On May 15, 1927, the present sanctuary was dedicated, built on the site of the Little Ivy Covered Church, which had been torn down.
“January 1, 1931, Dr. Frank Fitt began his twenty-seven years as pastor. Dr. Fitt was not adverse to controversy. Early in his ministry at Memorial, he opened the church doors to meetings of the newly organized Alcoholics Anonymous. Having served his calling in factory areas with notorious drinking problems that tore families apart and being aware that drinking was not just a blue collar problem, he fought off church members who opposed his plan. To this day, Memorial serves AA as a place to meet.”
In the December, 1942 issue of the Church Management, a church bulletin, Dr. Pitt wrote an article about the love and admiration he had for Alcoholics Anonymous. In April, 2000 it was reprinted in a pamphlet called, “I felt my Heart Strangely Warmed.”
The members of the East Group decided meeting at a Men’s Club was not an appropriate place to hold an AA meeting and decided to move. A few of the members of the East Group decided to break-off from the main group and start a meeting of their own.
This group of men would hold their first meeting at the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church on October 21, 1941. The first couple years they were known as the “Grosse Pointe” group.
Archie T. and Mike E. were both members of this group. This church was where Archie finally worshiped from, was married to his second wife Phyllis and eventually honored in death from in 1957.
STATUS: Active. Note: Oldest “existing” group in Area 33 Southeast Michigan and still in the same location as it originated.