Church members are one reason Habitat for Humanity works EAST COLUMBIA


August 31, 1993|By NATALIE HARVEY

Habitat for Humanity is not "somebody else" helping others. It's people such as the members of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word, who are active participants in the Sandtown/Winchester Habitat projects in Baltimore.

It all began with the church's youth group seeking a service project. Evelyne Bloomer heard about Habitat and investigated the idea for the group.

Soon, the congregation, which holds services at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills, was involved. They were so energetic that they were approached by Allan Tibbles, director of the Sandtown/Winchester project, and John Best, Habitat construction manager, to adopt the house at 1633 Gilmor St., where they had been working.

Members were willing, but need money. Each house costs approximately $30,000 and the sponsor is expected to provide half. The Aid Associations for Lutherans stepped in and provided limited funds.

Small individual donations made up the balance. That was only the beginning.

It is a small congregation of 30 families, and yet, five to 10 members from 4 to 70 years old work each week.

Upon completion of 1633 Gilmor, church members also pitched in and helped finish the house at 1630 Gilmor. Now, they are working on house No. 3 at 1530 Stricker St. and still need matching funds. They are planning to have a total of five houses ready for occupancy by 1997.

Ms. Bloomer welcomes the opportunity to take her "storyboard" to other churches and organizations as an inspiration to join Habitat.

Anyone interested in obtaining more information, may call the church at (410) 730-1970.


Boy Scout Troop #75 is holding a fund-raising "free" car wash from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 11 at the Howard County Fire and Rescue Station, 5950 Tamar Drive in Long Reach Village.

The scouts will canvas the area, Sept. 7 and 9, accompanied by an adult leader, asking families to pledge money toward the number of cars actually washed Sept. 11.

The next Saturday, Sept. 18, they will visit the houses with verification of cars washed and collect their pledges. Funds are used to replace the troop's camping equipment and the scout's also earn credit for summer camp. Information and pledges, (410) 381-4617.


Hawaii is the destination of Cheryl Ann Mayer after completing her initial military training as an U.S. Army nurse at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.

Ms. Mayer, the daughter of Eleanor and Richard Mayer, attended Marymount University on a military scholarship. She is a graduate of Oakland Mills High School.


Christ United Methodist Church, which meets at the Owen Brown Community Center, at 6800 Cradlerock Way, will begin its fall schedule of services on Sept. 12 at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. Information: 381-6329.


Oakland Mills Village students received awards in two categories as participants in the PTA Cultural Arts Reflections Contest. Valerie and Russell Brammer (Oakland Mills High School and Stevens Forest Elementary) won photography awards.

One of Valerie's entries was entered in the PTA National %J Competition. Elementary students Sylvia Johnson (Stevens Forest) and Paul Dobry (Hammond) also won literature awards.


Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) will be offered for parents of toddlers through pre-teens on Tuesday evenings from Sept. 7 through Oct. 26. at the offices of Christian Counseling Association, Suite 101, Stevens Forest Professional Center, 9650 Santiago Road. The non-denominational classes will be conducted by Troy Parrish discussing childrens' behavior, discipline and inter-family relationships.

This is CCA's eighth year of working with families in the area. Class fee for the eight-week seminar is $60, ($100 for a couple) plus the cost of a handbook. Information: (410) 995-5587 or (301) 596-5759.


Sales tables are available for the Christ Episcopal Church's 12th Annual Flea Market and Texas Barbecue, Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oakland Mills and Dobbin roads. Rental fees varies from $7 to $16, depending upon number of spaces needed. The rain date is Sept. 18. Information: (410) 730-8578 or (410) 596-5322.


"Rainbows For All God's Children," sponsored by St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church, is a support group for children who have lost a parent or loved through death or divorce.

Pizza is served at the Oakland Mills Meeting House from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. for an optional gathering time before the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. meetings. A fee of $10 is charged parishioners; $15 for others.

The childrens' parents meet as part of the PRIZM program at the same time on Thursdays. The program for the adults is an effort to help parents understand and process their own feelings and become more attuned to their childrens' emotional state.

Cost is $25. Information: Religious Education Office, 964-1436.

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