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St. Mark's Episcopal to revisit earliest years

August 24, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

LAPPANS - St. Mark's Episcopal Church will start off the celebration of its 150th year with a rendition of liturgy dating back to that period.

The Rev. Stuart Dunnan, headmaster of St. James School, will play the role of the Rev. John B. Kerfoot, the first headmaster of the school, which was the founding institution for the church in 1849.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 20.

The Rev. Anne Weatherholt said an attempt will be made to restore the look of the altar area to fit the period, including the use of the church's original Bible from 1849 and the older vestments.

"I have a finely woven linen surplice which is heavily gathered and hails from that era," Weatherholt said. "It was handed down from my great-grandfather."

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Because the liturgy of that time was considerably longer than today's, it will be shortened and the use of commentary by Weatherholt will aid in the worship experience.

William Bunnell compiled the service that will be used and he will be on hand to lead the congregation through it.

Additional September events include the sale of commemorative church items, a bus trip to the Washington Cathedral on Sept. 26, and the showing of St. Mark's history video at 10 a.m. Sept. 27.

The church was created when Kerfoot decided the boys at his school needed a Sunday school to keep them from becoming selfish, Weatherholt said.

Dr. Thomas Maddox gave the one acre of land on which the church has been since it was dedicated in 1849.

In October, a three-day "solo flight" conference has been tentatively set for single people of faith.

November activities include a salute to veterans and the annual Episcopal Church Women's bazaar on Nov. 14.

The Hagerstown Recorder Consort will present music at an Advent Evensong on Dec. 6.

Starting off the new year, an organ recital by Daniel Weatherholt will highlight the month of January, along with a potluck supper, both on Jan. 31.

A display of memorabilia from people baptized and married at St. Mark's will be combined with a Feb. 14 service of renewal of those marriage and baptismal vows.

A music festival at St. James is tentatively planned for March.

Spring and summer 1999 events will include another historical liturgy service, hymn sings, ice cream socials, and an anniversary banquet/worship service in late July.

A Civil War encampment and period dress day will wind up the year's activities on Sept. 18 and 19, 1999.

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