Festival service celebrates opening of New Hope Lutheran's new church
The Rev. H. Gerard Knoche, pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church, is inviting the public to a festival service at 5 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the opening of the new church at the intersection of Eden Brook Drive and Guilford Road in Columbia.
Bishop George Mocko of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will preach at the evening service. Pastor Janice Lowden, dean of the Baltimore West Conference, will also be present.
Dinner will be served following the festival service.
New Hope has been meeting at Atholton Elementary School since it was founded by pastors Dan and Liz Risch in 1985. The first service in the new building was held on Nov. 15.
Across from the Kings Contrivance Village Center, the new 6,500-square-foot facility includes a 135-seat sanctuary, four classrooms, two offices, a multipurpose room and a food preparation area.
"The opening of our new church is both an end and a beginning," said Church Council President Stan Fleming. "It is an end to many years of hard work to build our church. Yet, it is also the beginning of our service to the community. We would like to welcome all members, friends and the people of the community to attend."
Sunday at New Hope begins with a 9 a.m. contemporary service which includes guitar and piano music and a cantor to lead the congregation in song. Sunday school starts at 10:15 a.m., followed by a traditional service featuring organ music and the adult choir at 11:30 a.m. New Hope Lutheran Church has about 250 members, 100 of which are children.
* Long Reach: 8700 block of Hayshed Lane: Someone forced open a door Saturday, and stole a TV, Walkman, coins and jewelry.
* Oakland Mills: 6900 block of Oakland Mills Road: Someone smashed door glass and an outside light to the Arabesque School of Dance on Saturday or Sunday. A VCR, computer, video camera, an undisclosed amount of cash, clothing and a cash register were stolen. The burglar also used keys from the register to open a vending machine and steal sodas and coins.
9600 block of Basket Ring Road: A gray 1992 Ford Probe was stolen Dec. 2 or Dec. 3. The Maryland plates are AMS-614.