The Rev. Susan Duchesneau began her new assignment as pastor of Ferndale United Methodist Church Sunday. After the morning Communion service, the congregation was invited to a hall reception, where they hadthe opportunity to meet her in an informal setting.
Her first service at Ferndale was an especially meaningful one for her -- she worea quilted festival stole made by the women of the Glen Burnie UnitedMethodist Church, her previous assignment.
The red, green, purple and blue stole, done in cathedral squares,was presented to her at a farewell reception. Duchesneau said she was overwhelmed by the love shown to her at Glen Burnie and the warm welcome she has received from the Ferndale congregation.
"This stolerepresents a bridge of friendship and faith from one church to the next, a connecting link within the communities," she said.
Duchesneau is from Wallingford, Pa., and attended Washington College. She lived in the Annapolis area in the early 1970s and was a speech therapist for the county.
She and her family attended Asbury United Methodist Church in Arnold, and it was the pastor there who encouraged her to enter the ministry. This was a major change and a second career for Duchesneau, and she retains a special feeling toward the people andthe pastor there who supported and encouraged her when she started.
Duchesneau graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1988. Sheserved as student pastor at the Corkran Memorial United Methodist Church in Prince George's County and assistant pastor at Herndon UnitedMethodist Church in Herndon, Va. She was associate pastor at Glen Burnie United Methodist when she was appointed by her bishop to become pastor at Ferndale.
Duchesneau's husband, Gary, is a full-time sergeant with the Maryland National Guard. He was a county school teacher for 15 years. They have two children: a daughter, Caryn, a senior at Old Mill High School, and a son, Dennis, a freshman at the same school. They live in Southgate.
Duchesneau said she is "looking forward to the small-town atmosphere. Ferndale is off the beaten path and has a community-oriented church."
The new pastor has asked that those attending services wear name tags for a few Sundays so she can get to know everyone quicker. Duchesneau is the first woman pastor to be assigned to Ferndale.
Although, she enjoys all areas of her ministry. Of particular interest to her is evaluating the needs of the family and different kinds of singles, whether young, seniors, widowed or divorced. She also hopes to continue missionary work she began while at Glen Burnie, where she led two trips to Costa Rica.
FerndaleUnited Methodistz Church is at 117 Ferndale Road at Hollins Ferry Road. The office phone number is 761-2880.
The Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association's monthly meeting will take place at 7 p.m.tomorrow at the Linthicum Elementary School, 101 School Lane at CampMeade Road.
John Erdman, president of Erdman & Associates will give an update on the light rail system. He was hired by the LSIA to support their position on the rail spur.
Committee reports will be given by the newly elected board members. The Executive Board consistsof: Bruce Fink, president; Gerald Starr, vice-president; Bill Mueller, treasurer; and Susan Hrybyk, secretary. The new board members are:Paul DiBlasi, Ken Fair, Tom Holland, Susan March, Wade Moler, Beth Nowell and Bruce Parce.
For more information, please call Fink at 850-8508.
The Ferndale Community Club, 15 Fifth Ave., is sponsoring a Flea Market/Craft Show at the pavilion from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27.
Spaces are offered for rent at $5 per space. Bring your own table and chair.
Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes open pit beef, barbecue chicken and ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and cold slaw.
Lopped-eared bunnies, silk flower arrangements and unusual woodcrafting are just some of the crafts that will be offered.
There is no rain date.
To reserve aflea market space, please call Judy Roberson at 636-3479.
The second of the free "Summer Concert Series," sponsored by the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights, will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday in Linthicum Park.
One of last year's most popular bands is returning, Trinidad & Tobago. Enjoy an evening of island music by this Caribbean steel band.
Concert-goers are asked to bring chairs and blankets. Picnic suppers can also be brought.
Linthicum Park is off Camp Meade Road (Route 170) on Benton Avenue. In the event of rain, this concert will move to North County High School Auditorium on Andover Road.
If you need more information, call 859-3308 or 789-7546.
Professional puppeteer Shirley Johannesen Levine will use mime, music,make believe and all sorts and sizes of puppets for her show at the Linthicum library at 7:30 Thursday evening.
Levine's hour-long show, "Puppets and Poems: Colorful Characters Come Alive!" is one of thespecial events in the library's Summer Reading Program. The show is free and open to all ages.