Crossroads Community Church (Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA)
Crossroads Community Church (formerly Weaver Mennonite Church), (Mennonite Church), located on State Route 56, two miles east of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in Cambria County just across the border from Somerset County, a member of the Allegheny Mennonite Conference, had its beginning before 1800 when the Weaver, Baumgardner, Keim, Blough, and other families, including some Amish and some Dunkers, settled in this fertile region underlaid with good coal. The first services were held (date unknown) in a log schoolhouse deeded on 7 May 1817, to Christian Lehman and Jacob Whetstone as trustees. In 1855 a log meetinghouse (30 x 36 ft.) was erected beside the schoolhouse, replaced in 1878 by the present frame meetinghouse (40 x 50 ft.), which has been remodeled twice. For many years the congregation had no resident minister, and was served once in four weeks by a minister from the Blough church in Somerset County, 10 miles to the south. In 1854 Samuel Blough was ordained as the first resident minister, who also served as bishop 1878-83. In 1879-80 Sunday school was begun. The first sewing circle in the Johnstown district was established here in 1910. Alexander Weaver was long a minister here, 1893-1952. In 1957 the membership was 51, with Harold E. Thomas (1911-2001) as pastor (ordained to the ministry in 1950) and Hiram Wingard (b. 1914) as assistant.
The congregation reorganized in 2000 as Crossroads Community Church and had 50 members in 2007.
Kaufman, Ammon. "Weaver Church." Southwestern-Pennsylvania Conference News VI (November-December 1947): 3.
Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 904. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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