First United Methodist

The First United Methodist Church was organized one year after Henry W. Hartman founded Ellwood City. The land for the church on Fourth Street and Park Avenue was donated by Hartman’s organization, the Pittsburg Company. After only twenty-five years, the building became inadequate for the number of members that attended the church. On August 2, 1925 the church acquired prime real estate in the young town on Crescent Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Street. The original building along Park Avenue was sold to the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church.

     The United Methodist Church is under the direction of the Reverend James A. Cannistraci and continues to be a presence in the community.
The Cub Scouts of America have used the basement of the church as their den for years and I look forward to the Wednesday’s during the winter as the church offers some of the best homemade soup for lunch.
If you have a story you would like to share about the Methodist Church in Ellwood City, please share your memories below or email me at info@ellwoodcitymemories.comFirst United Methodist

6 thoughts on “First United Methodist”

  1. I remember when Rev. May was there. his son and I were playmates as I just lived down the street and also when Rev. Emerick was there. His daughter, Beth was also a playmate, Don’t know if anyone is still in touch with them at all.

  2. I remember the side entrance and how we would jump of the wall, hit the ground and roll to absorb the shock. Did anyone else do it ? Don’t know how far down it was but it seemed a long way

  3. I remember visiting my grandparents G. C. and Grace Denniston, in Ellwood City in the 1950’s and 1960’s. We always went to church and Sunday School at First Methodist. I remember one very friendly girl, Gretchen. My grandparents loved that church. During the Great Depression, they were involved with borrowing money to help the church stay open.

  4. My present assistant minister at the U.M. Church here in Edinboro is Ted Cole. He was the minister at the Ellwood U.M. Church but not while I was still living there. Anybody remember him? Such a great man and such a scholar! His wife Donna died recently.

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