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Frostburg United Methodist Church (150th anniversary, 1835-1985)

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Church members made unusual sacrifices to finance this building. Built at a cost of $42,231, the congregation had a debt of over $31,500 after the dedication. The financial panic of 1873 and the great labor strike of 1882, which prostrated regional industry, made repayment of the debt difficult, although some individual church members mortgaged their homes and others took equally hard measures to eventually discharge the debt.

To be sure, modifications and improvements in the church property came over the years, including:
1891-1894 — construction of the present parsonage;
1900-1910 — installation of a heating system;
1907       — with Carnegie Foundation funds, installation of the first pipe organ;
1925       — redecoration of the church interior and installation of the first floor stained glass windows;
1949-1955 — completion of the Education Building during the pastorate of Rev. John Bayley Jones;
1955-1959 — refurbishing of the church sanctuary and sandblasting of parsonage and church to remove paint and restore the "old Cumberland brick" to its original condition were completed under the pastorate of Rev. E. A. Godsey; and
1962-1966 — installation for $30,000 of a Mohler pipe organ as replacement for the 1907 organ and the establishment of the chapel off the narthex on the first floor occurred during the pastorate of Rev. Harold Bell Wright.

Evolving Church Organization. During recent decades changes within Frostburg's Methodist groups reflected broad movements taking place to heal divisions within Methodism nationwide. As a result of these changes, three separate Methodist congregations locally merged over time to form the church now known as Frostburg United Methodist Church.

The first of these mergers resulted from a Uniting Conference of Methodism in 1939 and involved the joining of some 200 members of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, South. That congregation had been formed in 1869-70 when members had withdrawn from the Frostburg church to join the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The Grace Church stood at the comer of Beall and Stoyer Streets, and, after the merger, that building passed


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Anniversary Committee, Frostburg United Methodist Church


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28 x 22 cms

Frostburg (Md.); Frostburg (Md.), History; United Methodist Church (U.S.), History. .

Frostburg (Md.), 1835-1985

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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