2010-05-13 / Church News

Memorial Service At Tonoloway May 16

Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Cemetery Association holds its annual memorial service this Sunday, May 16, at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church near Warfordsburg, Pa.

Hancock Assembly of God Pastor Donald Preston will speak from Tonoloway’s pulpit at the 2:30 p.m. service.

Also included in the order of worship are members of the Assembly of God performing special music.

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 tri-state area. Rev. Joseph Powell, a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions and minister at Tonoloway in the 18th cen- tury, is buried there, and so is John Mellott, forefather of the 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.

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.

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