Bald­win UMC breaks ground on new church build­ing

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By BRI­ANNA SHEA

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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

ELK MILLS

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Rev. Charles Ros­siter leads the ground break­ing ser­vice for Bald­win United Methodist Church on Sun­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

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CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Rev. Charles Ros­siter speaks dur­ing a ground break­ing cer­e­mony on Sun­day as Bald­win UMC pre­pares to re­build fol­low­ing an ar­son fire last De­cem­ber.

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