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February 4, 1995
The Rev. Frank M. Reid III says his Bethel AME Church has to find a larger alternative for its historic Druid Hill Avenue site by June. Among options this leading African-American congregation is considering is a move out of the city. Half of its 10,000 members live in Baltimore County and land is easier to find there.Bethel is confronted with a dilemma familiar to many white churches and Jewish synagogues: What to do when members move?The religious institutions' inclination in most cases has been to follow members because a failure to do so might eventually lead to large-scale defections to competing suburban congregations.
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Baltimore Sun staff | September 25, 2013
A day after beginning demolition of three vacant blocks in East Baltimore, city housing officials say they will work with the residents of the only inhabited home to potentially allow them to stay. The housing department had said it planned to knock down the homes on the 1600 block of N. Bethel St. as part of a demolition that began Tuesday with adjacent Lansing Avenue . The effort is part of a broader revitalization plan for the area. Ralph Gatheright, 74, lives in the only house not boarded up on Lansing or his stretch of Bethel, and said he was not aware of the city's intention for his home.
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December 4, 2005
On December 1, 2005, PATRICIA (Mrs. Billie) ELENOR BETHEL; beloved mother of Cheryl Meyers, Bradley Baker & wife Linda; Wendy Stah & her husband Robert, Ann Baker, William Legeer, Sr. and the late Virginia Legeer and Johnny Baker; cherished grandmother of Tammy & her husband Barry, Billy, Donna, Freddie, Shelly, John Baker II., Diana, Hartel, Becky, Mandy, Laura, Gary, Christina, Tina and Tommy. She is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road on Monday, December 5, 20053 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in her name to Evangelical Bible Church, 2436 Washington Blvd.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2012
People packed the pews and filled the balconies of Baltimore's historic Bethel A.M.E. church Sunday morning to honor a man they credit with reviving the house of worship — one of the city's most influential — and bringing unabashed passion back to the black church. The daylong ceremony recognized the Rev. John Richard Bryant's 50 years of service, which began in the steepled church at the corner of Druid Hill Avenue and Lanvale Street and took him to Africa and Massachusetts, then back to his hometown and, most recently, to the Midwest, where today he presides over the 4th Episcopal District as a senior bishop.
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By R. B. Jones | November 28, 1997
THE RECENT disclosure that Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church backed out of its effort to purchase 37 acres in Owings Mills to build a sprawling complex was good news to me, a non-churchgoer and lifelong Baltimore City resident.An urban congregationIt's hard for me to imagine Bethel, the quintessential urban congregation, setting up shop in that yuppie paradise of shopping malls and condos. There may be people in Owings Mills due for a spiritual conversion, but Baltimore City needs Bethel more.
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By Gerard Shields and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2002
The state's second-highest court has reversed itself over a citizens' group petition opposing plans by Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church to build a 3,000-seat sanctuary in rural Granite. In March, the Court of Special Appeals said a county Circuit Court judge erred in dismissing an appeal filed by the Greater Patapsco Valley Association. The group had challenged the county zoning commissioner's decision to reopen a hearing on how the new church would affect traffic. Now, the appeals court has ruled that the citizens' group does not have standing to appeal the Circuit Court decision.
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By Arch Parsons | January 12, 1992
If you go to the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Druid Hill Avenue, don't expect to sit quietly in your pew and watch the service.The Rev. Frank Madison Reid III won't let you. He makes sure that everyone is fully engaged.That means that six times during a nearly three-hour service recently, all 1,500 worshipers -- "brothers and sisters" -- were urged to hold hands with or hug their pew neighbors and exchange the Lord's blessings. "Only holy hugs!" he warned.It means that when collection time came, all 1,500 made their way, singing and clapping, to the altar to give money.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2001
More than a year ago, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church ran a newspaper advertisement seeking someone to supervise construction of a $10 million sanctuary on Old Court Road in rural Granite. But groundbreaking for the church, which would occupy 2 acres of a 255-acre site and seat 3,000 worshippers, has been repeatedly delayed through a series of zoning hearings at which neighbors raised objections to the project. They worry that traffic from the church will clog the two-lane thoroughfare, drain local wells, and shatter the tranquillity of the picturesque community in western Baltimore County.
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November 29, 1997
BALTIMORE CITY'S inability to find a location where 212-year-old Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church can expand is disturbing. This summer, at the same time Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke said numerous relocation sites had been suggested to Bethel, Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III admitted he had not even discussed the matter with church officials. Mr. Henson said his phone calls weren't returned.Now the city has a second chance. Possible Owings Mills relocation sites were deemed too expensive to develop by Bethel.
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By Liz Atwood and Liz Atwood,SUN STAFF | July 19, 1999
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is scheduled to take its first formal step today toward seeking approval from Baltimore County agencies to build a 3,000-seat sanctuary in Granite that has met with resistance from local residents.County representatives have reviewed the church's preliminary plans and are to meet with church officials this morning to discuss concerns about the proposal to build on a 256-acre site at Old Court Road near Dogwood Road.Although church officials hope to build a complex that will include offices, a media center, banquet hall, classrooms and a broadcast station, now they are seeking a sanctuary and 1,500-space parking lot.One of the city's most influential congregations, Bethel has been trying to expand for years because its membership has outgrown its stately, 213-year-old building on Druid Hill Avenue, which seats about 1,700.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2012
It all started with a little bit of good-natured trash talk between the pastors of two of Baltimore's most prominent African-American churches. The Rev. Jamal Bryant of Empowerment Temple "fell off the wagon" and confesses he wasn't exercising as much as he should. His trainer used that to pump up another client, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III of Bethel AME Church, telling him he was in better shape than the much younger Bryant. Reid, feeling a little confident, and Bryant, his ego bruised just a bit, then threw out a fitness challenge to one another: Your church against mine.
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Baltimore Sun reporter | December 7, 2011
Route 140 was closed in both directions near Bethel Road in Carroll County for a little over an hour this afternoon as crews worked to clean up diesel fuel leaking from a tanker that overturned, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. The tanker overturned near a Royal Farms store between Westminster and Sykesville around 12:30 p.m. The road reopened before 2 p.m., but the tanker remains overturned in the Royal Farms parking lot, according to highway officials.
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Sports Digest | October 25, 2011
College football CAA honors Towson's Enders, West Sophomore quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill) and freshman tailback Terrance West (Northwestern) received Colonial Athletic Association weekly honors Monday after helping Towson (6-1, 4-0) to a 38-27 victory at William and Mary on Saturday. Enders, who completed 15 of 21 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, was named Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. West, who rushed for 141 yards on 23 carries, was selected as the Rookie of the Week for the fourth time.
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December 12, 2009
Robert Greene, whose books on power and strategy have found an audience among hip-hop fans, will be a featured guest at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at 1300 Druid Hill Ave., Baltimore. Greene's works include "The Art of Seduction," "The 33 Strategies of War" and "The 48 Laws of Power." His latest book, "The 50th Law," co-written with the rapper 50 Cent, is a favorite of the Rev. Frank M. Reid III, senior pastor at Bethel, who has been passing it out to church members and friends.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,joseph.burris@baltsun.com | August 31, 2009
They made a joyful noise along West Baltimore's sleepy streets Sunday morning during a processional filled with hymns of praise, boisterous cheers and powerful hand claps. It was the thunder that followed the lightning: Less than two months after historic Bethel AME Church was forced to close its doors because of damage from an electrical storm, its members marched through the streets surrounding the church Sunday to celebrate its reopening. The Druid Hill Avenue church held its first Sunday worship service since the fire and drew dozens of faithful who started marching in celebration well before the start of the morning service.
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By Kayla Cross and Kayla Cross,The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2009
The Catskills region of New York is known for the mountains that dominate the horizon, wildlife centers and, of course, 1969's Woodstock Music Festival. Relive memories of the celebrated hippie hoedown or create new ones with the area's many shops and parks. Visit the site of the "Aquarian Exposition" in Bethel, now home to an arts center and museum, just in time for the 40th anniversary. 1 Remember the tie dye: : The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, on the site of the Woodstock Festival (Aug.
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By Joe Burris and Joe Burris,joseph.burris@baltsun.com | August 31, 2009
They made a joyful noise along West Baltimore's sleepy streets Sunday morning during a processional filled with hymns of praise, boisterous cheers and powerful hand claps. It was the thunder that followed the lightning: Less than two months after historic Bethel AME Church was forced to close its doors because of damage from an electrical storm, its members marched through the streets surrounding the church Sunday to celebrate its reopening. The Druid Hill Avenue church held its first Sunday worship service since the fire and drew dozens of faithful who started marching in celebration well before the start of the morning service.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | November 22, 1993
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a rousing sermon last night from the pulpit of Bethel A.M.E. Church, highlighting the vast common ground among Muslims, Christians and Jews and calling on people to "sacrifice your will, your desire, to obey God."It was a remarkably orthodox message from a man whose words of morality and self-help have been drowned out in the past by remarks perceived by many as separatist and anti-Semitic.Mr. Farrakhan's reputation made his appearance at Bethel a subject of controversy among some leaders in the 9,000-member church.
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By Matthew Hay Brown and Matthew Hay Brown,matthew.brown@baltsun.com | July 9, 2009
Members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, forced out of their landmark Baltimore building, will take temporary refuge at Temple Oheb Shalom, the spiritual leaders of the two congregations said Wednesday. A week after lightning struck the steeple of the church on Druid Hill Avenue, the Rev. Frank M. Reid III and Rabbi Steven M. Fink announced that the Christian congregation would hold Sunday services at the Reform Jewish synagogue in Park Heights through Labor Day. Fink called Reid after learning of the July 1 fire to offer Oheb Shalom's 900-seat sanctuary to the church.
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By Olivia Bobrowsky and Olivia Bobrowsky,olivia.bobrowsky@baltsun.com | July 3, 2009
The congregation of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Druid Hill Avenue will hold Sunday services at Pier Six Pavilion at the Inner Harbor this weekend after a two-alarm fire damaged the church's steeple Wednesday night. The fire, which officials are blaming on a lightning strike, didn't spread beyond the steeple and bell tower, Fire Department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said, but the church's interior was damaged by water. The church was vacant at the time, and no one was injured.
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