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Concert helps raise funds for historic church

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Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2010 12:00 am

The First Presbyterian Church of Newtown choir and the Harmonious Chorus last Friday night held a benefit concert to raise funds to help restore parts of the deteriorating Elmhurst church structure.

The 1895 building needs weatherproofing, electrical work, roof improvements, refinishing and stained glass repair, according to Michael Perlman, chairman of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and Queens vice-president of the Four Borough Neighborhood Preservation Alliance

Although there was no admission fee, a free-will offering was collected, and refreshments were served. The concert was directed by Victor Lui, with Kiyomi Kimura helming the organ.

The Queens Boulevard church, founded in the Dutch colony of New Netherlands, is a Gothic brownstone. Its congregation began in 1652, and officially became Presbyterian on Sept. 23, 1715 after it received a charter from the Presbytery of Philadelphia [see this week’s “I Have Often Walked”column].

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