Plans for revival to be discussed at prayer breakfastAt a...

RELIGION NOTES

July 15, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Plans for revival to be discussed at prayer breakfast

At a prayer breakfast scheduled this morning at Northwest Baltimore's New Shiloh Baptist Church, organizers will discuss their plans for a Christian revival Sept. 12 at the Inner Harbor's Pier 6.

The preachers chosen for the afternoon and evening revival services are the Rev. Vashti McKenzie of Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Rev. Harlie W. Wilson of Israel Baptist Church.

The plans grew out of a well-attended, three-day revival held in October at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

More than 1,500 unchurched people made commitments to Christ during or after the stadium services conducted by the Rev. Harold A. Carter of New Shiloh and the Rev. Frank Madison Reid III of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Urban crime and violence were a target of that religious effort and will be the subject of preaching again in September. On Oct. 4, the final day of the earlier revival, not a single shooting was reported in Baltimore, the crusade organizers announced with pleasure.

Two nonprofit groups are arranging the Pier 6 revival, Baltimore Determined Crusade Inc. and Beyond the Crusade.

A chief organizer is state Sen. Larry Young, D-Baltimore.

Today's prayer breakfast, to which pastors throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area have been invited, is intended to increase the number of congregations backing the September event.

About 30 churches have indicated a willingness to be part of the plans so far, according to Jan Goslee, speaking for the two sponsoring groups.

The prayer breakfast is to begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 10 a.m. at New Shiloh, 2100 N. Monroe St. Information: 554-8256 or 554-8291.

Women honored:

Women honored: Three Marylanders are among the 85 women from 36 states to be recognized for leadership in their congregations and communities on Sunday during the 19th General Synod of the United Church of Christ in St. Louis.

Being honored are Anne O. Emery of Northwest Baltimore's

TC Heritage United Church of Christ, Gay McCormick of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster and Diana Corl of the denomination's Christ Reformed congregation in Middletown, Frederick County.

Dr. Emery is vice president of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, the missionary arm of the church in the United States, and is on the board of the denomination's Central Atlantic Conference.

Ms. McCormick is a teacher of adult classes who has worked with the church's Task Force on Sexual Abuse. Ms. Corl, a graphic artist, has designed worship banners. She also is on the Central Atlantic Conference board.

Lawn concert:

Lawn concert: Northside Baptist Church has invited the public to a free outdoor concert of gospel music on its grounds at 1100 E. Northern Parkway at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Bill Itzel Family Quartet, consisting of Mr. Itzel, his mother, his wife and a brother, will perform. These musicians have been nominated for a Grammy award.

In the event of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be moved indoors. A free-will offering will be accepted, a church spokesman said.

Orthodox aid:

Orthodox aid: International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), a Baltimore-based humanitarian agency of Orthodox Christians in the United States and Canada, has signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to distribute $15 million worth of food as part of an assistance program in the Russian Federation.

Working closely with its Russian counterpart, the Charities Department of the Russian Orthodox Church, and other nongovernmental charities in the former Soviet Union, IOCC will distribute 10,700 metric tons of free food over the next nine months, an IOCC spokesman said.

He estimated that the flour, rice, vegetable oil, whole-fat dried milk, butter oil and infant formula will reach more than 400,000 needy people. IOCC, founded in March 1992, has its offices in the Rotunda at 711 W. 40th St. Information: 243-9820.

Bus trip:

Bus trip: Beth Jacob Synagogue at 5713 Park Heights Ave. is planning a bus trip Aug. 8 to the new U.S. Holocaust Memorial in Washington.

Seating on the buses, which will leave the synagogue parking lot at 8:30 a.m., will be assigned on receipt of a check for $15 per person. Information and reservations: 466-1266.

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