This is the revolution. Now is the revolution. The world is changing. Christianity is changing. Think about how people lived two hundred years ago. If they lived in this country, they lived in the country. Cities barely existed in 1800 and most people didn't live in them anyway. People lived in rural areas. There would be little towns where a handful of businesses would be centered, but everyone lived in the surrounding areas caring for the land. Fast forward to the 1900s. Guess what? People were living the same ways as in 1800. Still people lived in the country. No connection between one another except when you went into town to get parts or supplies. Of course, you did see everyone once a week at church. There was a church in town. It didn't really matter if it was Lutheran, or Methodist, Presbyterian or whatever. You went there because it was the church of your forefathers and it was where you always went - and to be honest, they had no idea what it meant to be one denomination of Christianity over another. If they went to the Presbyterian Church in town, chances are, they had never even met a Methodist ever, in their life.
Then a revolution happened. We made bikes, then motorcycles, then cars then cars that could go fast and motor across long distances. Then the radio was invented. We could hear what some guy in New York City thought about the world, short stories about the lives of the cowboys and eventually what some people thought about religion. Then TV came around and we could see that guy. People quit going to church to find out what was going on in the world and could now find out in other ways. They went to someone's home themselves and listened to that radio. Then they turned to watch the news and lots of shows about different worldviews an experience on television.
Look at how you live right now to how people lived 100 years ago. Would that age even recognize the world that we live in now? What about for those of you who lived 50 years ago? Most of you and I like to tease one another about the differences between us in age. But those differences occasionally really do matter. You know, most of you experiences that time when every store and restaurant closed down on Sunday's because it was the Sabbath everything was closed and not just the bars. There was a time most of you experienced when you only had to open your doors and people would come rushing into your church community because that's where the action was - where hundreds of people came to Oak Grove each Sunday for worship, over a hundred young people hung out together and found activities (and eventually spouses) and you didn't even have to work hard to get them to come. There was a time when hymn sings were just plain fun and everyone sang loudly and with pride those same hymns they learned at the knees of parents and grandparents. There was a time that most of you remember when people came to church on Sunday because That's what we do on Sundays. And you liked your time at church even loved it.
From the November 2010 Nutshell
Wagner Church, Klein Road, New Sewickley
Trinity United Evangelical Protestant (Wagner's) Church, organized in 1858, used this building as a worship center for fifty years. The congregation ceased to exist circa 1905. Seen here is the Wagner Church, circa 1900. The Wagner Church and cemetery were adjacent to the Oak Grove Cemetery on Klein Road (New Sewickley, Penn.). The church building was demolished @ 1920. Congregation records were translated from German to English by Pastor Paul Miller Ruff and are available at the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society (Greensburg, Penn.). The original records are stored at Thiel College (Greenville, Penn.).
The Knob Baptist Church
Located at the intersection of Rt. 989 and Miller Road in New Sewickley, PA
The Knob Baptist Church. - This church was first organized in Butler County, Pa., November 12, 1887, as the Mount Zion Baptist Church, where it was recognized as a regular Baptist church, May 20, 1884. There the congregation worshiped for about two years, when its organization was transferred to Beaver County and the name changed to the present one. The house of worship was built in the year 1885, and was dedicated May 16, 1886, The cost of the building was $1200.
The charter members of this church were as follows: James Fezell, Sarah Fezell, Charity Cookson, Jane Cookson, Susan Cookson, Jane Daniels, Rachel Henry, Margaret Cochrane, Mrs. Carroll, Catherine Cotton, James B. Collins, and J. T. Fezell. The deacons are Thomas H. Daniels and C. F. Fezell.
The first pastor of the church was E. M. Probert, May, 1886-Oct. 1888; followed by A. J. Adams, Nov., 1888-Jan., 1890; Aaron Wilson, supply from April, 1890 to Nov., 1890; John Burk, Nov., 1890 until his death in August, 1892; Aaron Wilson, supply from April, 1893 to Sept., 1893; D. C. White, Sept., 1893-Dec. 1897; J. Williams, supply from June 1898 to Sept., 1898; ____ Barnhart, Sept., 1898-Feb., 1899; J. Williams, supply from June, 1899 to Nov., 1899; J. M. Patterson, supply from Nov., 1899 to Sept., 1900; E. T. Haddock, Sept., 1900 to July, 1901; G. M. Owens, supply from Oct., 1901 to March, 1902; F. Crawford, began to supply the church in July, 1902.
The membership is thirty eight.
History of New Sewickley Township, Beaver County, Pa.
From: History of Beaver County Pennsylvania
and its Centennial Celebration
BY: Rev. Joseph H. Bausman, A. M.
Oak Grove's Beginnings
The group that formed Oak Grove first met in the Bonzo School Brunner Road before the first church building was built. Many of the students and teacher were members of OGLC.
Below is a painting of what the first church building may have looked like.
Bakers School, New Sewickley Township
Located at the intersection of Big Knob Road and Route 989,
Bakers School was one of thirteen in New Sewickley Township.
Many members of the OG congregation attended here until
it was closed in 1949 and the students were transported to
Looking back at Unionville
Route 68 looking east into Unionville @ 1930
Smith Brother's, Unionville @1930