Faithful Circle quilting group to hold show, raffle

NEIGHBORS

April 18, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

Come tiptoe to the Celtic Garden, which will be blooming next week at Ellicott City's Faithful Circle Quilt Show.

This Celtic Garden, with blossoms of magenta and forest green, is not a garden at all, but the name of a quilt pattern that resembles an intricate maze.

In this case, the deep rich colors compose a queen-sized quilt on a natural white background. Portions of the fabric were dyed by a member of the Faithful Circle.

The quilt took two years to complete, with every one of the 100 Circle members contributing their labors of love to the project.

This quilt is a raffle quilt, and one lucky ticket holder will take it home. Raffle tickets cost $1; the money raised will benefit the Faithful Circle, the Ellicott City quilting group.

The proceeds of the raffle will fund educational projects for the group and allow members to give a donation to the First Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City, where they meet.

Raffle tickets can be bought at the quilt show, a semi-annual event presented by the Faithful Circle, which will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The public is welcome to attend the show, where there will be a silent quilt auction, door prizes every hour, a merchant's mall and demonstrations, in addition to a large display of the group's handiwork.

Quilters come great distances to attend the event, so we assume it's a good one.

Demonstration topics range from fabric selection to sweat-shirt decorating to quilting techniques.

The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A donation for attendance is $2.

First Presbyterian Church is located one block east of the intersection of Routes 29 and 108 in Ellicott City.

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Mount Pisgah A.M.E. Church, located at the intersection of Routes 108 and 103 in Ellicott City, is a 200-year-old congregation, one which is celebrating a new pastor, a new church building and burgeoning growth.

The new pastor is Donald Smedley, who began leading the church two months ago.

Bishop Smedley recently returned from serving in an A.M.E. mission in Africa, a mission all bishops must complete early in their careers in the African Methodist Episcopal church.

The missions support the many A.M.E. congregations in the western and southern regions of Africa.

Mount Pisgah's old church building in Howard County, a small classic white-steepled structure, had been built by church members at the turn of the century after the original structure burned down.

With building costs what they are now, it's hard to believe that the whole building cost $150 to construct.

The diminutive size of the white church necessitated two Sunday services for many years. But the congregation wanted to worship together on Sundays, so members opted to meet in Thunder Hill Elementary School's cafeteria.

Meanwhile, an entrepreneur who hoped to start a day care center purchased property adjacent to the church and moved a tan-colored building to it. When the day care center never started, the church purchased the building and began renovations.

Now completed, the building has a meeting room and kitchen on the lower floor, and a sanctuary upstairs. It opened for worship on Palm Sunday.

The congregation now worships together again in its own space. Services in the new building are at 11 a.m. Sundays, with church school and Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. On Tuesday evenings, members meet for a prayer meeting.

A new tutoring program has begun at the church for community children, which runs concurrently with the Tuesday meeting.

Allied Signal, whose offices are located near the church, has formed a partnership with the church, and the employees, including scientists and engineers, help children with their schoolwork. Naturally, the math and science instruction is high quality.

The church invites other community youngsters, especially those attending neighboring Howard High School, to take advantage of the free tutoring.

For more information concerning the church or tutoring, call Charles Jackson at (410) 442-2786 or Nat Smith at (301) 596-5888.

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Tomorrow at noon, join the Howard County Library's Information Staff at Miller Branch Library in a discussion of "My Favorite Mysteries."

The book talk will introduce some of the staff's favorite mystery writers in a 45-minute format.

=1 Registration for the program is not required.

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The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, an organization for women of Irish descent, is celebrating its 100th year this year.

The organization formed in 1894, hoping to aid the many Irish immigrants then flooding into the United States. It is a national organization, with nearly 10 divisions in Maryland.

As the organization grew, it took on an additional charge, that of providing financial support to the Columban Mission Fathers.

The priests are educated in Ireland and travel as missionaries to African countries.

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