Who we are
Here's the deal, Carson Valley Church of the Brethren cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. Carson Valley Church of the Brethren is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.
Where we come from
Carson Valley Church of the Brethren
The Church of the Brethren, formerly known as the German Baptist
Brethren, or Dunkers, had its beginning in the year 1708 at Schwartzenaw, Germany under the leadership of Alexander Mack. It was during the pietist movement, because of the formalism of the State Church, that Mack and seven other people united as a group. This marked the beginning of our Church which uses as its rule of life, or creed, the New Testament. Other foundations on which our Church was established include baptism by trine immersion, strong opposition to war, placing a great emphasis on Bible study, prayer, fellowship and family life,
observance of feet washing, love feast and communion service. It is to the evangelism of the world, for the conversion of men to Jesus Christ that our Church is striving.
Because of the severe persecution by the State Church, the early Brethren migrated to America from 1719 to 1729, settling at Germantown. From here, the Brethren kept branching out and establishing new Churches in other communities.
The first group of Brethren settlers in this area arrived about 1760, with some records giving the date as early as 1750. The first Church to be established members of the Congregation settled around Frankstown, with some located in the Loop and others at Hollidaysburg.
On November 11, 1871, it was decided to build a new structure at Carson Valley. John M. Stiffler, Joseph Stiffler and Samuel Brubaker were appointed to act as the Building Committee to give a contract for the construction of the building. Dedication of the new structure was held on
October 23, 1874.
At this time, the Ministers were Levi B. Benner and William W. Hoover; and the Deacons were Ellis Brubaker, Samuel Brubaker and Levi Hoover. The membership at this time was 84 members.
Through the efforts of the newly organized Congregation, several Missions were started. These consisted of the Missions at Lakemont, Hollidaysburg and Bennington. The Hollidaysburg Mission continued and today is knows as the Hollidaysburg Church of the Brethren.
The Carson Valley Church, due to its growth, was remodeled and dedicated on August 13, 1917. With continued growth, it was necessary to enlarge by building a new structure,
which began with the ground breaking services on November 1, 1953. The first service in our new Church was Easter Sunrise Service of 1959. Completion of the building and dedication was held on May 17, 1964.
May our Church continue to be a light to the community and to those we serve; and may each of our members live dedicated lives to the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.
The Carson Valley Church of the Brethren exists to proclaim the reality of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit throughout our community and to all the world; to provide opportunities to love, worship and serve the triune God; and to enable those
who are so inclined to become able followers of Jesus and effective disciples and ministers of His message.
What this means for you
What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Carson Valley Church of the Brethren. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Carson Valley family.
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