LATE ON A CRISP Sunday afternoon in
early November, the social hall at Brookmont Church slowly fills with neighbors
for the annual St. Martin’s Lantern Walk.
While the adults chat with one another,
children use markers to decorate white
paper bags that will soon be glowing
with electric tea candles.
In the large room on the ground
floor, everyone gathers to hear Roxanne
Schueller, the church’s celebrant, read a
poem about the legend of the compassionate St. Martin. At the point when he
gives half of his cloak to a beggar in need,
Schueller dramatically rips her long red
cape (held together by Velcro) in two.
In the tight-knit community of Brookmont in Bethesda,
the church is the neighborhood gathering spot
BY CARALEE ADAMS
neighborhood of about 200 homes o;
MacArthur Boulevard, just above the
C&O Canal and the Potomac River
in Bethesda. ;e Brookmont Baptist
Church was built in 1941 on Virginia
Place at the corner of Broad Street.
In the early 1980s, what remained of
the congregation decided to close its
doors due to dwindling participation.
A Brookmont resident had the enter-
A PLACE FOR EVERYONE
prising idea to revitalize the church
as a congregation open to all faiths,
including nonbelievers. So immedi-
ately after Brookmont Baptist Church
closed, a new board was named, and the
church began a new life structured as a
This kind of message is woven
throughout events held at the commu-
nity church in Brookmont, a tight-knit