History – Part 9 References and Resources


1Schaeffer, Charles E.  Historical Sketches of The Congregational Christian Churches and The Evangelical and Reformed Church. Published jointly by the Executive Committee of the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches and the General Council of the Evangelical and Reformed Church, 1955.

2First United Church of Christ Directory, 1982. “A History of Our Church.”  Hellertown, PA. 1982

3 Harry, Rich. “Church Notes Its Beginnings Began as Refuge for ‘Poor sheep at end of wilderness’.” Sunday Call Chronicle. June 10, 1984. Accessed May 3, 2016. http://articles.mcall.com/1984-06-10/news/2419061_1_reformed-church-records-early-american-frontier.

4Lower Saucon UCC Dedication, 1963.  “A Brief Historical Sketch.”  Henry and Mildred Laubach.  Hellertown, PA.  1963.

[“From the Dedication Week: June 9-16, 1963, Lower Saucon United Church of Christ, 1375 Third Avenue, Hellertown, Pennsylvania, The history of the Lower Saucon United Church of Christ was able to be documented largely because of the efforts of Henry Laubach and his wife Mildred. They spent hours sorting out the numerous record books held in a safe at the parsonage.  Some of the church’s history had already been known, but the work of the Laubachs helped expand it. Assistance with the translation came from congregation members and the Pennsylvania Dutch Cultural Society Library in Lenhartsville.”]

5 History of Christ Lutheran Church of Lower Saucon, PA.  Accessed April 24, 2016.

6 The Dedication of the New Church and Church School. Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church. June, 1956.

7 Seventy-Fifth Anniversary 1870 – 1945, Christ Evangelical and Reformed Church Hellertown, Pennsylvania. Rev. Adam E. Schellhase, DD., Pastor, October 14-15, 1945

8 Bauder, Isabel, Diehl, Ray, Heffner, Blake C., and Solliday, Ruth. History of First United Church of Christ, Hellertown, Pennsylvania.  Prepared for the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Church. 1995.

9 Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Nicholas Hess Pioneer Immigrant, Together with Historical and Biographical Sketches…  Google Books.  [Samuel Hess information on pp. 67-69.] H. Ray Haas & Company.  January 1, 1912.   https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=bL1RAAAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PA69.

10 Boehm, John Philip.  Life and letters of the Rev. John Philip Boehm, founder of the Reformed church in Pennsylvania, 1683-1749.  Edited by William John Hinke.  Philadelphia.  Publication and Sunday School Board of the Reformed Church in the United States, 1916.  Accessed May 12, 2016. https://archive.org/details/lifelettersofrev00boeh

11Christ Union Church – First meeting record. http://www.northampton.pa-roots.com/Churches/christ_union_church_hellertown.htm

12Weisel, Herbert S. History of First United Church of Christ, Hellertown, Pennsylvania.  Prepared for the 100th anniversary of the church. 1970

13Weidner, Lee  A. with the Hellertown Historical Society. Images of America: HELLERTOWN. Arcadia Publishing. 2003.

14Historical Sketch of Christ Church, Christ Evangelical & Reformed Church, Hellertown, Pennsylvania : The Dedication of New Church and Church School, June, 1956. The Rev. Theodore E. Haas, Minister.

15Hess, J.S. “The Borough of Hellertown.”  History of Borough of Hellertown.  Pp. 231-232.  Posted by Karen Samuels, Lehigh Valley History.com.  Retrieved from: http://lehighvalleyhistory.net/history-of-the-borough-of-hellertown.

NOTE:  The Hellertown portion is part of History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, Illustrated, 1877. Chapter XLVI. Davis, Ed. Philadelphia and Reading. Peter Fritts, 1877.

16“Swart Earns Pastor Emeritus.” The Morning Call. April 04, 1998. Retrieved from: http://articles.mcall.com/1998-04-04/features/3205441_1_pastor-swart-st-peter-s-united-church

Additional Resources

Gilmore, John Lewis. “Our Larger Heritage.”  Printed in the First UCC Directory, 1982.  This article provides a history of the United Church of Christ.

Hinke, W. J. (1927). Early History of the Lower Saucon Reformed Church: 1734-1832. Journal of the Presbyterian Historical Society (1901-1930), 12(8), 464–479. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu/stable/23323575

History of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, Illustrated, 1877. Davis, Ed. Philadelphia and Reading. Peter Fritts, 1877. Contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Susan Walters.

  • HTML Table of Contents may be found at http://www.usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/davistoc.htm
  • HISTORY OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA. http://files.usgwarchives.net/pa/northampton/history/local/davis/davis25.txt
    • Local History: XLVI – Other Boroughs: Nazareth, Bangor,Ruth, Freemansburg, Glendon, Chapman, Portland, and Hellertown: Davis’s 1877 History of Northampton Co, PA.
    • Local History: XLVII – Lower Saucon, Bethlehem, Allen, and East Allen Townships : Davis’s 1877 History of Northampton Co, PA.

Rev. John Philip Boehm. Find A Grave.com   http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10880390

Copies of Articles

75th Anniversary 1870-1945

90th Anniversary

100th Anniversary

125th Anniversary

1975-1976 Directory (partial)

Chronology of First UCC 1725-1998

Dedication of New Church & Church School, 1956

First UCC 1982 (partial)

First UCC 1990 (partial)

First UCC Worship Bulletin March 24, 1959

Historical Sketch of Christ Church 1956

Historical Sketches of The Congregational Christian Churches and Evangelical and Reformed Church

Lower Saucon UCC Dedication Program, 1963

Record of New Jerusalem Reformed Church (partial)

Record of Reformed Church at Hellertown (partial)

Re-dedication of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1952

First UCC Hellertown History: Table of Contents