In Church

In Church

January 30, 1991

CHURCH INSTALLS OFFICERS

DATELINE: LINWOOD

Linwood Brethren Church has installed its 1991 officers for the church and Sunday School.

Following the service, a carry-in dinner wasserved and the annual planning session for the year was conducted.

The following officers have been chosen to serve for 1991: Wayne Lowman, moderator, and David Keefer, vice moderator; Julie Keefer, clerk, and Betsy Sayler, assistant; Virginia Hook, financial secretary,and Ruthanna Green, assistant; Frances Lowman, treasurer, and EloiseSheedy, assistant; Pattsie White, corresponding secretary, and Louise Blacksten, assistant.

Committee chairs are: Betty Blacksten, floral chairwoman, and Shirley Garber, assistant; Larry Garber, stewardship chairman, and Jeff Keefer, assistant; Elizabeth Wantz, library chairwoman, and Dee Kiplinger, assistant; Robert Green, Pipe Creek Cemetery Board.

Board members and other officers are: James Myers (five-year term), Trustee Board; Wayne Lowman (three-year term), Ministerial Relations Board; E. Buckey Garver, Sunday School Superintendent, and Robert Whitney, assistant; Debbie Lowman, Children's Department Superintendent, and Diana Dixon, assistant; Dawn Blacksten, Sunday School secretary, and Jeff Keefer, assistant; Sheila Garber, Sunday School librarian, and Doug Murphy, assistant; Debbie Talbert, Elizabeth Wantz and Mary Garver, Christian Education Board.

The church is at 575 McKinstry's Mill Road.

Information: 775-7382.

CHURCH OPEN 24 HOURS

DATELINE: MOUNT AIRY

MOUNT AIRY -- In response to the congregation and to be available to the community, St. James Episcopal Church, 204 N. Main St., will be open 24 hours a day.

The sanctuary and nave have been set aside for individuals and families of the parish and the Mount Airy area for prayer and reflection regarding the impact of the Middle East crisis.

Members and friends are knowing more and more men and women who are in the Persian Gulf or who are beingcalled to active duty.

"It seems we all have a story to tell or share," said the Rev. Robert D. Herzog, pastor.

Also, some members from the church are volunteering to gather together every Tuesday night. Bibles are available and prayers from the church's Common Prayer Book can be offered. There will be coffee available for those at the meeting.

The church is making every effort to be available to those in need during this time, for those who need a friend or someone just to talk to. The community also is encouraged to leave prayer requests at the church.

Information: 829-0325 or 829-1038.

GOING BACK TO RUSSIA

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- The director of the Carroll County Young Life Christian youth group, Joe Belinko, will be making a return trip to the Soviet Union Friday for two weeks to continue work with Soviet youth that was begun last summer.

Belinkowas one of several Young Life leaders who took a group of teen-agersto the Soviet Union last summer in an exchange program.

The group's purpose was to share with the Soviets the Christian operation of Young Life and to try to get similar groups started there.

Belinko said the city of Moscow has started a Christian youth group they call Russian World that meets every Sunday that they hope to visit duringthis trip.

Belinko will be going with his wife, Karen, and another Young Life couple to talk with Soviet youth leaders about expandingthe organization in that country.

They will visit Kiev, Moscow and Leningrad, he said, with their itinerary set up by the Soviets.

"We're definitely going at this time," Belinko said in noting the unrest in the Soviet Union. "We feel some anxiety about it, but we're all set up to go."

The two couples will return to the U.S. Feb. 20 if the trip goes as planned.

CHURCH GETS NEW PASTOR

DATELINE: NEW WINDSOR

NEW WINDSOR -- The Abundant Life Church of God (formerly New Windsor Church of God), welcomed a new pastor last Sunday, the Rev. Wayne Gaines and his family, wife Dot and daughter Lynette.

Reverend Gaines previously has ministered in Massachusetts, Williamsport and Waldorf. He also was assistant pastor of the Marantha Church of Godin Frederick.

The church, on Route 31, has worship at 11 a.m. andSunday School at 10 a.m.

Information: 875-5894.

BOY NEEDS TRANSPLANT

DATELINE: WAKEFIELD VALLEY

WAKEFIELD VALLEY -- The 40 members of Pipe Creek Brick United Methodist Church are rallying to raise money to help the family of Paul W. Curfman, 6, who is at Johns Hopkins University Hospital awaiting a liver transplant, said Lucille Barnes, one of the organizers.

The boy and his family live on Wilt Roadin New Windsor and attend the church. P. Wayne Curfman, his father, said the medical expenses for the transplant, medications and Paul's stay in the hospital could run up to $1 million.

Despite a small congregation of only about 20 regularly active members, Barnes said the church will try to raise as much as it can for the Curfmans.

"We're small, but we try to be mighty," she said.

In charge of the fund raising is her husband, Raymond Barnes, a trustee and the treasurer for the church. Donors may send a check made out to the Paul WarrenCurfman Fund, in care of Raymond Barnes, 723 Hook Road, Westminster,Md. 21157.

Paul is a first-grader at Elmer Wolfe Elementary School. Wayne Curfman drives a truck for Hahn Transportation. Paul's mother, Lucinda, is on leave from English-American Tailoring since her son became sick in early January.

Doctors still have not figured outwhat made Paul sick, Wayne Curfman said. Paul is conscious, talking and in stable condition for now, his father said.

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