Baldwin UMC breaks ground on new church building
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— Less than a year after a fire destroyed its church building, Baldwin United Methodist Church held a ground breaking ceremony on Sunday to celebrate a new start.
“We’re celebrating the beginning of our construction of our new church,” said The Rev. Charles Rossiter, pastor of the church. “We’re just here to celebrate this and do a ser vice and bless the land.”
A passerby first reported
the church fire at around 4: 25 a. m. Dec. 6, 2015. The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal ruled that the fire, which left $ 800,000 in damage, was arson, though no one has been charged yet.
Rossiter noted that construction on the building began about three weeks ago under the direction of Nowland Associates, a Newark, Del.- based general contractor. Rossiter said the foundation was saved during demolition in April.
“We’re building on the old foundation, it’s more of a reconstruction,” he explained.
The church, which was built in 1967, was a complete loss and the congregation has been worshiping at Singerly Fire Company in Elkton since then.
“They have been more than a blessing to us,” Rossiter said of Singerly.
Patricia Bernal, trustee of the church, said the fire company has been a blessing to the congregation.
“Singerly has been so
gracious during this humbling time,” she said. “They have continued to love and support us.”
During the service, Tim Beardsley, pastor with Wesley United Methodist Church, presented a monetary donation from the local baptist church.
“We’re thankful and blessed that we have people who care,” Bernal said.
Other churches in the county and as well as in other locations have continued to show their love and support, Bernal said.
“We are grateful to our faith- based community, where they reach out to us in a loving and supportive manner,” Bernal said.
Rossiter said the dedication of the new building is scheduled for Easter Sunday, which falls on April 16.
To raise money for the new building, a spaghetti dinner and silent auction is scheduled for Nov. 19 from 4 to 7 p. m. at Moore’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 392 Blake Road near Fair Hill. Tickets are $ 10 per person.
To purchase tickets in advance, contact Bernal at 443- 945- 0889.
Rev. Charles Rossiter leads the ground breaking service for Baldwin United Methodist Church on Sunday.
Melinda Milburn Palmeri, Ilene Milburn and Jay Milburn of Milburn Orchards accept the I Love Cecil award Friday night.
Rev. Charles Rossiter speaks during a ground breaking ceremony on Sunday as Baldwin UMC prepares to rebuild following an arson fire last December.