Sunday will bring two reasons to celebrate for the congregation of Harvest Community Church, 2001 National Ave. Aside from its religious significance — it will be Palm Sunday — this year the day will mark the 50th anniversary of the church’s grounds and buildings on property fronting National, Schnoor and Sunset avenues.
On Palm Sunday, Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. That day is followed by Holy Week, leading up to Good Friday, which Christians believe was the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, and Easter, which Christians believe was the day of his resurrection.
The congregation will celebrate the anniversary at 9:30 a.m. with a service and a social hour. An open house will follow.
Originally chartered as the First Presbyterian Church of Madera, the congregation worshipped in the Elks Lodge building on 6th Street, but the site was too small to allow for expansion. Sunday school classes and other youth activities became crammed and storage shortages arose...