Married couples renew vows on Valentine's Day

February 14, 1999

V-Day vowsBy BRUCE HAMILTON / Staff Writer

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

They wed in 1954, but Loren and Barbara Newhouse spoke marriage oaths again on Sunday.

Close and quiet, the Newhouses stood before the Church of the Holy Trinity's candlelit altar and pledged themselves to each other anew.

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"It made me want to cry with joy," said Loren Newhouse.

Several local churches held special Valentine's Day services in which couples renewed their vows. St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Boonsboro and Paramount Brethren in Christ Church in Hagerstown held similar ceremonies.

At the Church of the Holy Trinity in Hagerstown, the Rev. David Schlicher told the story of Saint Valentine to a group of children.


During his sermon, he gave advice to married couples on "the care and feeding of love." When he invited them to renew their vows, 11 couples stood in a line, faced each other with solemn smiles and promised.

"To love and sustain you," they said, voices mingled in an off-beat chorus. In times of plenty, want, joy and sorrow, they said. "As long as we both shall live."

For the dating set, Valentine's Day can be a time of unsure decisions, such as how to express the appropriate level of affection with just the right confection.

For those already married, the holiday is a chance to affirm a lifelong bond.

Mary Jo and Bill Wolford got married in 1957, the year the Church of the Holy Trinity was founded. They were the first couple wed in the church, according to Mary Jo Wolford.

At that time, it was located in the Lincolnshire School, now the Halfway Fire Co. "You can tell how old our church is by how long we've been married," Mary Jo Wolford said.

On Sunday, they renewed their vows along with their two daughters and sons-in-law. Bonnie and Joe Minoglio got married in 1989. Joanna and Lee Daughtery got married in 1991.

The Wolfords said it was the first time they renewed the vows they took 42 years ago.

"It was not like the first time, but it was special," Bill Wolford said.

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