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January 02, 1992|By Patrick Ercolano | Patrick Ercolano,Evening Sun Staff

Some sharp, creative fund-raising

Some religious congregations are getting creative as they seek to supplement the bake sales, bingo nights, bull roasts and gifts of money through which they traditionally have raised funds for big projects. The bond drive recently launched by Oak Street African Methodist Episcopal Church typifies the increasing financial sophistication of institutional fund-raising.

Officials of the 95-year-old church in the 2300 block of N. Howard St. have begun the drive to raise funds for a new church structure. They plan to purchase and renovate an old school building at 123 W. 24th St. and help finance it with a $250,000 bond issue.

Issued by Security Church Finance Inc. of Houston, the bonds are available through the church in increments of $250, $500 and $1,000, with interest rates ranging from 9 to 11 percent.

"Parishioners have the opportunity to invest in the church's mission and future and their own financial future as well with one investment," said the Rev. Paul R. Ball Jr., the pastor of Oak Street.

Plenty of respect

Clergy men and women shouldn't come down with Rodney Dangerfield syndrome, if the results of a recent statewide survey are on the mark.

Ministers get plenty of respect from student government presidents at 105 Maryland high schools who took part in a survey conducted last month by Loyola College's Center for Family, Work and Education. The poll asked the students which occupations they respect most and least.

Doctors and teachers finished first and second, respectively, just ahead of a group consisting of ministers, priests and rabbis. Politicians finished at the bottom of the list, in 24th place.

Ranking below the clergy, in order, were: lawyer, business owner, engineer, scientist, writer, farmer, military officer, actor, veterinarian, banker, carpenter, airline pilot, social worker, stockbroker, electrician, firefighter, police officer, professional athlete, hair stylist and politician.

CALC chairman

The Rev. Tom Frank will serve as chairman of the board of

Baltimore Clergy and Laity Concerned for 1992.

L CALC is a local advocacy group for social justice and peace.

Frank is the pastor of St. Veronica Roman Catholic Church in Cherry Hill. He succeeds the Rev. Robert Holum as CALC board chairman.

Immigrants chip in

Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union apparently have wasted little time making financial contributions to their new Baltimore community, according to The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

The immigrants' gifts to The Associated's annual fund-raising campaign have totaled nearly $27,000 as of last week, a marked increase over their rate of giving during last year's effort, said Associated official David Chikvashvili.

About 400 immigrant families have given money to the campaign, which began last July and continues through June. More than 150 of those families contributed for the first time.

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