Church’s 325th an­niver­sary stud­ies un­cover state his­tory

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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 pfi­stick@mail.com. 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.

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