Holy Spirit Lutheran Church dedicates multipurpose building


September 10, 1996|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WITH SONGS and joyful praises, the congregation of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Eldersburg dedicated a new multipurpose building Sunday afternoon.

Bishop George P. Mocko of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Pastor Eugene Alexander of Holy Spirit presided over the dedication service attended by congregation members and guests.

The new building, which is connected to the church on Old Liberty Road, provides more than 6,000 square feet of additional space for the growing congregation. Melvin Arbaugh of Arbaugh Architecture Studio in Westminster worked closely with the congregation's building committee in designing a building to meet the church's anticipated needs.

"The building was designed as a multipurpose space, for use in a myriad of ways," said Alexander. "The congregation made a conscious decision to construct a space for community use."

The building boasts a high ceiling and windows placed well above the floor, making the space suitable for sports such as volleyball and basketball.

Holy Spirit plans to use the center for its growing youth ministry and Sunday school needs, and for church functions and wedding receptions. The building can accommodate 300 seated at tables or 500 in a lecture-type seating. The building will also be available to community groups.

"We have two Girl Scout troops and a Cub Scout pack planning to use the building and some other groups have inquired about the possibility of using it as well," said Alexander.

The church also expanded the entrance, tripling the size of the narthex.

Fun day successful

The remnants of Hurricane Fran didn't squelch the plans of the South Carroll Business Association.

The community business group went ahead with its second annual Freedom Fun Day on Saturday on the grounds of the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department.

The flea market and craft show drew hundreds of browsers and several dozen vendors. Demonstrations by local karate and dance groups were well received.

Proceeds from the event will be used to continue enhancing the landscape of the Eldersburg business community in the Growing Beautiful Eldersburg project, particularly along the Liberty Road corridor south of Route 32.

Soccer program opens

Friday's stormy weather weighed heavy on the mind of Mike Smith, commissioner of the Freedom Optimist Soccer program, but the sunshine on Saturday saved the opening day of the fall soccer season for 1,750 players on 118 recreational and 12 travel teams.

"The opening day was great; it was wonderful. Especially after that weather on Friday," said Smith. "I was kind of surprised that we got all the games played. It really was a miracle."

Smith is serving his second year as the league's commissioner and is thankful for the tremendous job done by the several hundred coaches and parent volunteers working with him.

"It's not me that makes the program run, it's the division coordinators. They all do an excellent job," said Smith. "The league is also grateful to Margaret Pfaff and Don Pyles for the use of the fields at Eldersburg Elementary and Sykesville Middle." Pfaff and Pyles are principals at Eldersburg Elementary and Sykesville Middle, respectively.

Also involved in making the soccer program a success are more than 100 business and community sponsors. The local businesses answered the call for sponsorship just 12 days before the start of the season. Members of each of the 118 recreation teams now proudly wear sponsors' names on their uniforms.

There are still some player spaces available for girls in the fifth-and-sixth-grade division and the seventh grade-to-high school division. A few clinic spaces are open for boys or girls in kindergarten.

The soccer league will be offering discount cards for 12 local businesses. The cards cost $5 and are good for one year.

Additional funds will be raised through an adult dance planned for Nov. 23 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Gamber Fire Hall. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered from Joan Spindler at 781-4285.

Recreation programs

The Freedom Area Recreation Council (FARC) is taking registration for a variety of fall programs.

Dance classes in ballet, tap and jazz are offered in the Stepping Stars program with Shellie Rosso, 795-8427.

Youngsters interested in baton twirling or color guard and percussion line with the Freedom Fire Stars Majorette Corps can contact Judi Marlatt at 788-7312.

Valarie Mares will be conducting several drama groups this fall. Students in grades one to eight may participate in her classes held at Piney Ridge Elementary School.

The program will culminate in a play performance. Register by calling Mares at 795-3562.

Additional information and program registration forms for most of FARC's fall programs are available at the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library.

Pub Date: 9/10/96

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