Carroll County Times

Winfield church plans celebration

Joyce Davis and daughter-in-law Joanne Davis look at old photos on a 125th-anniversary bulletin board of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Winfield. The wooden cross on the bulletin board was made by church member Edwin Bennett from oak trees that stood on the property some years ago. The church will celebrate 125 years of worship in the Woodbine Road sanctuary on Sept. 29.

On Sept. 29, Ebenezer United Methodist Church will have a 125th-anniversary celebration of worshiping in the ancient Greek-style, whitewashed brick sanctuary at 4901 Woodbine Road, Winfield.

"The anniversary celebration will be part of a year of honoring our past, celebrating today and charting the course for future generations," said the Rev. Judith A. Emerson, Ebenezer pastor since 2006.


The day will begin with Sunday school at 9 a.m., followed by a worship service at 10 a.m. that will include the children's choir, former pastors and a brief history of the church.

Child care will be provided from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. by volunteers from nearby Taylorsville United Methodist Church.


Immediately following worship, the congregation will be asked to go outside, weather permitting, or stay inside in event of inclement weather, for a group photo.

Afterward, a picnic-style fried chicken lunch will be catered by Salerno's Restaurant. Tickets for the lunch must be purchased by Sept. 22; they cost $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12.

After lunch, there will be time for fellowship and to see displays of photographs highlighting events through Ebenezer's history, which goes back to about 1811 for the congregation. The contents of a time capsule also will be displayed.

The congregation will return to the sanctuary at 12:30 p.m. for a program of hymns, a video show of Ebenezer's history and Benediction.

The Woodbine Road sanctuary is the third church in which the congregation has worshipped. It replaced, in 1888, a smaller barrack-style church that had been erected where the cemetery now is.

"I think the celebration is going to bring the congregation closer than it already is," said Bob Davis, 125th Anniversary Committee chairman and longtime member. "The church is already friendly and welcoming, and this will just make it more so."

The Davis family has three generations that attend Ebenezer. "So many people go back so far in the church and have a history with the church," said Joyce Davis, Bob's wife. "My dad attended here for 10 years when he was young, and our children and grandchildren are here, and there are many families like that."

The community, and especially anyone with any connection to Ebenezer, is being encouraged to attend this special celebration.


The 125th Anniversary Committee also is selling several items of memorabilia in conjunction with the celebration.

An anniversary cookbook, featuring almost 350 recipes from church members, is available for $15.

A handmade wooden church replica, with a photo of the south side of the church and social hall, is being sold for $10.

Special commemorative wooden baskets, with a laser-engraved picture of the church on top, are $50.

To order lunch tickets or purchase any of the commemorative items, call the church office at 410-795-6136 or e-mail


. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.