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Congregation celebrates 100th year next weekend

May 15, 1999

Back in 1899, the Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church was formed with just 19 charter members.

Members met in a variety of halls until a house of worship was erected at the corner of McComas and Cross streets.

Then in 1955, another building was constructed on the Dual Highway to house the growing membership.

An arsonist's torch burned that building to the ground in the fall of 1991.

After sharing space with another Dual Highway church that met on Sundays, the congregation began making plans for a new building on a new site.

That church, at 11507 Robinwood Drive, was opened in December 1993.

This year the congregation, which claims more than 500 members, is celebrating its 100th anniversary with activities on Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22, led by the current pastor, James Hoffer.

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Former Pastor Tim Roosenberg is coming from Arkansas to host a program at 7 p.m. Friday called Reflections. Special music will be provided by Paul St. Villiers.

Saturday's events begin at 9 a.m. with Sabbath school and 11 a.m. worship with special guests Carl Seek, former pastor; Wayne Coulter, former president of the Chesapeake Conference; Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II; and U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.

Following a luncheon, there will be a 2:30 p.m. visit to the former church site at McComas and Cross streets.

A concert, La Camarata with Francisco de Araujo, will be at 5 p.m. back at the Robinwood church, followed by fellowship and refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

- Marlo Barnhart

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