Church holds prayer service for girl with leukemia


June 10, 1996|By Jean Leslie | Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"WE ARE a praying church... an eating church... and a crying church."

The Rev. Colin Phillips of Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Elkridge summed up not only the character of his congregation, but the celebration on behalf of Christa Borcherding that took place June 2.

Heartfelt prayers were said for the active 18-month-old, who has leukemia and who wandered around the tiny church while a crowd of 175 members and guests prayed for her and her family.

Christa and her parents, Charlie and Denise, have been a concern to the church since November 1995, when she was diagnosed with the disease. Her family has no health insurance.

Their plight led to many fund-raisers in the Elkridge community, including one celebrated at the service: the $2,400 raised by Job's Daughters and the Elkridge Mason's Club.

Because of a resurgence of the leukemia, Christa has entered a hospital to receive chemotherapy.

She will return home for a short time, then return to the hospital for a second bone marrow transplant, using marrow donated by her older sister Lauren.

Classic cars

Don't forget that Father's Day is Sunday. If the dad in your life enjoys classic cars, Ellicott City will be the place to be.

Baltimore's Best Classic Chevy Club has chosen to hold its annual car show in the Historic District, at Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street.

On display will be about 80 cars and trucks from 1955, '56 and '57. A 300-point judging will evaluate the cars for trophies in 24 classes.

A classic car parts flea market will help owners maintain their cars. A disc jockey will spin tunes from the 1950s while women in poodle skirts sell snacks.

A live auction of items donated by Ellicott City Businessmen's Association will begin at noon, with the proceeds going to charity.

6* Hours of the show are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Assessment rewards

Having perfect attendance during the early May administration of the Maryland Performance Assessment was important to all Maryland elementary schools. Part of the school's "grade" is based on how many students took the test.

Diane Mumford, principal of Elkridge Elementary School, arranged to reward her third- and fifth-graders' perfect attendance during the testing week.

Names of third-graders with perfect attendance were put into a drawing for a prize: lunch at Elkridge's Pizza Hut with Mumford and Assistant Principal Sana Wilson.

The six students selected were Jessica Casey, Amber Croft, Corey Dwyer, Ryan Liggett, Megan Rickman and Megan Windsor

In addition to a free lunch, restaurant manager Jeff Shilling gave each child a helium balloon.

The reward for the fifth-graders picked in the drawing was just as desirable: a limousine took the children to lunch at Fresh Choice Restaurant. Teachers Amy Coleman and Verna Prehn went along.

Chosen in the drawing were Bradford Law, Mysty Jacobs, Lauren Lepage, Jennifer Mayer, Chanelle Archer, Kevin Dassing, Tommy Beach, Sara Dagley, James Williams, Ernie Klimper, Lionel Dorsey and Shane Ritchie.

Sunset Serenades

Wednesday will mark the Department of Recreation and Park's first Sunset Serenade of the summer.

The sounds of Mama Jama will echo through Centennial Park, starting at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, but a donation of $2 is asked for parking. Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Dorsey cemetery

Ellicott City resident Sue Stein needs help restoring the old Dorsey cemetery in Valley Mede, a project she estimates will take several years.

She needs volunteers to help clear the undergrowth and replace the plantings.

She has raised $249 for the cemetery -- proceeds of a recent yard sale -- and plans to use the money to have a lawn care professional spray the worst weeds.

-! Call her at 465-1253 to help.

Road openings

The construction of Meadowbrook Drive was complete, and the new road was due to open soon.

Saturday afternoon, before traffic cones were removed, nearly 100 Columbia Hills residents strolled and jogged down the center line of the community access road.

Eighteen months earlier, the Ellicott City community's second entrance had been closed to limit access to U.S. 29, forcing drivers to "take the long way."

After participants traveled the two-mile circuit, cake, soda and homemade cookies helped them replace calories used in the journey.

The driving force behind the social was community board member Patty Hetzler, helped by Carol O'Brien.

Bob Geiger spent months monitoring the road construction and advocating for the community's interests.

Mike Flatley helped plan the landscaping of the road and has planted flowers at the new entrance.

The road opened Wednesday, giving the community easy access to Route 100.

School openings

Warren Will, administrator for St. Peter's Episcopal School, a preschool near the historic district, tells me that he still has a few openings in September's classes.

Openings exist in the morning class for 3-year-olds, in the afternoon class for 3-year-olds, and in the five-afternoons-a-week class for 4-year-olds.

& Information: 461-9211.

School of Technology

Many people have asked me if I know what will happen to the School of Technology building on Route 108 in Ellicott City, which is closing this month.

Patti Caplan, public information officer for the school system, says that after one year of renovation, the school will reopen as the third campus for the Technology Magnet Program, housing labs to be used by tech magnet students. For example, the greenhouse will be used as a part of agri-science studies.

Pub Date: 6/10/96

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