Weisenberg Lutheran Church

7645 Weisenberg Church Road

New Tripoli, PA 18066

We invite you to become a part of our history and our story as we proclaim God’s victory in our setting and beyond!

 
1749 – Founded as a Union Church (Lutheran & Reformed congregations) with services in homes 1754 – First church building erected (logs and lumber) by oldest cemetery
1803 – Second church building erected (wood)
1830 – Third church building erected  (stone) at present site
1864 – Fourth (present) church building erected (brick & white steeple);
              main floor with balconies on three sides.  Cornerstone laid in 1866.
1911 – Dedicated new C. F. Durner pipe organ
1924 – Worship begun in English (only German used prior to this time) on alternating Sundays 1928 – Dedication of remodeled interior; three-sided balcony removed, second floor added to
              church, organ moved from balcony to present location, new altar, pulpit & pews added
1937 – Electricity installed in church and farm buildings; well dug on church property 
1956 – Memorial stained glass windows installed in sanctuary
1969 – Excavation of full basement and renovation of Sunday School rooms.
            Added rear stairway, organ rebuilt, entire building rewired
1978 – Installed kitchen in basement
1984 – (January 1) Formation of one Lutheran congregation, uniting the two congregations of
              the former Union Church into one.
            Pastor Raymond Hand installed as pastor.
1986 – School house renovated and rededicated.
1988 – Steeple lights installed
1991 – Renovations made to sanctuary and Sunday School auditorium
1995 – Barn and outbuildings removed from property 
1996 – Building addition completed and dedicated, adding an elevator, four classrooms,
              two offices, restrooms and a larger vestibule
1997 – Air conditioning installed in church 
1999 – 250th anniversary of Weisenberg Lutheran Church
            Stucco applied to church.  Steeple was refurbished.
2005 – Fire Alarm System installed.  School house floor and roof repaired.
2005 – Mission trip to Pass Christian, Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina)
2006 – Mission trip to Pass Christian, Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina)
            Formation of Sons of a Carpenter
            ELCA Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas
2007 – Began use of Evangelical Lutheran Worship Book
            Mission trip to Pass Christian, Mississippi (Hurricane Katrina)
            Fiberglass steeple replaced wooden steeple
2008 – Carillon bell system installed and dedicated
            East parking lot completed with wall, fence and lighting.
            Picnic pavilion destroyed by storm
            Parsonage renovated and restored.
2009 – Celebrated 25 years as a new Lutheran congregation
            25th Anniversary for Pastor Raymond Hand at Weisenberg Lutheran Church
            ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans
            Constructed new multi-purpose shed.
            Area food pantry established at Christ’s Church at Lowhill
2010 – Softball Team: Lehigh Valley Church Softball League Champions
            Leo Kressley becomes first known church member centenarian
2011 – C. F. Durner Pipe Organ is 100 years old
            Softball Team repeats as League Champion
2012 – ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans
            Softball Team won the Faith, Fellowship and Sportsmanship Award
2013 – Favorite Recipes Cookbook, CD and E-Reader download
            Softball Team: Lehigh Valley Church Softball League Champions
2014 – 30th Anniversary of new congregation
            Dedicated new Digital Protégé 227e Allen Organ, AV System (including 2 sanctuary TV’s
              & 1 in social room) and sanctuary renovation (modified altar floor, new paint & carpet)
2015 – ELCA Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan
            Softball Team won the Faith, Fellowship and Sportsmanship Award
            Pastor Guy Grube celebrated his 40th anniversary of Ordination
2016 – Dedicated Flag Pole Monument – Eagle Scout Project by Derek Dengler
            Renovated Tractor Shed with siding, overhead garage doors, soffit lighting & cupolas
2017 – Remodeled old foyer and bathrooms by old foyer
            Installed new lighting in social room
            500th Reformation Anniversary
            Dedicated Military Recognition Monument – Eagle Scout Project by Darren Dengler
            New church website www.weisenbergchurch.org and Facebook page
2018 – Pastor Raymond Hand celebrated his 40th anniversary of Ordination
            ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston
            Softball Team: Lehigh Valley Church Softball League Champions and
              won the Faith, Fellowship and Sportsmanship Award
            Held our first Wreaths Across America program
2019 – 35th Anniversary of new congregation
            35th Anniversary for Pastor Raymond Hand at Weisenberg Lutheran Church
            270th Anniversary since the founding of our church
            Installed new lighting in basement
            Softball Team: Lehigh Valley Church Softball League Champions
2020 – Pastor Raymond Hand retired February 29 serving our congregation faithfully for 36+ years
            First Virtual Live Stream Service held March 22; building closed due to Covid-19 pandemic
            Pastor Guy Grube serves as Virtual Pastor March 22 thru August 2
            Pastor Jerel Gade begins as Interim Pastor on August 1
            Reopen building for worship October 25-December 13 while offering Virtual Live Worship
            Upgraded AV System (Video) to Digital
2021 – Held outdoor Easter Dawn Service
            Reopen building for worship on April 11 while offering Virtual Live Worship
            Back to a pre-covid service starting June 27.
            Softball Team: Lehigh Valley Church Softball League Champions (making history as the
              first team to win the league title 3 years in a row; 2020 had no season).
2022 – Renovated Wash House with siding, roofing, windows and door.
2023 – Rev. Brandon M. Heavner begins as Called Pastor on February 20.
            Rite of Installation of Pastor Heavner held on April 30.
            Recognition of Lucy Gressley as Chime and Bell Director since 1988.
 
Pastors
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Organists

Bittner & Werley
*Chapter 3; page 32
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