St. John Christmas trees offer a worldwide benefit


November 23, 1994|By LARRY STURGILL

Christmas tree sales are used as fund-raisers by many organizations. And, as we edge closer to the holiday, small plots of ground filled with Christmas trees and sparkling with decorative lights will begin appearing along roadsides and in parking lots all around Columbia and Howard County.

Again this year, the St. John Baptist Church Christmas Tree sale has a local and an international twist to it.

The sale will be held at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and will offer trees from Conifer Ridge Farm in Bedford, Pa.

The Christmas tree farm is owned by Dan and Myrtle Haldeman, who were residents of Howard County for 30 years before retiring to their Pennsylvania tree farm, where they also run a bed and breakfast inn.

For the past few years, St. John Baptist Church and other local organizations have purchased trees from the farm, in part because every tree sold provides money to help hungry families worldwide.

Mr. Haldeman has been active in Heifer Project International since the organization was founded 50 years ago.

Ten percent of the sale of each tree goes to HPI, which provides income and food, livestock and seed to hungry rural families. The organization also provides training in the care of the animals and teach family members how to grow crops.

The tree selection includes Scotch pines, Douglas firs, white pines, Norway spruce and Austrian pines. Trees range from 6 feet to 11 feet tall, and prices from $21 to $48.

All trees are delivered two days before the sale.

Members of the St. John Baptist

Young Adult Fellowship will supervise the sale and help people load their Christmas trees.

Trees also can be ordered before the sale.

For information on the sale, or to arrange a presale order, please call John West at 992-1965.


Thanksgiving is the traditional beginning of the holiday season. Between now and New Year's Day, we will celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas.

It is a time of joy, and a time when we reflect with compassion for those less fortunate.

Most of the village centers and many organizations within our community are collecting nonperishable food for the needy. Your donations will be appreciated.


Congratulations to Cyrus Lawyer and Joseph Markson, who are eighth-graders at Harper's Choice Middle School.

Both young men won gold pins in recognition of their outstanding performances in the recent Maryland Math Marathon, an annual event sponsored by the Maryland Council of Mathematics Teachers.

Statewide, almost 200 middle school students participated in this year's math contest held at MacArthur Middle School in Fort Meade.


West Columbia residents can relax with a great meal, enjoy an excellent musical production and support the fine athletes at Wilde Lake High School, all at the same time.

Join the fun at Toby's Dinner Theatre on Tuesday and see a sparkling production of the Broadway classic, "Guys and Dolls." The evening is sponsored by the Wilde Lake Booster Club.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults; $22 for students and senior citizens.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Avi Turner at 465-0880, or Bruce Lindblad at 997-7374.


For bingo lovers only: The Harmony Hall Retirement Community sponsors weekly bingo nights Mondays and Thursdays, starting at 7 p.m.

L Everyone who enjoys bingo is invited to attend the sessions.

For more information, please call Linda Spanos at 531-6000.


Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village will be the site of two holiday decoration workshops taught by Jennifer Geipe.

From 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Ms. Geipe will present a workshop on wreath-making.

L The cost of the wreath workshop is $10. Materials are extra.

On Dec. 7, from 7 to 9 p.m., Ms. Geipe will teach a workshop on the making of holiday ornaments without sewing. Participants will take home five completed, ready-to-hang ornaments.

The fee for the ornament workshop is $15 and includes all supplies.

For additional information or to arrange registration, call 730- 3987.

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