Welcome...

What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you can have a life changing experience with God. At Mt. Pleasant Church of God, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.

Together we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there’s relevant teaching, heartfelt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. In short, we would like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire community one life at a time.

Map & Directions

Church Address:
936 W. Main St.
Mt. Pleasant, PA

Our Church History...

The Mt. Pleasant Church of God had its beginnings in the post Civil War years. Jesse J. Fox purchased the tract of land that now serves as the site for the bethel. A log building was on the site, which was owned by the Presbyterian Church.

The following year a number of members from the Church of God at Stonerstown (now Alverton), who lived in the Mt. Pleasant area, began to meet at the property that Mr. Fox deed to the West Pennsylvania Eldership. The project was not well received by the brethren at Center Bethel since many felt that there was no need for a church in Mt. Pleasant.

The old log building was removed and in March of 1872 a framed building was dedicated for the work then known as the "Mission Chapel." The early success of the project was largely due to the persistence and the voluntary contributions of five men: Rev. Peter Loucks, David S. Fox, John S. Fox, Adam S. Fox, and Jesse J. Fox.

On March 27,1881 the Mission Chapel was totally destroyed by fire. The church was incorporated in 1881 and the current brick bethel was dedicated on May 1. 1892.

The details of church leaders' contributions are far too few. Among the 32 people who have served in roles of pastor or employed as assistants to the pastor, several pastors' names stand out in our history: S.G. Yahn, J.L. Updegraph, V.O. Bamhart, E.F. Show, L.G. White.

Rev. S.G. Yahn served two terms of service here: 1889-1890 and 1892-1909, the latter being by a few months the longest pastorate of our church. During Yahn's service the Church at Work newspaper was published, the local Christian Endeavor Society was established, 622 members were added, a parsonage was erected, what is thought to be the first Mother's Day observance in our community, and the work among the eastern European community was established. Rev. Yahn resigned to become the editor of the periodical called The Church Advocate.

One of the most significant stories of our history began in the revival of 1896 when a Slovakian coal miner by the name of John Luchansky was saved. Despite ridicule and some persecution, he continued to witness to co-workers and friends. His brother Jacob was called into the pastoral ministry three years later. For many years an "East End Mission" was operated in Mt. Pleasant (that building was sold in 1954). The long and the short of it is that these men led a very effective ministry among the Slovak people. This included establishing new churches in New Castle, Sharon, Cleveland, and eastern Europe!

As a result of these efforts in Europe, by 1937 there were 1,710 people in attendance in churches/stations established. As late as 1948 there were still 23 stations with 393 members in Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia. After World War II the iron curtain came down with great force. Congregations were forced to close or identify themselves as Orthodox, Roman Catholic or Baptist.

Rev. J.L. Updegraph also served as our pastor for two separate periods: 1909- 1917 and 1928-1934. Under Rev. Updegraph, 422 members were added and in 1914 the Sunday School addition was built. This building contained 13 classrooms and an auditorium. He resigned to become the field secretary of the Churches of God. After this eight year pastorate, he later returned to supply the unexpired term of Rev. Fulmer who had died during his eleventh year as pastor. There were another 151 accessions to the church during this second pastorate.

Another well-loved pastor was Updegraph's son-in-law. Rev. V.O. Barnhart. He served from 1934 to 1946. There were 251 new members during these years of depression and World War II. A new organ room was constructed and the remainder of the parsonage basement was excavated and a social room was constructed.

Rev. Earl Show was the first pastor to live in the most recent parsonage and served us 1965-1975. Many improvements were made to the buildings and grounds during his ten years as pastor. New members totaled 173. Perhaps most noteworthy is that all three Show sons became pastors and daughter Gayle continues to actively serve at Mt. Pleasant Church of God as pianist and in other positions of leadership. He served the church faithfullly until his untimely death.

Rev. Larry White followed Rev. Show and served from 1976 to 1992, just six months shy of our longest pastorate. There were 310 new members during these years. In 1986 the sanctuary was remodeled (including a reversal of direction) and the Sunday School addition was totally reconfigured to its present appearance. It was a vibrant time in the life of our congregation as many ministries were begun (some continuing to the present): Committed Few choral group, children's church. Good Friday Tenebrae service, AIM, drama ministry, library, handbell choir, AIM discipleship program, Barnabas Club, Young at Heart Club, Prayer Warriors, and prayer chain. Rev. White resigned to assume the pastorate of College First Church of God in Findlay, OH.

There has been a dramatic shift in our society and in our congregation over the past decade or so. Our mission is clear, our calling is sure, our hope is certain. Let us seek to see God at work and join with Him as He invites us to take part in accomplishing His purposes. We will be "writing" additional history every day, let it bring great glory to God!

Our Core Values...

The Churches of God, General Conference upholds the Bible as its “only and all sufficient rule of faith and practice.” Hence its doctrine and ministry is rooted directly in scripture. The following ten core values that shape and mold the life of the church grow directly out of this priority focus upon God’s Word.

• We VALUE obedience to Jesus Christ in all situations.

• We VALUE each individual as one who matters to God.

• We VALUE dependence on and confidence in God’s ability to do more than we ask or imagine; we are willing to take risks and expect God to surprise us.

• We VALUE Christ honoring, culturally relevant worship.

• We VALUE evangelistic outreach ministry to those who do not yet belong to Christ and the church.

• We VALUE each believer growing in Christ likeness and serving in ministry based on their spiritual gifts.

• We VALUE vital reproducing congregations.

• We VALUE trained, committed and competent leaders (pastors and lay persons).

• We VALUE Christian unity within a diverse body of faith.

• We VALUE accountability among believers and congregations.

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Getting Involved...

Mt. Pleasant Church of God has numerous small groups and activities that you can become involved in. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at our church. For more information contact the church office at 724-547-7110.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES
There are Sunday school classes for all ages from nursery to the older saints that meet every Sunday morning at 9am. The children and High school classes meet in the church building. There are 2 adult classes that meet on the second floor of the church building and 4 more adult classes that meet in the CMC building.

YOUTH GROUP
This group, designed for Jr. and Sr. High youth in grades 7-12 meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm in the Youth Center. Each week includes ping-pong, pool, air hockey, worship and discussion on a relevant topic.

BIBLE QUIZ TEAM
This groups is for Jr. and Sr. High students. They meet on Sundays following the 10:15 am worship service in room # 1 in the CMC building. They compete in quiz meets with other churches in the Allegheny Conference.

CHANCEL CHOIR
Any adult or High School student is invited to sing in the Chancel Choir. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays at 7:00pm and the choir sings during the 10:15 service on Sundays.

DART BALL TEAM
This group, for adult men and High School boys, plays teams from other area churches on Monday nights at 7:30pm from October through April. The game is similar to baseball , but uses large darts with a painted dartboard resembling a baseball field. No experience is necessary!

FAITHWEAVER FRIENDS
This is a children’s ministry program for ages two to sixth grade, that meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm. It includes a Bible story, music, crafts, snacks, and games all driving the weekly Bible point home. And through it all, children discover they have a real friend in Jesus. Last Session will be May 31 and will resume in September.

YOUNG AT HEART
A ministry for Senior Citizens ages 55 & up They meet on the second Thursday of every month at noon for a covered dish luncheon. They normally have a different speaker or program each month. Young at Heart provides a meeting place for senior citizens away from their home to meet and fellowship.

KIDS ALIVE!
A worship service planned for children ages four through sixth grade during the 10:15 service. The children are dismissed halfway through the adult service to come to the Christian Ministries Center for their own service.

ADULT BIBLE STUDY
They meet in the church on Wednesdays from 7-8pm to study God’s Word and pray for each other. Bible study is the core ministry of any church that is attempting to challenge its people to grow in their faith and become spiritually mature disciples.

Ministries...

One of the most important values of Mt. Pleasant Church of God is our desire to serve our community. There are many different ways that you can become involved in serving the Mt. Pleasant community and surrounding area through the ministries of our church.

HIS HANDS COMMUNITY MEAL
A ministry that prepares and offers meals to anyone within the community, free of charge on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 3-5 pm. Food for the meal is provided by the Westmoreland County Food Bank and the people of our church.

WESTMORELAND COUNTY FOOD BANK
The Mt Pleasant Church of God Food Pantry is sponsored by the Westmoreland County Food Bank.Our pantry is open every last Tuesday of the month.Our doors open at 9am and we serve the last client around 10:30am.We serve approximately 240 boxes of food per month.We also serve our local senior highrises.We run with a group of 50-60 volunteers a month.

CLOTHING CLOSET
This new ministry began in January 2012. You can help by giving of your time to sort donations, helping talk to the people, or by donating your gently used clothing. Clothes can be dropped off at the CMC building anytime between 9 am and 3 pm  Mon-Fri. Also silverware, plates, dishes, pots and pans, towels, blankets, sheets and curtains will be given away. We are open during the community meal and the food bank each month, and on the 2nd Tuesday of the month as well. We give each family a Bible and pray with them.

*please contact the church office with any questions*

 

Contact Us

Map & Directions

Church Address:
936 W. Main St.
Mt. Pleasant, PA

Contacts

Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm.

Telephone & Fax:
Tel: (724) 547-7110
Fax: (724) 547-9321

Email: mpcog@zoominternet.net

Pastor Bob
724-542-4307 - Home
717 525-2223 - Cell
pbhuber@zoominternet.net
Pastor Glenn:
724-539-0593
Director of Music
Merle Stuzman, 724-593-2176
liederb@lhtot.com
Council President & Elder
Larry Rath
lrry531@zoominternet.net

Allegheny Region Conference
P.O. Box 756
Latrobe, PA 15650
724-832-3746 / Fax: 724-832-3748
Website: www.alleghenycggc.org

Churches of God
General Conference

700 E Melrose Avenue,
PO Box 926,
Findlay, OH 45839
419-424-1961 / 419-424-3433
Website: www.cggc.org