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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 7, 2012
When the church now known as Salem Reformed Church began 265 years ago this month, the church building served not only as a place of worship, but as a school and fort, Pastor Stephen Wagoner said. Built a few years before the start of the French and Indian War, the original log cabin church had catwalks and rifle slits to defend against Indian raids, Wagoner said this past week. “Salem's first pastor's wife slept in a tree some nights, for fear of Indian raids,” Wagoner told parishioners during his Sunday sermon.
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BY RICHARD F. BELISLE | March 4, 2002
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The new ceiling is up at Trinity United Church of Christ. But the 1,200 pipes in the Moller organ still have to be taken out and cleaned, new carpeting has to be installed and the pews, altar, pulpit and lectern have to be redone before the church is ready for services again. "We're ahead of schedule," said The Rev. James Williams, who with his wife, Linda, is pastor of the church at 30 W. North St. At 4 p.m. on July 31, 2001, the church ceiling collapsed in a roar, crashing down on an empty sanctuary less than an hour after the church organist had left the building.
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by MARLO BARNHART | October 12, 2006
HANCOCK - Mary Lou Souders' decision to close the Hancock Block Company and Hardware Store after 20 years at its present location wasn't as hard as she thought it would be. "I feel the business is running me instead of me running it," she said. "I have no time to myself. " The business at 130 Pennsylvania Ave. is open six days a week, 11 hours a day. While the hours are normally 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Souders said it wasn't unusual for her to still be in the store at 10 p.m. Efforts to sell the business were unsuccessful.
NEWS
June 18, 2002
Martinsburg to celebrate West Virginia Day MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Main Street Martinsburg Inc. will celebrate West Virginia Day on Thursday on the square in downtown Martinsburg. The all-day celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a live radio broadcast remote by WRNR. Throughout the day, downtown businesses will conduct sidewalk sales, while area quilters and other artisans will demonstrate and sell their crafts. Local historian Don Wood will host a two-hour historic walking tour of downtown Martinsburg beginning at 10 a.m. The tour will begin at the Belle Boyd House.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | June 12, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Undated photographs displayed under glass at Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church show two entrances to a brick, one-room church nestled among tall trees. The interior shots have captured the brick floor, stairs to a raised pulpit and a pair of black stoves. It's not difficult for visitors to imagine the church as it appeared centuries ago in those photographs, considering little has changed. Built in 1794, the church today hosts just one day of services annually compared to the weekly, daylong services held in the 18th century.
NEWS
July 28, 2007
Lions Club Community Park, Mercersburg, Pa., the 17th annual Southern gospel hymn sing will be held today from 4 to 9 p.m. Groups will include the Winebrenner family, Abe Shirk, The Gospel Strings, The Gospel Trails and the Camp family. Bring lawn chairs. Chambersburg (Pa.) First Church of God, 339 Lincoln Way East, Duncan Holmes will be in concert this Sunday at 7 p.m. Blind since birth, Holmes travels with his guide dog, Lucky. Hagerstown City Park free summer concerts, every Wednesday, there will be concerts in the band shell beginning at 7 p.m. On Aug. 1, Down Home Gospel Singers will be in concert.
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by PEPPER BALLARD | October 6, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com With a worn wooden cross behind him, Robert Higman, dressed in a period black bow tie and vest, nervously led his first service Sunday for the congregation of the Beaver Creek Christian Church, which listened from pews draped in country quilts. It was an unusual sight for the Hagerstown-area church, not only for the more than 100 members who attended the morning service, but also for Higman, the church's board chairman, who took the podium in place of Beaver Creek's minister Sunday in a service reminiscent of the church's first days.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | June 14, 2004
bonnieb@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church stands on a hill in a peaceful, wooded area four miles north of Chambersburg in Letterkenny Township. The brick church, built in 1794, has not had an active congregation in more than 100 years. Its gated pews of unfinished wood with shoulder-high backs and flat seats are empty most of the time. But one Sunday a year, it is filled with worshippers singing, praying and enjoying the austere beauty of the huge arched windows and cream plaster walls with white and dark gray trim.
NEWS
by LAURA ERNDE | June 22, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, churches across the country reported an increase in attendance as people sought spiritual solace during troubling times. Local religious leaders say if there was a boost here it was only temporary. Attendance has remained steady at many area houses of worship, but only a few are experiencing substantial growth. "My colleagues and I are seeing a boom in housing, but I'm not sure anyone is reporting a direct effect in the pews," said Ed Heim, pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.
NEWS
by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | December 21, 2003
bonnieb@herald-mail.com SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Walking through Tiny World on a cold evening a few days before Christmas is an other-worldly experience. The visitor feels far removed from the stresses of the modern holiday season. The 22 buildings in the miniature village are landscaped, lighted and furnished. Walking on interconnecting dirt paths, visitors can peer into a well-stocked general store, an old-fashioned Texaco station, a log cabin and barn, and many other structures.
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October 16, 2012
James Edward DePew, 58, of Bunker Hill, W.Va., died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at home. Family will receive friends Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. prior the service at South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood, W.Va. The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Pastor Jack Wampler officiating. Burial will be in Shenandoah Memorial Gardens in Winchester, Va.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 7, 2012
When the church now known as Salem Reformed Church began 265 years ago this month, the church building served not only as a place of worship, but as a school and fort, Pastor Stephen Wagoner said. Built a few years before the start of the French and Indian War, the original log cabin church had catwalks and rifle slits to defend against Indian raids, Wagoner said this past week. “Salem's first pastor's wife slept in a tree some nights, for fear of Indian raids,” Wagoner told parishioners during his Sunday sermon.
NEWS
By CHRIS COPLEY | October 17, 2009
You have to give Jonathan Richard Cring credit. The singer, songwriter and screenwriter has been on tour nearly 300 days, bringing original music and humor to an audience that Cring said is hurting for fresh material. His audience? Small-town churches. "I think people have abandoned the church as a center of creativity. We're bringing back a wave of that," Cring said this week by phone from central Pennsylvania. "We're trying to bring the blending of inspiration and entertainment.
NEWS
July 28, 2007
Lions Club Community Park, Mercersburg, Pa., the 17th annual Southern gospel hymn sing will be held today from 4 to 9 p.m. Groups will include the Winebrenner family, Abe Shirk, The Gospel Strings, The Gospel Trails and the Camp family. Bring lawn chairs. Chambersburg (Pa.) First Church of God, 339 Lincoln Way East, Duncan Holmes will be in concert this Sunday at 7 p.m. Blind since birth, Holmes travels with his guide dog, Lucky. Hagerstown City Park free summer concerts, every Wednesday, there will be concerts in the band shell beginning at 7 p.m. On Aug. 1, Down Home Gospel Singers will be in concert.
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by JENNIFER FITCH | December 4, 2006
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - More than 100 people filled the pews in Harbaugh Reformed Church on Sunday for the Waynesboro Historical Society's annual Christmas Candlelight Service. "This is as many as we've ever had," event organizer Mary Jane Weagly said. "People come from all over the area. " With nearly every seat filled, several people stood in the back of the sanctuary while the rector of Waynesboro's St. Mary's Episcopal Church delivered a message and a bell choir from Rouzerville United Methodist Church led hymns and carols.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | October 12, 2006
HANCOCK - Mary Lou Souders' decision to close the Hancock Block Company and Hardware Store after 20 years at its present location wasn't as hard as she thought it would be. "I feel the business is running me instead of me running it," she said. "I have no time to myself. " The business at 130 Pennsylvania Ave. is open six days a week, 11 hours a day. While the hours are normally 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Souders said it wasn't unusual for her to still be in the store at 10 p.m. Efforts to sell the business were unsuccessful.
NEWS
by JENNIFER FITCH | June 12, 2006
CHAMBERSBURG, PA. Undated photographs displayed under glass at Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church show two entrances to a brick, one-room church nestled among tall trees. The interior shots have captured the brick floor, stairs to a raised pulpit and a pair of black stoves. It's not difficult for visitors to imagine the church as it appeared centuries ago in those photographs, considering little has changed. Built in 1794, the church today hosts just one day of services annually compared to the weekly, daylong services held in the 18th century.
NEWS
by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | June 14, 2004
bonnieb@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Rocky Spring Presbyterian Church stands on a hill in a peaceful, wooded area four miles north of Chambersburg in Letterkenny Township. The brick church, built in 1794, has not had an active congregation in more than 100 years. Its gated pews of unfinished wood with shoulder-high backs and flat seats are empty most of the time. But one Sunday a year, it is filled with worshippers singing, praying and enjoying the austere beauty of the huge arched windows and cream plaster walls with white and dark gray trim.
NEWS
by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | December 21, 2003
bonnieb@herald-mail.com SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Walking through Tiny World on a cold evening a few days before Christmas is an other-worldly experience. The visitor feels far removed from the stresses of the modern holiday season. The 22 buildings in the miniature village are landscaped, lighted and furnished. Walking on interconnecting dirt paths, visitors can peer into a well-stocked general store, an old-fashioned Texaco station, a log cabin and barn, and many other structures.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | October 6, 2003
pepperb@herald-mail.com With a worn wooden cross behind him, Robert Higman, dressed in a period black bow tie and vest, nervously led his first service Sunday for the congregation of the Beaver Creek Christian Church, which listened from pews draped in country quilts. It was an unusual sight for the Hagerstown-area church, not only for the more than 100 members who attended the morning service, but also for Higman, the church's board chairman, who took the podium in place of Beaver Creek's minister Sunday in a service reminiscent of the church's first days.
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