The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


March 21, 2014

Church to exit after 111 years

SHARON — The 111-year-old Bethlehem Presbyterian Church will hold their final services at their 710 Carnegie Ave. home Sunday.

The final worship service will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and include communion. A celebration service is set for 2:30 to 4 p.m. and will feature prayer, Hungarian music and dancers, a veterans honor guard, Scouts and a bagpiper.

The church’s early 1900s founding coincided with the foundings of the city of South Sharon and Sharon Steel. It is rooted in Hungarian heritage as a reflection of European immigrants converging on the budding industrial area.

The present church building was completed in 1951, with the first worship service there on Dec. 1. The last Hungarian-speaking pastor called to the church came in 1984.

The small congregation has shared its building over the last two years with Word Centered Fellowship, which moved from Masury after becoming a part of the Shenango Presbytery, which oversaw the joint usage of the building.

The congregation will continue to meet Sundays in the former Book Rack in downtown Sharon.

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