After moving to Hagerstown from Johnstown, Pa., with her husband, Daniel, in 1974, Evamarie Koenig found herself cut off from her lifelong involvement in the Orthodox church and began exploring what was available in her new community.
"There was nothing in the telephone book at that time," Koenig said.
When it came time to baptize their two children, the family journeyed back to her home congregation of St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Conemaugh, Pa.
One day, she spotted a small advertisement in The Herald-Mail which she clipped and put aside about an Orthodox church starting in Hagerstown. Later, when she became interested in seeking an outlet for her Orthodox upbringing, she found the clipping and called the telephone number.
Koenig decided she would try a service at the Franklin Street storefront where St. Catherine The Great Martyr Eastern Orthodox Church - now in its 25th year in Hagerstown - was meeting.