St. Mary's to celebrate 100 years

August 02, 1994|By Karen Zeiler | Karen Zeiler,Contributing Writer

St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church will celebrate 100 years at its site in Silver Run with a worship service Sunday for current and past members, synod officials and former clergy.

The service at 9:30 a.m. will be followed by a rededication ceremony outside the church. A new stone will be placed in the foundation, bearing a time capsule filled with mementos to create a historical snapshot of the congregation.

"The original cornerstone has items in it from 1894. We wanted to duplicate that idea and put some items in from today," said Bob Heltibridle, chairman of the anniversary committee and a lifelong member of the church.

He said a copper box behind the original cornerstone at the base of the bell tower contains a Bible, "Luther's Smaller Catechism," a book of worship containing the common service, the Lutheran World, the Lutheran Observer, the Baltimore Herald and other local newspapers. It also has photographs of a building the Lutheran congregation once shared with United Church of Christ. That structure was torn down many years ago, Mr. Heltibridle said.

Founded in 1762, St. Mary's existed as a joint congregation with St. Mary's United Church of Christ until 1894, when church leaders decided to erect separate buildings to serve growing memberships.

Tucked inside a metal box behind the new stone will be a copy of "St. Mary's Lutheran Church and Her People," an 87-page book chronicling its 232-year history.

Other items that will go into the new capsule are copies of local newspapers, church bulletins, the July issue of The Lutheran magazine, a copy of the church registry (containing the names of nearly 300 members) and a hymnal.

In conjunction with the anniversary, the church is seeking heirlooms that have been moved from the building over the years.

"We're issuing a general request for items people may have perhaps forgotten they have," Mr. Heltibridle said.

Two items church leaders would like to recover are a glass display case and gas light chandelier.

Mr. Heltibridle said he will coordinate a few other events for the including a dinner for church members later this year.

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