Long-awaited day is here for St. George's Episcopal

June 06, 1993|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,Contributing Writer

Today will be a day of celebration for St. George's Episcopal Church.

Members of the small, family oriented congregation began to worship on the hilltop of Cape Horn Road south of Manchester almost 30 years ago. This year, they were advanced by the diocese from provisional, or mission, status to an independent parish.

Today, the congregation will break ground for a new wing to the parish hall adjoining the chapel. When completed in about three months, the single level will house six new classrooms plus administrative offices and space for nursery care and meetings.

The congregation will celebrate both events with a religious service at 5:30 p.m. by the Rev. Theodore Eastman, bishop for the diocese. He will be assisted by clergy of St. George's, the Rev. Josephine Taylor and the Rev. Bruce McPherson, a former member of the congregation who was ordained in January.

Church members in the Episcopal diocese that stretches from Garrett to Harford to Calvert counties have been invited, as have representatives from every church in Carroll County.

"We have looked forward to this for a long time; it's a real big celebration for us," said Susan Panek, registrar and head of the fellowship committee.

"The church has grown a lot in the last couple years, primarily families with young children. [Building] is really necessary. It's a great dilemma to be in."

The day is to be a celebration of growth and financial commitment by the church membership, which numbers about 100 families. Led by builder Martin K. P. Hill, parishioners have made three-year pledges totaling nearly $200,000 for the building project.

"It's a small congregation of completely dedicated people," he said. "With the fact that the church just gained independent parish status, it's a real exciting time for the church."

The building is expected to cost $160,000 to $170,000, with furnishings, plan processing and site work requiring another $30,000 to $40,000. The design/construction firm Hoffhein of Hanover, Pa., is the builder.

True to the congregation's close family orientation, members and invited guests will share a picnic of fried chicken and pot luck at 3 p.m. The public may attend the service and enjoy strawberry shortcake afterward.

"We'll have tents set up and eat under the trees," said Mrs. Panek. "It's going to be fun."

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