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Union Church of Sebring, the second of the four as described below. Photo submitted by Esther MAYS Harer
The postcard that is titled Church at Sebring, is actually Zion Lutheran Church, it stood on the west side of old Rt 15, the house in the background was the Heyler house and is currently owned by Cora VanDyke. 
The Union Church was on the east side of Rt 15, part of the Cemetery at Sebring.
Gary Parker
Subj:  Union Churches in Liberty Twp
Date:  08/21/2004 7:51:29 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: (gary & theresa parker)

From; Gary Parker RR # 6 Box 6227 Montrose PA 18801
 Re ; History of Union Churches in the Liberty Area
Written by ; Liberty Area Historical Society in 1991 ( perhaps by Marie Allesworth)

Liberty Area Union Churches

During the last two hundreds years, four Union Churches have been built in the Liberty area located at Liberty, Nauvoo, Sebring, and Shoptown.

The first Union church was also the first church in Liberty Township. It was called “Liberty Church”, and stood on the hill west of the old grade school building. This church was used by both Germans and English. (1883 Tioga County History page 196). The second Union Church was built in 1863 in Sebring. Part of the steps leading to the church can still be seen on the west side of the Sebring Cemetery. Various denominations used it. The third Union Church was built in Nauvoo about 1870. It is interesting to note that this church is mentioned in one Tioga County History as being the only church edifice in Morris Township ( 1883 Tioga County History, page 201), while the 1897 Tioga County History places this church in Liberty Township ( pg 646). The fourth Union Church building was built in Shoptown in 1891, and is the building we are meeting in today. It was dedicated January 10, 1892.

The Shoptown Union Church cost $ 1500 cash money. We do not know the value of the donated labor. The land on which the church was built consisted of two tracts. Tract 1 was deeded to the trustees of the Union Church of Liberty by Cornelius Wygant on May 9, 1891.Tract 2 was deeded to the Trustees by Charles Mase and wife on January 25, 1892. About 32 years later a third tract of land was granted to the trustees by Matthew B. Roupp by deed dated June 26, 1924. This latter tract was used as a parking lot when church and Sunday School were held in the building.

(Photo of Union Shoptown Church sent in by Esther MAYS Harer)

On July 23,1982 the Union Church property was deeded by the Board of Trustees of The Central Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church to the trustees of the Union Church of Liberty—Helen M Forer, Elis Schmelzle, and Violet Ingalls.

The Trustees of the Union Church by an article of Agreement dated April 24, 1978 agreed to lease the Historic of the Liberty Area Historical Society in perpetuity.

We do not have a record of when the Shoptown Union Church Sunday school was organized, but we do know that in 1897 there were about 40 pupils enrolled. Mrs. Murry Mase was Sunday School Superintendent. The school closed in 1931.

Violet Ingalls recently told me that the funeral services of her husband Clark was held in this church in August of 1965. It may have been the last funeral service held in Union as the last regular church service was held in October 1965.

Church services may well have ended earlier had it not been for the wife of Rev. Jason Hollopeter who was assigned to the Liberty charge of the Evangelical United Brethren. Mrs. Hollopeter conducted services during the time they were in Liberty.

Many of you will recall that the Hollopeter’s returned here for our yearly service two years ago

!891to 1991 is a 100 year period during which many local men and women, boys and girls have been touched by the moral guidance and lessons learned  in the building still standing and serving the community. Accordingly, the Liberty Area Historical Society requests that any of you who have records of any sort which would help refine the church history to please share them with the society. This is one way in which we can celebrate the first 100 years of the Union Church at Shoptown.

Photo at left sent by Gary Parker 2004

Dear Joyce, There is a group, " Friends of the Union Church Inc.", who are accepting charitable donations for the building. To date it has been painted & has a new roof. Any interested parties may send a tax deductible  donation for further restoration to Kitty L. Ernst, PO Box 18 Honey Grove PA  17035.

Thanks Gary Parker

April 2007 -- My name is Kitty Ernst and I represent Friends of the Union Church in Liberty,Pa. We are renovating the church to use as a community center and to bring life back to her. We are holding an organizational meeting on April 28th @ 10:30 at the church and everyone interested is invited to attend.We want to outline a course for her use and then implement it. I can only imagine how beautiful a wedding would be in such a beautiful,simple setting.Scouts,funerals,meetings,weddings are just a few of our ideas.
We have all worked hard and can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.Interior painting will take place in early May and finished touches will be completed soon after,then.........our doors will be open!
Would you please print our meeting date and time on your Union Church web-site. We are really looking forward to new people and new ideas for the development of the community center.
                                                   Kitty Ernst

Summer 2005- Newly painted. Photos from Gary Parker
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