23-night Adventist drive opens Saturday at Morgan State

RELIGION NOTES

October 15, 1992

A Seventh-day Adventist congregation in Baltimore County has made a major commitment to evangelization, scheduling a 23-night "fall crusade" that begins Saturday evening in the McKeldin Center ballroom on the campus of Morgan State University.

Carmen L. Moore, speaking for the 161-member Towson Seventh-day Adventist Church at 2123 W. Joppa Road, said all of the other evening programs in the series planned at Morgan will be in the Murphy Auditorium. They will combine preaching by Elder G. Earl Knight with entertainment by a variety of musicians.

"Free admission, free parking, free child care and free gifts," Ms. Moore said, explaining that the gifts will be Bibles and religious literature. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. and end about 9 p.m., she said.

The meetings, all open to the public, are scheduled every night through Nov. 14 except for Oct. 23, 24 and 29 and Nov. 3, 5 and 12. The Adventists are a Protestant denomination that observes Saturday as the day of worship and believes that Christ will return to the world imminently and personally.

For more information, call Ms. Moore at 337-0973. The church's world headquarters is in Silver Spring.

Baptist homecoming: University Baptist Church at 3501 N. Charles St. is celebrating its 75th year with a series of events this weekend for present and former members and the church's North Baltimore neighbors and friends.

The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow with a free public lecture by Tony Campolo, a Philadelphia sociologist. Programs will continue Saturday and Sunday at both the church and at the zTC Inner Harbor, with reservations required for some events. For more information, call 467-2343.

Visiting prelate: Archbishop Miloslav Vlk of Prague, who was named Roman Catholic primate of Czechoslovakia last year by Pope John Paul II, visited two Baltimore churches last night -- St. Alphonsus' downtown and St. Wenceslaus' in East Baltimore -- as a guest of members of the city's Czech and Slovak communities.

Richard Lidinsky Sr. of Baltimore accompanied the archbishop on his brief trip to the city from Washington, where he has been staying since Tuesday.

St. Alphonsus' was of particular interest to the prelate because of its associations with Bishop John Neumann, a canonized saint.

Tax help: Emmanuel Holy Temple and Enon Baptist Church have scheduled a tax seminar open to all ministers, church trustees and deacons from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24. The location is Enon Church, Edmondson Avenue and Schroeder Street. For more information, call 523-2497 or 383-8406.

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