have the Bible and the Baptismal Font as signs of God’s presence and help to our ancestors in the faith.
1868 – As people resettled the area, First Presbyterian Church of Lee’s Summit was organized. During the early years, them met in home. After meeting in the Methodist Episcopal Church South for a number of years, the Cumberland Presbyterian Church was rented in 1886 for the sum of $40.00 a year.
1888 -The congregation approved the building of the Second Ebenezer on a lot bounded by Third and Jefferson Streets.
1889 – The small but beautiful, white-frame church was completed.
1923 – The Third Ebenezer was approved because of the need for a larger sanctuary and more CE room. The little, white-frame church was torn down and on the same lot, a larger newer, red brick church was built at a cost of $35,000. The Red Brick Church has a large sanctuary which seated 200-150 people. It also has Sunday School rooms and a large basement.
1930s – During the Great Depression, the church has serious financial problems and was without a regular pastor much of the time. Prayer and faith sustained the congregation during these difficult years.
1940-1944 – The funds were finally raised to pay off the mortgage on the Red Brick Church. The congregation faced the future with renewed optimisim.
1957 – Congregation celebrated its Centennial.
1963 – Land was purchased outside of town for the building of the Fourth Ebenezer. Ground was broken on the new church in 1965 and dedication services were conducted in 1967. The cornerstone from the old Red Brick Church was saved to be placed in the new sanctuary when it was built in the future.
1980 – The mortgage was paid in full – three years ahead of schedule.
1993 – Church participated in Growth Project sponsored by PC (USA).
1994 – A Long-Range Planning Committee was elected by the congregation.
1995 – A Building Committee and a Financial Resource Committee were elected by the congregation to begin work on the Fifth Ebenezer
1997 – The new sanctuary was completed. February 1, 1998 the congregation held a Service of Worship and Dedication