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Church Association sponsors Christmas tour of churches

December 10, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

SMITHSBURG - The second annual Christmas church tour of a dozen historic houses of worship in Washington and Frederick counties will be Dec. 28.

The tour, which has been sponsored each year by the Smithsburg Area Church Association, will run from 2 to 6 p.m.

Last year, 14 churches participated and several dozen people turned out, some hoping to extend the holiday season and enjoy some good Christmas music, others satisfying their curiosity.

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All churches will be in full holiday splendor. Maps will be available at each church showing where the others are located.

Visitors may begin their tour at any of the listed participating churches. A historian will be present to answer questions at each church.

Many churches, like Trinity Lutheran Church at 15-16 N. Main St., will have volunteers on hand. Visitors will be directed to printed materials about Trinity's long history (dating back to 1822), and the Chrismon tree that adorns the front of the sanctuary, according to Carol Gaines, tour organizer at Trinity.

At St. Anne's Episcopal Church, at 9 Maple Ave., visitors can expect to be told that St. Anne's claims the distinction of being the church where former President Lyndon Johnson worshiped not once, but twice during the 1960s while he was at nearby Camp David.

In addition to Trinity and St. Anne's, other churches on the post-Christmas tour will be St. Paul's Lutheran, Leitersburg; Mount Moriah Lutheran, Mount Bethel United Methodist and Mount Pleasant Church of God, Foxville; Welty Church of the Brethren and St. Paul's Lutheran, Greensburg; St. Peter's (Beard's) Lutheran, Old Forge Road; Christ Reformed UCC, Cavetown; Bethel United Methodist, Chewsville; and St. Paul's United Methodist Church.

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