Glenelg Methodist church launches long-term planning study WEST COUNTY -- Clarksville * Highland * Glenelg * Lisbon

NEIGHBORS

December 31, 1992|By SALLY BUCKLER

Happy New Year! A new year marks an ending and a beginning -- time to evaluate, make resolutions and plan for a bright future.

Strategic planning is on the minds of the congregation at Glenelg United Methodist Church, which is beginning a three-year study of the church. Members will participate in an introductory workshop, the Congregational Town Meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Jan. 16. They will work in small groups to identify strengths and opportunities that they share as a community.

The Rev. Karin Walker, who worked at the church as a pastor directing the youth program several years ago, will guide the study. The strategic planning process is a chance to focus on the goals of the church. The Strategic Planning Committee and the pastors look forward to working with all members of the church to establish long-term plans.

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Will you resolve to learn to draw this year? Drawing is a skill we sometimes feel is pertinent only to the talented few who seem to have been born with a soft pencil and art eraser in their hands.

I took a couple of drawing classes before my son was born, and I loved hearing the encouraging teachers say that anyone can draw.

At Bushy Park Elementary School, some of the children took a drawing class after school this fall through the county Department of Recreation and Parks, and the kids can draw better than ever. Carol Zika taught the class for an hour each Wednesday after school.

Mrs. Zika is a certified teacher with a master's degree in art education. She has lots of experience teaching artists of all ages, and soon she will begin classes after school at Bushy Park in cartooning and clay modeling.

Look for the Department of Recreation and Parks brochure in your mailbox soon, and sign your kids up for these classes. The atmosphere is relaxed and pleasant, and the kids are very successful with Mrs. Zika. They'll hear her say that anyone can draw, and they'll see that she's right.

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Resolve to get a tax deduction. Glenelg United Methodist Church is in need of a file cabinet to store music in the choir room. This may be a tax-deductible contribution for you.

Please call Carl Hood at (410) 531-2440 if you have a file cabinet to offer.

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The Sunday School children at Glenelg United Methodist Church are packing lunches for the homeless in Washington. The classes take turns preparing the meals. They need contributions of peanut butter, jelly and drink boxes. Perhaps you could purchase a little extra on your next shopping trip and drop it off at the church on Burnt Woods Road.

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The Student Government Association at Glenelg High School has resolved to help recycle paper at the school. Members have placed blue recycling bins in all the classrooms and offices at the school. Students in SGA and the Earth Awareness Club collect the paper for recycling. They hope to raise awareness of the need for recycling while they participate in this program.

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"And when she got there the cupboard was bare."

The food pantries at local churches sometimes have to scramble to find food for a family. The volunteers empty the shelves, and then they receive a call for help. The need for food is greatest during the winter.

Even though the season for giving is over, the requirement for food goes on. Please help keep the pantries stocked. There are active food pantry programs at Gethsemane Baptist Church and at Glenelg United Methodist Church. Either group will welcome your contribution.

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The Discipleship Committee at Glenelg United Methodist Church begins a six-week Bible Study and Support Group using the Serendipity Bible on Jan. 6. The Wednesday meetings are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The first night's discussion topic is "Facing the Issues."

Call the church office at (410) 489-7260 or call Marilyn Rogers at (410)489-4255 if you wish to join the group.

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The Catholic Youth Ministry of St. Louis Church in Clarksville has a good idea. Members will have their annual New Year's Eve party today from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., about 12 hours before most will celebrate. Last year, some at the party joined in an intense game of Monopoly, while others participated in a very silly singing game. They have a lot of fun, food, and games. Call Chuck Wible at 531-6668.

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It's particularly nice to know that there are many events coming up to keep us happy until spring arrives. Parents of 12- to 23-month-old children may want to take advantage of One On One, a program of books, toys, music and activities at the Miller branch of the Howard County Library.

You may register in person or by phone, at 313-1955, for the programs from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 20, 23 and 26.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Jan. 15. These programs fill up quickly, so be sure to call early to register.

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If you've been enjoying the wonderful navel oranges and pink grapefruit available from the Glenelg High School Band and Marching Unit, you should know that the deadline for ordering fruit for delivery on Jan. 16 is Jan. 7. Mail your order to the school or drop it off in the school office.

For more information, call Denise Schmidt at (301) 854-6415.

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If you're going out to celebrate the new year tonight, have a wonderful time ushering in 1993. Please designate a driver in your group who won't drink so that your trip home is a safe one.

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