Tuesday, November 21, 2023

November 12th celebration video

Thank you, Byron Anthony Wade, for sharing this short video of our festivities last Sunday as we joined together with Walnut Presbyterian Church to celebrate 125 years of service and ministry here in Madison county.


Monday, November 13, 2023

Marshall Presbyterian Church was founded 125 years ago Nov. 12

 Marshall Presbyterian Church at 125 years



When the railroad first rumbled into Madison County in the late 1800s, it brought commerce, tourism, and evangelism to remote corners of Western North Carolina. 


On November 12, 1898, a new congregation was chartered in Marshall as Couper Memorial Presbyterian Church.  The founding members quickly made plans to build on a rise overlooking the old Catawba Trail (a.k.a. the Drovers’ Road), the rails, and the French Broad River.  Soon their sanctuary stood on the site, and a long record of Christian outreach began. 


Early activities in the wider community included establishing Marshall Academy on Hill Street, the first public school in Marshall.  The congregation also opened a recreation center on Main Street to provide an activities space for local youth.  A free, public library was established in the old Couper Memorial Church in June, 1901.


Evangelism in Madison County included coordinating with other Presbyterian communities at Walnut and Hot Springs, as well as a school, chapel, and hospital at White Rock.


In 1950 the Marshall church’s current brick structure emerged from the metamorphic escarpment at 165 South Main Street, under the new name Marshall Presbyterian Church.  Its distinctive front staircases, portico, bell tower, and octagonal spire became landmarks.  And its community outreach expanded.


Through the decades, this congregation’s work has evolved to include its current support of Scouting, Neighbors in Need, addiction recovery groups, Quaker Circle, artistic and cultural initiatives, and other services.   Its annual Community-wide Christmas Eve Service inspires locals and seasonal visitors alike.


Marshall Presbyterian’s mission statement echoes its sense of calling: “Broadly, deeply, joyfully sharing the good news of Christ with Marshall and Madison County for 125 years.”


On Sunday, November 12, 2023, Marshall Presbyterian Church celebrates its 125th anniversary, with a special worship service at 11 a.m., and covered-dish fellowship to follow. 

125th birthday of Marshall Presbyterian Church

Rev. Dr. Byron Wade
General Presbyter of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina 
Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison,
Stated Clerk of our Presbytery


Saturday, September 9, 2023

Reverend Melissa Upchurch

Marshall Presbyterian Church's Reverend Melissa Upchurch is retiring. Her last Sunday will be September 17th. 

The folks of Marshall Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to a light-lunch reception on Sunday, September 17th, at 1 p.m. 

We are, of course, very sad to see Reverend Upchurch leave MPC, but we wish her great joy in her retirement to her home state of Arkansas. Please join us in wishing Melissa a huge "thank you" for her many years of faithful service and volunteer efforts in our county.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Easter schedule

  • March 22, 6:30-ish
  • April 2
    Palm Sunday, Communion
  • April 6, 7 p.m.
    Maundy-Thursday Service, 
                                          soup supper    at 6 p.m.
  • April 7 (Good Friday)
    4 p.m.  Stations of the Cross
  • April 9
    Easter Sunday

You are welcome to bring an Easter lily in honor of or in memory of someone on Easter morning to display during worship.  Please provide Pastor Melissa the name you are honoring/remembering no later than Palm Sunday so she can include the names in the Easter Sunday bulletin.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

Worship Canceled for Sunday, January 15, 2023

Hello Friends,
The church board has canceled the Gentle Faith class and the worship service for tomorrow, January 15, because driving conditions may still be unsafe. It won't do to start the year off with a broken leg or dented fenders!
Stay home, stay warm, and contemplate what discipleship means in your life, in the church, and in society.
We look forward to seeing you next week!