Pentecostal church installs new minister EAST COLUMBIA

NEIGHBORS

August 03, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

Greater Bethlehem Temple of Columbia celebrated the installation of a new minister, Roan Samuel Faulkner, during services July 18 at Talbott Springs Elementary School.

In attendance were Bishop James Nelson of Baltimore, founder of the Columbia congregation, and Bishop Monroe Saunders, pastor of Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.

Connie Baker, who coordinated the occasion, and her husband, Earl, are ministers of the church.

The temple welcomes visitors and families to its growing membership for Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., with 10 a.m. Sunday school. All services are held at Talbott Springs School, 9550 White Acre Road.

Information: 381-0746.

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Teens and their parents are reminded that they can rent space for parties, celebrations, holidays and other events at the Columbia Teen Center at The Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center.

Rental includes use of the dance floor, the kitchen, pool and pingpong tables.

Information: 992-3726.

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Joan Waclawski, Phelps Luck Elementary School's PTA president, has announced fellow officers who will serve with her during the next academic year. Bonnie Brasso is first vice president, and Cathy Cwalina is second vice president; Kerry Treasure and Meredith Chancellor are recording and corresponding secretaries; and Tom Grobicki is treasurer.

Betsy Gould and Meredith Chancellor were named PTA Council delegates; Steve Honecker and Sally Meyer will serve as delegates to the Citizen's Advisory Committee.

Joan encourages parents to volunteer to be on a PTA committee, meet other parents and delight in their childrens' pride. A quantity of volunteers means quality efforts. These committees need you: newsletter, pizza sale coordinator, publicity, secret shop, market day, fund-raising, fun fest, and family fun night.

Questions and details: 730-2517.

* Members of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word congregation participate in the St. Dysmas prison ministry, which holds services for men and women at Maryland Correctional Institution and Maryland Correctional Institute for Women, both in Jessup.

It began five years ago when Ed Nesselhuff was called by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to develop the St. Dysmas ministry. St. Dysmas was the Biblical "repentant thief," who was crucified with Christ.

Pastor Al Christiansen continued the ministry when Pastor Nesselhuff moved to South Dakota, where he established another St. Dysmas group.

At first, services were held every Sunday at the women's facility; this changed to a Saturday evening service, and additional services were added at the men's facility, where some of the church members had already been involved in tutoring prisoners for GED tests.

A half-dozen parishioners have faithfully conducted and accompanied monthly services without a break in continuity. Services are also held each week by other parishes.

Milt Nelson leads the Bible study at the women's facility. Liturgical accompaniment by Susan Pumplin, piano, Dave Pumplin, cello, Patty Yergey, viola, Al Yergey, flute, and Tom Reinke, guitar, is offered during services led by local ministers on a rotating basis.

The musicians are enthusiastic about their experiences.

Mr. Yergey said, "It is difficult to define what the ministry has meant to me. There is a bond and a fulfillment. It is a genuine pleasure to be part of it."

The service, worship materials and the accompanying liturgical music are usually the same as at the church's service at Oakland Mills Meeting House.

After each service there is always time for social interaction with the 30 to 40 prisoners who attend.

"I am struck by the openness and participation of the prisoners during worship. It's clear that the services are very important to them. I especially appreciate the prayers which individuals offer during the service; prayers for families, fellow inmates with special needs and for the problems of the world," Ms. Pumplin said.

"We know very little about the men we see; why they are in prison or what their day-to-day lives are like. When we worship, we share a bond for that time. We have been told that our visit means a great deal to the prisoners; just as it does for us. The men who have become St. Dysmas members have a low rate of recidivism," she said.

Other Lutheran Churches, Church of New Hope in Kings Contrivance and Abiding Savior Church in Hickory Ridge and Town Center's Kittamaqundi Community, provide visiting teams and offer financial support for the ministry.

"Children of our church designed three banners," Ms. Pumplin said. "One is used during services at the prison. Kites were the focus of their banners' design because the children take part each year when the congregation flies kites after Easter services symbolizing Christ's resurrection and ascension to heaven."

The consensus seems to be that their monthly Lutheran visits are well worth their time and effort.

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