Bible Church breaks ground for new addition

February 22, 2013|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville
  • Sharpsburg Bible Church held a groundbreaking Feb. 3 for its new addition. From left, Elder Bob Milburn, Alice Swartz (oldest member at age 91), Kathy Muck (Alice's daughter), retired Pastor Ralph Jamison, retired Pastor Harold Ebersole, Elder Gary Nunamaker and Pastor Gene Renner.
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Members of the 140-year-old Sharpsburg Bible Church on Antietam Street in Sharpsburg broke ground Feb. 3 for a new addition to the present church building that was first used 32 years ago.

After the regular Sunday morning church service, the congregation stepped outside, and in the cold and snow listened to Pastor Gene Renner’s words from the Bible and retired Pastor Ralph Jamison’s prayers.

The congregation sang the hymn “To God Be the Glory” without instrumental accompaniment. Pastor Gene asked all to remember the power of God who has allowed this growth and reminded the congregation that the church will serve God, love God and teach God.

Soil in the shape of a cross had already been loosened to make digging easier in the frozen ground. The first shovelfuls were removed by the pastor, the elders and the oldest member, 91-year-old Alice Swartz.

Megan Broadwater represented the youth.  Renner has served as minister of the church for 36 years, including four years at the old building.


Lions to sell ham sandwiches

The Sharpsburg Lions Club will sell country ham sandwiches for $2 each Thursday, March 7. Orders must be called in to 240-469-4674 by Sunday evening, March 3. The sandwiches will be delivered Friday, March 8.

Church to sell chocolate eggs

Christ Reformed United Church of Christ in Sharpsburg is selling homemade chocolate peanut butter and coconut Easter eggs for 50 cents each.

To order, call 301-432-6314.

St. Mark’s sponsors caregivers’ lunch

Are you a caregiver for a parent or other family member? St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Road, will begin a monthly caregiver’s lunch for support and fellowship. The first meeting is Sunday, March 10, at 12:45 p.m. in the Boyd Cook Room of the Fellowship Center. Bring a bag lunch and stories to share.

Fire company to hold potpie dinner Saturday

Potomac Valley Fire Company in Dargan, seven miles south of Sharpsburg on Harpers Ferry Road, will hold an all-you-can-eat potpie dinner at the fire hall Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.

Tickets cost $8 per person. Children eat free.

The menu includes chicken, beef and ham potpie, coleslaw, homemade rolls, iced tea and coffee.

Scouts to hold open house

Boonsboro Troop 20 of the Boy Scouts of America will hold an open house Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Scout House in Shafer Park in Boonsboro.

See a camp layout demonstration and enjoy traditional “Scout Eats” of campfire beans and dogs on a stick. If it’s cold, hot chocolate seill be served. A balloon animals activity will be part of the festivities.

For more information, call Call 301-660-1732.

Whitehair to speak to Confederate Veterans

C.W. Whitehair will speak at the meeting of the Battle of Sharpsburg Camp 1582, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Sharpsburg Town Hall, 106 E. Main St.

Whitehair will talk about his ancestor who fought in the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

 The meeting is free and open to the public. 

For more information, call Camp Commander Michael Wasiljov at 301-992-3122 or send an email to

Center offers activities for seniors

Manager Martha Drennen will present a class titled “Make Half of your Grains Whole” Monday, March 4, at the Southeastern senior site in Keedysville.

Sandy Ferris will conduct exercise classes Wednesday and Marcia Davies will lead exercise classes Fridays.

The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call Martha Drennen at 301-432-5624.

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