A free “Classic Movie Night” featuring Chicago’s own Etta Moten Barnett is scheduled for Friday, February 17 with a showing of Flying Down to Rio (1933). Etta Moten Barnett, an active church member for many years, was famous for her title role in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and was featured in several films in the 1930s and 1940s. This is a Black History Month Event presented in celebration of the 175th anniversary of Second Presbyterian Church. Free popcorn and soft drinks will be served.
Second Presbyterian Church was organized on June 1, 1842 and has been a functioning house of worship continuously for one hundred seventy-five years. Since the sanctuary of the church contains 175 angels depicted in murals, stained glass windows, carved wood and molded plaster, the church has chosen “In the Company of Angels” as the theme for the year-long celebration. Several community events are being planned along with a hand-made quilt featuring 175 angels and a memorial booklet. The church re-dedication service will occur on Sunday, June 4, 2017.