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Faith Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Spirit of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE A time for tea Victorian tea at Charmadoah honors St. John's Episcopal Church -- and a couple's lifelong commitment to it. GEORGIA DUBOSE Special to the Spirit It was a given. There were not other option s . On Sunday mornings, Lloyd, Mary Jo, Phoebe and Shirley Hough knew they were going to church. "My parents loved St. John's Episcopal Church," said Shirley Hough Caniford as she prepares her family home, Charma- doah, for the site of a fundraising Victo- rian tea on Saturday, that she regards as honoring both the church and her parents' devotion to it. "My mother was the organist there for nearly 50 years," she said. "She saw pas- tors come and go. All five of the children were involved, my father was the senior warden and served on the vestry, and they were always doing things to support the church ." Caniford sits in the parlor where many church gatherings took place. "I can remember Bishop Campbell sit- ting right over there," she s/ys, pointing across the room. "And Deaconess [Anna] Ranson came here, too. She was my sister Mary Jo's godmother." On the parlor wall above where Cani- ford sits, one symbol of the family con- nection hangs in a gold frame: the invita- tion to the marriage of Mary Andes and Lloyd Hough--at St. John's Episcopal Church. Marriages have a way of connecting families and churches. So do births. As they came along, each of the five Hough children was baptized at St. John's. The connection deepens in times of sorrow. Charmadoah will be the site of a Victorian tea on Saturday. The home, which affords a view of the Shenandoah River, owes its name to a mispro- nunciation by former owner, Charlotte Miles, the first child to live at the home. The house is currently owned by Shirley Hough Caniford. "When my oldest brother, Eugene, died when he was nine, I know my mother turned to the church for comfort. I think Dea- coness Ranson really helped her to get through that time, and [her older sisters indicated to her later] Mother's commitment to the church deepened as a result. She needed something more in her life," Caniford said. Deaconess Anna Ranson. a mission- ary, returned to Harpers Ferry following her retirement from another St. John's she helped to found in Japan, to strengthen and renew the church she had known as a child. Charmadoah sits along Cliff Street, between McDowell and Gilbert, and down the hill from Storer College above the Shenandoah River. The perspective offers views up and down the Shenandoah. The story of the name of the house has to do with a mispronunciation of the name of the fiver. Charlotte Milbs. the first child to live at the home, could not say the "sh-" sound; she pronounced it as "ch-.", "I guess it wasn't far from 'Chenandoah' to 'Charmadoah," Caniford said. Caniford's grandparents, William and Sophia Andes, purchased the home from Charlotte Miles, and raised a family of three; eventually, their daughter Mary inherited Charmadoah, and married lo- cal farmer Lloyd Hough, who operated a dairy that served Harpers Ferry and the surrounding area for many years. Upon his marriage, he also became active at St. John's. "This event happens at this house be- cause I tfiink it would make my mother and my father happy to know that their homeplace is benefitting the church they loved," Caniford said. "However, I want to make it clear that it is the people of St. John's that make this happen; their cook- ing, their serving, and their love welcome people to Charmadoah." Bulletin Bulletin n t sist of baked rockfish, green beans, the bells. All are invited. redskin potatoes, cole slaw, dessert, coffee or iced tea. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. For questions, call the church office at 304-725-8304. Feeding students: The Caring Cup- board, begun in August to provide needy Jefferson Count3( school- children with shelf-stable foods on weekends, operates from the back entryway of Shepherdstown Lu- theran Church's parish house. The church is seeking food and monetary donations, which may be dropped off at the Parish House, 110 N. King St.. 9 a.m. to 1 pan. Monday to Thursday or mailed to P.O. Box 2008 Shepherdstown, WV 25443. To volunteer, call Karra Cubellis at 304-870-7266. Free food for the needy: A free soup kitchen will be held at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church, 305 S. Charles St., every third Saturday of the month from 11 aan.- 1 p.m. Homeless Coalition retreat: On Friday, from 5 to 9 pan., the Jeffer- son County Homeless Coalition will have a planning and organizational retreat at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, in the downstairs social hall. Come with ideas, and en- ergy to share. Bring a bag supper for yourself. Anmml Roeld'tsh dinner: I.eetown United Methodist Church in Kear- neysviUe will be hosting their second annual Rockfish dinner on Saturday from 4 to 7 pan. The menu will con- Church yard sale: New Street United Methodist Church in Shep- herdstown will be having a yard sale on Saturday from 9 aan. to 3 pan. In addition to yard sale items, baked goods will also be available. Begin- ning at 11 a.m. lunch will be served in the church dining room. The pub- lic is invited to come and enjoy the day. For details, call 304-876-2362. Hymn sing: Silver Grove United Methodist Church will be having a hymn sing featuring "Country Mel- odies" on Saturday starting at 6 p.m. Directions to the church: off Rt. 9. Hostler Rd., three miles on left, go past Blue Ridge Acres, first drive- way on left Off Rt. 340: Chestnut Hill Rd., two miles on right. Special fingers to perform in Mill- vide: Gospel Singers James and Starla Dean, former singers with Kevin Spencer and Friends will be the guest singers at the Millville Pentecoastal Church, 226 Millville Rd., Millville, on Saturday at 6 p.m. All are welcome. A freewill offering will be received. For questions, call 304-725-5155 or e-mail pastorben@ comcast.net. Spring handbell concert: The handbell choirs of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church will present a spring concert on Sunday starting at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary. An offering will be received to refurbish Homeless Coalition monthly meet- ing: The Jefferson County Home- less Coalition will have its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the board room of Jefferson County Community Ministries. Women's Day program: The wom- en of St. Philip's Episcopal Church will sponsor the annual Women's Day Program on Tuesday at 3 pan. The theme this year is "Women of Faith." 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