2009-05-14 / Church News

Tonoloway Memorial Service Set For May 17

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Cemetery Association's annual memorial service will be held this Sunday, May 17, at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church near Warfordsburg, Pa.

Guest speaker for the 2:30 p.m. service is Rev. Duane Jensen, pastor of the Hancock United Methodist Church.

Also included in the order of worship are the Methodist Church's bell choir and singing under the direction of music coordinator Barbara Suffecool.

Organized in 1752, Tonoloway is Fulton County's oldest church and the 10th Baptist church established by British Baptists in colonial America. Its cemetery is one of the most historic in the tristate area. Rev. Joseph Powell, a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions and minister at Tonoloway in the 18th century, is buried there, and so is John Mellott, forefather of Fulton County's many Mellotts.

A nonprofit corporation, the cemetery association was set up to care for and manage the graveyard that still is in use at Tonoloway. Money to cover the cemetery assocition's operating budget comes from an annual fund drive, growth of the association's trust fund and grave lot sales. Money that is raised goes to maintain the cemetery, replace equipment as needed, straighten tombstones, fill sunken graves and reclamtion of ground for new grave lots.

Association treasurer Effie Ward of Hancock, Md., said Sunday's offering will go toward the continued upkeep of Tonoloway's historic cemetery.

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is located on Thompson Road (Route 655) just a few miles north of Hancock.

Donations to the cemetery association can also be made to Effie Ward, 211 Maryland Ave., Hancock, MD 21750.

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