|St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church|
Pastor: Rev. Elaine Swinehart
P.O. Box 198
30 South Martin Street
Clear Spring, MD 21722
The message of dawn is that life goes on.
Let the morning bring one word of Your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go,
for to You I entrust my life.
Phone: 301 842 2505 Church Office
301 842 3104 Parsonage
With the rising sun I come to You, Lord God, at the beginning of a new day. Gracious Lord, Your mercies are new to me every morning. Great is Your faithfulness. Help me to think, desire, speak, and do only what is right and pleasing to You.
Heavenly Father, help me to love everyone with perfect love as You have loved me.
Help me to worship You with an earnest belief that I will hear each word as You speak to me.
Help me to care for those less fortunate, reaching out to them with grateful and loving hearts as I show my gratefulness for the many blessings You have bestowed on me.
Help me to remember that but for Your grace "there go I".
Stir a passion within my heart to see the needs of others and respond, under Your direction. Bring me joy in living for You and with You day after day after day.
In Jesus name. Amen!
From Interstate 70, go north on MD route 68 towards Clear Spring. Turn left onto Mulberry street across from McDonalds. Go up the hill to the stop sign. Church parking lot is across the street from the stop sign. Church is located next door to the parsonage at 30 South Martin Street.
From Hagerstown, go west on National Pike (Route 40) to Clear Spring. Turn left at the second stop light onto South Martin Street. At the top of the hill the parking lot is on the right across from Mulberry Street and the parsonage and church are on the left.
From Hancock, go east on National Pike (Route 40) into Clear Spring. At the first stop light turn right onto South Martin Street. At the top of the hill the parking lot is on the right across from South Mulberry Street and the parsonage and the church are on the left.
For the handicap a ramp and a lift chair are available.
You are a welcomed guest at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Perhaps you are new to the area and you are searching for a community of faith.
We invite you to come and worship with us.
|Nestled near the foot of Fairview Mountain in western Maryland is the small country town of Clear Spring. It is situated along the National Pike (Route 40) approximately eighty-two miles west of Baltimore. From the fifteenth into the twentieth century, it was the main road from the east coast going west. The town was incorporated in 1821. Clear Spring was a place of commerce meeting the needs of the rural residents, a stopping point for travelers who needed supplies, and a place to rest. Many German Lutherans had settled in the area.
In 1828, the Maryland and Virginia Synod organized St. Peter's Lutheran Church in the town of Clear Spring. The first church was built in union with the Reformed congregation.
In 1860, the Lutherans paid the Reformed congregation nine hundred dollars for their share of the church and it has been Lutheran since that time. The Reformed congregation reserved the right to bury in the graveyard.
An unfortunate event of nature occurred on Valentine's Day, February 14,1875 destroying the original church. Lightning struck the church around 5:00P.M. during an unusual winter storm. Fueled by high winds, the building was quickly reduced to ashes. It burned so hot the church bell melted. Early the next day, members of the congregation made plans to rebuild immediately. The building process was completed the following year and dedicated on July 16, 1876 and the total cost of $6000.00 was fully met on the day of the dedication. It stands on the site of the original church.
Nearly two hundred years later, brothers and sisters in Christ gather together to worship God, giving praise and thanksgiving for our many blessings. You are always welcome, whether passing through on a journey or looking for a spiritual home.
Worship and Christian Education
Weekly Prayer Gatherings
In Home Communion
Women of the Church Fellowship
Community Bible School
First Communion and Confirmation Program
Pastoral and Marriage Counseling
Community Outreach Clothing Bank
Home of the Clear Spring Area Food Bank