Bishop will speak at luncheon at local United Methodist church


February 03, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON SUNDAY, Westminster United Methodist Church will be honored with the presence of the Rev. Felton Edwin May, bishop of the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, who will speak at the annual "Two Bits a Dip" luncheon.

May, who leads a 222,000-member conference, will offer an address called "Holy Boldness, Reconciliation, Liberation and Hope."

The program begins at 12: 30 p.m. in the church's Jubilee Hall.

"We did a luncheon like this last year, but this is the first year we have opened it up to other congregations in the community," said spokeswoman Linda Wajda.

The "Two Bits a Dip" luncheon offers casseroles, hot and cold vegetables, pasta salads, homemade desserts and beverages.

"Each person pays two bits -- a quarter -- for each dip of food they put on their plate. They get to the end of the line and some folks will just pay a few dollars, and others will hand us a 10-dollar bill. It all goes to charity," Wajda said.

The event raised $525 last year for Raising Hopes Infant Care Center, which offers infant care for teen-age parents so that they can finish their education and workshops aimed at preventing repeat pregnancies.

This year, proceeds will benefit Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality.

Formed in 1992 in response to a cross-burning in Hampstead, the group promotes racial equality and improved understanding through community networking, public education and advocacy of positive alternatives to hate-group activity.

"They are working on providing a multicultural education program in the schools," Wajda explained. "We are very excited and honored that Bishop May is coming to visit."

May, who is known for his passionate speeches on social action, undertook a yearlong assignment, "To Be Our Neighbor's Neighbor," in 1990.

The assignment was part of the church's fight against drug abuse, but quickly became a national model for community building.

As bishop, May leads Methodists from more than 700 congregations in the Baltimore-Washington Conference, which encompasses Maryland, Washington and part of West Virginia. Forty-two of those congregations are in Carroll.

"I am delighted for the gracious invitation ," May said. "As United Methodists, our social principles affirm all persons as equally valuable. We therefore must not miss any opportunity to work toward a society in which each person's value is recognized, maintained and strengthened."

Information: 848-8325.

Art exhibit at WMC

An exhibit of sculptures, mostly figures in abstract or metaphysical form, will open tonight at Esther Prangley Rice Gallery at Western Maryland College.

The sculptures were created by Mark Chatterley, a Michigan-based artist who has won many awards, including first place at the 1993 Festival of the Masters at Walt Disney World.

Chatterley's large-scale figures appear to be bronze or craggy weathered stone, but the pieces are ceramic crafted to resemble other media.

Chatterley has shown his work at shows across the United States and in Korea and New Zealand.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Information: 857-2599 or 857-2766.

Church's bicentennial

Jerusalem Lutheran Church will begin celebrating its bicentennial at 9: 30 a.m. Sunday with a small service at the church, 1372 Bachman Valley Road, Westminster.

Parish secretary Ruth Lohmeyer said a larger celebration and service will be held in September.

"We want to finish painting the church," she said. "We were also afraid of a winter like last year, where we would plan a big service and have a snowstorm cancel everything," she said.

"Everyone goes on vacation in the summer so we thought we'd have it in the fall," she said.

Lohmeyer said she is researching church history, an arduous task.

"We were once a German-Lutheran church [that] relied on circuit riders to bring us our services. Every few weeks, or whenever a pastor would ride through, we would have a service," she said.

Lohmeyer said the September service will feature guest speakers and a detailed history of the church.

Pub Date: 2/03/97

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