Congregation begins restoration of chapel built for WWI...


November 16, 2001

Congregation begins restoration of chapel built for WWI soldiers

The restoration of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Odenton, believed to be the only World War I military chapel in the nation, was launched Sunday after a service marking Armistice Day.

Parishioners, including one wearing a World War I military uniform, stripped layers of siding to find boards and batten used to build the Episcopal Chapel and Church House in 1918. Grants from the Maryland Historical Trust and private foundations and companies are being used to help pay for the $800,000 project. Also, Army chaplains from around the world have contributed more than $20,000.

The church, now with a congregation of about 150 families, has about $350,000 in the bank for the project, which has been planned for more than a decade. It is to include a peace garden that would honor the nearly 3,000 World War I chaplains with bronze plaques listing their names.

Built as a home away from home for young doughboys passing through nearby Camp Meade, now Fort Meade, the chapel was constructed not only with a sanctuary and offices for the chaplains, but also with a living room, fireplace, dining room and kitchen and bedroom space for parents who came to see soldiers off. It was built in the shape of a cross.

Historians have uncovered no other military chapel built specifically to serve military personnel during World War I.

Woods Memorial offers lecture series on Handel

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church is offering a four-week lecture series, "Hallelujah, The Bible and Handel's Messiah," on Monday evenings starting Nov. 26 at the church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd, Severna Park. The series, which is being held preparation for Advent, is a biblical study of texts of Handel's Messiah.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Participants may attend a meal at 6:30 p.m. if reservations are made. The cost for each week of the series is $7, and child care will be provided with 48 hours notice. Please make reservations by Monday. Information: 410-647-2550.

Teen youth rally planned at Anchor Baptist Church

The Anchor Baptist Church has planned a teen youth rally for students in grades seven to 12 for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 in the gymnasium of Granite Baptist Church, 7823 Okayed Road, Glen Burnie. Rand Hummel, the program director at a Christian conference center in North Carolina, will be the guest speaker. There will be group-oriented games, skits, worship songs and food.

Church youth groups including those from Townsend Avenue Baptist Church from Baltimore, Harford Baptist Temple in Aberdeen, Faith Baptist Church in Salisbury and Keystone Baptist Church in Virginia are to participate. All faiths are welcome. Reservations are required. To make reservations or for more information, call 410-647-9614.


Awards: The Miriam Luby Wolfe Award, given annually to members of Temple Beth Shalom in Arnold who demonstrate a strong Jewish identity, was given to Pamela Handelsman and Sarah Morrow. Handelsman, a senior at Broadneck High School, is co-president of the temple youth group. Morrow, a junior at the Baltimore School for the Arts, co-wrote a play demonstrating her devotion to Jewish values. She plans to use the $1,000 award toward theater training. Handelsman plans to use her award to visit to Israel. The award was named after Miriam Luby Wolfe, who was killed when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, as a result of a terrorist bomb in 1988.


Dance benefit: The Performing Arts Ministry of St. Phillip's Episcopal Church presents the dance ensemble "Anton Wilson and Friends" at 3 p.m. Nov. 25 in the Key Auditorium at St. John's College, Annapolis. Admission is $20, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Groups of 10 or more will receive a 10 percent discount. Information: 410-647-3147.

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