Church to begin Contemporary Worship service


February 20, 1997|By Joni Guhne | Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFTER NEARLY two years of research, Severna Park United Methodist Church is ready to introduce a new style of church service, called Contemporary Worship.

The services are scheduled on Saturday evenings, and the inaugural session is April 5.

The Saturday service will start at 6 p.m. and last about 45 minutes. The goal is to attract folks who are searching for a more upbeat, less-traditional form of worship or who are unable to attend services on Sundays.

"I think this is going to open a large door to the community," said Rev. Warren Ebinger, the senior pastor. "It will provide an opportunity for worship that is different than the traditional. We see this as not just an appendage, but part of our integral church program."

To encourage continuity, some members from the Sunday congregation will attend the new service as a core group of support, he said.

In addition to instrumental and vocal music and drama, ministers occasionally will bring brief messages while dressed in civilian garb, said Ebinger, who looks forward to that prospect.

Instead of using the standard church bulletins and hymnals, everything the congregation needs to know will be displayed on a large overhead screen.

The church has hired Terri Bocklund McLean, a specialist in contemporary Christian music, to head the worship team and direct the Saturday night music and drama.

"Terri is a rare individual," Ebinger said. "She is a gifted musician, as well as being theologically trained. She brings another dimension to our theological base."

McLean, a graduate of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, is a candidate for the degree of master of arts in religion at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa.

A native of Burnsville, Minn., she won the grand prize at the 21st annual Christian Artists' Seminar in the Rockies Songwriting Contest in 1995. The same year, she was a finalist in the 700 Club's fourth annual National New Artist Search. She also recorded an album, "Fresh Fire," with Cornerstone, a contemporary worship ensemble at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbia.

Information: 987-4700.

Heart healthiness

Help celebrate Heart Month at Anne Arundel Community College by learning how fitness, nutrition and weight control contribute to a healthy heart.

Have your blood pressure checked free of charge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the same day in the Careers Center. Information: 410-541-2218.

Elephant Club meeting

Bill White, past president of the Broadneck Federation, will speak at the Severna Park Elephant Club's meeting at 7: 30 a.m. Feb. 27 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, Old Annapolis and McKinsey roads.

Information: 544-5225.

Pub Date: 2/20/97

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