The article I am sharing today is from last fall, but I checked, and the facts remain, and the kindness appears to still be being shown. It’s the kind of story that probably happens in towns all over the world, but in this case, it landed a little closer to home. I was born into one of the communities mentioned, and our family moved into the other community. In addition, the man mentioned in the story grew up in the neighborhood in which I was born. He was closer to my brother’s age, but I remember him.
The story is about a church in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania which suffered from devastating flooding and how a church in neighboring Mt Lebanon, PA opened its doors and made room for the small parish to continue to hold religious services.
Heavy rain and flooding this summer proved particularly devastating to the First Baptist Church of Bridgeville.
The church, on Bower Hill Road, had experienced flooding before, but on June 20 had about 2 feet of water on its ground floor, according to Deacon Ray Partee.
“That’s the worst it ever was,” he said, adding that flooding “was like a river.”
The First Baptist Church of Bridgeville is located about two blocks from the house I lived in until I was 10. I remember that house being flooded, and I remember hearing stories of worse floods. I have also read many stories, in recent years, about how Chartiers Creek continues to flood this area.
The feel-good part of this story is introduced by the following excerpt:
Just after the flooding occurred in June, the Rev. Brian Snyder, pastor at Bower Hill Community Church, a Presbyterian Church in Mt. Lebanon, received a call from the Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania, a nonprofit that promotes Christian unity, asking if the church had room for First Baptist to conduct its services.
“They wondered if we had space,” Rev. Snyder said.
Rev. Snyder opened the chapel at Bower Hill Community Church to members of First Baptist for their Sunday services.
“We had space. We told them to make it their own,” Rev. Snyder said.
Although the article had numerous personal connections for me, I think it should make everybody smile and it should make a lot of people think. Here we have people from different religions, finding their common ground and helping each other. The world could use a lot more of that spirt.
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The gallery includes a few photos from previous posts, including two of Chartiers Creek. On any given day, it’s hard to imagine that little creek flooding a significant portion of the town, but I can assure you it does. I’ve seen the creek well above flood stage and into the basement of the house I grew up in.