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of Freeland, Pa.
St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ
| [Images from C. Tancin
unless otherwise credited.]
St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ - Located at Washington and Chestnut Streets, St. John's Reformed United Church of Christ was founded in the late 1880s, as documented by its cornerstone. According to notes from Charles Stumpf, in 1877 when St. Luke's Lutheran church was established in Freeland, members of the reformed faith attended services there. They withdrew from St. Luke's in 1882 and formed their own congregation, originally calling it St. John's Union Church.
At left, a photo postcard showing the first church building, built in the 1880s. I'm assuming that the current cornerstone was first used for this earlier building, then re-used when the church building was torn down and a new one built on the same site, although it's also possible that a new one was made for the new building but citing the original building's date. At right is the new building, dedicated on April 15, 1934.
City directory listings:
1897 - German Reformed church, Chestnut cor Washington, H. A. I. Benner, pastor (home Washington near Front)
1921- St. John's Reformed Church - Washington cor Chestnut (Rev. Albert O. Bartholomew, pastor)
1928 - St. John's Ref. Church - 841 Washington (listed in Polk directory)
[Shown at right: detail from 1900 Sanborn map showing church location.]
This confirmation class photograph and booklet come through the courtesy of Beth Learn, who wrote: "The Confirmation Group photo for St. John's Reformed Church was made in about March 1931 as per the Certificate in Dad's Confirmation booklet which I have scanned for you. No photographer mentioned but the Minister looks to be a George Kohler (signature). Daddy would have just turned 15 years old."