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Mount Bethel celebrates 175th anniversary

October 13, 2011

FOXVILLE, Md. — Mount Bethel United Methodist Church on Stottlemyer Road near Foxville celebrated its 175th anniversary on Sept. 11.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Ronald Kurtz, pastor, and Bishop John Schol of the Baltimore/Washington Conference.

Music was provided by pianist Anna Mae Buhrman and Joann Willard, who has served as church organist for more than 32 years.

During the service, a 330-page book titled “Methodism From Epworth to Bethel,” written by Betty Willard, a member of the congregation, was presented to Schol.

After the service, the congregation enjoyed a dinner catered by Mountain Gate Restaurant.

After 175 years, the original congregation of 17 has grown to 237 members.

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