By Suzanne Elliott, The Almanac (Pennsylvania).
The congregation of the Peters Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church will vacate its location on Brookwood Road in Venetia at the end of next month, essentially closing the door on a lengthy legal battle over the ownership of the building that rose from a split in church membership nearly a decade ago.
Beginning May 3, the 309-member Peters Creek Evangelical Presbyterian Church will meet in the Parish Hall of St. David’s Episcopal Church on East McMurray Road.
In 2007, the church, then known as Peters Creek United Presbyterian Church, voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) for the more conservative Evangelical Presbyterians. In May 2014, the Commonwealth Court ruled the title to the property belongs to the minority, not the breakaway group.
The congregation has given the Washington Presbytery a 30-day advance notice required to leave the property. Its last Sunday service will be April 26. It will also mark the end of 220 years of continuous worship at the location.