S.S. Presbyterian Church celebrates 160 years


November 1, 2011

The South Side Presbyterian Church will hold a special worship service and reception to celebrate and its 160th Anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m.

The worship service will include song, prayers, praise, and sermon by Pastor Kathy Hamilton-Vargo, with some very interesting history to be told, as well as expressions of their hopes for the future.

Incorporated in 1851, construction on the historic building was halted during the Civil War because of the war and the pastor at that time went to be a chaplain for Union troops in the war. The main part of the building was then completed in 1869, which includes the sanctuary with the beautiful windows and wood.

The Community Center wing provided the first public gym in the South Side in 1914, and housed dozens of community programs, including providing public showers.

There are lots of fascinating things about the Church (which is also still a Community Center) and the church plans to enjoy sharing some of those on November 6. "Transforming, Not Conforming!"@is the church's motto — and 160 years bear witness to that.

Carol Divens Roth will join them with blessings from Pittsburgh Presbytery. Following the worship event, the church plans a reception with refreshments, and tours of its Civil War era building will be available for those interested.

The South Side Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of South 20th and Sarah streets, and is fully handicap accessible. For more information, call 412-431-0118.


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