WATERTOWN — Emmanuel Congregational Church’s new program of free dinners continues a church history of community service and missionary work, locally and globally.

The church, at 119 S. Hamilton Street, was organized in 1885 to serve residents of the eastern part of the city. Its first house of worship, a simple wood building, was built in 1887 at the corner of North Rutland and Olive streets.

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In November 1962, as part of Emmanuel Congregational Church’s 75th anniversary, artifacts and historical photos were displayed. Here, anniversary committee members highlight a list of original charter members of the church. From left are Alice M. Walker, fourth-generation member of the church, who indicates her family’s ties with three of the charter signers; Miss Annette Walker, fifth-generation member; and Emma Halley, a third-generation member of the church. Watertown Daily Times

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