2011-05-12 / Local & State

Tonoloway Memorial Service To Be Held This Sunday


Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Cemetery Association holds its annual memorial service this Sunday, May 15, at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church near Warfordsburg, Pa.

Lay speaker Jeff Ward of Hancock Presbyterian Church will speak from Tonoloway’s pulpit at the 2:30 p.m. service.

Also included in the order of worship is special music performed by Russ and Donnal Miller of Hancock United Methodist Church.

Organized in 1752, Tonoloway is Fulton County’s oldest church and one of the oldest Baptist churches established by British Baptists in colonial America. Rev. Joseph Powell, a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions and minister at Tonoloway in the 18th century, is buried at Tonoloway, and so too 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 association’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 reclamation of ground for new grave lots.

Sunday’s offering will go toward the continued upkeep of Tonoloway’s cemetery. Other donations to the cemetery association can be be mailed to Wayne Keefer, P.O. Box 363, Hancock, MD 21750.

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

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