HERE IT IS, the countdown to the end of 1999.
Imagine how people felt 100 years ago, when they were waiting for the 19th century to turn to the 20th. It's a feeling Piney Creek Church of the Brethren members will try to capture this weekend when the church celebrates its centennial.
Some men are growing beards, and others will dress in period clothing from the late 19th century. Quilted banners depicting the church, then and now, were crafted by members Diane Hall and Dorothy Barnes.
A buggy will be on the grounds for photo opportunities. Festivities will include music, sermons by returning ministers, a children's program, and a Sunday afternoon reception featuring a huge cake made and decorated by church member Jan Meier.
All events and services will be at the church at 4699 Teeter Road in Taneytown.
Church member Lloyd Bowers remembers when men sat on one side of the church and women on the other during worship services, and when ministers and parents were very strict.
This won't be the case this weekend, when all members -- men, women and families -- will fully participate in a lively celebration.
"We're very small [about 130 members], but like family," said Mary Lou Pletcher, a church member in charge of publicity for the weekend. "Everyone's pitching in and helping for the event."
The anniversary kicks off at 6: 30 p.m. Saturday when the Piney Creek Players and Westminster folk singers perform a concert and skit. The folk singers are from the Westminster Church of the Brethren; the Piney Creek Players are members of the church who like to act.
Their founding member, Mildred Grimley, wife of a former Piney Creek pastor, the late John Grimley, will be on hand to participate in the dramas performed by players Lou Waltz, Terri Haine, Jesse Haine, Katie Baker, Evan Dinterman, Dennis Robinson Jr., Dennis Robinson Sr., Bonnie Hart, Tim Baumgardner, Rebecca Sell, Cindy Sell, Wayne Hall and Carolyn Wiles.
Returning ministers will give the sermons at several services. The Rev. John Layman will preach at 10: 15 a.m. Sunday after a children's service at 9 a.m, and before a service at 2 p.m.
Other ministers who will return for the program are Dale Dinterman, Lerry Fogle, Warren Eshbach, John Harpold and David Black. The present minister is Wayne Hall.
Sundae Sunday at Messiah
It's not over till it's over -- the unrelenting heat and humidity of the summer.
Messiah Methodist Church, 25 Middle St. in Taneytown, invites you to cool off at an ice cream social at the church after the 10: 15 a.m. worship service Sunday.
The "Sunday Sundae with God" lets you meet and greet members of the church while you create your own ice cream treat.
We've read about the idea for years: to merge the strengths of businesses with the excitement of learning in our local schools.
The idea is that business-education partnerships would strengthen the schools with money and personal involvement and give business owners a stake in local education.
Taneytown Elementary School has begun such a program, where community business owners and individuals can become mentors, volunteer in a classroom, adopt a classroom, participate in career week, or make a donation to the computer fund.
If you'd like to become involved in this effort, call Betty McDermott at 410-751-3260.
Last week's column featured the mission of the Interfaith Medical Assistance program administered through the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor.
Several volunteers from the area were working in the warehouse, sorting medical supplies on the day I visited, but many more volunteer over the course of the year.
They include Imogene and Fred Gosnell, Velma Bowman, Roger Roop, Olive Roop, Lyle Stutzman and June Stutzman.
Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.
Pub Date: 9/16/99