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Park Street Seventh Day Adventist

99 South Park Street
Oberlin, OH 44074

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As a devoutly protestant, Congregationalist community, Oberlin was initially hostile to the Seventh Day Adventist sect. An 1887 edition of the Oberlin Weekly News states, "this sect of religionists are now making an earnest effort to get their literature before the people and to reac them with their peculiar views by Bible reading...I think it but right that I should warn the public through your columns to beware of their encroachment." And yet, in the late 1930s, a small group of Seventh Day Adventists began meeting in a home on North Professor Street. Subsequently, the congregation worshiped in the Oberlin Inn and Oberlin's Methodist Church. In 1946, the present structure was built on 99 South Park Street, thanks to the hard labors and generous donations of parishioners. With a permanent house of worship, the Park Street Church continued to grow. In the 1950s, community service became a priority for the congregation and this further solidified the church's place in the community. And in more recent years, the church continues this rich history of Christian outreach, helping meet the basic needs of Oberlin's residents.

Fall, 2009

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