Churches in region offer wide variety of Christmas services

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December 23, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

Christmas! The gifts are wrapped, the cookies baked, the lights are strung, and the stockings are ready to be hung. Finally it's time to remember why we celebrate this season and to get on with the festivities.

We are fortunate to have a legion of churches in Western Howard County.

At Gethsemane Baptist Church in Glenwood, there will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 8 p.m. The church members invite our community to attend. Phone 442-5853.

St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville will offer Masses in the church and in the school auditorium at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and at midnight in the church only. The Masses at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and midnight each will be preceded by a carol service starting half an hour beforehand. On Christmas Day, there will be Masses at 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m., and 11 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. in the church and at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Phone 531-6040.

At Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood, you may attend a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Celebration at 7:30 p.m. The worship service will include carols. You may bring a gift of hats, socks or mittens for the needy. Phone 442-1204.

Glenelg United Methodist Church in Glenelg will hold a 6:30 p.m. family candlelight service and a 10:30 p.m. meditation, featuring the adult handbell choir. At 11 p.m. church members will celebrate the service of Nine Lessons and Carols with Communion. Phone 489-7260.

The congregation of Lisbon United Methodist Church in Lisbon will have candlelight services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Phone 489-7245.

At Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville, there will be a Christmas Eve family service at 7 p.m., featuring organ music, the Ring-a-lings Children Choir, and soloist Sara Shaw. At the 11 p.m. candlelight service, there will be organ music, the Chancel Choir, the Handbell Choir, soloists, a guitarist and carols. Phone: 531-5653.

The congregation of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, worshiping Union Chapel in Glenwood, will hold Christmas Eve services at 4 p.m. with a children's pageant and Holy Eucharist. At 10 p.m. those gathered will sing Christmas carols, followed by the Festival of Holy Eucharist and a sermon by Vicar Harry Brunett. They will enjoy coffee in the new addition after the services. Phone 489-4035.

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Gazing at a beautiful Christmas tree is such a pleasure. Before Christmas we surely don't want to think about taking our trees down. Once the holidays are over, however, we must decide what to do with a tired old Christmas tree.

Here's a good idea. Some responsible Glenwood Middle School seventh-graders are concerned with how our discarded Christmas trees choke landfills. The students are offering to turn your tree into mulch free of charge.

Just take your tree to Glenwood Middle School between 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 7 or between 9 a.m. and noon Jan. 8.

You can take home some mulch, which will be ready for your garden by spring. Glenwood Gardens Garden Center is donating the mulching machine, and the students are providing the labor as a community service.

By having your tree mulched, you will be helping to save space in the landfill.

L Information: Donna Duke at Glenwood Middle School, 313-5520.

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The next time you attend the Lisbon Fire Department breakfast, say congratulations to James Edward Heller of Lisbon, the new director of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

Mr. Heller, who attends the breakfasts on the second Sunday of each month, was appointed to his post by County Executive Charles I. Ecker Dec. 15. He is well known in the Howard County fire service circles because he's been in the system for a long time.

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Varsity cheerleaders from Glenelg High School are excited about Christmas, but they're even more excited about their trip to Dallas. For the last several years, the varsity cheerleading squad has qualified to compete in the National Cheerleading Championships.

The last time a Glenelg squad went to a championship was in 1986. This year they are going again. The squad qualified at the National Cheerleaders Association summer camp, and they have raised money and practiced for months. They leave Dec. 26 to join more than 7,000 cheerleaders and hundreds of squads in the competition at the Dallas Convention Center.

Coach JoAnne Horan says that being able to represent the school in Dallas is a dream come true for the girls. Only three other squads from Maryland will attend the championships this year. Our local cheerleaders will compete Monday, and anyone who has seen the enthusiasm and spirit of this squad knows they will do well.

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Clarice Counts of Clarksville was recently elected president of Chapter 559, the Howard County chapter, of the American Association of Retired Persons.

Members and others are invited to the Jan. 11 meeting of the chapter that takes place at 1 p.m. at the Florence Bain Senior Center in Columbia.

Dr. Neal Barnard, the national president of the Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine, will lecture on "Research Taxes -- Cures or Fraud?"

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