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By Cassandra A. Fortin and Cassandra A. Fortin,Special to The Sun | October 22, 2006
St. Ignatius Church in Hickory has a history dating back more than 200 years. Completed in 1792, the church holds the distinction of being the oldest original Roman Catholic church in continuous use in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Over its first 100 years as the church grew, six other churches were constructed in the county. They include St. Patrick, built in 1819, west of Conowingo; St. John the Evangelist on Long Green Pike that was dedicated in 1822; St. Patrick, built in 1848 in Havre de Grace; St. Mary of the Assumption, built in 1855-1856, in Pylesville; St. Francis de Sales, built in 1866 in Abingdon; and St. Margaret, built in 1905, in Bel Air, according to a history written by Carol Ann Lehr.
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By Sue Van Essen, svanessen2@hotmail.com | March 27, 2014
Homeless people in southwest Baltimore were a little warmer this past winter thanks to a group called TAT for Tuesdays at Trinity . The group consists of six to eight women who meet each Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Church and using donated fabric, recycled blankets, mattress pads and bedsheets craft warm quilts. After being blessed by Rev. Dr. Fran Stanford , the parish priest at a Sunday service, the quilts are delivered to Paul's Place, an agency that helps the needy in southwest Baltimore.
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December 11, 2005
Uniontown Bible Church, Union Bridge Location: North side of Watson Lane, south of Stem Road Owner: Uniontown Bible Church Developer: Same Engineer: CLSI, Westminster Zoning: Agricultural Description: A proposed 31,277-square-foot church building, along with recreational fields and an indoor gathering area with a stage and pavilions. An existing building will remain on the 78-acre site. The main access will be from Watson Lane with a possible second driveway from Stem Road, but that would be limited to emergency use. Status: The Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission has reviewed a concept site plan for the church complex and made recommendations on signs and lighting but has taken no other action as yet. Information: 410-386-2145.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
A careless driver ran into the wrought-iron fence surrounding Baltimore's historic Old Otterbein Church early Sunday morning, knocking over a roughly 20-foot section fronting Sharp Street and leaving church officials scrambling to get repairs done in time for the holidays. Daniel Fisher, head of the church's board of trustees, said he arrived at Old Otterbein around 9:45 Sunday morning and discovered the damage. He said security personnel at the nearby Baltimore Convention Center told him they heard a crash around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and called police.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2013
A careless driver ran into the wrought-iron fence surrounding Baltimore's historic Old Otterbein Church early Sunday morning, knocking over a roughly 20-foot section fronting Sharp Street and leaving church officials scrambling to get repairs done in time for the holidays. Daniel Fisher, head of the church's board of trustees, said he arrived at Old Otterbein around 9:45 Sunday morning and discovered the damage. He said security personnel at the nearby Baltimore Convention Center told him they heard a crash around 2:30 a.m. Sunday and called police.
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By Donna W. Payne and Donna W. Payne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 21, 2002
A tiny, one-room church stands unobtrusively by the side of Old Annapolis Road in Columbia, across the street from Howard High School. Its interior is about the size of a living room in some of the modern homes nearby. The four pews and a few folding chairs accommodate a congregation of fewer than 20. A little steeple and four small rose-and-blue-colored windows grace its exterior. "It's a little, small, neat church. It's just comfortable. When you go in there, you just feel comfortable," said the Rev. Roland Howard, 75, founder and pastor emeritus of Banneker Christian Community Church, the congregation that meets there.
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By Tawanda W. Johnson and Tawanda W. Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 2004
For some organizations, growth brings a lot of angst. That is not the case at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, where growth is welcomed. The Catholic parish recently broke ground on a new worship center. The project is part of a $13 million campaign that includes renovating the current church and restoring the parish's first church building on Ten Oaks Road - one of the county's 10 most-endangered properties. "This is predicated by the numbers," said Monsignor Joseph Luca, the pastor.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1997
The Howard County Board of Appeals has approved plans to raze a 76-year-old Elkridge church and build a larger one -- over objections from some residents and church members.The new St. Stephen's African Methodist Episcopal Church, on a 1-acre Mayfield Avenue site, will feature a child day care center and community center.At least two residents expressed opposition to the proposal before the appeals board. One feared the expanded church would block access to two acres of land he owns. Another doesn't want the old church building to be demolished.
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October 26, 2011
It was with more than passing interest that I read Jacques Kelly 's account of the auction at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. I grew up in Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in nearby Highlandtown and remember well the summer carnivals that Mr. Kelly described. I am sure that the closing of St. Michael's has been a painful experience for its parishoners. I recently finished reading Jason Berry's "Render unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, " which discusses the issue of parish closures.
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By Elizabeth A. Shack and Elizabeth A. Shack,SUN STAFF | November 17, 2002
The rainy weather outside could not diminish the spirits of the people who turned out for the dedication of the new Ethiopian Orthodox church building in Woodlawn early yesterday afternoon. At the end of the ceremony, which began with the clergy's prayers at 4 a.m., the congregation sung and clapped to the beat of two drums as dancers led the priests in a slow parade around the sanctuary. When they reached the front, the priests watched while laymen chanted and danced. The pungent scent of incense mingled with the smell of Ethiopian food cooking in the kitchen downstairs.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
Since 1901, Annapolis residents and downtown workers have been dropping off letters and buying stamps at the brick Georgian Revival-style post office on Church Circle. But not for much longer. A vote by the state's Board of Public Works on Wednesday seals the eventual fate of the post office. The state is buying the office for $3.2 million, with eventual plans to use the building for government offices. "The state saw an opportunity to retain the historic value of the building, particularly because it's in the footprint of other state-owned facilities.
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Svanessen2@hotmail.com | April 5, 2013
Inside Arnolia United Methodist Church, located at Joppa and Oakleigh roads, is an exact replica of the building complete with the steeple and cross which rises high over the church, dozens of windows, six porches with steps and even the corrals for the trash cans in the rear. The church building was built in stages with the sanctuary, the final section completed in1968 but the replica was constructed this year. It all started when church member Mike Pfeifer helped to build a train garden at the Jacksonville Senior Center in Baltimore County.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2013
Before it became "The Wall That Ate Some Cars," it was just a stone wall on Mulligans Hill Lane, bracing a 20-foot-high embankment - stalwart as the steep hills that give Ellicott City's historic district much of its character. Then in early September 2011 came the rains of Tropical Storm Lee, and in the dead of night a section of the wall that had stood since before the Civil War collapsed. Six cars parked along the wall were crushed or damaged. Parking spaces vanished under tons of stone quickly trucked in to shore up the embankment.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
The gun used in the killings at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City last week was registered to the homeless man who allegedly shot two women and then himself, Howard County police said Monday. The gun was found near the body of Douglas Franklin Jones, 56, in woods next to the church. Police said he shot the Rev. Mary-Marguerite Kohn, 62, a co-rector of the church, and Brenda Brewington, 59, a church administrator, before turning the gun on himself. A church custodian found the two women shot in a church office and called police about 5:20 p.m. Thursday, police said.
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By Janene Holzberg, Special to The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2012
Preaching in a makeshift sanctuary in a school auditorium, the Rev. Tyrone P. Jones IV frequently punctuates the ends of his sentences with a quick "amen. " As only the fifth pastor in the 112-year history of First Baptist Church of Guilford, Jones says he has many reasons to infuse his sermons with such affirmations. Stepping into a job held by a beloved minister for nearly 40 years is one of them. Starting a fresh chapter of church life with his new congregation by shepherding their move into a long-delayed church building is another.
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October 26, 2011
It was with more than passing interest that I read Jacques Kelly 's account of the auction at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church. I grew up in Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in nearby Highlandtown and remember well the summer carnivals that Mr. Kelly described. I am sure that the closing of St. Michael's has been a painful experience for its parishoners. I recently finished reading Jason Berry's "Render unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, " which discusses the issue of parish closures.
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By Peg Adamarczyk and Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 9, 2001
YOU MIGHT WALK away from a meeting on a cold winter night next week with more than just dreams of a summertime outing on a fishing boat. At its monthly meeting Monday, the Pasadena Sportfishing Group is expected to draw six winners for a Fourth of July outing. The drawing is an incentive to participate in its annual spring Snag a Bag collection in support of the Harvest for the Hungry program. Those attending the meeting are expected to turn in canned food or cash donations. Membership in the group is free and open to anglers of all ages.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 21, 2001
The joy in the air was palpable, as Christ Episcopal Church launched the pastorate of Richard Ginnever as its new rector - culminating a two-year self-examination and nationwide search. "In the Episcopal Church, each congregation chooses its own rector, in a deliberate process, with certain approvals from the bishop," search committee member Ann Barnes said. "First, a parish committee demographically representing the church meets to describe ourselves and to find out, 'What kind of rector are we looking for?
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May 18, 2011
A parcel of land located in the middle of the Hampton Garden community is up for sale. The property is 12.71 acres and owned by the Belvedere Christian Church. The church is selling the land due to their loss of membership and their inability to function as an independent religious operation. Over the last 10 years, the church has seen their membership fall from 200 to 20. The lost of membership has been attributed to the "passing" of members and members moving to other geographic areas and joining other religious institutions.
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By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2010
Kashi Walker's cell phone went off shortly after noon. A Baltimore fire commander who attends the Guilford Avenue church where Walker is an associate minister was on the line. Two people in an apartment across the street had just died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Grieving relatives had gathered. Could he open the New Second Missionary Baptist Church as a crisis center? Walker rushed over in the four-door Chrysler sedan the church owns. He parked on Lanvale Street, next to a side entrance, and got a dozen people out of the cold and into his warm sanctuary, where they could cry in and talk to investigators in private.
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