Church’s 325th anniversary studies uncover state history
The research going into All Faith Episcopal Church’s preparations for its 325th anniversary celebration later this month, and for a related commemorative booklet, has revealed a history that committee members feel has been underappreciated, and warrants greater recognition.
“We’ve been working two years on it, especially the book,” Bob Fistick, co-chair of the anniversary committee, said this week.
The church, located at 38885 New Market Turner Road in the Huntersville community near Mechanicsville, will host an open house and homecoming service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24. The founding of All Faith Parish dates back to 1692, and the church remains at the site where an original log structure was built in 1655. The current Georgian, Flemish bond brick structure was built in 1767.
“This is a very, very important church in the history of Maryland,” Fistick said. “We found a lot of information that nobody [previously] bothered to.”
The church’s history includes recognition of the original structure as the parish church at Huntersville, named “All Faith.” Research indicates that the name “All Faith” was originally “Allfaiths” because it was the only building set aside in the Resurrection Hundred community for religious worship, and multiple religious faiths used it. Most of its ancient records have been preserved, including a first entry related to the establishment of the parish by the colonial legislature of Maryland.
Fistick said that the additional findings from the anniversary project research warrant consideration by the state, specifically toward putting up more historical markers in recognition of the church and other nearby sites.
“We’ve got a big story to tell here,” he said. “The people in those places had a lot to do with the history of Maryland.”
The Sept. 24 event will feature a church history service followed by a reception in the parish hall with displays of historic artifacts, scrapbooks and refreshments.
The commemorative booklet, available for purchase at the event, features the history, architecture, rectors and families of the All Faith Church and Parish since 1655. The booklet describes the relationships of the colonial land grant plantations along the Patuxent River, including The Plains, Trent Neck, Cremona, De La Brooke Manor and Sotterley, and their significance in the development of All Faith Parish. The booklet also features the stories of the five Chapels of Ease of All Faith Parish, including Four Mile Run Church at Sandy Bottom, the Old Red Church at Laurel Grove, St. Faith Church at Mechanicsville, St. Mary’s Church at Charlotte Hall, and Dent Memorial Chapel at Charlotte Hall Military Academy, where the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home is now located.
Local residents who have photographs of weddings or baptisms, or memories of attending services at the church are encouraged to share their materials with All Faith Church by contacting Pat Fistick, the anniversary committee’s chairperson, by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Sept. 24 event, call the church at 301-884-3773, or go online to www.allfaithchurch.com.
Get barbecue this weekend in Avenue
American Legion Post 221 is serving up pork loin, sliced roast beef and barbecue beef sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17, at its building at 21690 Colton’s Point Road in Avenue. For information on more post events, go online to http://alpost221.webs.com/apps/calendar or call 301-884-4071.
Sunday softball to benefit hospice
Teams from the Hollywood Moose Lodge and St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office will compete in a charity softball tournament at 1 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 17, at Tippett’s ballfield off Route 235 north of Hollywood. Proceeds from the event will raise funds for the Callaway Hospice House. There will be 50/50 raffles and food sales. After the game, everyone is invited back to the Hollywood Moose Lodge on Mervell Dean Road.
Helping pursue ‘a more perfect union’
The Judge William O.E. Sterling/Constitution Day Lecture to be held at 4:45 p.m. next Tuesday, Sept. 19, in Cole Cinema at the Campus Center of St. Mary’s College of Maryland will review progress toward the U.S. Constitution’s call for creating “a more perfect union.”
Linda R. Monk, affectionately nicknamed “The Constitution Lady,” is a constitutional scholar, journalist and award-winning author, and her talk will explore how well the document written 230 years ago continues to guide a fractured modern republic. The principles that underlie the success of the world’s oldest written national constitution also will be discussed, along with the stories of the Americans who sought to expand the definition of “We the People,” from the Cherokee Nation to Frederick Douglass to Susan B. Anthony. James Madison framed this dilemma in Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Monk twice received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for law-related media. Her books include “The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution” and “The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide.” For more than 25 years, Monk has written commentary for newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and Huffington Post. In addition, she has appeared on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and NPR. She also served as a visiting scholar for the National Constitution Center in 2003.
Va. trio to perform Sept. 22 in Chaptico
Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance will present Cedar Run live in concert on Friday, Sept. 22, at Christ Episcopal Church’s parish hall in Chaptico.
The folk trio of Judy Moss, Curt Moss and Dave Caouette from Fredericksburg, Va., features their performances on Appalachian dulcimers and a host of other instruments. Their repertoire includes unique arrangements and adaptations of traditional songs, as well as their own creations.
The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, go online to www. smtmd.org.
Dispose of old medicines at the fair
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office command post at next week’s St. Mary’s County Fair, from Sept. 21 to 24, will include boxes where visitors can drop off their unwanted medications.
The take-back effort helps ensure that medications in the community are disposed of properly. Proper disposal of prescription medications helps protect individuals, families and the environment. Proper disposal helps avoid health problems that occur from accidentally taking the wrong medicine.