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By Samuel Goldreich and Samuel Goldreich,Staff writer | August 11, 1991
Three faded tombstones overlook Baldwin Mill Road in Forest Hill, bent by time and age toward the ground as if in mourning for the congregation that has died and left Old Brick Church all but empty after 354 years.The crude cemetery markers for J D, D P B, and M J G are among the earliest signs of faith at the Primitive Baptist church that sits on a hill a mile south from Route 23. The names of the three Colonial-era people and when they lived and died have long been forgotten.In one corner of the cemetery, the tombstone of Elizabeth Denbow has tumbled from its pedestal but is propped up by husband Gabriel's grave.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
An upstairs room at Asbury Methodist Church is stuffed with memorabilia and documents of the Annapolis church, from faded photos of generations of church leaders to mugs commemorating the recent 200th anniversary. The filing cabinets that line a back wall in this informal exhibit space contain a trove of church records - births, deaths and marriages among them. The glass cabinets elsewhere in the room hold other items, including a tea kettle that a century ago sat on a wood-fired stove in the church, used to boil water for tea for the pastor and his visitors.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | May 5, 1994
The mostly Slavic congregation of a little brick church in Arbutus has changed the skyline of the Baltimore County community overnight. Motorists turning south onto Linden Avenue from Westland Boulevard caught their first glimpse yesterday of a glistening gilded dome above the trees and cottage roofs. It was not there Tuesday morning.The Rev. Conan Howard Timoney, pastor since 1983 of the Patronage of the Mother of God Ruthenian Catholic Church at Linden and Highview avenues, said neighbors and parishioners have been calling the rectory steadily, leaving variations of this message on his answering machine: "I can see it!"
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June 20, 2012
Just to see the church in which we grew up brought back to life is extremely gratifying! Yes, the historic "Southern" Methodist Church in Aberdeen has been returned to be a very vibrant part of the community. For years, after many decades of well serving numerous religious groups, the church and parsonage looked forgotten. Hooray for Patrick McGrady for returning them to be an inspirational part of West Bel Avenue. For those who cannot remember the history of this church, and for others who would just like to remember, we think a brief sketch of this interesting structure is warranted.
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By Margaret Buchler and Margaret Buchler,Contributing writer | May 10, 1992
The historic Christ Episcopal Church, locally known as "Old Brick," will begin a fifth rebirth in its more than 260 years of existence this summer with the construction of a new church complex.The oldest chapel in the county and the mother church of 12 other county parishes, Old Brick will be linked by an enclosed walkway to a three-building complex with a new 300-seat brick church.The consecration of the grounds, at the south end of Dobbins Road in Columbia, was performed recently by the Right Rev. A. Theodore Eastman, bishop of the Maryland diocese.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1997
A fire that caused minor damage to a New Windsor church late Sunday has been ruled accidental, authorities said yesterday.The blaze broke out about 9: 45 p.m. when an electrical cord at the base of a stairwell leading to the mezzanine overheated and ignited combustible materials being stored on the cord, state fire marshals said.The Rev. Clyde Reed, pastor of New Windsor Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church at High and Church streets, said his wife, Ann, saw a flickering light behind the stained-glass windows of the church, which is next door to their home.
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June 20, 2012
Just to see the church in which we grew up brought back to life is extremely gratifying! Yes, the historic "Southern" Methodist Church in Aberdeen has been returned to be a very vibrant part of the community. For years, after many decades of well serving numerous religious groups, the church and parsonage looked forgotten. Hooray for Patrick McGrady for returning them to be an inspirational part of West Bel Avenue. For those who cannot remember the history of this church, and for others who would just like to remember, we think a brief sketch of this interesting structure is warranted.
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,Contributing Writer | October 8, 1992
Since summer, St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Main Street in Hampstead has been swarming with machines and men. They've been building a twin to the quaint stone church.It has been needed for a while."Even for a baptism, we would overflow," said Pastor John Smaligo.He's excited that additional seating for 60 and full classrooms are being added.It's not an unsightly twin. Ensuring that the new blends with the old is probably the most visible task at St. Mark's. Stonemasons have skillfully copied the granite facade facing Main Street and the brick exterior behind it.St.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2013
An upstairs room at Asbury Methodist Church is stuffed with memorabilia and documents of the Annapolis church, from faded photos of generations of church leaders to mugs commemorating the recent 200th anniversary. The filing cabinets that line a back wall in this informal exhibit space contain a trove of church records - births, deaths and marriages among them. The glass cabinets elsewhere in the room hold other items, including a tea kettle that a century ago sat on a wood-fired stove in the church, used to boil water for tea for the pastor and his visitors.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | October 30, 1991
When the congregation of Pipe Creek German Baptist Church dedicated its newly rebuilt church the first Sunday in November 1891, so many people attended that some could not get inside for services.The Rev. Stan Diehl, minister at what is now Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren, and the church's 100th Anniversary Committee, are hoping for an equally large turnout Sunday when they re-dedicate the century-old sanctuary."We're celebrating with an old-fashioned service, much as it was 100 years ago when the church was built," Diehl said.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2011
The centuries-old church affectionately known as "Old Brick" is far from imposing. It more closely resembles a one-room schoolhouse than it does the newer, larger building that has housed its congregation since the 1990s. Yet Old Brick's historic role as a witness to the development of Howard County and Columbia looms large in the hearts of many, and has inspired its congregation at Christ Episcopal Church to restore the red-brick building on what is now Oakland Mills Road to a close facsimile of its original.
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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 20, 1997
"BUY A Brick of Friendship" for Friendship Church of the Brethren's building fund is really "just a figure of speech" said church member Nancy Hopkins. "Each brick represents $25 from a church fund-raiser, contribution by groups or individual donation."Hopkins said the community has pulled together to help with the renovation and improvement of the 40-year-old church. Recently, the church has been outfitted with a new roof and windows. Gutters, sidewalks, and a kitchen porch are other projects on the drawing board.
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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF | April 29, 1997
A fire that caused minor damage to a New Windsor church late Sunday has been ruled accidental, authorities said yesterday.The blaze broke out about 9: 45 p.m. when an electrical cord at the base of a stairwell leading to the mezzanine overheated and ignited combustible materials being stored on the cord, state fire marshals said.The Rev. Clyde Reed, pastor of New Windsor Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church at High and Church streets, said his wife, Ann, saw a flickering light behind the stained-glass windows of the church, which is next door to their home.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Sun Staff Writer | May 5, 1994
The mostly Slavic congregation of a little brick church in Arbutus has changed the skyline of the Baltimore County community overnight. Motorists turning south onto Linden Avenue from Westland Boulevard caught their first glimpse yesterday of a glistening gilded dome above the trees and cottage roofs. It was not there Tuesday morning.The Rev. Conan Howard Timoney, pastor since 1983 of the Patronage of the Mother of God Ruthenian Catholic Church at Linden and Highview avenues, said neighbors and parishioners have been calling the rectory steadily, leaving variations of this message on his answering machine: "I can see it!"
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By Pat Brodowski and Pat Brodowski,Contributing Writer | October 8, 1992
Since summer, St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Main Street in Hampstead has been swarming with machines and men. They've been building a twin to the quaint stone church.It has been needed for a while."Even for a baptism, we would overflow," said Pastor John Smaligo.He's excited that additional seating for 60 and full classrooms are being added.It's not an unsightly twin. Ensuring that the new blends with the old is probably the most visible task at St. Mark's. Stonemasons have skillfully copied the granite facade facing Main Street and the brick exterior behind it.St.
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By Margaret Buchler and Margaret Buchler,Contributing writer | May 10, 1992
The historic Christ Episcopal Church, locally known as "Old Brick," will begin a fifth rebirth in its more than 260 years of existence this summer with the construction of a new church complex.The oldest chapel in the county and the mother church of 12 other county parishes, Old Brick will be linked by an enclosed walkway to a three-building complex with a new 300-seat brick church.The consecration of the grounds, at the south end of Dobbins Road in Columbia, was performed recently by the Right Rev. A. Theodore Eastman, bishop of the Maryland diocese.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2011
The centuries-old church affectionately known as "Old Brick" is far from imposing. It more closely resembles a one-room schoolhouse than it does the newer, larger building that has housed its congregation since the 1990s. Yet Old Brick's historic role as a witness to the development of Howard County and Columbia looms large in the hearts of many, and has inspired its congregation at Christ Episcopal Church to restore the red-brick building on what is now Oakland Mills Road to a close facsimile of its original.
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By Rosalie Falter and Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 20, 1997
"BUY A Brick of Friendship" for Friendship Church of the Brethren's building fund is really "just a figure of speech" said church member Nancy Hopkins. "Each brick represents $25 from a church fund-raiser, contribution by groups or individual donation."Hopkins said the community has pulled together to help with the renovation and improvement of the 40-year-old church. Recently, the church has been outfitted with a new roof and windows. Gutters, sidewalks, and a kitchen porch are other projects on the drawing board.
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By Margaret Buchler and Margaret Buchler,Contributing writer | May 10, 1992
Amid clouds of dogwood buds, boxwoods and borders of wildflowers, the congregation of "Old Brick Church" fills the brick walkways and then crowds into the small Colonial chapel each Sunday for morning services.Inside, leading the hymns from a pipe organ in old gallery once used by tenant farmers and freed blacks is choirmaster and organist Dr. Samuel Gordon of Ellicott City."Sam is real nice. . . . I think everyone likes Sam," says Christ Episcopal Church parish secretary Beverly Hotz.Gordon is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, choral director and recording artist.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | October 30, 1991
When the congregation of Pipe Creek German Baptist Church dedicated its newly rebuilt church the first Sunday in November 1891, so many people attended that some could not get inside for services.The Rev. Stan Diehl, minister at what is now Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren, and the church's 100th Anniversary Committee, are hoping for an equally large turnout Sunday when they re-dedicate the century-old sanctuary."We're celebrating with an old-fashioned service, much as it was 100 years ago when the church was built," Diehl said.
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