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Choral Arts Society is seeking new members


THE CHORAL ARTS Society of Carroll County began its 20th season this month.

"We're trying to get people who drifted away [to return], and new members," said Pat Rouzer, board member and past president. "We will be rehearsing every Sunday at 3 p.m. at Westminster United Methodist Church. We need all voice parts. We prefer folks that can read music, but it's not a requirement."

The Choral Arts Society has several performances planned. The first will be Verdi's "Requiem" at 3 p.m. Nov. 9 at Big Baker Chapel at Western Maryland College.

"We will join with the Georgetown University Chorus and their orchestra for this performance," Rouzer said.

On Dec. 19, the group will perform the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" at Westminster United Methodist Church.

New members must pay a $25 registration fee, which covers the music for "Requiem" and other costs. High school and college students must pay $10.

Information: 410-374-3026; or Rouzer, 410-840-9220.

Church celebrates 200th

"Where bigger isn't always better" is the slogan at Jerusalem Lutheran Church on Bachman Valley Road.

One could add, in light of the Westminster church's bicentennial, that younger isn't always better, either.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, the church will hold a service marking its 200th anniversary.

Member Rachael Wentz said the program will feature church officials and a former pastor, as well as entertainment, including the musical voices of Marlin Hoff and Gary and Linette Gates.

Two centuries ago, the German Lutheran and Presbyterian congregations purchased 52 acres from Joseph Mathias of Halls Rainge and John Bauer of Cold Friday (a farm) to establish a house of worship. The deed was recorded in Frederick County. (Carroll County had not been formed yet.) The purchase price was 5 shillings.

The original structure was log, and bore the inscription "Jerusalem's Gemeinschaeftlich Kirch" -- which translates as: "Jerusalem's Community Church" -- followed by dates of the start of construction (1797) and completion (1811). The Presbyterian congregation later became the Reformed Congregation. The congregations shared the building and maintenance of the property.

The Lutheran and Reformed congregations became known as the Union Church, and continued their partnership until 1969. The congregations then became Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

"We are just a little country church with a small congregation," Wentz said. "We are successful, which we feel is an accomplishment for this day and generation."

State Del. Joe Getty, who represents Carroll County, will attend the morning service to present a proclamation from the state. Church members will present a history and memory book.

The service is open to the public. A social hour will follow the service. The church is at 1372 Bachmans Valley Road, just off Route 97 North.

Chick-Fil-A Night

On the evening of Sept. 20, a portion of the proceeds from all sales made at Chick-Fil-A at Cranberry Mall will go toward the goals of the Westminster High School Class of 1999.

Pub Date: 9/08/97

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