St. Andrew's Church thrives on at-home feeling

NEIGHBORS

December 30, 1993|By SALLY BUCKLER

Members of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church worshiping at Union Chapel in Glenwood often say they have a "really different church."

This is a spirited place to worship. A steady growth in weekly attendance over the last year is due in large part to the at-home and welcome feeling of the church. The third Sunday of each month, worship service is for the family.

Older parishioners are supportive of younger families, encouraging toddlers and youngsters to enjoy coming to church. St. Andrew's vibrant Sunday school, which serves 35 children, has met for the past year at the Children's Center of Glenwood. Now they are meeting at Union Chapel in the addition, called the new Parish House.

Union Chapel's Parish House was opened when Bishop Theodore Eastman came to the church in November to bless the parish. If you've driven by the chapel on Route 97, you may have noticed the Parish House and the beautiful new sign marking historic Union Chapel.

The Union Chapel Board of Trustees has kept the mission of the chapel as it was intended, a place of worship and meeting for the community. Vicar Harry Brunett of St. Andrew's tries to serve the needs of a growing parish and the community. He has organized activities within the church and outreach activities in Western Howard County.

Folks at St. Andrew's try to make a difference. The outreach committee visited Springfield State Hospital to present a magic show by Will Slade and a Christmas party for the patients. Martha Russell served as interpreter. Church members sold 148 house pins to help support Grassroots and the homeless. Parishioners delivered Christmas baskets and gifts to six needy families in Howard County. The church has contributed more than 1,400 pounds of food to the Howard County Food Pantry.

In the spring, church members will participate in Christmas in April, a non-profit organization which repairs and refurbishes the homes of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners in Howard County. If you know of a family who would like to have assistance from this program, please call Joan Brunett at 730-6079.

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Under the direction of Sue Kline, the Bushy Park Chorus delighted residents of the Fairhaven Retirement Center Dec. 21. The students' spirited holiday concert helped put residents of the center in an animated holiday mood.

Stephen Forney, father of singer Christopher Forney of Glenwood, treated the chorus to lunch after the presentation.

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At Chapelgate Christian Academy, the Parent Teacher Fellowship officers and committee chairpersons will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the school. The school board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Room 203 of the school.

Call 442-5888 for more information.

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Many women will testify that Girl Scouting left them with happy memories, lifelong interests, friends and confidence. My personal memories of Girl Scout Troops in our homes in the Chicago and Dallas areas are golden.

When Latvia was freed from the former Soviet Union, I rejoiced. A Latvian woman had talked to our troop about how her country had been stolen from the people. I thought of how happy this woman must be now.

If you want to give your daughter some precious memories, she can join Girl Scouts, too. Anne Henderson of Mount Airy will help you register your daughter for a program. Call her at 489-5063.

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If you are interested in music education and would like to be a parent volunteer, several local schools could use your talent.

Lisbon Elementary School, Clarksville Middle School and Mount View Middle School need parents to serve as school representatives to the Howard County Parents for School Music organization.

Call Teresa Moller at 750-9441 to volunteer for this position or other volunteer services for HCPSM.

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The Howard County Tourism Council, Inc., produces some interesting literature, which it distributes to residents and visitors. Its current production is the 1994 issue of the Howard County Dining Guide.

Publishers of the guide invite all Western Howard County eating establishments to send them information to include in the guide. Call 313-1900 for more information.

Western Howard County residents may also call this number to receive a copy of the guide or a Calendar of Events or any other literature the Council produces.

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St. Francis of Assisi Mission Church is a new Catholic parish, which currently meets in St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and in the Atholton High School Cafeteria on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The St. Francis of Assisi community is an active society. Besides meeting the spiritual needs of its members, the group energetically supports social service.

A church building for Saint Francis of Assisi will be on the Southwest corner of routes 216 and 29 in the future, but now the parish is developing and growing.

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