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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 10, 2000
The historic Lovely Lane United Methodist Church has received a $200,000 challenge grant from the France-Merrick Foundation to help pay for the repair of its leaking roof, the Rev. Nancy Nedwell, the church's pastor, said last night. Michael Ford, chief fund-raiser, said work on the roof will begin in March and take six to eight months to complete at a cost of $600,000. A national appeal to Methodist bishops and conferences will help raise additional funds, he said. Also last night at a fund-raising event, architect Samuel G. White lectured about the Lovely Lane church, which was designed by his great-grandfather, the noted architect Stanford White.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
From the prayer book she carried to the flower petals she kept pressed inside its pages, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange has long been a vivid presence at the headquarters of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the order of African-American Catholic nuns she founded in Baltimore in 1829. Now pilgrims and worshippers can get even closer to Lange. As part of a campaign to have her declared a saint, church officials received and reinterred her remains at the order's mother church in Relay on Monday.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
From the prayer book she carried to the flower petals she kept pressed inside its pages, Mother Mary Elizabeth Lange has long been a vivid presence at the headquarters of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, the order of African-American Catholic nuns she founded in Baltimore in 1829. Now pilgrims and worshippers can get even closer to Lange. As part of a campaign to have her declared a saint, church officials received and reinterred her remains at the order's mother church in Relay on Monday.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2003
With hundreds of worshipers in the pews and a national television audience, Baltimore's Basilica was celebrated yesterday along with Mother's Day in a Mass that paid tribute to the United States' first cathedral as it undergoes a bicentennial restoration. "Welcome to the mother church on Mother's Day," Cardinal William H. Keeler said in opening a celebration that combined the pageantry of a notable religious occasion with a history lesson on Baltimore's role in the religious roots of the nation.
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By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1999
It's not an easy church. It needs a huge restoration. It struggles with a dwindling congregation. And Lovely Lane United Methodist is a cherished historical and architectural landmark, the mother church of American Methodism.The Rev. Errol G. Smith took on the task with energy, compassion and wit. He raised $3 million, paid off debt and opened the church to the community.Yesterday, he delivered his last sermon, blending sadness and jokes as he closed 44 years as a minister, eight at Lovely Lane in Baltimore.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1996
In the beginning were the detonations. Which begat the backhoes and pile drivers. Which begat the joyful noise of the riveters. Which shook the pews, interrupted the sermon and boomed through the hymns. And the members of the Old Otterbein United Methodist Church saw that it was not good.But they've seen worse.That tends to be the case when your congregation has met for more than two centuries in the middle of a growing city, enduring not only bouts of noise and dust but bizarre events such as the confiscation of the church key by police in 1842.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Architecture Critic | December 19, 1999
If Baltimore really wants to be regarded as a desirable place to live, it needs more than new restaurants and cafes, important as they are.It needs places that nourish the spirit as well as the body.That's why it's so heartening to see the recent transformation of St. Ignatius Church, whose future was very much in doubt less than 10 years ago.After a $1.7 million renovation, which was unveiled to church- goers last Sunday after nearly six months of construction, St. Ignatius is ready for another cen-tury of service.
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By TOM POTTS | May 12, 1996
As we drive through downtown Baltimore to the 1300 block of Park Ave., I think back to the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church I first knew more than 60 years ago. On this day, the neighborhood streets are lined with parked cars, and just as my father had done countless times, we search for a parking space within walking distance of the church.I recall that parking had always been a problem for our family except during the Depression, when Dad could not afford a car. In those days we took a taxi to church each week, using the same driver, who was grateful for a regular Sunday-morning fare.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2003
With hundreds of worshipers in the pews and a national television audience, Baltimore's Basilica was celebrated yesterday along with Mother's Day in a Mass that paid tribute to the United States' first cathedral as it undergoes a bicentennial restoration. "Welcome to the mother church on Mother's Day," Cardinal William H. Keeler said in opening a celebration that combined the pageantry of a notable religious occasion with a history lesson on Baltimore's role in the religious roots of the nation.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 22, 1996
HARUNDALE PRESBYTERIAN Church will play host to a mother-daughter banquet at 6 tonight in the fellowship hall, 1020 Eastway.The dinner is free to members of the church and their guests and will include a fashion show of wedding dresses "through the years," said coordinator Becky Valenta."
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By Ryan Clark and Ryan Clark,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2001
The workers sent their scaffolding crawling up the east and south sides of the church like a spider's legs, using it to climb to the roof and tear off the 17-year-old asphalt shingles. Ray Hughes, watching from the street, had to pull out his video camera. After all, this was about history. Lovely Lane is the mother church of American Methodism, built in 1884 and designed by architect Stanford White as the Centennial Monument to the Christmas Conference that started the Methodist Church in this country.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 10, 2000
The historic Lovely Lane United Methodist Church has received a $200,000 challenge grant from the France-Merrick Foundation to help pay for the repair of its leaking roof, the Rev. Nancy Nedwell, the church's pastor, said last night. Michael Ford, chief fund-raiser, said work on the roof will begin in March and take six to eight months to complete at a cost of $600,000. A national appeal to Methodist bishops and conferences will help raise additional funds, he said. Also last night at a fund-raising event, architect Samuel G. White lectured about the Lovely Lane church, which was designed by his great-grandfather, the noted architect Stanford White.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,Sun Architecture Critic | December 19, 1999
If Baltimore really wants to be regarded as a desirable place to live, it needs more than new restaurants and cafes, important as they are.It needs places that nourish the spirit as well as the body.That's why it's so heartening to see the recent transformation of St. Ignatius Church, whose future was very much in doubt less than 10 years ago.After a $1.7 million renovation, which was unveiled to church- goers last Sunday after nearly six months of construction, St. Ignatius is ready for another cen-tury of service.
NEWS
By Marego Athans and Marego Athans,SUN STAFF | June 21, 1999
It's not an easy church. It needs a huge restoration. It struggles with a dwindling congregation. And Lovely Lane United Methodist is a cherished historical and architectural landmark, the mother church of American Methodism.The Rev. Errol G. Smith took on the task with energy, compassion and wit. He raised $3 million, paid off debt and opened the church to the community.Yesterday, he delivered his last sermon, blending sadness and jokes as he closed 44 years as a minister, eight at Lovely Lane in Baltimore.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1998
Six princes of the Roman Catholic Church gathered yesterday in Baltimore to raise money for Catholic University and to recall this city's key role in its founding.The American cardinals, who lead the nation's major archdioceses, concelebrated Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption before attending the $1,000-a-plate American Cardinals Dinner at the Baltimore Convention Center.The fund-raiser, which was attended by more than 1,200 people, raised more than $1 million for scholarships at the Catholic University -- the 6,000-student liberal arts institution in Washington.
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By Dan Fesperman and Dan Fesperman,SUN STAFF | August 29, 1996
In the beginning were the detonations. Which begat the backhoes and pile drivers. Which begat the joyful noise of the riveters. Which shook the pews, interrupted the sermon and boomed through the hymns. And the members of the Old Otterbein United Methodist Church saw that it was not good.But they've seen worse.That tends to be the case when your congregation has met for more than two centuries in the middle of a growing city, enduring not only bouts of noise and dust but bizarre events such as the confiscation of the church key by police in 1842.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | May 2, 1998
Six princes of the Roman Catholic Church gathered yesterday in Baltimore to raise money for Catholic University and to recall this city's key role in its founding.The American cardinals, who lead the nation's major archdioceses, concelebrated Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption before attending the $1,000-a-plate American Cardinals Dinner at the Baltimore Convention Center.The fund-raiser, which was attended by more than 1,200 people, raised more than $1 million for scholarships at the Catholic University -- the 6,000-student liberal arts institution in Washington.
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By EDWARD GUNTS and EDWARD GUNTS,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1995
DURING HIS TRIP TO Baltimore, Pope John Paul II will visit "North America's most beautiful church."That's what architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner called Baltimore's famous downtown cathedral, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on Cathedral at Mulberry streets.In his visit Sunday, the pope will receive a private tour of the building, the "mother church" of Catholicism in the nation.Designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and constructed beginning in 1806, the basilica was the first Roman Catholic cathedral in the United States.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 22, 1996
HARUNDALE PRESBYTERIAN Church will play host to a mother-daughter banquet at 6 tonight in the fellowship hall, 1020 Eastway.The dinner is free to members of the church and their guests and will include a fashion show of wedding dresses "through the years," said coordinator Becky Valenta."
FEATURES
By TOM POTTS | May 12, 1996
As we drive through downtown Baltimore to the 1300 block of Park Ave., I think back to the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church I first knew more than 60 years ago. On this day, the neighborhood streets are lined with parked cars, and just as my father had done countless times, we search for a parking space within walking distance of the church.I recall that parking had always been a problem for our family except during the Depression, when Dad could not afford a car. In those days we took a taxi to church each week, using the same driver, who was grateful for a regular Sunday-morning fare.
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