Religion

Anniversary services stir memories at church

Pearl Jordan, of Front Royal, left, and Betty Roberts, right, look over an old photo album on display as part of Mount Vernon Baptist Church's 150th anniversary. Jordan, at 92,  is the oldest member of the church  and Roberts serves as  treasurer, pianist and organist.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 25th, 2015

Banners, posters and a wealth of record and prayer books deck the front of Mount Vernon Baptist Church as part of a 150th anniversary exhibit for the church’s series of services and celebrations.

Wider impact

Pastor Mark David Kennerly sits inside the sanctuary of  Impact Christian Church on the Loudoun Street Mall  in Winchester. Kennerly spent years as an actor before discovering a call to ministry. Starting Tuesday, he will be leading weekly acting workshops through Impact for Christ Productions.  Rich Cooley/Daily

June 12th, 2015

WINCHESTER – Mark David Kennerly spent years as an actor before discovering a call to ministry. Today, Kennerly is the pastor at Impact Christian Church in Winchester, where he is working to blend his two passions. Starting June 16, he will be leading weekly acting workshops through Impact for Christ Productions.

Williams Chapel plans 122nd anniversary

Although Williams Chapel became a Christian Methodist Episcopal church in 1893, the chapel itself is is around 170 years old -- the oldest place of worship in Front Royal.
Photo courtesy of Williams Chapel CME.

June 6th, 2015

FRONT ROYAL — A weekend of gospel, fellowship and good food awaits the community of Williams Chapel for the church’s 122nd anniversary. To celebrate such a long history, a handful of parishioners took it upon themselves to form a board and organize an event more involved than the parish’s annual homecoming.

Retired ambassador Hill to speak

Hugh Kenneth Hill

April 24th, 2015

Retired U.S. Ambassador Hugh Kenneth Hill will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service and again on May 3 as part of a community series of forums at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City.

A taste of Passover

Rabbi Scott Sperling explains the tradition of Passover to  congregation members at Christ Episcopal Church.  Passover begins Friday evening. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

April 2nd, 2015

WINCHESTER—More than 40 worshippers of Christ Episcopal Church on Boscawen Street gathered in the parish office dinning room to participate in a Passover workshop led by a local Rabbi March 26.

What goes on a Seder plate?

April 1st, 2015

The following items are part of a Seder plate, according to a Passover 101 workshop handout from Rabbi Scott Sperling of Beth El Congregation in Winchester:

Passion play scheduled for Good Friday

March 27th, 2015

St. John’s Bosco Catholic Church will hold a non-denominational Passion play at its newly acquired property on Good Friday in Woodstock.

Lutherans name first area faith community nurse

March 20th, 2015

The Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries, representing more than 20 Lutheran churches in Shenandoah County, announced it has selected a local registered nurse as its first “Faith Community Nurse”.

Middle East expert to lecture on region

Bert Englehardt, of Winchester, will present a series of lectures on contemporary Middle East issues and their direct effect on the average American beginning Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City.  Rich Cooley/Daily

February 20th, 2015

The Middle East and the Arabic language weren’t in fashion when Bert Englehardt of Winchester entered Georgetown University in the early 1950s.

Family Promise gains new member

George Bowers Sr.

February 11th, 2015

STRASBURG — The Shenandoah County Family Promise is now just two churches away from being able to establish a church-led initiative to aid homeless families.

Raising a kingdom

Jaime Day, left,  of Mount Jackson,  and  Java Gooden, 23, of Lynchburg, right, help with bricklaying the exterior walls of a new Kingdom Hall for area Jehovah's Witnesses.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 23rd, 2015

EDINBURG — Standing in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Kelly Osborne points out the kitchen where full-time ministers stop by for a bite to eat on a sunny, snow covered Wednesday afternoon.

New leader for Woodstock congregation

Carter Knapp

January 9th, 2015

The regional leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints announced they ordained a new bishop for the Woodstock congregation Wednesday.

Revered relic

Catholic parishioners stand and sing an opening hymn during Mass Wednesday evening at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Winchester. A  first class relic containing the blood of Saint John Paul II, at left, was on display and was the last stop of a U.S. tour.   Rich Cooley/Daily

January 7th, 2015

WINCHESTER — More than 100 area parishioners attended Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church to pay honor to a relic of Saint John Paul II on Wednesday evening.

George Bowers: Mom’s story

George Bowers Sr.

January 2nd, 2015

About 8:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve, our mother, Violet Bowers, had a serious accident with her gas cook stove resulting