Rogers leaves Emmanuel Baust Church NORTHWEST--TANEYTOWN * UNION BRIDGE * NEW WINDSOR * UNIONTOWN

NEIGHBORS

January 07, 1993|By JUDY REILLY

The turn of the year brings new beginnings for some, and endings for others.

At the Emmanuel Baust Church of Christ in Tyrone, parishioners said goodbye to the Rev. Dave Rogers, who had been their interim pastor for the last 19 months. Mr. Rogers preached his last sermon at the church Dec. 27.

The church is still waiting for a new, permanent replacement for the Rev. Tom Golloday, their pastor for 23 years, who left the Carroll County congregation nearly two years ago and who now ministers to a church in Florida.

Mr. Rogers admits it was hard to leave the Tyrone church.

"You can't baptize babies and hold the hands of the bereaved without becoming attached," he said. "A real pastoral bond took place."

Serving at Emmanuel Baust was a "real emotional going-home experience" for Mr. Rogers, who grew up in rural Kansas. He said he loved the people he met in Carroll county. "They are beautiful, hard working, sincere, very caring people," he said.

Mr. Rogers is now full-time pastor at Grace United Church of Christ in downtown Baltimore, participating in the kinds of urban ministry that his 18 years of training and experience have prepared him for -- serving the homeless, feeding the hungry and addressing other urban concerns.

In the meantime, the 225 members of the Tyrone church wait for a new pastor.

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Students at Uniontown Elementary School are racing to read as many books, newspapers and stories as possible this month in their efforts to raise money for multiple sclerosis research and awareness.

From kindergarten through the fourth grade, students may volunteer to raise money through pledges from family members, neighbors and friends for each story or article they read. Last year the kids raised over $1,000 -- not bad for a school population of less than 200 students.

Kids can read themselves, or be read to by a favorite grown-up, according to the school's assistant principal, Dean Johnson. The incentives to read include prizes given to the kids who read even one book, and the good feelings generated when one helps out a worthy cause.

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Uniontown Elementary School's PTA President Regina Kaufman is still looking for any Uniontown school memorabilia to put into an archives commemorating the 100-year-old school's closing this spring.

If you have any photos to share, or know anyone who went to Uniontown school way back when, call Mrs. Kaufman at 876-1006.

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More about the closing of Uniontown Elementary: People interested in learning about boundary adjustment options that determine where northwest Carroll County elementary students will be placed next year need to know about meetings at which the issue will be discussed.

Meetings will be held on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Francis School Key High School, and Jan. 21 at the same time at Northwest Middle School.

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Girls ages 14 through 18 are encouraged to enter the Buddy Poppy Queen Contest in Union Bridge this weekend. The contest will be held at the VFW Post Home 8806 in Union Bridge at 2 p.m. Sunday. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Call Nancy Alexander, 775-0251 or Wanda Wetzel, 775-2750 to register for the competition.

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Talk about surprises! Peggy and Ken Tregoning of Baust Church Road thought they would spend a quiet weekend at the ocean to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. And they did -- until they came home, drove up the driveway and were surprised by more than 40 friends, neighbors and family members with a party they will remember the rest of their lives.

The Tregonings' four children, ages 16 to 24, had secretly planned and executed the party. The kids got everything from the printed invitations and decorations to the food and the cake, and kept it under wraps until the moment their parents crossed the threshold and heard, "Surprise!"

"Everyone knew about the party except us," said Peggy, secretary at Northwest Middle School. "A lot of love went into it. Everything was perfect."

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