Sharpsburg Bible Church celebrates 140th anniversary

September 06, 2012
  • The church's altar was decorated in red, white and blue flower arrangements with flags from both sides of the Civil War.
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SHARPSBURG — The church with the blue cross. That is how many people think of Sharpsburg Bible Church, on the corner of Antietam and Potomac streets in Sharpsburg.

On May 20, Sharpsburg Bible Church celebrated its 140th anniversary. The church was built in 1872 on North Potomac Street. At that time there were two doors to enter, one for women, and one for men.

In 1938, a second location was built at 125 W. Main St. In 1981, the church moved again, this time to its current location.

During the church’s celebration this year, the congregation was welcomed by both members and the pastors.

The altar was decorated in red, white and blue artificial flower arrangements, with Civil War flags from both sides of the war. Today, church members continue to remember the military in prayer. There are currently two members who are serving in Afghanistan.

The Rev. Gene Renner, who has been pastor since 1977, gave the sermon for the celebration. In his sermon, he advised members to do a spiritual check-up by asking, “What am I doing for God?”


Prayers were lead by several men from the congregation, some of whom are retired ministers.

For the celebration, there was a chapel choir during which no microphones or robes were used. Nancy Cenavalo played accordion. To reflect the anniversary, members dressed in historical clothing.

After the service, the church hosted a meal that was cooked by ladies of the church.

Sharpsburg Bible Church hosts Sunday school at 9:30 a.m., worship service at 10:30 a.m. and evening service at 6 p.m. Wednesday service is at 6 p.m. The church also has an active youth group.

For more information about Sharpsburg Bible Church, call 301-432-5309 or go to

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