In season of plenty, remember the world's needy NORTH COUNTY -- Linthicum * Ferndale * Brooklyn Park * Pumphrey

NEIGHBORS

December 21, 1992|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

As Christmas draws near, thoughts center on our lives and those around us. But we also are aware of what is going on in the rest of the world. This year, I have been especially conscious of the spirit of sharing. My son, David, recently returned from a three-week mission with the Maryland Air National Guard, flying food and relief supplies into Somalia during Operation Provide Relief, before Operation Restore Hope began. His C-130 transport plane, loaded with wheat, rice, beans, baby food and cooking oil, flew many missions into Somalia, where most landing strips were simply dry river beds or fields that had been bulldozed flat.

"Somalia is a land of desperation, hunger and war where food, clean drinking water, a safe place to sleep, and freedom from disease and overwhelming violence is all many hope for," David said.

We have so much in the way of material goods, and yet just hours away by airplane there are people who don't have the bare essentials needed to stay alive. During this holiday season, perhaps we can keep in our thoughts and prayers the Somalis and other people who are suffering so severely throughout the world.

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Members of our community's religious denominations will gather for Christmas services this week.

* The Church of Christ, 2 Eastern St., Fernglen Manor, will conduct Bible study classes at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Sunday. The regular Sunday service is at 11 a.m.

* Christmas Eve services at Ferndale United Methodist Church, 117 Ferndale Road, are as follows: 6:30 p.m., family service; 7:15 p.m., a children's birthday party for Jesus; 11 p.m., candlelight Communion service.

* Friendship Church of the Brethren, 217 Mansion Road, is having a 7 p.m. informal family service on Christmas Eve. Children are welcome. Refreshments will be served. The traditional candlelight service will take place at 11 p.m.

* The Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane, will conduct the following Christmas Eve services: 7 p.m., family service; 10:30 p.m., carols followed by the 11 p.m. candlelight service.

* Linthicum Baptist Church, 611 S. Camp Meade Road, is having a 7:30 p.m. family service on Christmas Eve.

* North Glen Baptist Church, 508 Furnace Branch Road, will have a 7 p.m. candlelight service on Christmas Eve.

* Christmas Eve services at Peace Lutheran Church, 416 Wellham Ave., are as follows: 5:30 p.m., children's worship; 7:30 p.m., contemporary worship; and 11 p.m., traditional worship.

* St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydel Road, will sponsor the following Christmas Eve services: 7 p.m., Eucharist with carols and the Sunday School Pageant, followed by a party; 10:30 p.m., carols and organ music; 11 p.m., Christmas Mass with carols and Eucharist. On Christmas, there will be a 10 a.m. Eucharist service.

* St. John's Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road, will conduct the following Christmas Eve observances: 11 a.m., Communion service; 5 p.m. children's service; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and 11 p.m., worship with Communion.

* St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, 6405 Orchard Road, will celebrate Christmas Eve Mass at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and midnight. Masses on Christmas are at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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Children who have experienced the death of a loved one can join a support group and talk to other children suffering similar losses. The group is sponsored by Hospice of the Chesapeake, 8424 Veterans Highway.

Children ages 11 to 14 will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 13. Children ages 6 to 10 will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays starting March 2.

To register, call Betty Asplund, 987-2129, no later than two days before the group starts. Admission is free.

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The Notables, the entertainment group of the Patapsco Valley American Association of Retired Persons, is winding up its Christmas engagement with a 5 p.m. performance next Monday in the BWI Marriott Hotel's lobby. The group will entertain the hotel guests and then share a holiday dinner.

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The St. John's Cooperative Nursery School's 4-year-olds and their teachers will perform their annual Christmas shows for parents and grandparents today. Admission is a can of food for the North County Emergency Outreach Network. Santa and Mrs. Claus are scheduled to visit the school during class Christmas parties tomorrow and Wednesday, and take the children for a ride in Santa's horse-drawn wagon, unless there is enough snow for his reindeer and sleigh.

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