Church to celebrate 100 years of Sunday school


July 18, 1996|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IT'S NOT EVERY DAY that Linwood has a parade, but the village has a reason to celebrate Sunday when Linwood Brethren Church marks 100 years of Sunday school.

Trumpeter Paul Albaugh III will lead a parade through the village after 4 p.m., followed by a rhythm band composed of all children who would like to participate. Anyone who wants to walk through the village is welcome, and a mule-drawn wagon will carry those who would rather ride.

Linwood Brethren's assistant pastor, Scott Robertson, will baptize two adults in Little Pipe Creek at 4 p.m. A community picnic ends the festivity.

Pastor Bob Keplinger is excited about this celebration of the spirit of the church and the village. Linwood Brethren Church was founded after creation of the Sunday school. The school was an ecumenical group that began meeting at the Linwood lumberyard building in 1896.

When the Linden school was built in the village two years later, the classes moved there. Shortly after Linwood Brethren Church was built in 1905, the Sunday school became part of the church. This Sunday's parade will stop at these early sites.

The ecumenical, all-ages complexion of that early Sunday school would be unique in any era. Linwood's children and adults, in addition to neighboring farmers, represented many beliefs -- Quaker, Methodist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic and Episcopalian.

They came together in a spirit of brotherhood, according to church records. Segregation was based on age and gender. Each group sat with its teacher in a small conversational group. The last session of this Linwood Union Sunday school was March 31, 1918.

Keplinger came to Linwood from Washington 12 years ago, and claims he is one step closer to heaven in the rural village where time appears to stand still. He has become more intrigued with the community since delving into its history, preparing for this celebration.

"Sunday's event is a chance to do something not just as a church, but as a community," he said. "The early Sunday school did just that."

This Sunday's celebration is incorporated into the church's annual community picnic, which begins at 6 p.m. The church provides fried chicken, cake and ice cream; bring other foods your family likes. The church is at 575 McKinstry's Mill Road.

JTC Information: 775-7382.

Annual crab feed

If eating fresh steamed crabs at a picnic table on a warm summer night is your idea of bliss, mark the calendar for Wednesday, when Taneytown Kiwanis Club holds its 41st annual Crab Feed at Memorial Park.

Just listening to event chairman Gary Smith describe the dinner made me hungry.

The meal includes homemade fried chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, potato salad, crab soup, sodas and beer.

The all-you-can-eat dinner begins at 6 p.m.

"There were very few crabs left last year," said Smith.

An added feature of this year's crab feed is the arrival of representatives from new country music station 100.7 FM, "Froggy," who will be at the supper with their mascot, giving out T-shirts and compact discs.

Proceeds will go toward Kiwanis Club service projects.

The dinner ends at dark.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the gate; children younger than age 12 eat for half-price.

Tickets and information: 756-4673.

Scouter of the Year

Congratulations to Nancy Cyford of Union Bridge, recent winner of one of 26 Carroll Scouter of the Year awards. Cyford was honored at a gala Scout dinner in Gamber last month.

"The award was a complete surprise," said Cyford, a Cub Scout leader for the past five years. "I kept wondering why I was at the dinner."

Cyford's friends Diane and Nick Plazio surprised Nancy and her husband, Larry, with tickets to the annual event.

The Plazios were alerted in advance that Cyford had won the award, and kept the news a secret until the dinner.

Cyford has been a dedicated Cub Scout leader since her son, Andy, was in first grade at the old Uniontown Elementary School. When she started the den, she remembers, she would load the boys in her family station wagon and drive them to the meetings in her home.

"I had exactly seven boys and seven seat belts," she said. "When the troop grew, I had to get another parent to help drive." Cyford enjoyed those early years, before the boys had to squeeze Scouting activities around homework and research projects that fifth grade required.

Cyford's greatest pride has been watching almost all the boys she nurtured in those early years decide to "fly up" to become Boy Scouts, as well as receive the Arrow of Light award, the highest honor for a Cub Scout.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 7/18/96

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