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November 6 – Met at home of Edward Posey to organize a German Reformed Congregation

December 11 – Elected officers; elders and deacons ordained to their offices by John C. Guldin; Resolved that the name of this church shall be “The Second German Reformed Church” of Coventry Township, Chester County, and that a house of worship be built.



June 4 – (White Monday) – Cornerstone laid



“Free Love Valley” happenings



August 7 – Church incorporated; split occurs, only 12 members left


1844 – 1845

Church buildings renovated and made larger



Name change to “Shenkel Reformed Church”


1920 – 1930

Hazel L. Rutter was church organist



90th Anniversary; Moller 2 Manual Electric Action Pipe Organ with Chimes installed


1930 – 1944

Mrs. William Boyer, Sr., (Mary) church organist; William H. Shenton was hired as choir director



Fenton I. Laucks installed as pastor


October 24 thru October 31 – 100th Anniversary celebrated THEME: “The Church by the Side of the Road”


June 7 – Church building struck by lightning; all fuses were blown, perhaps saving the church from being destroyed by fire; no injuries



Rev. Edward L. Schlingman becomes supply pastor


November – Thelma Renninger accepted the position of full-time church organist and choir director



Church basement divided into Sunday School rooms



April 28 – Lightning bolt hit church; no serious damage



Church School Attendance: 140



July – United Church of Christ formed by merger of Evangelical Reformed Church and Congregational Christian Church:  Shenkel becomes Shenkel United Church of Christ



September – Rev. Lawrence Foard, Jr. becomes the first full-time pastor



September 8 – The new parsonage is dedicated


October 20 – Rev. Robert E. Reiff installed as pastor



September 27 – Service of re-dedication for the renovation of the Narthex and Sanctuary



Six acres of land adjacent to the church purchased for $10,241.71, later to be called Shenkel Grove



Burning of the mortgage, ending renovation debts; Marie Bade becomes choir director



First outdoor wedding in Shenkel Grove; Hurricane Agnes floods area – Shenkel Church members help with clean-up.  Church membership: 240



Daniel T. Moser installed as pastor


1984 thru 1987

Disciples and Women of the Bible programs were started



Wanda D. Craner ordained and installed at Shenkel Church as minister of Wholeness; prayer groups established; 150th Anniversary celebrated with the pageant: “The Little Country Church”



Feb 20 – Dedication of Murphy tracker pipe organ, chimes and chancel and nave renovation



Brian C. Hardee installed as the 25th Pastor



Installation of heating and air-conditioning system, expanded educational addition with new classrooms, accessible restrooms, church office and pastor’s study


October 29 – Dedication of new building expansion



November – Celebration of the 165th anniversary of Shenkel United Church of Christ with the theme “The Great Parade”


February – Shenkel participated in “One Night at a Time” program and housed 30 homeless persons on cold nights



February – Shenkel’s second year as a host of “One Night at a Time”; program housed only 12 guests since the extreme cold weather forced other agencies to open their doors to those in need



February – We again served those in need of shelter in the “One Night at a Time” program



Narthex renovated and new carpeting installed in the sanctuary; parsonage was renovated; Pastor Brian Hardee resigned, and search commit formed



Pastor Bonnie Moore was called to be our 26th pastor, beginning her ministry with Shenkel Church April 23rd; Service of Installation – July 29th


September – A Community Lunch Bunch was established inviting members and community people to share in this program, held monthly, and including lunch and guest speakers; attendance has grown from 24 to 52 persons


November – Shenkel United Church of Christ, with approximately 300 members, celebrated its 170th anniversary.  The theme, “My hands work for God at Shenkel United Church of Christ” reflects Shenkel’s spirit as we continue to grow and change



North Coventry Township banned our ability to sponsor the Homeless Ministry, One Night at a Time; Shenkel retained and attorney (Brian Nagel of MacElree Harvey in West Chester) who helped negotiate with the Township regarding our desire to provide temporary emergency housing of homeless people through the One Night at a Time program.



We entered the third winter of being unable to participate in the rotating emergency shelter for homeless people, coordinated by Ministries on Main Street; after multiple meetings with township officers we decided to allow the ACLU to file a complaint in Federal Court on our behalf



New flooring was installed in the chancel; continued our guests to receive permission from North Coventry Township to resume our ministry to those in need of a temporary, warm, safe place to sleep during the cold winter months



Church Art Glass was awarded the contract for replacing the stained-glass windows in the Sanctuary; the project was finished in December



175th Anniversary celebrated all year, the theme: “Rooted and Grounded in Love”; The time capsule created 25 years ago under the leadership of Pastor Dan Moser was unearthed and opened.  Its contents included items from our 150th anniversary:  a t-shirt, mug, bookmark, notecards, photos and essays of Sunday School children, newspaper articles including the installation of Rev. Homer Royer, Jr., and the history of Shenkel Church.

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