"As a community, we join together to love and obey God, and through the power of the Holy Spirit follow Jesus- sharing the story of God's love, forgiveness, and grace, as we make God’s kingdom of peace and justice more present on Earth."
Simply put we are family. Stahl Mennonite is a congregation that values community and relationships. We work hard to share our lives meaningfully with one another and those around us. We seek together to know Jesus in a more intimate way. We celebrate God moving among us, in the ordinary "messiness" of life lived together.
You have a place here. You are welcome in our family.
Sounds strange to say that our church had its beginning at a sawmill, yet that is exactly where the story started over 100 years ago.
We are not referring to the milling of building lumber, but the initial conversations to form a new church in the Soap Hollow area of Johnstown. Mennonite church services had been held periodically around the area prior to 1866, but travel distances and weather in the hilly terrain often made it hard for people to attend meeting houses farther away. Our community was formed in 1882, with the building being erected on a parcel of land donated by John Stahl - thus the name Stahl Mennonite.
During the last 100+ years, Stahl has been actively participating in the work of God in Johnstown and around the globe. We find great joy that our preceding church family helped in the formation of new area churches and welcomed a female pastor to lead our congregation. We find great joy in assembling school kits for children around the globe - an activity that has been a long part of our church community and the Mennonite Church. We look forward to the next 100+ years, wondering what work God will call us to share in together.