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Quilt rediscovered for Hagerstown church auction

Funds being raised for Global Outreach; First Christian Church celebrates 133rd anniversary

Funds being raised for Global Outreach; First Christian Church celebrates 133rd anniversary

May 09, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN -- A quilt made by loving hands 33 years ago to commemorate First Christian Church's centennial has re-emerged and will be auctioned again for the 133rd anniversary celebration.

Members Wayne and Norma Jean Warren are the designated keepers of the quilt that was one of three sewn in 1975.

"Two were regular/queen-sized and one was for a child," Wayne Warren said.

The other large quilt was the object of a lottery 33 years ago that was won by a Hagerstown woman. The location of that quilt isn't known, he said.

"The child's quilt was won by Brenda Regenold then," Wayne Warren said.

The second large quilt that has resurfaced was purchased by silent bid for $350. Over the years, it was kept in a spare room of the winner's home.

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The proceeds of the sale went to Global Outreach, Wayne Warren said.

The owner recently decided to give it back to the church so it could again be the object of an auction.

"It will be displayed in the church until May 19," said Norma Warren, who with her husband is coordinating the project.

Pook and Pook Appraisers of Downingtown, Pa., has provided a written appraisal of the quilt for $1,400, she said.

Wayne Warren said the church pledged $20,000 to One Great Hour of Sharing for the month of February 2008. More than $21,000 was raised, he said.

"And what is raised from the auction of the quilt will add to that," he said.

The public is welcome to bid on the quilt and may call the Warrens at 1-717-597-8847 to do so.

On May 4, church historian Duane Cummins spoke about the history of the church. An orchestra of musicians, ages 12 to 85, performed for the anniversary event that also featured old hymns.

The 100th anniversary celebration lasted the whole year in 1975, Wayne Warren said. The women at First Christian Church made centennial dresses, and from fabric scraps made the quilts.

The quilt being auctioned is in the "Odd Fellows" pattern and measures 87 inches by 94 inches. Stitching on the back indicates it was sewn in 1975.

The Rev. Fred Harris said the location of the first church is a mystery. First Christian Church was on South Potomac Street until the 1960s when it moved to 1345 Potomac Avenue.

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