The History of Roaring Spring First Church of the Brethren




On May 1, 1903, the Sisters Sewing Society of the German Baptist Church met at the home of Susan Replogle and decided to raise the necessary funds to buy a plot of ground on which to build a church within the borough of Roaring Spring.
The Clover Creek Church (est. 1790) was the “mother” church from which the following churches were organized: James Creek (1858), Martinsburg (1871), Fairview (1891), and Albright (which was known as First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, Pa.Roaring Spring when established in 1898). Other local Brethren churches emerged from these offspring. Up until this time, the Brethren in the community attended either Clover Creek, which was 8 miles away or they walked to Albright.
The folks living in town complained about the walk to Albright which was very taxing and time consuming. On Sundays with the two services, the walk took up most of their day. Some Brethren were attending the local Methodist Church because it was in town, had a pipe organ, and good singing.
The lots being considered were located on a hill and were part of the Lower farm. The men of the congregation were very hesitant to buy. They thought the asking price was too much money, people from Albright would be offended, and ironically, the hill would be difficult to travel in winter.
First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, Pa.The women of the Sisters Sewing Society were very determined to say the least! They were a group of women passionately dedicated to the ongoing work of the church. Even though the Board of Trustees had voted against purchasing the lots, the women decided to go ahead with their plan to purchase them. They were so successful in their sales of bonnets, aprons, prayer coverings, quilts, and vanilla that they raised the money in just five years. Two lots, costing $250.00 a piece, were purchased from the heirs of the Lower family in 1908, and on October 5, 1910 were turned over to the church body for the sum of $1.00. The house where Mark and Vicki Fisher live was previously owned by a member of the Lower family.
The building committee consisted of G.W. Replogle, Jonathan Snowberger, and William Hoover. The original structure 62 ft. x 66 ft. was heated by steam and had electric lighting. It contained a sanctuary, a large Sunday school room, and an Aid Society room. The completed building cost $9,000.00. The dedication for the church building took place on October 30, 1910 with Dr. C.C. Ellis delivering the sermon. The new church took the name Roaring Spring and the old church adopted the name Albright as it was located on the Samuel Albright farm and known as the Albright House.
Officers for the new church were elected on October 12, 1910. They were as follows: (Bishop) James A. Sell, (Pastor) Rev. Orville Long, (Secretary) Elmer Snowberger, and (Treasurer) G.W. Replogle. H. Atlee Brumbaugh, William E. Hoover, D.O. Miller, Daniel S. Replogle, G.W. Replogle, Levi Rhodes, Elmer First Church of the Brethren, Roaring Spring, Pa.Snowberger, Jonathan Snowberger, and Uriah T. Stuckey were the first called to be deacons.
The Sunday school program was an important part in the life of those people who started the church within the borough. So it was only natural that as soon as the church itself was formally organized, the Sunday school program would be started also. Following the formal organizing of the church, the Sunday school program started on October 10, 1910 with H. Atlee Brumbaugh, Elva Clapper, and David Miller as the leaders.
Many people had a part in the Christian education of our congregation. Some of you may still remember when the Sunday school hour was held before morning worship. All would gather in the sanctuary for a brief time of singing and devotions. Sometimes there were announcements of coming events in the church. Following this people would move to their designated rooms for class. We have many memories of the teachers who have played an important part in our lives. Everyone has a Sunday school teacher who made a great impact on his or her life.
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