Dreisbach United Church of Christ
 
 

sharing the love of christ from the heart of buffalo valley

FAITH &
FELLOWSHIP

 

Church Service
9:15AM on Sunday
Sunday School at 10:30AM 

 
 
 
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Our Common Purpose

The avowed purpose of this church shall be to worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the Sacraments; to realize Christian fellowship and unity within this church and the Church Universal; to render loving service toward [all humankind]; and to strive for righteousness, justice, and peace.

    (from the By-Laws of Dreisbach Church)

 
 

Our Common Belief

This church aclnowledges as its sole Head, Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Savior of [humankind].  It acknowledges as brothers [and sisters] in Christ all who share in this confession.   It looks to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, to prosper its creative and redemptive work in the world.  It claims as its own the faith of the historic church expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers.  It  affirms the responsibility of the Church in each generation to make this faith its own in reality and worship, in honesty of thought and expression, and in purity of heart before God.  In accordance with the teaching of our Lord and the practice prevailing among evangelical Christians, it recognizes two Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion.

   {from the Preamble of the Constitution of the United Church of Christ}

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About our church

Dreisbach United Church of Christ is sharing the love of Christ from the Heart of the Buffalo Valley. Our church was founded in the early 1770's when a group of German Reformed settlers began worshiping together in the Buffalo Valley of central Pennsylvania. In the year 1788 these worshipers joined with their Lutheran neighbors to build a church on land donated by Martin Dreisbach, an elder of the Reformed congregation. Due to Martin Dreisbach's generous contribution, not only the land but also toward the construction of a log building, the church became know as Dreisbach Church. It functioned as a union church with the Lutheran and Reformed congregations sharing the use of the building.

The log structure was replaced in 1839 with a larger, brick building. However, when extensive structural repairs were later required, a new building was erected in 1860. That building stood until 1963, when during construction of an addition was underway, the south wall began to collapse. As a result the structure was replaced with the current building in 1964. Also in 1963 the Lutheran congregation decided to withdraw from the union church to establish their own church, which is now Faith Lutheran Church near Lewisburg. Since that time, the church has continued to expand its programs, participating in a variety of mission projects and developing a recreation area with a gazebo.

Today after 228 years of faithful praising and serving the Lord, Dreisbach United Church of Christ remains an active congregation seeking to be a witness for Christ in the Buffalo Valley.