Annual Meeting 2019
Saturday, October 26th
Stone Chapel United Methodist Church
1448 Stone Chapel Drive, New Windsor, MD 21776
Worship and Meeting..........................9:45 am
Guest Speaker....................................11:00 am
Luncheon (reservations required)..........10:00 am
Join us at historic STONE CHAPEL UMC for this important annual even of the Strawbridge Shrine Association. We are especially please to be welcoming our special guest speaker, BISHOP LATRELLE EASTERLING, the Episcopal Leader of the Baltimore-Washington conference. Bishop Easterling is the first woman in history to hold that office, and is a powerful and inspiring speaker. Do not miss this opportunity to be a part of history taking place in a historic site.
The worship, meeting and guest speaker are FREE!
Reservations are required for the luncheon, and cost $17.00 per person. Please find a reservation form in the fall issue of EXHORTATION! or you may download the form by clicking here [link]. Please send in your reservation no later than Friday, October 18th.
DIRECTIONS TO STONE CHAPEL UMC
From I-695: Take Exit 19: “Northwest Expressway I-795” toward Reisterstown/Owings Mills.
Exit onto MD-140 West.
Follow 140 for 12 ½ miles (thorough Westminster).
Turn left onto MD-31 West towards New Windsor.
Go 2 ½ miles.
Turn left onto Stone Chapel Rd. access, then make an immediate right onto Stone Chapel Rd.
Go 2 ¼ miles. Stone Chapel UMC will be on the right.
Google Map Click here
Shrine featured in Baltimore Sun Article
Click on the link below to read a feature piece by Baltimore Sun Staff writer, Kevin E. Dayhoff.
Seven UM Heritage Sites that Every United Methodist Should See
A UMC.org Feature By Lilla Marigza
United Methodist church members can take pride in the people and places that connect us across the globe. In 2014, a virtual pilgrimage showed us Seven Sites every United Methodist should see. UMC.org readers followed up with their favorite Wesleyan wonders of the world. Pack your saddlebag. We now offer seven more spots that matter to all United Methodists.
(Click on the title above to read the article)
New Video about The Shrine
The Office of Communications of the United Methodist Church has just posted a new video about The Shrine and about Robert and Elizabeth's work in establishing Methodism in the new world.
Black History Month Video
The Methodist movement has always been one of inclusiveness. Wesley's first Class Meeting at the Foundry, Embry's first Class Meeting in NY and, of course, Robert Strawbridge's first Class Meeting in America - each of these groups included people of African descent. The United Methodist Church national office of Communications has produced a series of videos honoring Methodist inclusiveness. The video below highlights the story of Annie Sweitzer, a member of Strawbridge's first class.
"Strawbridge Cluster" Historic Site Dedicated
The General Commission on Archives & History has designated six locations in Strawbridge Country collectively as a Historic Site of the United Methodist Church. The newly designated "Strawbridge Cluster" includes the Log Meeting House site, Evans House, Poulson House, Stone Chapel, Bethel Church (now New Hope UMC-Bethel), and Henry Willis House. The site was officially dedicated at the 2014 Annual Meeting, with Bishop Marcus Matthews offering the blessing.
New By-Laws Approved!
At the Annual Meeting of the Strawbridge Shrine Association on October 4th, 2014 it was unanimously approved to update the Assocation's by-laws to reflect the current practices of The Shrine, in particular the definitions of officers and committees.
GCAH Grant Awarded
The Board of Officers and Directors is grateful to learn that the General Commission on Archives & History has awarded the Strawbridge Shrine a grant to assist in outfitting the Strawbridge House with period furnishings. Look for these new additions to start appearing soon!