2011-09-22 / Church News

Annual Fall Worship Service Oct. 2 At Historic Tonoloway Church


Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church The Friends of Tonolo way’s fall worship service held each year since 2003 at Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church takes place Sunday, Oct. 2, in the fully restored brick church near Warfordsburg in Thompson Township, Fulton County, Pa.

Guest minister for the 2 p. m. service is Mac Miller, associate pastor at Pleasant Ridge Church of the Brethren, Needmore. The order of service includes a selection of sacred music sung by the McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church Men’s Quartet and congregational hymns, all to be performed a cappella in the tradition of the Primitive Baptists.

Refreshments will be served in the church yard afterwards.

Organized circa 1745, Tonoloway is Fulton County’s oldest church. More than 20 of its early members served in the Revolutionary War, including its first permanent minister, Rev. Joseph Powell, a colonial delegate to state and national constitutional conventions. Powell is buried at Tonoloway as are the forefathers of many Fulton County and Hancock, Md., residents. The cemetery is still in use today.

A nonprofit organization, Friends of Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Church was organized in 1979 to restore and preserve the church that was completed in 1835 as a place of worship and as a historic site. Services at Tonoloway are held just twice yearly, the third Sunday in May by the Tonoloway Cemetery Association and the Friends’ fall service, the first Sunday in October.

Friends of Tonoloway president John Mentzer said that the Oct. 2 offering will go toward the continued upkeep of the church and its grounds.

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

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