Community Presbyterian Church - 100th Anniversay Coming Up!
Remembering the Past, Believing in the Future
The 100th Anniversary Celebration Steering Committee is planning to compile a book of articles celebrating the history and activities of
Community Presbyterian Church over the past 100 years. We are hoping this compilation will include many contributions from our church goers
both past and present. We are seeking folks who might have stories to tell about the history of CPC, about CPC events in which they may have
participated, humorous memories of occasions and people, or history of some of their own family members’ participation in our church
activities. We encourage your contributions, as we would like the book to be representative of our congregation and their knowledge, as well as
that of the Committee.
If you are willing to write something to share, please send your contribution to
or call the church office
at 949.493.1502 to request an interview.
On September 10, 1916, a small group—headed by Lucille McGaughey, Blanche Dolph, and Margaret Day Cook—organized the first Sunday School, which
was to become the nucleus of what today is Community Presbyterian Church of San Juan Capistrano.
This dedicated group of Protestant Sunday School teachers and their non-Catholic children met in Woodman Hall, which served as the social hall for the
San Juan Capistrano village. They were served by the Reverend Paul Stevens during this interim period, and it would be nearly three years later, on April 22, 1919,
that our church was formally organized with 48 members. The Rev. A. H. Burkholder was the church’s first minister. The church sanctuary was the first permanent
structure completed in 1922. In 1928, the church used World War I savings bonds to add two rooms and a kitchen to the existing sanctuary. And, again, in 1945,
the church used $4,000 in war bonds to finance installation of pews . . .