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St. Mark's, 'the church on the corner,' celebrates 125th anniversary

St. Mark's, 'the church on the corner,' celebrates 125th anniversary

The weekend of Oct. 17 will feature an anniversary celebration of one of Laurel's oldest churches — St. Mark's United Methodist Church.There is much to celebrate.

For 125 years, St. Mark's has served as the "most important part of the community" to the residents of the Grove, Laurel's traditional African-American section of the town, according to church historian Sandra Johnson. Cynthia Whitfield, who chairs the anniversary committee, said St. Mark's provides a "strong foundation to serve the Lord" for its congregants and "instills good morals and values in children."

Parishioners tend to be life-long members of the church, and later...

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