Pastor rejoices in 25 years of ministry CENTRAL -- Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

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June 21, 1993|By CINDY PARR

We all have major milestones that we reach during the course of our lives.

Whether they're personal or professional, they signify our achievements, and make the hard work and effort we put forth in attaining our specific goals seem worthwhile.

Recently, the Rev. James Stutler, pastor at Sandymount United Methodist Church in Finksburg, realized one of these major milestones.

Mr. Stutler, who has been the pastor at Sandymount since 1986, was honored by the Baltimore-Washington Conference Board of Ordained Ministry for his 25 years of service to God and the church.

The 49-year-old Finksburg resident said that serving God for the past quarter of a century has been very rewarding.

"Actually, it got here before I knew it," Mr. Stutler said. "My purpose for coming to the ministry has been to help people have healing and wholeness in their lives, and for Christians, that's faith in Jesus Christ. It's been rewarding for me to help folks along the way."

Mr. Stutler entered the ministry in 1968 after graduation from Wesley Seminary in Washington. His first appointment was to serve as an associate pastor for the congregation of Catonsville United Methodist Church.

In 1972, he became pastor at Edgewater-Parkwood United Methodist Church near Annapolis, where he served for five years.

He came to Carroll County in 1977, when he was appointed pastor of Sykesville's Oakland United Methodist Church. He served that congregation for nearly 10 years before he received the ministry at Sandymount in 1986.

During the past seven years, Mr. Stutler said, many accomplishments have highlighted his ministry. Retiring the debt on the church building and the renovation of the old sanctuary have been significant, he said.

But the people have been most important to him.

"I have made some very rewarding relationships with the people here at Sandymount," he said. "I get a lot of strokes here and that makes it very satisfying."

Congratulations, Mr. Stutler.

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On Wednesday and Thursday, the Rev. Bob Wagner, pastor at Emmanuel Baust Lutheran Church, will be conducting his personal 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise funds for the Family Shelter run by Human Services Programs Inc. of Carroll County.

Mr. Wagner, who also works for Human Services, will begin his walk Wednesday at 9 a.m. at Westminster High School. He will continue walking around the school's track until 9 a.m. Thursday.

He said his purpose in the walk-a-thon is to help Human Services build a financial reserve to keep the shelter going.

After losing its grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development in 1991, the family shelter has had to survive on donations from the community and other fund-raising efforts.

The rain date for his walk is 9 a.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday.

Individuals interested in sponsoring the pastor can pledge money by the hour or mile, or pledge a flat rate.

For more information, or to obtain a pledge sheet, call 857-2999.

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You name it and you'll find it Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Reese Flea Market and Craft Festival on the carnival grounds of the Reese Fire Company.

Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary, the annual outdoor event will feature more than 265 vendors selling new and used wares.

All types of flea market, yard sale, and arts and crafts items will be on display and available for purchase.

If hunger strikes, have no fear. There will be something to tantalize the taste buds of all ages. Snowballs, ice cream, pizza, pit beef, barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries are just some of the many foods that will be offered throughout the day.

If the weather does not cooperate, the flea market will take place at the same time Sunday.

Information: 848-2976 or 848-8691.

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