Ed Nace of Manheim Township and his wife, Pearl, show off the wooden replica he created of the church s first facility. That building was constructed in
Ed Nace of Manheim Township and his wife, Pearl, show off the wooden replica he created of the church s first facility. That building was constructed in 1876, although the church was established in 1738. (Submitted photo)

Black Rock Church of the Brethren is life to Janice Croasmun.

"It's my life, it's what I'm involved in, what I believe in," said Croasmun, 67, of Hanover. "It's what I do. The fellowship of the members is my social life."

The church has been a part of people's lives since it was established in 1738, she said.

Black Rock, at 3864 Glenville Road in Glenville, is celebrating its 275th anniversary. The yearlong celebration, with special events, started Jan. 1, Croasmun said.

The church is hosting a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and a Memories of Christmas program during its 10:15 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 8.

Other anniversary activities this year included a special musical concert and services featuring sermons from past pastors, said Croasmun, an anniversary committee member.

A Black Rock member since 1969, Croasmun said she serves as the church clerk, the adult choir and bronze bell director and chair of the music and worship team, and is one of the church's pianists and organists.

"The congregation has stood beside me in troubled times and in celebratory times," she said. "The church has led me to a deeper faith in Christ, a

more active faith in Christ."

Family history: Fellow member Ed Nace, 85, of Manheim Township said his great-grandparents were Black Rock members and are buried in the church's cemetery.

Nace said he grew up in the United Church of Christ but became a Black Rock member in 1960. His wife, Pearl, is a lifelong Black Rock member, he said.

Nace built a wooden replica of the church's first facility, which was built in 1876. That facility was three stories with a basement and attic.

Nace said his replica is 36 by 24 inches and has rock paint with brick texture.

He said he was on the building committee when the new church was built in 1964. Croasmun said the 1876 structure is used for the church's Sunday school rooms, offices and narthex.

Nace said he has served as the church's board chairman, but is not able to be involved as he has been in the past.

"So I built the replica, the one thing I can do," he said. "I wanted to do something special for the church. The church has meant an awful lot to me. I can always count on them for prayer. There's real good support there."

-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.

Church events

Black Rock Church of the Brethren, at 3864 Glenville Road in Glenville, is celebrating its 275th anniversary this year.

The church is hosting a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and a Memories of Christmas program during its 10:15 a.m. worship service Sunday, Dec. 8.

Nonperishable food donations will be accepted at the fall festival to benefit the Providers of Lunch program in Hanover. Both events are open to the public. For information, call 637-6170.