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          "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) was the beginning of the First Christian Church in West Alexander, PA.
        A small group of dedicated believers with a vision to establish a church, met on February 22, 1913 at Kiger's Hall. Later the same year the group moved from Kiger's Hall to the Flynn House. The next move was to the Patterson Building and then to the three rooms under the First National Bank.
         On April 5, 1913 property known as the former McCune rear lot, located at 61 North Liberty Street, was donated to the First Christian Church. In 1920, a church building in Beham was given to the West Alexander congregation. The building was dismantled, hauled by horse and wagon to town, and reconstructed on the rear lot. (This old church building was demolished in April of 1991). On February 22, 1939 the group acquired the former McCune front lot at 61 North Liberty Street. In 1961 and 1962, a church parsonage, still being used today, was built on the front lot.
          Sometime in 1967, the former United Presbyterian Church at 124 Main Street in West Alexander was purchased by the Christian congregation for $4,000. Now forty years later, the building is still the home of The First Christian Church of West Alexander.
          Interim ministers who served the congregation include C.P. Ellison, C.E. Craft, H.W. Gilbert, N.G. Crawford, Lee Moore, A.J. Travis, Paul Clemnensen, Thomas Ullom, Mr. Horner, Frank Ritz, Garvin Hupp, Carl Brunner and Kenneth Ullom.
          The church's first full-time minister was Dwight Chaplain who came in October of 1961. He was followed by Ronald Peters in 1963. Oliver H. Burd served the congregation from December of 1965 until his retirement in September of 2004. The church's current minister, Bruce W. Graff, began his ministry here in January of 2005. A native of Illinois, he graduated from Johnson Bible College in Tennessee. Bruce formerly ministered in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Illinois before coming to Pennsylvania.


          "The West Alexander First Christian Church is a New Testament Church dedicated to the restoration of the New Testament Church and its teachings, ordinances, and life. Our ideal is one of teaching and practicing what the Holy Spirit commands in the New Testament, and refraining from what He forbids.
       In doctrine, we believe that all the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ are to be obeyed. Jesus said, "Why call ye me Lord, and do not the things I say?" (Luke 6:46). We believe in the essentials of Faith (Hebrews 11:6), Repentance (Acts 17:30-31), Confession (Romans 10:10), and Baptism (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 22:16), as being requirements for entrance into the body of Christ, which is the Church (Ephesians 1:22, 23).
         In practice, we observe the Lord's Supper each Lord's Day (Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 11:20, 25) and Baptism by immersion for the remission of sin (Acts 2:38; 22:16; Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3, 6). On non-essentials we admit the largest liberty; on essentials we appeal to the Bible. In faith, unity; in opinions, liberty; and in all things, love.
          Our objective is Christian unity. This is the unity for which Christ prayed (John 17:20-21). We believe that when a love for Christ transcends love for party or creed, and when individuals become "Christians only" that unity can be achieved.
          Our motive for this effort is found in John 17:21, "that the world might believe".


          "On Sundays beginning at 10 am we have Sunday school classes for all ages followed by our worship service at 11. A nursery for babies through age 3, Wee Worship program for those age 4 through Kindergarten, and then Jr. Church for those in 1st through 5th grade is available during the 11 am service. On Sunday evenings at 7 pm we offer Bible study classes for all ages. A young adult (high school grads to age 30) Bible study group also meets on Sunday nights starting at 8:30 pm at Matt and Kelly Hancher's home.
       The men of our congregation meet on Tuesday mornings at 9 am for prayer and devotion time. On Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm our Dorcas quilting group gathers to sew quilts and other items that are donated to thankful individuals.
         On Wednesday evenings (except during the summer months) you'll find the ladies' Bible study group arriving at 6:30 pm for their quiet time to study God's word.
          Our adult choir practices on Thursday evenings promptly at 7 and are always looking for more voices to help them make a joyful noise. Please note that the choir usually gets the summer off too.
          Everyone is invited to attend any or all of these meetings.