2009-09-24 / Church News

Friends Of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church To Hold Fall Service

David Gingerich leads the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Choir during last year's fall service at Tonoloway. The Bible Institute Choir will perform again at this year's service. David Gingerich leads the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Choir during last year's fall service at Tonoloway. The Bible Institute Choir will perform again at this year's service. SPECIAL TO THE NEWS

The Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church will be a service Sunday, Oct. 4, at the historic Tonoloway church near Warfordsburg.

Pastor Scott Gibbs of the Buck Valley Christian Church and Rev. Roger Truax of the Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren will officiate.

Inspirational music will be performed by the Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute Choir, under the direction of David Gingerich, who will also lead the congregation's singing of old, familiar hymns, including "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Softly and Tenderly."

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is Fulton County's oldest church and the 10th oldest Baptist church in the United States. The present church building was completed in 1836 and remains much like it was when first built. Signatures of Union troops hospitalized at Tonoloway during Stonewall Jackson's bombardment of Hancock, Md., can still be seen on the church's interior walls.

The Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore and preserve the church building as a place of worship and as an historic site. Services take place at Tonoloway two to three times a year.

The Friends invite the public to attend its fall service.

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church is located about two miles north of Hancock, Md., on Thompson Road (Route 655) in Fulton County.

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