50th anniversary of Youth for Christ to be celebrated

RELIGION NOTES

May 12, 1994|By Reported by Frank P. L. Somerville

About 2,500 people are expected to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Metro-Maryland Youth for Christ-Campus Life Saturday evening in the hall of the Trinity Assembly of God at 2122 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. with a concert by the musical group "GLAD." The celebration will include an address by Jay Kesler, president of Taylor University in Indiana, who was president of Youth for Christ USA from 1972 to 1984.

Dr. Kesler has dealt with adolescent issues in his books, including "I Want A Home With No Problems!"

Youth for Christ was founded by Torrey Johnson in 1944. One of its early rallies drew 70,000 participants to Soldier Field in Chicago. The Rev. Billy Graham, the organization's first staff member, preached at many of its revivals for youth, including one at Baltimore's Lyric Theater in 1949.

The Maryland branch of the ministry to teen-agers began with a rally in 1944 at the historic Northminster Presbyterian Church, which at the time stood at North Avenue and St. Paul Street. The handsome Victorian building, seating 1,000, was demolished in 1959 after the congregation became too small to support it.

Robert C. Arnold, director of Youth for Christ in the Baltimore area, said that in the 20 years he has been associated with the organization, he has "seen the problems that teen-agers deal with escalate."

But the youth ministry "has helped many teen-agers turn their lives around," he said. "In a world full of bad news and negative role models, Youth for Christ-Campus Life meetings provide the opportunity for teen-agers to meet new friends, enjoy exciting activities, express their views on relevant issues and find answers to the problems they face."

& Information: 686-4040.

Hebrew university

William Frankel, former editor of the Jewish Chronicle in London, will give a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. today at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave.

His subject is "The New Europe: Is It Good for the Jews?" The program is part of the university's annual meeting.

The newspaper Mr. Frankel edited for nearly 25 years is the world's oldest English-language Jewish paper in continuous publication. His lecture coincides with the university awarding him the Maurice A. Stiller Prize for Literature.

For information and to reserve seats: 578-6915.

Priest honored

St. Edward's Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the ordination of its pastor, the Rev. Maurice Blackwell, with a dinner and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday in the church hall, 901 Poplar Grove St.

The event will also mark the 15th anniversary of Father Blackwell's pastorate at St. Edward's. Information: 362-2000.

Seniors' health

At an "Elder Care Fair" Saturday at Hiss United Methodist Church in Parkville, the staff of Maryland General Hospital will provide medical tests, and two panels of experts will discuss health issues affecting senior citizens.

The program for the elderly and their families will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 1 p.m. at the church, 8700 Harford Road.

& Information: 668-5665.

Otterbein Day

The Rev. Carl Rife, pastor of Milford Mill United Methodist Church, will speak at an annual celebration of religious history at 3 p.m. Sunday at Old Otterbein Church, Sharp and Conway streets near Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Built in 1785, Otterbein is the city's oldest surviving church structure. Information: 685-4703.

Jewish festival

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Beit Tikvah, a congregation of the Reconstructionist tradition, invites the public to a Shavuot celebration from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at 5802 Roland Ave., Baltimore.

The festival will include a dramatic presentation of the Book of Ruth, two discussions led by Rabbi David Sulomm Stein and activities for children. Information and reservations: 521-1567.

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