Pastor gives opening prayer to House

NEIGHBORS

November 09, 1993|By SUE HALLER

The Congressional Record for Oct. 21 contained more than just the names of politicians.

On that day, the Rev. Chris Holmes of the Community United Methodist Church gave the opening prayer to the U.S. House of Representatives.

After the prayer, Rep. Steny Hoyer praised Holmes for leading "one of the strong and vibrant congregations in my district."

Hoyer, the Fifth District Democrat, continued: "It is interesting that his church is called the CUMC, for indeed, Pastor Holmes and the people of the church are community builders in our area doing the good works that bring people of all backgrounds together in faith and in trust."

His recent visit to Capitol Hill was not the first for Holmes. In 1974, he was a Congressional page for a Texas lawmaker.

While a student at the school for pages, Holmes played on the basketball team and scored 54 points in one game, a record that still stands.

Holmes is a graduate of Western Maryland College and Drew Theological Seminary. He lives in Crofton with his wife, Margaret, and three children, Lindsey, Jenny and Taylor.

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Did you know that next week is American Education Week?

In honor of the week, Crofton Middle School will have an open house for parents on Tuesday.

Parents may attend classes with their child.

All school administrators ask is that you use the main entrance, register and get information about the day.

If you plan to join your child after he or she has started class, it is suggested that you have a copy of the schedule.

The school invites you to stay as long as you like and have lunch with your child in the cafeteria if you like. The cost of an adult lunch is $2.30.

* Administrators are looking for parents to serve as substitute health room volunteers. The health room is staffed by volunteers, but only a few who can come in on short notice. They need parents who can fill in for one of the regulars.

If you can help, call Sue Bradley at 793-0280.

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The time has come once again for the Community United Methodist Church's Trash and Treasure and Bake Sale.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. on Nov. 20 and continue until 1 p.m.

The church is on Reidel Road.

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County public library branches are marking Children's Book Week Nov. 15-21 with free story telling events and guest appearances.

Author and illustrator David Wisniewski of Bowie will demonstrate his cut paper illustrations and talk about his books at 7 p.m. on Nov. 16 at the Crofton Branch Library. The program is open to children ages 4 to 12 and their parents.

Copies of his books, "Elfwyn's Saga," "Rain Players" and "The Warrior and the Wise Man," will be available and Wisniewski will autographed them if you desire.

For more information, call the library at 222-7371.

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Decorative wreaths and garland for this holiday season are on sale, with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.

The Maine balsam fir wreaths are available in 20- and 30-inch sizes, decorated and undecorated. The 20-inch undecorated wreath is $12 and the 30-inch wreath is $18. The 20-inch decorated is $15 and the 30-inch $22. The 15-foot Maine white pine garland is available for just $20.

Call 721-4304 for information or to place an order. All orders must be placed no later than Nov. 17.

Wreaths and garland will be available for pick-up on Dec. 3 and 4 at sites throughout the county.

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Healing Journey, an ecumenical support group for adults whose spouse has died, meets each Wednesday at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, 1657 Crofton Parkway.

Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. If you would like more information, call 987-8900.

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