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October 9, 1991
The Rev. Leland Wilson is serving as interim pastor at the Westminster Church of the Brethren.A native of Oklahoma, he has served pastorates in Kansas, California and Pennsylvania.He is a writer and he has served on national staff positions withthe Church of the Brethren. Most recently, he was the director of the denomination's Washington office.He also has served as the chair of the American Committee for the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima, Japan.Wilson lives with his wife, Patricia, in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, where he has been employed as part-time director of Arundel Habitat for Humanity.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
Eleanor E. Jaeger, a homemaker and former department store sales associate who was a longtime active church member, died Sunday of complications from a broken hip at the Knollwood Nursing Home in Millersville. The Annapolis resident was 99. The daughter of a roofer and a homemaker, Eleanor Esther Plumhoff was born in Baltimore and raised on Maple Avenue in Overlea. She was an Eastern High School graduate and married John Roedel Jaeger Jr., a research chemist, in 1936. He died in 1967.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
Now that Anne Arundel County public works laborers have removed pipes that used to run right through the cemetery of Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church in Severna Park, parishioners no longer have to worry about where to bury the next congregant who dies.That's a relief for the mostly black congregation of 400 that has worshiped at the church off Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard for 103 years."You know what it means when your mama can't be buried where you want her to be?" said Joyce Jennings, a lifelong parishioner who led the effort that ended successfully this spring with the county moving 250 feet of a 12-inch water main out of the cemetery to the road edge.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | July 5, 2009
Esther P. Brooks, a longtime office manager and secretary at Sharon Baptist Church, where she had been a member for 70 years, died June 27 of throat cancer at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. She was 83. Esther Ann Patterson, the daughter of a Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. laborer and homemaker mother, was born in Baltimore and raised in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. Mrs. Brooks, who was a 1944 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and the Cortez Peters Business School, also took courses at what is now Morgan State University and the Community College of Baltimore.
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March 4, 1992
The Rev. Scott L. Duffey was installed as pastor of Westminster Church of the Brethren Feb. 23.More than 100 members welcomed the Duffey family at a potluck dinner after the service.Sunday's 10:45 a.m. worship will include a "Children's Sabbath" with Gary Honeman telling the story of "The Helping Day." There will be a message on Noah and the animals and a dialogue, "What Do We Want to Tell the Children?"Church women will meet at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Maria's Restaurant for Ladies Night Out.The Men's Prayer Breakfast group meets Saturday at Baugher's Restaurant to hear David Haschert speak on the cooperative ministry, The Shepherd's Staff.
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By Sherry Joe and Sherry Joe,Sun Staff Writer | October 7, 1994
Members of an Ellicott City church, fearing that a proposed cellular phone tower would harm area children, are urging their leaders to rescind a lease allowing the tower to be built on church grounds."
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The Illinois-based Church of the Brethren has decided that a $5 million-a-year New Windsor handcraft business that supports Third World artisans should make it on its own.The church's general board voted 18-5 during its fall meeting in New Windsor to make Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations International, or SERRV, a separate, nonprofit organization. The change ends SERRV's 49 years of service as an agency of the Elgin, Ill.-based church.The organization, which sells handcrafts created by Native Americans and Third World artisans in 30 countries, "has no plans to move at all" from the Church of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, said Kathleen Campanella, the center's coordinator of public information.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1997
Last week, County Executive John G. Gary stood beneath a century-old red church steeple in Severna Park and told the church's congregation he was sorry.Afterward, he walked in the church's cemetery, surrounded by tall oaks and a small stream, where 100 graves mark a congregation always devout in faith and once small in numbers.The graves Gary visited are the final resting places of working people -- blacks who for decades labored in a largely white county, then walked every Sunday with their families down a dusty road to Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1997
Last week, County Executive John G. Gary stood beneath a century-old red church steeple in Severna Park and told the church's congregation he was sorry.Afterward, he walked in the church's cemetery, surrounded by tall oaks and a small stream, where 100 graves mark a congregation always devout in faith and once small in numbers.The graves Gary visited are the final resting places of working people -- blacks who for decades labored in a largely white county, then walked every Sunday with their families down a dusty road to Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 29, 1996
The Rev. William L. Barnett, minister emeritus of Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, died Nov. 19 of heart failure at his Severna Park residence. He was 84.Mr. Barnett was a journalist for the Herald Tribune in Paris and HAVAS News Agency in New York, and later was an advertising executive for Packard automobiles and an antiquarian bookseller. He abandoned his successful business career to become a minister."He really had a great skill and calling, and a deep desire to help people," said his wife of 38 years, the former Ethel Gandy.
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By Frank Langfitt and Frank Langfitt,SUN STAFF | October 31, 2003
After nearly three years of interim leadership and considerable discussion about their future, Baltimore-area Presbyterians have chosen a new spiritual leader to help the church reverse declining membership and respond to America's changing cultural landscape. "Our primary competitor is not other churches," said the Rev. Peter K. Nord, who officially assumed his duties as executive presbyter Sept. 1. "Our primary competition is the amazing array of opportunities and the fact that people are so exhausted from their workweek and their other week, the soccer games and the other things they are engaged in."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1999
The battle over a proposed expansion by First Baptist Church of Guilford has moved from one hearing room to another.The 95-year-old church has asked the Howard County Circuit Court to review the Board of Appeals' dismissal March 4 of the institution's plan to build a 2,000-seat sanctuary, a 636-space parking lot and a 34,000-square-foot community center on 8.5 acres at Guilford and Oakland Mills roads.James L. Rouse, an attorney representing the church who filed the request March 31, said the board violated its own bylaws by changing its original vote in September to approve the expansion.
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The Illinois-based Church of the Brethren has decided that a $5 million-a-year New Windsor handcraft business that supports Third World artisans should make it on its own.The church's general board voted 18-5 during its fall meeting in New Windsor to make Sales Exchange for Refugee Rehabilitation Vocations International, or SERRV, a separate, nonprofit organization. The change ends SERRV's 49 years of service as an agency of the Elgin, Ill.-based church.The organization, which sells handcrafts created by Native Americans and Third World artisans in 30 countries, "has no plans to move at all" from the Church of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, said Kathleen Campanella, the center's coordinator of public information.
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By Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | May 17, 1998
Now that Anne Arundel County public works laborers have removed pipes that used to run right through the cemetery of Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church in Severna Park, parishioners no longer have to worry about where to bury the next congregant who dies.That's a relief for the mostly black congregation of 400 that has worshiped at the church off Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard for 103 years."You know what it means when your mama can't be buried where you want her to be?" said Joyce Jennings, a lifelong parishioner who led the effort that ended successfully this spring with the county moving 250 feet of a 12-inch water main out of the cemetery to the road edge.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1997
Last week, County Executive John G. Gary stood beneath a century-old red church steeple in Severna Park and told the church's congregation he was sorry.Afterward, he walked in the church's cemetery, surrounded by tall oaks and a small stream, where 100 graves mark a congregation always devout in faith and once small in numbers.The graves Gary visited are the final resting places of working people -- blacks who for decades labored in a largely white county, then walked every Sunday with their families down a dusty road to Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1997
Last week, County Executive John G. Gary stood beneath a century-old red church steeple in Severna Park and told the church's congregation he was sorry.Afterward, he walked in the church's cemetery, surrounded by tall oaks and a small stream, where 100 graves mark a congregation always devout in faith and once small in numbers.The graves Gary visited are the final resting places of working people -- blacks who for decades labored in a largely white county, then walked every Sunday with their families down a dusty road to Asbury Town Neck United Methodist Church.
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By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville | July 15, 1993
Plans for revival to be discussed at prayer breakfastAt a prayer breakfast scheduled this morning at Northwest Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church, organizers will discuss their plans for a Christian revival Sept. 12 at the Inner Harbor's Pier 6.The preachers chosen for the afternoon and evening revival services are the Rev. Vashti McKenzie of Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Rev. Harlie W. Wilson of Israel Baptist Church.The plans grew out of a well-attended, three-day revival held in October at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | February 27, 1995
A plain banner imprinted with a brief prayer hangs at the front of Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist Church. The words, an "amen" repeated at the end of each service, embody the spirit and camaraderie of worship.From you I receive To you I give Together we share And by this we live The first Unitarian Universalist church to open in Carroll County meets in what used to be the Congoleum Corp. employees' club house, just off Route 140 in Finksburg. Members have signed a two-year lease, with an option to buy the building.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,SUN STAFF | November 29, 1996
The Rev. William L. Barnett, minister emeritus of Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, died Nov. 19 of heart failure at his Severna Park residence. He was 84.Mr. Barnett was a journalist for the Herald Tribune in Paris and HAVAS News Agency in New York, and later was an advertising executive for Packard automobiles and an antiquarian bookseller. He abandoned his successful business career to become a minister."He really had a great skill and calling, and a deep desire to help people," said his wife of 38 years, the former Ethel Gandy.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1996
Ellicott City's only Seventh-day Adventist Church will open a church-based elementary school in the fall in its facility on St. John's Lane, after winning approval Thursday from the Howard County Board of Appeals.The Baltimore First Seventh-day Adventist Church also won approval for a day care center to open in the near future, said Ben Boggess, pastor of the 330-family church, which relocated to Ellicott City from Baltimore six years ago."Christian education is held as a high priority within the Seventh-day Adventist Church," Mr. Boggess told the board at the hearing.
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