When Gen. William J. Palmer founded Colorado Springs in 1871, he wanted to make the city desirable to families, schools and churches. One way to attract the latter was by offering free lots. At first, congregations floated around town, meeting in random locations until they had enough money to construct buildings. The first church in the Springs was First United Methodist Church, which now stands at 420 N. Nevada Ave. Other early churches were First Congregational Church and First Presbyterian Church.
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Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will kick off its 2021-2022 season with "Organ Spectacular V." The Sunday concert will feature four works for organ and orchestra at First United Methodist Church, home to the largest organ in Colorado Springs, including the world premiere of local organist and composer Roderick Gorby's "An American Tone Poem."
Nineteen musicians from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic will perform Igor Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale)" and Antonín Dvořák's "Serenade for Winds, Op. 44, B.77" on Saturday at Boot Barn Hall at Bourbon Brothers. Thomas Wilson will conduct the 90-minute show.
After more than a year away from performing for live audiences, Chamber Orchestra of the Springs will return to the stage Sept. 12 to kick off its 2021-2022 season.
After 24 years as Minister of Music and Arts at First United Methodist Church, Rev. Steve Harter will retire. His career spans more than four decades altogether. His final service conducting the Youth Choir and Chancel Choir will be May 30.
Prairie Campus of First United Methodist Church will offer an outdoor walk-through nativity Dec. 23-24. Visits will be timed entries. Reservations and masks are required.
Colorado Springs pastors talk about how their sermons come together.