We wish you a Merry Christmas.
To make your holiday complete, community churches have planned special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
* At Severna Park Baptist Church on Benfield Road, Rev. Lawrence Baylot and the congregation invite you to a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m.
Call the church at 647-0765.
* At St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Ritchie Highway, the Rev. Monsignor Edward F. Staub and congregation invite you to Christmas Eve services at 4, 5:30,and 7:30 p.m. with contemporary music; and a carol service beginningat 11:30 p.m, concluding with the celebration of Mass with choir andguest musicians at midnight.
A word to the wise: The 4 p.m. service is usually very crowded.
Mass will be celebrated three times onChristmas Day: 9, 10:30 a.m. and noon.
New Year's Eve Mass will be at 5:15 p.m.
On New Year's Day, Mass will be celebrated at 9, 10:30 a.m., noon and 5:15 p.m.
Call St. John's at 647-4884.
* At St. Martins In The Field Episcopal Church on Benfield Road, interim minister Rev. Wesley Smith and associate minister John David VanDooreninvite you to attend the Christmas Eve services at 4; a pageant at 7, 10:30 choral prelude and 11 p.m. service.
There will be a 10:30 a.m. service on Christmas.
Call St. Martins at 647-6248.
* At Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Benfield Road, Rev. Fredrick Eichner invites you to a service of lessons and carols at 9:30 a.m. Sunday presented by the Music Department.
Christmas Eve services will be at 7 o'clock for the family and at 11 candlelight.
There will be a 10a.m. service Christmas day.
Call Our Shepherd at 647-1658.
* At Severna Park United Methodist Church on Benfield Boulevard, ministers Dr. Warren Ebinger and Rev. Sandra Taylor and the congregation invite you to attend one of four Christmas Eve services: 5 o'clock family, 7 and 9 communion and 11 p.m. candlelight.
Call SPUMC at 987-4700.
* Asbury Town-Neck United Methodist Church will conduct a 7 o'clock candlelight service Christmas Eve.
Call Asbury Town-Neck at 647-3461.
* At Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church on B&A Boulevard, pastor Terry Schoener and associate minister Peg Ferguson invite you to attend Christmas Eve services at 5:30 (family) and traditional services of lessons and carols at 7:30, 9:30 and 11.
Call Woods at 647-2550.
With the help of the internationally recognized JASON Project, Severn School students, faculty and parents explored the Galapagos Islands this week.
Through state-of-the-art television, they witnessed live experiments conducted by Dr. Robert Ballard from the world's largest science laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
Live coverage from 10 cameras allowed students to share Galapagos fieldwork from vantage points atop a volcano, in a lagoon teeming with wildlife, from shore, from shallow water and from the deep ocean bottom.
Sponsored by the JASON Foundation for Education, the project is a partnership of private industry, research facilities, museums and educators designed to make science fun.
This year, the JASON Project has expanded directly into the schoolroom. Severn is oneof a few area schools carrying the project.
Jones Intercable provided the technical resources.
For more information, contact Jane Witowski at 544-9451.
This evening at 7:30, the children of Chesapeake Academy will present the musical "An Evening In Wonderland" at the Pascal Center for the Performing Arts at Anne Arundel Community College.
Under the direction of music instructor Jane Merrill, second- through fifth-grade classes will present "Alice In Wonderland"and primary students will perform the musical "A Teddy Bear's Christmas."
The choir will sing a medley of holiday songs. Pupils in thestring program will perform under the direction of Debbie Derrickson.
For more information, call 647-9612.
Tomorrow night at 7:30 , Severna Park High School will present its annual Holiday Concert in the school auditorium.
The symphonic band and string orchestra, under the direction of R. Thomas Powell, will offer an exciting program of traditional and popular music.
The chorus will be directed by Carol Frederick.
As the recession increasingly takes itstoll in lost jobs, YWCA services become more critical.
The irony is, as human needs skyrocket, government funds are cut. One of the Y's primary goals is to help people become economically self-sufficient.
Our county has 40,000 school dropouts. Twenty-five percent of all high school students will never graduate. Seventy percent of high school students who are parents will drop out of school.
The Y doessomething about this by providing day care in the schools so teen parents can continue their education, graduate and join the work force.
In these hard times, the YWCA needs our help.
Instead of exchanging gifts, maybe your organization would give one gift to the Y.
For more ideas, call the YWCA at 268-5093.
It's time for present and future Anne Arundel Community College students to start shopping for financial aid and scholarships.