Carl Bowen gives his time, energy to help hungry residents CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

NEIGHBORS

April 12, 1993|By CINDY PARR

It's a special kind of person who is willing to take time to help those who are less fortunate.

One of those special people living in the central Carroll area is Carl Bowen.

Mr. Bowen is a 60-year-old Silver Run resident who helps to feed Carroll's hungry.

After working a full-time job as a sales manager for a Howard County warehouse company, Mr. Bowen spends 20 hours or more a week picking up and delivering bread and potatoes to needy families and soup kitchens in and around Carroll.

Probably his most time-consuming, and gratifying, effort is his volunteer position as coordinator of the weekly soup kitchen for the Church of the Ascension in Westminster.

Mr. Bowen, a member of the Ascension Church, said, "I began coordinating the soup kitchen about a year ago after being asked by the previous coordinator. . . . I think this is an important mission, and I feel this is my way of being able to give something back to the community."

The soup kitchen was initiated more than two years ago by the parish's Episcopal Social Ministries committee in an effort to further the hands-on outreach of the church.

The Soup Kitchen is funded through donations of time and food from members of the church.

Nearly 50 families, working on a rotating schedule, contribute the main course each week.

And 10 members give of their time every Sunday to staff the kitchen and serve guests from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

"We serve anywhere from 45 to 60 people each Sunday," Mr. Bowen said. "There are four to five teams that I schedule to work, and then I am there each Sunday to make sure things go OK."

A modest man, Mr. Bowen is quick to add that he has help in his plight to fight hunger in Carroll.

"My wife, Sharon, goes to pick up bread in Hanover on Tuesdays and Fridays, and she brings it home so we can split it up and take it to all the places that have a need," Mr. Bowen said.

"I get potatoes from Frederick, and then we go and distribute the food to different soup kitchens in Carroll, the Rescue Mission and downtown Baltimore to Our Daily Bread. My son, John III, who is 20 years old, also works in the Ascension soup kitchen two Sundays a week."

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Spring is definitely here, and some of the outdoor activities symbolic of the season are happening this weekend.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, the United Presbyterian Women from First United Presbyterian Church will sponsor a craft show and flea market at the Ag Center in Westminster.

More than 40 vendors displaying baskets, T-shirts, jewelry, antique and porcelain dolls and a variety of other craft items will be on the grounds throughout the day, so shoppers can browse at leisure.

Bagel sandwiches, juice and coffee will be served beginning at 6 a.m. Hot dogs, barbecue, nachos, soda and baked goods will be the main fare for lunch time.

All proceeds from this event will go to benefit mission work supported by the church and future construction and renovation projects.

Information: 549-2819.

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If you are the parent of a preschooler, make a note to attend the third annual Children's Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The event is sponsored by the Carroll Child Care Association, and advance tickets are now being sold.

Barney, the popular dinosaur, the Oriole Bird, children's aerobics, face painting and a petting zoo are just some of the activities that will be available for children.

Tickets purchased by April 15 cost $1.50 per child. Tickets at the gate will cost $2 a child. Parents and guardians will be admitted free.

Information: 848-0644.

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