This profile was last updated in 2003
Activities and Schedule
Sunday school and services are held every Sunday, beginning at 10:45 a.m. and lasting until approximately 2:00 p.m. Bible Study and Youth Night are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
The church was established in 1984 in response to the increase in Latinos in the Harrisburg area. The congregation originally met in a house on 13 St. before moving to its current home, a Methodist Church on 21st St.. The current minister, Rev. Edgardo Rivera, came to this church in September 2002.
Many of the congregants are first generation Latin Americans, but there are also a number of immigrants. Ethnicities include Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Hondurans, Columbians, and Mexicans. All ages attend the church. The main languages are Spanish and English. The service is spoken completely in Spanish. The Sunday school program is bilingual; although speaking Spanish is very important, the main goal of the program is to also teach about the Methodist religion.
The outside of the church is block-stone architecture with a single bell tower on the north west corner. The overall shape of the church is a rectangle with the main entrance on the west side in the form of two large wooden doors with equally large iron rings for the handles. The stained glass windows are on each side of the building but are much larger and more decorative on the sides that face streets than those that face the neighborhood homes.
Julie Becker, Camie McComas, Charles Meade, Linda Principato, Monica Slovik (Prof. Shalom Staub, New American Religious Diversity, Dept. of Religion, Dickinson College)