"We call it table fellowship. You make friends by breaking bread together," Mayor said. "It's especially appropriate on Valentine's Day because it's a celebration of love, and God is love."
Candlelight, red table coverings and red heart dÃ©cor lent Fellowship Hall a romantic ambiance.
Don and Deborah Rogers, 56 and 54, of Frederick, Md., attended the dance after hearing about it through friends. Deborah Rogers was aptly dressed in a red sequined top.
"We came for the food and dancing," she said.
"It's a nice change of atmosphere," said Albert Carrasquillo, 47, of Martinsburg, W.Va. Carrasquillo went to the event with his wife, Deborah, 44.
Shirley Logue of Halfway said she had been to a dinner at the church in the past.
"It was a lot of fun, so I brought him tonight," Logue said, fondly referring to her date, Ralph Cunningham, 70, of Hagerstown.
The dinner and dance was a fundraiser for the church's youth ministry, which is directed by Bill and Diana Church. Tickets were $10 each and about 100 people attended. Diana Church said people have responded well to similar events in the past. She anticipated the Valentine dinner and dance would raise about $500 toward summer youth activities, possibly including a retreat.
Dave Moyer, 58, of Fairplay, is a member of the church. Besides attending the event with his wife, Jeanni, Dave Moyer volunteered as DJ and led karaoke entertainment.
"I think it's a great social event," Jeanni Moyer said. "It gets people here talking. It's good fellowship and a lot of fun."
"And hopefully we'll get some new members for the church," Dave Moyers added.
In addition to serving spaghetti dinners, members of the youth group provided entertainment, singing and dancing to an assortment of love songs.
"I don't even think of it as a fundraiser," said Katie Brown, 14, of Hagerstown. "It's just having fun, getting together and enjoying ourselves."