The Christmas trees are decorated. The houses are bright with lights. The air is filled with the sound of carolers. Children's excitement can be felt. "That Night" has finally come. It is Christmas Eve! We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!
The following churches will be holding special services for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day: St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 4th and Jeffrey St., will have confession today from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. At 5 p.m. there will be a service featuring the children from the parish. They will perform a Christmas play and music.
At 7:30 p.m. the folk group service will be held, preceded by the singing of Christmas carols. The last Christmas Eve Service will be at midnight. This Mass will feature the choir and be preceded by the singing of Christmas carols.
On Christmas Day, the first Mass will be held 8 a.m. (no music). At 10 a.m. the folk group will sing. Organ music and a cantor will be heard at the noon service.
Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church, 110 Townsend Ave., will have two Christmas Eve services.
The first service will be a Family Christmas Service beginning at 7 p.m.
The children's choir will present the "Little Lamb." The second service will be a Communion Candlelight Service at 11 p.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, will have a Christmas Eve service tonight at 7 p.m. This will be a service of lessons, carols and Holy Communion for the family. The Sunday school will participate by singing during the service. Also, on Christmas Eve there will be an 11 p.m.
Service will be conducted on Christmas beginning at 10 a.m. with a Festival Service of Holy Communion and Children's Sermon. There will be no Sunday school on this date. After the service, a Christmas cookie reception will be held in the social hall. Everyone is invited to bring a sampling of their favorite holiday baking to share.
On Thursday, the Brooklyn Park Satellite, 1 E. 11th Ave., will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone 55 or older is welcome. At 11:30 a.m., Kay Catrone from the county Department of Aging will be available to answers any questions and assist those who want to apply for energy assistance and pharmacy assistance programs. For more information, call Kathy White, satellite coordinator, 222-6825.
A free 10-week painting class for beginners through advanced students, 60 or older, will be conducted at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 East 11th Ave., starting Jan. 10. Class hours are 1 to 3 p.m. This program is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and the Anne Arundel Community College's Senior Adult Program. For more information, call 222-6707 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Brooklyn Park Elementary School News: Students are still getting letters from soldiers stationed in the gulf.
Ebony Flowers, a fourth-grader in Henry McNeil's class, was overjoyed last week when she opened her mail box at home and found a letter waiting for her. A Marine, named Derrick, is from Oregon and is 21. He has been in Saudi Arabia for more than 3 months.
He wrote about the desert conditions and that there is very little to do. He ended his letter by saying that the Marines will do everything to keep America safe.
Ebony says she has already begun to send another letter and may include a picture of herself.
Principal Michael Trippett would like to wish all the students and staff a very safe and happy holiday,and a very successful New Year
Brooklyn Park/Lindale Middle-Junior High School: The Student Government Association and Human Relations Committee are encouraging students to write letters to U.S. servicemen to help cheer them up while they are stationed in Saudi Arabia.
The SGA is also collecting items for shipment to men and women overseas.
The types of items recommended are: disposable razors, shaving lotion, sunscreen, lip balm, bug spray, sun visors, pens and stationary, canned tuna, chicken, dried beef, packaged cakes, crackers, granola bars, playing cards, crossword puzzles, chess, checkers, board and card games, radios, kites, Frisbees, squirt guns and model kits.
Anyone who wants to contribute may send them to the school with a student or drop the items off at the school. The SGA is also accepting cash contributions to help cover the cost of shipping the items overseas.
Park Elementary School News: Plans are being made for a parents' meeting on how to use the newspaper with school children. The meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8. Mark your calendars.
Remember tomorrow as you open your gifts and enjoy the company of family and friends, that the true meaning of Christmas is peace, love and freedom.