Church coalition plans sessions on preventing drug abuse


November 06, 1996|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A UNITED FRONT to help prevent drug and alcohol abuse is the focus of presentations by the county Health Department's prevention services staff at the 8: 30 a.m., 9: 30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 7606 Quarterfield Road.

Sponsored by the multidenominational Faith Coalition, the program is offered in cooperation with a public awareness campaign sponsored by the Health Department.

Representatives of the 14 congregations that make up the coalition have been meeting regularly for a year with Marlane Fissell, a community certification specialist with prevention services. Fissell works with the group to enhance the role of the religious community in the battle against drug and alcohol abuse.

Members of the Coalition are Marley United Methodist, Solley United Methodist, Galesville United Methodist, Cape St. Clair United Methodist, Our Lady of the Chesapeake Roman Catholic, Woods Memorial Presbyterian, Elvaton Baptist, Ferndale United Methodist, Heritage Baptist, St. Philip's Episcopal, Faith Baptist, Magothy United Methodist, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and Linthicum Heights United Methodist.

A recent survey found that drug and alcohol use among county teens is higher than both state and national averages. Use of inhalants by eighth-graders in Anne Arundel County is almost twice the national average while marijuana use among teens is 6 percent higher.

Information on the Faith Coalition: 222-7295.

Christmas bazaars

Get a jump on holiday shopping at two area Christmas bazaars this weekend.

Messiah United Methodist Women is sponsoring a holiday zTC bazaar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the church hall, 7401 Furnace Branch Road.

Christmas crafts, a bake table and a table of "gently used" items will be available. A light lunch will be served.

Information: 768-2153 or 761-3575.

The community also is invited to enjoy a Christmas bazaar from )) noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Crucifixion, 100 Scott Ave.

Scheduled activities include several wheels of chance, a "silent" bingo game and craft tables. A turkey dinner costs $6. A children's meal is available for $2.25.

Information: 768-4800.

AARP meeting

"Sleep Disorders Among The Elderly" will be the topic at a meeting of the Glen Burnie chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church.

Sandy Thomas and Jun Cortex from North Arundel Hospital will be the speakers. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.

Information: Dave Burke, 761-2934.

Family Involvement schedule

The Family Involvement Center has announced the November schedule of programs for families of students attending county public or private schools.

Registration is being accepted for these free sessions at the center, 330 Oakwood Road:

"Making Homework Easier for Everyone" at 7 p.m. today.

"Parent to Parent" video workshop for parents of preteens and teens continues from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Friday and Nov. 21.

"Family Math Night" for middle school students from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Monday.

The DARE Parent Program continues, from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Monday and Nov. 19.

"Parents Offering Problem Solving" for parents of children with emotional and behavior disorders from 6: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Nov. 19.

"What Parents Can Do To Protect Young Children From TV Violence" from 7 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Nov. 13.

"Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders" meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

Information: 222-6429.

In addition to the programs offered at Oakwood Center, seminars are available at satellite schools throughout the county.

"Parents and Students as Scientist" brings science alive with hands-on activities for students and parents from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3 and 10 at Corkran Middle School, 7600 Quarterfield Road. Advance registration by calling 222-6429 is requested.

Coin club confab

Members of South Glen Burnie Coin Club will meet at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 160 on Dorsey Road.

Doors will open at 6: 30 p.m. to permit members and their guests to preview items for the monthly club auction.

Information: 766-2574.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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