Stephen Ministers are active at Glen Mar Methodist

NEIGHBORS

May 09, 1994|By JEAN LESLIE

In the first century A.D., St. Stephen was sent by church leaders to care for people, and he went about his work quietly.

In our century, people from all Protestant denominations are continuing St. Stephen's work as care-giving Stephen Ministers.

The Stephen Ministers give a three-year commitment to the ministry. They go to school for one year, learning listening and comforting techniques. Then they commit to two years of ministering to people who have approached the Stephen ministry for care. They are not professional counselors, just caring people.

There is a tight organization in Glen Mar Methodist Church's Stephen Ministry. Forty ministers meet with five leaders on a biweekly basis for devotions and peer supervision. While sharing experiences in the meeting, they cannot use specifics because that would breech the promised confidentiality.

On April 17, I witnessed the commissioning of Glen Mar Methodist's 11 new Stephen Ministers.

Two teen-agers, Kristina Libby and Shelly Wiles, passed the course despite the demands of their school work.

Other members of the class include Kathleen Charters, Lyne Phillips, Thea Beckering, Jeanne Ordernatt, Ellen Hughes, Vickie Clancy, Carol Taylor, Susan Gribble and Jeanne Wiles.

Jeanne Wiles not only took the course but also provided transportation to allow the teens to take it.

Stephen's newest ministers are ready to tackle the challenges of their calling.

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Gallery 44 in Ellicott City is showing Ellicott City resident Alice Webb's artworks this month. Alice is a member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society.

Gallery 44 is in the Bethany 40 Shopping Center and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, and until 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays.

Call 465-5200 for more information.

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MA If you were one of the 1,165 people who attended the Faithful

Circle Quilting Group's show last weekend, you probably left "oohing" and "aahing."

I attended and left impressed. There were nearly 80 full-sized bed quilts and 105 wall hangings, the products of two years of quilting.

One of the fun things about the quilt show was that each person who attended voted on a favorite quilt in each of five categories in the Viewer's Choices.

At the end of the show, votes were tallied, and (pass the envelope, please) here are the winners:

For a child's quilt, Rosemarie Bauernschub; wall hanging, Cynthia Vice; pieced quilt, Pat Brousil; appliqued quilt, Virginia Fry; bedsize quilt, Lois M. Krebs.

The winner of the beautiful Celtic Garden raffle quilt was Eileen Malatesta from La Plata. Eileen is just the sort of person you'd want to have win: She had never won anything in a contest before, she bought just one ticket after having previously attended the show, and she's a quilter, too.

If you missed this show, you only have to wait for two more years until the Faithful Circle is ready to sponsor another.

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Ellicott Mills Middle School sixth-graders have decided that they want to help the community, so they will help feed the elderly.

The students did research on the Howard County Extended Nutrition Program, which is sponsored by the Office on Aging. They found that the best way they could help would be to donate money to the program.

The children are holding a carwash Saturday, and giving the $3 donation to this cause.

It's also their way to begin fulfilling the Maryland Student Service requirement. The location of the car wash is the Columbia Pike Shell Station, at Montgomery Road and Columbia Pike in Ellicott City. They'll be busy with pails and rags from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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Rockburn Elementary celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week last week because Staff Appreciation Day was iced out in February.

The week included activities to honor the teachers, including a luncheon and breakfast.

At 6 p.m. Friday, Rockburn will throw an outdoor evening called ** "Family Fun Night," especially for Rockburn families.

Everyone will bring a picnic dinner to eat and afterward watch the Kangaroo Kids perform their great jump-rope routines.

Two children's bicycles will be raffled. The price of each raffle ticket is a can of food.

The cans will be donated to the Howard County Food Bank.

The county Police Department's Crash Dummies will be on hand. Games and foot races will be included.

I extend my congratulations to Rockburn's Citizens of the Month for April, who include Eve Long, Nicole Schlein, Donnie Aybar, Ryan Murray, Cory Rose, Dana Miller, Emmeline Conway, Allison Cruz, Heather Stebbins, Rachel Bishop, Allison Perrelli, Cori Harrison, Valerie Buxton, Katherine Song, Margaret Dobbs, Gabrielle Federline, Eric Slack, Justin Anderson, Timothy Lay, Frank Clarkson, Valerie Lucas and Taurean Gary.

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Here are a few yard sales for you to attend. Once you're out of the house early Saturday, make a morning of it.

Melville Chapel United Methodist Church, on Furnace Avenue in Elkridge, is holding a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The rain date is May 21.

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