On December 30, 2017, the Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association lost one of our founding board members, Betty Racer.
Betty was a life-long member of Stone’s Chapel Presbyterian Church until its closure in 2000. She served as secretary/treasurer of the Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association from its beginning in 2011 until her passing. She will be greatly missed.
You can read her obituary at www.jonesfuneralhomes.com/book-of-memories/3385710/Racer-Elizabeth/obituary.php.
Our annual Olde Tyme Candlelight Christmas Service will be on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. The Reverend Susan Catlett, pastor of Brucetown United Methodist Church, will deliver a Christmas message and special music will be provided by the Holbach family.
Refreshments will be served in the Sunday School room following the service.
Best of all, the Chapel now has heat, so you won’t have to bundle up during the service!
Please join us.
Last night, the crowd at the Community Choir Sing, hosted by Berryville Baptist Church and benefiting the Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association, enjoyed some fabulous music by choirs from eight Clarke County churches. You can see a video of the closing number, How Great Thou Art, sung by all the choirs together on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stoneschapel/videos/287927831723416/.
Based on the feedback, we’re planning to hold another Choir Sing next year!
The Community Choir Sing held in March was such a wonderful success, we’re doing it again!
On Sunday, October 22, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., Berryville Baptist Church will host a second Community Choir Sing. Choirs from all of the Clarke County churches have been invited to participate. Each choir will sing one or two hymns of their choice. The Hymn Sing will close with all choirs joining together to sing “How Great Thou Art.”
Participating choirs are:
- Crums United Methodist
- Duncan Memorial United Methodist
- Marvin Chapel United Methodist
- Berryville Presbyterian
- Mountain Baptist
- Grace Episcopal
- Berryville Baptist
- Boyce/White Post/Millwood United Methodist
Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall afterwards.
Berryville Baptist Church is located at 114 Academy Street in Berryville, one block west of North Buckmarsh Street (Route 340). There is an elevator for those with mobility issues – enter through the back door.
A free will offering will be collected at the Choir Sing. Proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts at Stone’s Chapel.
The 2017 Stone’s Chapel Annual Gathering was held on Saturday, September 16. We couldn’t have asked for nicer weather! Madeleine MacNeil graced us with her singing and music on the hammered dulcimer. Rick Hopper, a descendant of Thomas Hunsicker who was one of the founders of the German Reformed congregation at Stone’s Chapel in the 1750s, talked about his research into his family’s history and how they came to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
After the service, Rick placed a wreath at the grave of Peter Hunsicker, Thomas’ grandson and Rick’s great-great-great uncle.
The covered dish luncheon was delicious, as always. Thank you to everyone who attended, particularly those who were visiting for the first time.
Please join us for the 7th annual Fall Gathering at Stone’s Chapel on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Rick Hopper, a descendant of the Hunsicker family who were among the founders of Stone’s Chapel, will be the featured speaker. Special music will be provided by Madeline MacNeil.
After the program, we will hold a wreath and flag ceremony for the three American Revolutionary patriots buried in the Stone’s Chapel cemetery.
A luncheon on the chapel lawn will follow the ceremony. Guests are invited to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. The Memorial Association will provide meat and drinks.
The 2017 Fall Gathering will be on Saturday, September 16, beginning at 11:00 a.m. There will be a short program in the Chapel, followed by a covered dish luncheon on the lawn.
The Candlelight Christmas Service will be on Sunday, December 10, at 6:00 p.m. A traditional service of carols and lessons will be followed by refreshments in the Sunday School Room.
On Sunday, March 12, 2017, Berryville Baptist Church (114 Academy St, Berryville) will host a Community Choir Sing. Come hear the choirs from eight Clarke County churches share their musical talents. A freewill offering, benefiting Stone’s Chapel, will be collected during the event. Please join us!
The Memorial Association is offering free 2017 mini-calendars featuring photos of 14 Clarke County churches as a gift when you make a donation of $25 or more to Stone’s Chapel. Churches featured in the calendar include Old Stone Chapel, Bethel Memorial Baptist, Wickliffe Episcopal, Stone’s Chapel, Berryville Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, Mountain Baptist, Meade Memorial Episcopal, Berryville Baptist, Millwood United Methodist, Shiloh Baptist, Boyce Baptist, Christ Episcopal and St.Bridget’s. The calendars are 4.75 inches wide and 9.5 inches tall when open. They make great stocking stuffers!
Your donation of $25 or more to Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association is 100% tax deductible. Calendars may also be purchased for $10 each, 100% of the proceeds going to the Memorial Association (but you don’t get a tax deduction). Limited quantities are available! Email email@example.com to get your calendar today.
We will hold our annual candlelight Christmas Service on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. The service will feature a Christmas message by the Reverend Thomas Barnard, pastor of Crums United Methodist Church, and special music by the Voices in Brass hand bell choir from Berryville Baptist Church. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service.
Please join us – but wear a coat. There’s no heat in the chapel right now!