Happy Easter! Flowers and the spring feast days are here to hearten us. Here are some events in our area that celebrate spring in religious and worldly ways.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will hold the Western Howard County Ecumenical Good Friday service at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Union Chapel on Route 97 in Glenwood. The St. Andrew's congregation will meet for a Lenten supper at 6 p.m. today in the 4-H building at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with a service at 7 p.m.
Services on Easter Sunday will be at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Church members contributed a new organ to St. Andrew's which the congregation first heard Palm Sunday. Phone 489-4035.
St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville observes Holy Thursday today with the Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:30 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins at the conclusion of the Mass and ends at midnight.
The doors of the church will reopen at noon Friday, and the Solemn Passion Liturgy begins at 3 p.m. The Tableau Stations are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday there will be a blessing of the Easter Food Baskets at 1 p.m., a musical prelude of music for Holy Week with the choir at 7 p.m., and the Easter Vigil begins at 7:30 p.m.
All events are in the main church. Please call the church at 531-6040 for a schedule of the Masses for Easter Sunday.
From noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday the Catholic Youth Ministry at St. Louis will sponsor an Easter egg hunt for children who can just walk to age 9. The Easter Bunny will stop by to say hello. Phone 531-6668.
Gethsemane Baptist Church will have an Evening of Easter Praise featuring the music ministry of the church at 7 p.m. Sunday. They will show a film called "Scars That Heal" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church on Burnt Woods Road in Glenwood. Phone 442-5853.
St. James United Methodist Church, near the intersection of routes 99 and 32, will hold a Holy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. today. Their Tenebrae service will be tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Easter Sunrise service in the outdoor chapel behind the church will be at 6:30 a.m., with a breakfast afterward in the fellowship hall. At 11 a.m. Sunday, St. James will have a service in the sanctuary, with an Easter Cantata entitled "With Christ Arising," presented by the Chancel Choir. Phone 442-2020.
Lisbon United Methodist Church will have a Maundy Thursday service with communion at 7:30 p.m. today, and will participate in the ecumenical service at St. Andrew's tomorrow. The Easter sunrise service begins in the upper church parking lot at 6 a.m. Sunday. Participants will share scriptures, hymns and prayers before moving inside for light refreshments. The worship service at 11 a.m. will have the Lisbon Puppets presenting a children's sermon. Church members have adorned the sanctuary with Easter lilies. Phone 489-7245.
Music lovers are buying tickets for the Glenelg High School Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. April 15. Mail off your tax returns and go to Glenelg High to hear the Jazz Band play jazz and swing music with gusto.
Relax to the music of guest soloist trumpeter Tommy Williams. Mr. Williams is a Baltimore native whose music is recognized nationally.
L Tickets are $5, available from band members and at the door.
The winter carnival was snowed out, so the Pointers Run Elementary School Parent Teachers Association will sponsor a "Winter is Over Carnival" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16. They'll have games, a moon walk, trinkets, cake walks, face painting, button making, grab bags, a bake table and food.
Admission is free, and this is going to be a fun community event for kids of all ages. Phone (301) 490-8434.
Local winners in the Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Howard County Police Department 1994 MADD poster contest include Kyle Goldman, 7, and Kristina Schwarz, 10, of Lisbon Elementary School, and Laura Samuelson, 10, of Pointers Run Elementary School.
Winners received savings bonds for their creative entries.
Gardening is one of life's great pleasures, and parents who teach their children to love the soil deserve great thanks. River Hill Garden Center has designed a series of High Teas for Tuesdays and Thursdays this spring which gardeners won't want to miss.
They'll have 16 informal lectures, each followed by afternoon tea and scones.
Call 531-3303 for more information.
Spring is the time to register students for kindergarten. You may register your child -- who must be 5 by Dec. 31, 1994 -- April 5-8 during the school day at all local elementary schools.
Please bring your child's birth certificate, current immunization records and proof of residency. You may also register children for first grade who are not currently enrolled in public school kindergarten. Call your local elementary school for more information.
Kids who like music from the '50s and '60s won't want to miss the St. Louis Catholic Youth Ministry's Sock Hop from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 8. A deejay will provide music for students in grades six through 12.