Two Silver Run churches that started as one church in the 1700s will come together this year, with Christmas events to be held on the same day.
It was in the spring of 1762 that a log building erected on a 15-acre lot in Silver Run became the home of two German congregations who shared the building for almost 60 years — until a second building was erected in 1821 and the congregations split. How fitting it is for the two churches to once again share customers and friends when they each hold Christmas events on Saturday, Dec. 8.
On that Saturday, St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar and Luncheon at the church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with crafts and Christmas-themed items for sale, a silent auction and baked goods. Next door, at St. Mary’s United Church of Christ, the 4th Annual Cookie Walk will offer an opportunity to stock up on Christmas cookies from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., or until they run out.
“People can get their holiday cookies at [St. Mary’s United Church of Christ], and then come to [St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran Church] for more baked goods, and a meal, and to check our crafts and the Silent Auction,” said Jim Crist, chairman of the outreach committee at the Lutheran church.
There will be lots of fun gift items offered for sale at the Lutheran Church, including handmade craft items like wreaths, potato zapper bags, soup bowl cozies, hanging tea towels, Christmas and winter themed door stoppers, and handmade Christmas ornaments.
The Lutheran Church celebration includes a silent auction with 31 items for kids and adults, including some themed baskets. Crist said some baskets include Garfield, Star Wars, and a McCormick Basket of spices. There’s also a large handmade doll house, gift cards, a dog bed full of dog items, Longaberger items, a small decorated Christmas tree, Pampered Chef and a basket just for kids.
The bake sale table at the Lutheran church will sell cookies by the dozen, homemade fruit cakes, coffee cakes, candies, and small fruit breads. Crist said shoppers may enjoy lunch as well. Items offered for sale in the kitchen will include homemade chicken corn soup, BBQ sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, snacks, desserts and beverages.
“Come enjoy some stress-free Christmas shopping, eating and fellowship time,” Crist said. “Reach out to your neighbor in need by bringing non-perishable food items for the Silver Run Community Food Pantry.”
After shopping at the Lutheran church, Crist recommended folks head next door to the United Church of Christ.
Debbie Hahn at the United Church of Christ spoke about the Cookie Walk and all they will offer on this day.
“Last year we sold out again in record time [about an hour and a half] and found people were more interested in cookies than the large selection of other baked goods we offered,” she said. “So, this year, the focus is cookies, cookies, cookies with maybe a few other goodies but mostly cookies! We also have a few other surprises including Santa's Workshop, a raffle, door prizes, hot beverages, and beautiful live music in the sanctuary.”
At the cookie walk, visitors can enjoy a hot beverage with Santa while filling a container with their favorite cookie varieties. Over a dozen flavors will be offered and shoppers can mix and match with two containers sizes available for $10 or $14.
“Our volunteer bakers are preparing many varieties of cookies for display during the walk,” Hahn said. “That includes such choices as Russian tea cakes, spritz, ginger crinkles, peanut butter cup surprise, chocolate dipped coconut macaroons, snickerdoodles, raspberry thumbprints, chocolate chip, oatmeal-craisin-white chocolate, pumpkin chocolate chip, sugar, cinnamon oatmeal, chocolate jubilees, pistachio cranberry, cherry winks, malted milk, and many more cookies.”
Santa’s Gift Shop at the United Church of Christ will have small gift items for teachers, family members and others, including coffee mugs filled with candies, hot chocolate spoons, mini spa gifts, small holiday kitchen gifts, cookbooks and more, and there is a raffle as well.
“You can enter a raffle to win a beautiful holiday basket that includes a $25 Gift Certificate to Brewer’s Market, holiday placemats, tablecloth, napkins, cheeseboard and spreader, coffee mugs and coffee, snowman salt and pepper shakers, wine topper, candle, and other goodies to use during the holidays,” Hahn said.
According to Hahn, the cookie walk will be bittersweet this year because of the loss of church member, Nancy Dutterer.
“She had such a good time baking and participating in this event each year,” Hahn said. “Her enthusiasm was contagious, and she enjoyed meeting and greeting visitors, family, and friends.”
Both churches are collecting items for the Silver Run Community Food Pantry. Those who bring non-perishable food items to the UCC church will be included in a special raffle for a holiday basket of goodies. There is also a cart inside Brewers Market in Silver Run to drop your food pantry donations.
Crist said the Silver Run Community Food Pantry is especially in need of these items: peanut butter; tuna fish; Spam; canned chicken; soups, fruits, vegetables and cereals.
For more information about the Christmas event at St. Mary’s Lutheran Church call the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays or Fridays at 410-346-7146 or email email@example.com. They are located at 3978 Littlestown Pike, (on the corner of Littlestown Pike and Mayberry Road).
For more information about the Christmas event at St. Mary’s United Church of Christ, call the church at 410-346-7977. They are located at 1441 E. Mayberry Road (behind the Lutheran church).