Two Manchester churches celebrate mutual history


March 15, 2000|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A FULL YEAR OF events will mark the 240th anniversary of the founding of two congregations in Manchester -- Immanuel Lutheran Church at 3184 Church St. and Trinity United Church of Christ at 3229 York St.

It was a cold winter day, Feb. 13, 1760, when the two congregations began worship in a single church -- built from trees felled in Manchester.

They were called the German church, composed of Lutheran and German Reformed congregations.

They met in the log church for generations before building a church in its place. Finally, after 100 years together, both congregations needed more space. Each built a handsome church, side by side, on Church Street in Manchester.

The Rev. Fred Weisner is an expert on the Lutheran congregations in north Carroll County. He will speak at 6: 30 p.m. May 21 at Immanuel Lutheran.

Both congregations will picnic together July 23, in a block party with Republican Del. Joseph M. Getty as speaker.

"Our church is one of several Reformed churches in this area founded prior to the Revolutionary War. There are several in Frederick County as well," said the Rev. Robert Rock of Trinity United Church of Christ.

He led a service two weeks ago that he "structured like it would have been in 1760, with the Palatinate liturgy," rewritten so today's church members would hear the old service in modern words and hymns.

Church members filled three tables with artifacts, documents and photographs about the past 100 years of the church. A fall homecoming service is planned.

Seminarians who have gained experience at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran are returning throughout the year.

The Rev. Greg Knepp will return June 4 with the choir from his church in Pimlico. The Rev. Ann Dentry, another former seminarian, will return to preach Aug. 13. On Sept. 10, the Rev. Beverly Kotner will preach.

The current pastors are husband and wife, the Rev. Matt Schenning and the Rev. Norma Schenning.

Musical events include a concert by Western Maryland College Choir, which will perform religious music at 3 p.m. March 26. Scottish bagpipers in full dress will play for the 10: 30 a.m. service April 9. A strawberry festival, with Alesia Band, will be held at 5 p.m. June 11.

Information: Trinity, 410-374-2727; Immanuel Lutheran, 410-239-6311.

Regional band concert

North Carroll Regional Band Concert is the annual opportunity for young musicians from the very basic level to the skilled instrumentalist to hear each other play.

The public is welcome to attend the concert, which showcases bands from our three elementary schools, middle school and high school.

The concert takes place at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at North Carroll High School.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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