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Tour of Greensburg worship sites will offer inspiration

| Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, 8:55 p.m.
Brian F. Henry | Tribune-Review
Donna Lee and Diane Dale, members of the Greensburg Garden Center, are co-chairwomen for its 'Historic Church and Synagogue Tour of Greensburg.' Their portrait was taken at Seton Hill University, where the tour on Dec. 14 will conclude at St. Joseph Chapel.

Greensburg Garden Center will offer the “Historic Church & Synagogue Tour of Greensburg” on Dec. 14.

The tour, to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., will feature:

• Christ's Church, 145 Main St., which celebrated its 190th anniversary this year and recently welcomed a new rector, the Rev. Jeff Wylie.

• Trinity United Church of Christ, 139 N. Main St., which recently selected the Rev. Sue Fritz as its new pastor.

• Congregation Emanu-El Israel, 222 N. Main St., which fills the essential roles of a synagogue — to serve as a house of gathering, a house of study and a house of prayer.

• St. Joseph Chapel at Seton Hill University, Seton Hill Drive, where singer, playwright, author and alumna Mary McCormack will sing.

“We had a church tour last year and we received a lot of feedback,” said Donna Lee of New Stanton, chairwoman of the tour committee. “People wanted another one. They said it was the best tour they've ever been on. ... These churches and the synagogue have a lot of history and beautiful architecture.”

Lee said the tour combines some of the best features in Greensburg — gifted florists, a rich history of religion and architecture, a wealth of musical talent and more.

“Every hour, a different part of the tour takes place,” she said.

Local florists will be dressing up the buildings, where the church leaders and Rabbi Sara Perman will speak about the history and architecture of each site. Members will provide music at each stop.

Christ's Church will be decorated by Ron Malago of Blue Orchid Floral. Sue Thomas of Joseph Thomas Flower Shop will decorate Trinity United Church of Christ. Gary Pratt of Le Jardin Florals & Home Decor will decorate at Congregation Emanu-El Israel and Laura Fedorko of Johnston the Florist will dress the chapel at Seton Hill.

Participants can easily walk to the first three stops on the tour, Lee said. Refreshments will be served at Seton Hill.

Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund of the Greensburg Garden Center, Lee said. Scholarships are given to high school graduates who will pursue additional studies.

Kaylie Harper contributed to this story.

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