Chicago`s Moody Church turns 150 years old - FOX 13 News

Chicago`s Moody Church turns 150 years old

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It's one of the largest and oldest churches in Chicago and they're celebrating a major milestone.

Moody Church is now 150 years old.

It's a big brick building on the corner of LaSalle Street and Clark Street where the pastor says the doors are always open.

FOX 32 Darlene Hill goes inside the church that's celebrating.

"We know that the church was founded in 1864 the exact date would have been lost during the great Chicago fire," Reverend Erwin Lutzer of Moody Church said.

In 1871 the Illinois Street Church was seven years old when it was destroyed in that fire. Its founder, D.L. Moody, had just finished the sermon when sirens went off.

"We have about 2,000 people here every Sunday, but when we have special events such as Easter or a concert we fill the sanctuary with about 3,700 people," Rev. Lutzer said.

Rev. Erwin Lutzer is now the head of the non-denominational flock at Moody Church.

The building that has been on the city's North Side since 1925, and now the congregation is celebrating 150 years.

Lutzer said the outside may look like a fortress, but Moody is known around the world as the place where anyone can connect with God.

"Our lives and our teachings are on the bible. You see we received this heritage from Dwight L Moody who actually founded the Moody church. Many people don't really know what the name Moody means. We like to say, ‘Moody is our name. It is not our disposition.'," Lutzer said.

Lutzer said the church's congregation is just as diverse as Chicago, and the staff includes African American, Asian and Hispanic pastors.

Moody Church and school are separate entities.

As they celebrate 150 years of changing lives in Chicago, they're asking everyone in the city to stop by for Sunday worship at 10 a.m.

Receive the word of God, and after service take a tour of this beautiful Romanesque church.

It's a Chicago institution.

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