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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | April 6, 1994
Within two weeks, a Westminster church that averages about 350 worshipers each Sunday collected $36,000 to pay for a three-week mission to Russia."A door opened for us to take the Gospel to schoolchildren in Russia," said the Rev. Pete Puckett, assistant pastor at First Assembly of God. "Our congregation saw the need and met it."The 18-member group, which includes the church's two ministers, will not go empty handed to Magnitogorsk, an industrial city southwest of Moscow. With 150,000 copies of the "Book of Life," they plan to reach each school-aged child in the Russian city.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2011
For many parishioners at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong last week. Five years ago this week, St. John held a funeral mass for Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder that was picketed by anti-gay protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Snyder's father sued Westboro for intentional infliction of emotional distress. That case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, which ruled 8-1 last week that the protest — despite the pain it caused — was protected free speech under the First Amendment.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2002
For 17 years, a sign posted in a barren field along Littlestown Pike promised the site was the future home of Westminster Church of Christ. The sign has long since faded, but the promise came true yesterday when the small congregation held its first service in its new home. "We got this land in 1985 and considered it a blessing," said Gary D. Pearson, evangelist to the 147-member congregation. "We have waited a long time, and we can finally cross `future' off that old sign out there." It took years of passing the collection plate while meeting in a building that resembled a house more than a church before the congregation raised enough money to start construction in August.
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October 28, 2004
On October 26, 2004, EMMA MAEGOSNELL, of Westminster; wife of the late Howard Hanson Gosnell; loving mother of Dorothy E. Gosnell, Howard H. Gosnell (Janice), Donald E. Gosnell (Carol) and the late Nancy L. Friend; sister of Mary E. Cutsail (Bud). Also survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at Hartzler Funeral Home, 310 Church Street, New Windsor, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. and one hour prior to funeral services on Saturday. Funeral 1 P.M. Saturday at Westminster Church of the Brethren.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | September 11, 1991
For the Rev. Paul L. Groff, leaving the Westminster Church of the Brethren is the way to concentrate on what he loves about the ministry -- preaching and counseling parishioners.The 60-year-old minister, who has shepherded the parish for the past 15 years, said his retirement hours will be filled by serving as an interim pastor in Maryland and southern Pennsylvania."When you get into interim work with churches you do some administrative work, but most of what you do is the preaching and the one-on-one," he said.
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By Jane Lippy and Jane Lippy,Contributing writer | October 24, 1990
WESTMINSTER - So far, only a porcupine, flying squirrel and cave bat populate the branches and tree limbs.The trio would like some company.So would their creators -- James Palmisano, 8, of Manchester; Frankie Boyer, 9, of Westminster; and Jason Duncan, 10, of Finksburg.The boys, assisted by their dads, constructed the 6-foot-high, three-dimensional tree with saws, hammers and nails. Transplanted from a classroom to the church vestibule, their masterpiece attracts attention, curiosity and interest from all who enter.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2011
For many parishioners at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong last week. Five years ago this week, St. John held a funeral mass for Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder that was picketed by anti-gay protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Snyder's father sued Westboro for intentional infliction of emotional distress. That case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, which ruled 8-1 last week that the protest — despite the pain it caused — was protected free speech under the First Amendment.
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January 24, 1999
On the third Friday evening of January 1979, 14 bereaved and heartbroken parents met in the parlor of the Westminster Church of the Brethren. Thus began the informal monthly meetings of the Compassionate Friends of Carroll County, a support group for parents who have experienced the deaths of their children.I was there.When the Compassionate Friends began in November 1978, Dott Hummel, who had lost two sons in a house fire, attended that first meeting. Residents of Carroll, the Hummels advertised in December to see if there a need existed for such a group in our county.
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October 28, 2004
On October 26, 2004, EMMA MAEGOSNELL, of Westminster; wife of the late Howard Hanson Gosnell; loving mother of Dorothy E. Gosnell, Howard H. Gosnell (Janice), Donald E. Gosnell (Carol) and the late Nancy L. Friend; sister of Mary E. Cutsail (Bud). Also survived by seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends at Hartzler Funeral Home, 310 Church Street, New Windsor, Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. and one hour prior to funeral services on Saturday. Funeral 1 P.M. Saturday at Westminster Church of the Brethren.
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August 27, 1999
The Carroll County Sheriff's Office has begun a search to fill the new position of director of support services.The director will handle daily operations involving personnel and budgets, training, development, risk management and bookkeeping.Applicants with a bachelor's degree and four years of experience in personnel-related employment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, should submit a county job application to Sheriff Kenneth L. Tregoning, 100 N. Court St., Westminster 21157.
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May 28, 2004
Harry Lawrence "Buck" Whitehead, a retired executive with Monumental Properties Inc. and a World War II veteran, died of undetermined causes Tuesday at his Westminster home. He was 81. Mr. Whitehead was born in Baltimore, raised in Dickeyville and attended Catonsville High School. He worked for developer Joseph Meyerhoff Corp. before enlisting in the Army during World War II. He served in the Pacific, attaining the rank of staff sergeant, and was awarded decorations including the Bronze Star.
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February 8, 2004
Donald E. Rowe, a retired minister and Church of the Brethren executive who lived in Westminster, died Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital from complications of a fall. He was 83. Born the son of a traveling preacher in LaGrange County, Ind., Mr. Rowe graduated from Indiana's Manchester College in 1943 and from Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., in 1946. That same year, he married his first wife, Mary Elizabeth Wright Rowe, who died of liver cancer in 1964. After graduation, Mr. Rowe was ordained as a minister by the Church of the Brethren, and led two congregations before moving into regional church administration in 1954, working in Kansas and Illinois.
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September 22, 2003
The Finksburg Planning Area Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Sandy Mount United Methodist Church. The agenda will include the final report from the Maryland Department of the Environment on the source of water contamination on Suffolk Road; the proposed Finksburg library; volunteers for a proposed county committee on scenic issues; and a potential new scorecard for the commissioners. All Finksburg-area residents and business owners and guests are welcome. The church is at 2101 Old Westminster Pike.
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September 7, 2003
Commissioners to meet Wednesday in Manchester The Carroll County commissioners have scheduled a series of community meetings around the county. The purpose of the meetings is to hear comments and concerns on issues that affect the county, in a casual setting. The next meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Manchester Elementary School, 3224 York St. Information: 410-386-2043. Prayer service Thursday in Westminster for 9/11 Westminster Church of God will hold a multidenominational prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday in commemoration of the terrorist attacks two years ago. Prayers, to be led by local pastors, will be based on 1 Timothy 2:1-4, which encourages prayers for those in authority.
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April 21, 2003
Westminster will celebrate Arbor Week today through Friday with tree plantings and other activities. Today, replacement ginkgo and honeylocust trees will be planted on West Main Street. Tomorrow, bald cypress trees will be planted at the city playground, where trees will be pruned Wednesday. Japanese yews and fothergill gardenii will be planted Thursday at the city pool and City Hall grounds. An Arbor Day proclamation will be made Friday, along with tree plantings by Winters Mill High School students and the Westminster Tree Commission at the school.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2002
A suspended Carroll County priest admitted yesterday in court that he molested two boys two decades ago while he was associate pastor of a Westminster parish. The Rev. Brian M. Cox, former associate pastor at St. John Catholic Church, pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse. A prosecutor said she would recommend a six-year prison term for Cox at his sentencing, scheduled for Jan. 21. The Archdiocese of Baltimore placed Cox on permanent administrative leave and revoked his ability to administer sacraments or conduct Mass in 1995, after he admitted to sexual misconduct with minors from 1979 to 1985, church officials have said.
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February 20, 1991
The Westminster Church of the Brethren and Taneytown Baptist Church will participate in a pulpit exchange Sunday, when Emma Jean Woodward, a Baptist lay preacher and Taneytown member, gives the sermon on "Magic Eyes" at Westminster.The Rev. Christy Waltersdorff, ministerfor Christian Nurture at the Brethren Church, will speak at Taneytown.Both services begin at 10:45 a.m.Other Sunday activities at the Church of the Brethren include choir bell rehearsal at 5:30 p.m.; the young adults meeting at 6 p.m. at the home of Karin Heckman; and the eventide service at 7 p.m. featuring the Rev. Paul L. Groff's videos of his sabbatical last summer.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff Writer | October 20, 1992
Four members of the Westminster Church of the Brethren are traveling to Managua, Nicaragua, today for a 10-day visit with members of their sister church, First Church of the Mision Cristiana (Christian Mission Church).The Rev. Christy Waltersdorff, Howard Miller, Jan Flora and Krista Carter will live with host families from the church to learn how the Nicaraguans live and worship.Last year the Mision Cristiana's pastor and a lay leader visited the Westminster church, and now "we're reciprocating," Ms. Waltersdorff said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 21, 2002
For 17 years, a sign posted in a barren field along Littlestown Pike promised the site was the future home of Westminster Church of Christ. The sign has long since faded, but the promise came true yesterday when the small congregation held its first service in its new home. "We got this land in 1985 and considered it a blessing," said Gary D. Pearson, evangelist to the 147-member congregation. "We have waited a long time, and we can finally cross `future' off that old sign out there." It took years of passing the collection plate while meeting in a building that resembled a house more than a church before the congregation raised enough money to start construction in August.
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