A Christian fellowship lives and exists by the intercession of its members for one another, or it collapses. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer
On Sunday, September 15 I went to a presentation at the Historical Society of Baltimore County called Vanishing Heritage: Baltimore County’s African American Communities. It was extremely interesting and informative. I was happy I went. Throughout the presentation the author mentioned the only thing keeping small pockets of African American communities alive in rural, northern Baltimore County are the churches at the center of their community.
Several people who pastor these churches or live in the neighborhoods came to the presentation. They talked about how their ancestors have lived in these areas for generations. Barbara, a woman who attended the presentation from Gough United Methodist Church opened her heart and stated how her community’s wish is to keep the fellowship of people alive. She opened the doors to everyone in the room by inviting all to attend an afternoon dinner and gathering to honor the ushers of the Gough UMC on Sunday, September 22nd.
Since Barbara’s reaching out was so warm and genuine, I decided to go. So many times I have driven past churches in rural communities throughout Baltimore County wanting to know more about the people who attend them. Strange as it may seem, I love visiting churches I have never been to. I suppose my interest has something to do with my family’s building business which for five generations has included church projects. I like looking at the structures, the architecturally notable detailing, and I enjoy knowing a little something about their history.
Please return to this website in three days, I’d like to tell you about my special visit to Gough United Methodist Church in Cockeysville, Maryland.