Our Mission

 

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OUR VISION

We are a dynamic and growing church.  We provide a variety of exciting and relevant worship service and spiritual growth opportunities.

OUR PURPOSE

To share the Good News of Jesus Christ with people and lead them into a fully devoted relationship with Him. 

OUR CORE VALUES

Love God and actively worship Him. 
Love Others and actively build Christian relationships.
Love to Serve and actively minister to the Body of Christ and the World.

 


Our Roots

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United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:

  • Trinity

We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

  • God

We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.    
We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace.

  • Jesus

We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.                                                                    
We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and Messiah mean the same thing-God's anointed.)                                                                                
We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.  
We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his


Church History

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Dutilh Church began in 1844 with four families holding services in the Jones barn.  The founding families were Detmore and Elizabeth Shaner of Beaver County and William and Jane Lonsdale after newly arriving from England.  The original church was called Little Plains Church and Joshua Monroe served as the first official Pastor.

In 1878, Pastor J.M. Swam recognized the growth in the area and the need for a bigger building.  A site consisting of one-fourth of an acre was donated by Charles Dutilh of Philadelphia and two and a half additional acres had been added by 1961 to comprise the present site, parking area, and cemetery.

In 1963, Cranberry Township officials renamed a portion of Perry Highway/Route 19,  Dutilh Road.  By 1986,  more expansion plans were being considered by Dutilh Church.  However , on February 10, 1986, an arsonist, who was never found, set fire in the sanctuary and the church completely burned to the ground.  Services were moved to the ballroom of the Sheraton North until a new church could be constructed.

Previous building plans were scrapped, and a new church building was designed for the existing site.  Ground breaking ceremonies were held, September 7, 1986.  The current building was dedicated on September 24, 1988.  In November of 2011, a lighted steeple was added to help us become a beacon at the crossroads of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate 79.