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TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
110 East Market Street
Mercer, PA 16137
Phone: 724-662-2680
FAX: 724-662-0222
Office Hours: M-F 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
"Serving Christ since 1804"     

Trinity's 210th Year
 
2014 marks the 210th year since Rev. Samuel Tait was named as part-time pastor of a congregation in Mercer formed by the Presbytery. Here's what has happened this month since Trinity began "Serving Christ since 1804." Check back each month in 2014 to see events from Trinity's rich history.

MAY

1

1938: by-laws changed to discontinue rotary system of election of elders and return to permanent election

 

2

1981: first rummage sale conducted

 

4

1997: bulletin font type modernized

 

5

1984: Women’s Association hosts quilt festival

 

 

7

1972: Allen organ dedicated

 

13

1951: building program approved

 

 

16

1962: original building sandblasted

 

19

1963: congregation votes to become “Trinity United Presbyterian Church”

1991: congregation approves parlor remodeling

 

21

1989: 200th anniversary of Presbyterian Church in America

2000: Trinity choir members sing in County’s Bi-Centennial service

 

26

1843: first Presbytery approval of session minutes

 

27

1990: winners of Trinity photo contest announced

 

28

1951: sanctuary remodeling begins, ground broken for east side addition

 

29

1857: Rev. John Ross Findley installed

 

30

1990: remodeling of “Upper Room” begins


APRIL

1962: Rev. Richard Riedel preaches first sermon

1995: closed circuit television sends worship services to parlor beginning this month

 

3

1929: congregation adopts current system of rotating elders, approves women to serve

 

4

1934: Bequest Committee formed

1945: church by-laws changed

 

6

1997: Weigh Down Workshop begins

 

7

1937: first time men prepare dinner for congregational meeting

1963: Frances Smith becomes organist

1970: Dr. Robert D. Rose installed

2002: east addition dedicated, Bob Gregory Day celebrated

 

8

1931: C. Wallace Black elected first director of the budget

1979: “The Palms” first sung at Trinity

1990: first procession/distribution of palms

 

9

1971: first Good Friday service for children in grades 1-6

1989: Gladys Crill honored, named Treasurer Emeritus

 

10

1960: morning greeter program begins

 

11

1963: first candlelight communion service

 

12

1972: current sanctuary carpet installed

14

1929: church by-laws adopted

 

16

1995: choirs first wear current robes

 

17

1978: Cleora Jeffress begins as secretary

1988: Trinity stages Two Sons Have I Not

1994: Sharing Place staff honored as shop closes

 

18

2003: Trinity participates in first community cross walk

 

20

1842: Rev. Joseph T. Smith installed

1927: Rev. Charles Lemale resigns

 

21

1957: 592 attend Easter worship (2 services)

 

22

2001: congregation votes to sell Trinity Hall

 

24

1994: congregation authorizes elevator interest survey

 

26

1978: choir wears new gold robes

 

27

1997: Trinity hosts county Sunday school convention

 

29

1857: Rev. John R. Findley installed

1962: Rev. Richard Riedel installed

 


MARCH

1

1972:  Trinity Joint Boards Newsletter first published 


3

2002: current sanctuary music stand first used

 

4

1962: Rev. Richard Reidel preaches candidate sermon

 

6

2002: Pa. issues occupancy certificate for east addition


9

1991: main entrance refurbished

 

10

1989: bulletin begins “Traditions in Our Worship” note


12

1972: current computerized Allen organ played at first service

 

14

1993: snowstorm cancels worship service

 

15

1999: newsletter announces Trinity web site

 

17

1923: attempts to reunite fail, Rev. Charles. Lamale called as pastor—Second Church


19

2000: ribbon markers for hymnals first used


22

1998: clown “The Amazing Earl” pantomimes the Easter story

 

23

1989: Communion celebrated by intinction

 

24

1985: Trinity hosts Bach Festival by Historical Society

 

26

1978: Dennis Fike resigns as organist

 

28

1993: GCC Touring Choir first sings at Trinity

 

30

1944: Rev. J. Davis Illingworth begins as pastor

1978: handbell choir rehearsals begin

 

31

1963: Bernice Proctor resigns as organist

1969: 110 youth complete 12-week Youth Club program

1988: first candlelight communion service in Tait Hall

 

FEBRUARY


2

1940: Married Couples Class has first meeting


3

1976: first church newsletter printed

2000: Peggy Hovis named first administrative assistant


4

1979: worship service adds third hymn

1988: session approves publication of a Trinity Church cookbook


6

1865: Second Church adopts plan for current church building

1980: Married Couples class celebrates 40th anniversary

 

7

1954: 11 children and one adult baptized at 4 p.m. service

1982: Trinity-United Methodist pulpit exchange


9

1986: Trinity’s first Groundhog Day extravaganza

 

11

1995: Valentine’s Dance in Tait Hall


14

1954: Bernice Proctor begins interim as organist for Ada Craig through April 25

1993: Shenango Home celebrates 25th anniversary


15

1987: Chancel Choir joins Romananko Players at Trinity concert

1997: first all-computer generated newsletter printed


20

1981: new Property Improvement Fund announced

1995: Loaves and Fishes serves 75 families


24

1985: Junior church program begins


27

1946: Rosey Rowswell speaks at men’s supper


28

1965: Trinity Church script logo first used

1990: first Silent Communion (Ash Wednesday)

1996: caregivers support group organizes

 

29

1864: Rev. William M. Robinson installed—Second Church



JANUARY 


1

1912: this month, S.S. Smith sends Presbytery 1st typed session minutes

1928: First Church building destroyed by fire


2

1972: adult choir renamed “chancel choir”


3

1901: Rev. John S. Duncan installed—First Church


5

1829: congregation votes to tear down, rebuild church structure

1958: mortgage burned for remodeling/addition project


6

1867: present church building dedicated as Second United Presbyterian Church of Mercer


7

1973: George Tucci II begins as organist


8

1902: Rev. David E. Craighead begins as pastor—Second Church


10

1982: frigid weather cancels worship service


11

1939: Rev. Lawrence Fisher begins as pastor


13

1954: Members adopt new by-laws at congregational meeting


16

1958: first women deacons, elders elected


17

1957: first deacons elected

1972: sanctuary remodeling/redecorating begins


18

1929: Dr. Oscar H.L. Mason becomes pastor of reunited church


19

1958: first women deacons, elders ordained


20

1929: 1st worship service of reunited church


21

2001: congregation approves elevator/building addition


23

1865: Second Church building committee formed to plan for current church structure


27

1991: minimum number on session reduced to 15 from 18

2002: Danual Forsburg directs first choir anthem


28

1981: bylaws changed to allow elders to serve two consecutive terms

1990: January congregational meeting moved to Sundays from Wednesdays


29

1878: Rev. J. F. Stonecipher installed—First Church


30

2000: Sue Garton first plays handbells at Trinity


 
DECEMBER
 

2

1954: Bernice Proctor begins as organist

1973: first audio taping of a worship service

1990: revamped bulletin includes computer-generated page

 

3

1972: church front door wreath crafted

1983: Tom Ridge speaks at men’s breakfast

1995: current paraments first used

 

5

1804: Presbytery forms Mercer congregation, Rev. Samuel Tait to be part-time pastor

1928: Rev. O.H.L. Mason installed—Central Church

1965: Advent wreath/candles first used during worship

1965: The Hymnbook dedicated

2004: 200TH ANNIVERSARY WORSHIP SERVICE @ 11 a.m.

Bicentennial Celebration/Christmas Dinner @ 6:30 p.m.

 

 

6

1953: Rev. George Wilson begins as pastor

 

9

1962: chancel cloths using liturgical colors first used

 

10

1972: Chrismon tree first placed in sanctuary

 

13

1953: Rev. George Wilson installed as pastor

 

14

1882: Rev. John V. Stockton installed—First Church

 

15

1963: “Trinity Hall” purchased

 

16

1928: Central votes to reunite with First

1992: newsletter announces purchase of pew cushions

2001: Dr. Ken Bailey teaches the first class in addition classroom

 

19

1977: Cub Scout Pack 84 of Trinity Church has first meeting

 

20

1981: first church family Christmas dinner served

1998: current flatware first used

 

24

1958: first Christmas Eve candlelight service, program written/directed by Ruth Hammond

1974: Frances Smith resigns as organist

 

27

1830: first congregational meeting in new church building

 

28

1967: “The Beginning” coffeehouse opens

1997: farewell reception for seminary intern John Boal

 

31

1947: church fiscal year changed to coincide with calendar year

2004: Church Party/Watch Night Service to close Trinity’s Bicentennial Year—9 p.m.



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