Solley United Methodist celebrating 125 years


SOLLEY UNITED Methodist Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary with events over the next few months.

The Rev. Ed Schell, director of Lovely Lane Methodist Church Museum in Baltimore, will speak at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. Schell was pastor of Arundel Cove United Methodist Church when it merged with Solley in 1970. The state bought Arundel Cove's property to extend the Beltway through Curtis Bay to build the Key Bridge.

After the service, pictures and other historical memorabilia, including church cornerstones, will be on display.

Solley United Methodist grew from Marley Methodist Protestant Church. Records show that the congregation of that church held a cornerstone-laying ceremony Sept. 30, 1873, on Marley Neck Road.

That church was destroyed in a fire shortly after it was dedicated and was quickly rebuilt by the congregation. The second church was heated by two pot-bellied stoves and illuminated by kerosene lamps. The cemetery the congregation established is still maintained.

In 1945, the congregation moved about a mile away, to a newly constructed masonry building, and was renamed Solley Methodist Church.

The congregation will honor veterans, especially those of World War II, at its 11 a.m. service May 24. Catherine Bellinger, church spokeswoman, said a plaque, originally dedicated to World War II veterans, has been updated to include several names that had been missing and will be rededicated at that service.

"We are also inviting current or former service men and women to this special service to stand up and be honored," Bellinger said.

Information: 410-360-0188.

Discovery Night

The enrichment program at George Fox Middle School on Outing Avenue is sponsoring a Discovery Night from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday night.

"Current George Fox students and their families, Fox alumni and fifth-grade students from our feeder elementary schools and their families are invited to attend," said teacher Bonnie Schupp.

The showcase will feature a variety of student projects. Some focus on the Chesapeake Bay and feature Web pages, electric quiz games and photo displays. The fine arts projects feature student art, performances by the select chorus and original student plays and puppet shows.

Information: 410-437-5514.

Dinner dance tomorrow

Pasadena American Legion Post 277 Auxiliary will play host to a dinner dance from 8 p.m. to midnight tomorrow at the post home on Carbide Road.

Admission is $10 and includes a roast beef dinner, beer and setups.

Two disc jockeys will provide music.

Proceeds will go to the Girls State program, sponsored by the American Legion.

Information: 410-360-0800.

Pub Date: 5/15/98

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