Lutherans close Owings Mills mission

Religion notes

September 03, 1992

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has decided to bring to a close its five years of trying to build a congregation in the Owings Mills area.

The unsuccessful effort by the denomination's Delaware-Maryland Synod and the church's Division for Outreach included door-to-door evangelization throughout much of Owings Mills. The proposed Baltimore County congregation was called Word of Life.

"There was hope here," says the Rev. Leland Mebust, pastor-developer for the Word of Life mission, "but for the present time that hope must be unfulfilled." The small congregation did not grow as anticipated.

The Rev. Jerrett Hansen, speaking for the denomination, says, "When a mission congregation ceases its corporate ministry, it is done with thoughtful interpretation of the ministry's history, present status and what the chosen field holds in store for the future." In the case of Word of Life, it was determined that Owings Mills "continues to project as a growing Jewish community," he says. Nevertheless, Mr. Mebust calls the effort "five years of good ministry."

Radio preaching:

Emmanuel Lutheran Church at 929 Ingleside Ave. in Catonsville is celebrating its 37th year of continuous radio broadcasts of its 11 a.m. Sunday services.

Since 1965, the broadcasts have been on WBAL. For 10 years before that, they were on WAYE.

"It's a little different from other things you hear on the radio today," says longtime Emmanuel member and radio committee chairman Vernon G. Schultheis, referring to the weekly sermons by the Rev. Robert L. Mordhorst, Emmanuel's pastor.

Abuse prevention:

Pastor Julia M. Williams of Holy Temple Holiness Church of Deliverance at 2016 W. Pratt St. will speak on "The Spiritual Approach to Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse" at a national substance abuse-prevention conference in San Francisco Sept. 23.

She spoke at an Ohio conference on drug prevention in Cleveland Aug. 19-21.

Labor Day:

The Office of African American Ministries of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore will sponsor a public Labor Day prayer service at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 on the front steps of St. Edward's Church, 901 Poplar Grove St.

For more information, call 362-2000.

Deaf ministry:

The Rev. Margaret W. Hodges is the new minister of Magothy United Methodist Church of the Deaf at 3703 Mountain Road in Pasadena, where all worship services and activities are signed.

Sunday services are at 9:30 a.m., followed by breakfast.

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