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June 24, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Foster families sought for children with problems

Jewish Family Services is seeking foster families from all cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds to take part in a new nonsectarian treatment program for children with severe emotional or physical problems.

The Miriam Project, as it is called, will serve children in the Baltimore area from infancy to the age of 12. Financing comes from the state and several local foundations, said Lucy Y. Steinitz, director of the agency.

The staff wants several families trained and ready to accept children by September.

"Finding families who have the time and commitment to help these children will be a challenge," said Ben Levey, coordinator for recruitment and training. "We are looking for foster parents who are interested in becoming an active part of the treatment team."

They will receive a stipend, reimbursement for room and board, medical coverage for the foster child, training and supportive services, he said.

"This type of foster care offers an opportunity for children with severe medical or emotional problems to receive treatment in family settings rather than in institutions," Dr. Steinitz said. "This is a more realistic setting for a young child who needs loving care as well as treatment."

Jewish Family Services is an agency of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. For more information: 466-9200, Ext. 246.

New trustee:

The Rev. Curtis A. Jones, pastor of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, has been elected to the board of trustees of Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J. A candidate for a doctor of ministry at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Jones is a graduate of Antioch College and the Princeton seminary.

The Princeton seminary, founded in 1812, is a theological school of the Presbyterian Church.

Men's Day:

Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker at a Men's Day service at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 3008 Gwynns Falls Parkway, Baltimore.

Other events that are part of Men's Month at the church include Men and Boys Soul Night tomorrow -- food, music and a laymen's meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. -- and a worship service at 4 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Cleveland Mason as the guest preacher. Mr. Mason is pastor of Baltimore's Perkins Square Baptist Church.

The Men's Month theme is "Christian Men Standing Steadfast, Unmovable and Always Abounding in Works of the Lord."

Fourth of July:

Epworth United Methodist Church at 600 Warren Road in Cockeysville has invited the public to attend its Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Independence Day, July 4.

"Prayers for Our Nation" is the theme of the services.

Pastor emeritus:

The Rev. George Edward Vanderford, pastor emeritus of United Baptist Church at 932 N. Broadway in Baltimore, will be honored for his 67 years in the ministry at the 11 a.m. service on Sunday. Mr. Vanderford, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday at that time, was pastor at United Baptist for more than 40 years.

Pentecostal:

The District of Columbia, Delaware and Maryland District, Missionary and Christian Women's Auxiliary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, will hold its 22nd annual missionary convention Saturday and Sunday in Aberdeen. The location for seminars and services will be Highway Holiness Church, 511 Edmund St., Aberdeen.

The convention will begin with a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday at Howard Johnson's Restaurant, 793 W. Belair Ave. in Aberdeen. The featured speaker Saturday evening and Sunday will be the Rev. Aida Ford of Bethel Christian Church in Uniondale, N.Y. Information: 664-3163 or 945-3540.

National Cathedral:

Baltimore supporters of Washington's Episcopal Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul -- known as the National Cathedral -- are enthusiastic about a television documentary about the Gothic landmark to be aired Wednesday evening on PBS stations.

Mrs. Robert D. H. Harvey, the cathedral's Associate Regional Chair for Maryland, said the show includes "breathtaking cinematography" as well as music and interviews. For time, consult local listings.

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