Church meets its fund-raising goal and more

NEIGHBORS

January 29, 1996|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

MAKING A commitment is one thing. Following through is another.

Last year, the congregation of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church promised to raise $6,000 in one year for Habitat for Humanity

In six months, it has raised almost $9,000.

"We are thrilled. People rallied to the cause," said Bob Abel, the liaison between the church and Arundel Habitat. "We couldn't have done this without the dedication and support of many, many people working together."

The church, which has supported the local Habitat since 1994, made a commitment in May to raise the money. But summer vacations slowed organizers, and it wasn't until September that the Habitat committee really began promoting the project.

Contributions came from individuals, groups from within the church and fund-raising activities. During the fall, the committee raised money by selling crafts, Habitat House jewelry and shirts, birdhouses and many handmade Christmas decorations.

Church members met regularly to work on crafts, and many donated projects they did at home. They were sold at local community fairs and bazaars.

"Put it all together, it encompasses many people, including hundreds who purchased the items," Mr. Abel said.

The church isn't finished yet. A Habitat benefit concert featuring the Classic Brass Quintet will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 11.

Mr. Abel said the committee has come up with additional creative ideas for fund-raisers that will be announced soon.

The Linthicum church is in partnership with St. Albans Episcopal Church and Harundale Presbyterian Church to provide money and labor to build a house this summer.

Corporations, businesses, service clubs and other churches are invited to join them as sponsors to help Arundel Habitat build an affordable house for a county resident. The homeowner, chosen using Habitat guidelines, must contribute at least 350 hours to the home or other Habitat projects. The homeowner pays for the house by making monthly payments to Habitat on a no-interest loan.

Information: 859-0990.

Herbal cookery

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club will hear from one of its own Friday.

Sue Latini will be the speaker at the 10 a.m. meeting at the Ferndale Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Ms. Latini will discuss her recently published book, "At the Hearth: Early American Recipes," which includes directions for preparing foods at a hearth or in a modern kitchen.

As a part of her presentation Friday, she will prepare several dishes containing herbs. A book signing will follow the meeting.

Ms. Latini is a food historian at the 1840 House, a part of the Baltimore City Life Museums, where she teaches hearth cooking and conducts demonstrations and lectures.

Marion Adams, program chairwoman, has called a meeting of her program committee for 9 a.m. before the regular meeting.

Members are reminded that they can bring a bag lunch and stay to socialize after the meeting.

Guests are welcome. Information on the club or its activities: Richard Hood, 799-4246; or Joan Krammes, 969-3025.

Financial planning

The Linthicum Heights American Association of Retired Persons, Chapter 2244, will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church.

Roland Smith, certified estate planner, will discuss living trusts, estate planning and other important financial issues for seniors.

A social with refreshments begins at noon.

Information: 850-4630 or 789-1588.

Open classrooms

Parents will be permitted to visit St. Philip Neri School classrooms Wednesday to see their children.

The visits, part of the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Information: 859-1212.

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