Pastor's seminar offers tools to shore up families


September 21, 1995|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TUESDAY EVENINGS, my kids always have their homework done on time because it's their favorite television viewing night. That's when Tim Allen's "Home Improvement" show chronicles the antics and foibles of family life, as well as the main character's fascination with tools and house repairs.

On Sept. 30, you'll be able to participate in home renovations of a different kind when Uniontown Bible Church is the host for "Home Improvements: Five Parental Power Tools for Strengthening Your Family." The daylong seminar will be led by Robert Kellemen, a professional counselor and senior pastor at Uniontown Bible Church.

Pastor Kellemen was motivated to initiate the seminar because of his participation in a Community Concerns group, started by Elmer Wolfe Elementary Principal Mary Stong and supported by local leaders such as Mayor Jack Gullo of New Windsor.

The group identified the need for good parents as the top priority in the community. The seminar is an important step in addressing that need.

"Our days are filled with work, Little League, piano lessons, meals, malls, the mortgage, home repairs and a multitude of other responsibilities," Pastor Kellemen says.

"Sometimes the things that matter most get lost in the shuffle-- things like making our house a home."

If you attend the seminar, you'll learn about five parental power tools for strengthening your family: dedication, discernment, devotion, discipline and discipleship.

Pastor Kellemen likens the building of parents to the building of a home: Dedication is the weight room; devotion is the playroom; and discipline -- "making children mind without losing yours" -- is the family room.

The seminar lasts most of the day, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:50 p.m., with free child care for children, from infants through fourth-graders. The seminar cost is $5 per person for registration before Sunday and $7.50 thereafter.

The cost includes a continental breakfast and a light lunch.

Pastor Kellemen is enthusiastic about the seminar. He is a parent who is pursuing a doctoral degree in counseling. Information: 857-9644 or 775-0331.

Dinner theater set

Northwest Carroll's first dinner theater will perform in December for the benefit of Elmer Wolfe Elementary School.

Directed by Arnie Hayes, the longtime director of "September Song," the theater group is preparing for the production.

Auditions for "Run, Robber, Run!," a one-act comedy, will take place starting next week, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sept. 28 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Francis Scott Key High School Auditorium.

Bring your talent, scripts will be provided. All parts are open to people ages 16 and older.

The group also needs a name. Submit your suggestions by Sept. 30 to P.O. Box 597, Union Bridge 21791. Information: Vickie Mastalerz, 857-3506 or Arnie Hayes, 848-3186.

Gardening tips

Carroll Garden Club wants to dispel the notion that garden clubs are for women of leisure. You know, the kind of person who has the luxury of time and spends it arranging flowers and sipping tea.

The Carroll club considers itself a group of get-your-hands-dirty gardeners who are passionate about what they do, working the earth to make it beautiful and healthy for the environment.

The club is offering the benefits of its expertise to the public in four evening sessions.

The first, "Inspired Shrub Choices for the Garden," will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Union Bridge Community Center.

The session is free and open to anyone interested in gardening.

"We're trying to attract younger people who work during the day," said Nancy Heiberg of the club's new meeting time.

"We're hoping we can get a group together that can meet in the evenings," she said.

Ms. Heiberg also stressed that the group is involved in environmental issues -- from donating to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to learning how to garden for the benefit of birds and butterflies.

Information: 848-1015.

Author to speak

Don't forget to mark your calendars for Oct. 6. That's when Jim Trelease, author and lecturer, comes to New Windsor.

Mr. Trelease advocates reading aloud to children to jump-start their interest in the world and to do better in school, and to promote family closeness.

Turn off the television set for 15 minutes a day and read instead. You'll learn tips and anecdotes that will help your family become a family of readers.

The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. at New Windsor Middle School and is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by Elmer Wolfe Elementary School in collaboration with Runnymede, Taneytown and Charles Carroll elementary schools and New Windsor and Northwest middle schools.

Information: 751-3307.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Wednesday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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