Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Historical marker to be dedicated at Germantown Church.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m., a service of dedication will be held for a new historical marker at Germantown Church of the Brethren in Philadelphia, Pa. Germantown was the first Brethren meetinghouse in the nation, dating back to 1770. The congregation is pastored by Richard Kyerematen.

The commemorative marker has been made possible by the efforts of the Historical Committee of the Atlantic Northeast District, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. "The dedication is especially timely, since this year is the 300th Anniversary of the baptism in Germany of the forebears of current Brethren," noted the Historical Committee.

The dedication will include remarks by Wayne Spilove, chair of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. Musical selections will include a variety of contemporary songs by Germantown members and eighteenth-century Brethren hymns. David E. Fuchs, chair of the Historical Committee, will be master of ceremonies. The event will conclude with a tour of the church grounds and cemetery led by Ron Lutz, moderator of the congregation.

Source: 9/10/2008 Newsline

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