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Rennerdale United Presbyterian Church celebrates 110 years

| Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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Rennerdale UP Church has been an active parish in a small community for much of its 110 years.
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Social events fill the church calendar, stressing wholesome family family and spirituality.

The First United Presbyterian Church of Rennerdale is 110 years old this year after establishing itself as the only existing church in Rennerdale, Collier Township, in 1903. The church is located at 151 Noblestown Road.

An active parish in a small community of about 1,100 people, the parish has opened its doors to many local organizations, such as the National Railway Historical Society that meets the first Wednesday of the month. This is fitting because Rennerdale was part of a railroad town years ago. It also has allowed Scout troops to meet in its education building and currently is the chartered sponsor of Boy Scout Pack 860.

Members also recently participated in the Collier Township Clean Up Day.

Other community outreach includes donations to the Carnegie Food Bank, a Lenten Bible study, the Special Olympics, mission work in Haiti and World Vision.

There is an active youth group whose members have fun during activities such as ski trips, bowling, attendance at the Silver Ring Thing and joint meetings with other youth groups from churches such as Wallace Presbyterian in Green Tree. Its members come from all denominations and will be instrumental in directing the church's vacation Bible school this August. They also participated in Youth Group Day of Service.

The Couple's Club within the church was active across all denominations back in the 1960s to the 1980s. The club sponsored fellowship dinners, musicals and other fundraisers to support charitable causes throughout Rennerdale. A reunion of the Couple's Club in 2003 during the church's centennial celebration attracted many of the group's original members to return to Rennerdale.

An upcoming Health and Wellness Fair currently is being organized, possibly being held in conjunction with the Rennerdale Volunteer Fire Department.

Recent fundraisers such as a homemade soup sale and a sale of homemade bread, cookies and nut rolls at Easter will help fund a summer mission trip.

Services are conducted on Sunday at 10:45 a.m., preceded by Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m.

The Rev. Jodi Flack is the pastor. For more information, call 412-276-2268 or visit www.rennerdalepresbyterian.org.

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or charlotte59@comcast.net.

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