Congregation to get hints on 'Home Improvement'

October 30, 1994|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer

When Valley Brook Community Church's executive pastor, the Rev. Rob Lamp, talks to his congregation today, he won't just speak as a minister. He'll be doing a comedy routine.

Mr. Lamp will imitate comedian Tim Allen, star of ABC's hit show "Home Improvement," at a kickoff service for the congregation's four-week family series also titled "Home Improvement".

"We're going to do a little spoof on it [the show]. I'm going to be your host Tim Allen," said Mr. Lamp, who has helped produce the church's annual Christmas program and other productions. He's the congregation's "drumming pastor."

As a fan of the series, Mr. Lamp thought the TV show's name would be perfect for the congregation's series about the family.

The church's series is more serious than the TV show, however.

"The family as it is today is very fragmented. We thought it was important to address the whole community the best we can," Mr. Lamp said.

The 300 families and 100 single people who attend the Columbia-based church will have an opportunity to learn how to make the family stronger, he said.

The lessons will have "relevant applications to people who are seeking to improve the relationships within their homes," Mr. Lamp said.

Each week in November will be set aside for different family members: fathers, mothers, children and single parents. Mr. Lamp will lead the first two sessions, and co-pastor Steve Huhta will lead the last two.

Mr. Lamp said the series will help people understand what each member contributes to the family and how he or she can improve family relations. Fathers, for instance, will learn to express affection to children and to be more verbal, he said.

Skits and music to reinforce the importance of each family member will be performed during the sessions, he said.

The nondenominational congregation began as a Bible study group meeting at the University of Maryland in the early 1980s. Today, members meet Sunday mornings at the Smith Theatre at Howard Community College.

The culturally diverse group uses contemporary music to reach out to the unchurched or to those who seek nontraditional Christian services.

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