Five churches in Taneytown combine Holy Week activities


March 27, 1997|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FOR CHRISTIANS, THIS is the holiest of weeks, and in Taneytown, it's celebrated ecumenically. Five of the town's churches combine efforts to make this weekend meaningful for congregations and community members.

A three-hour Good Friday service begins at noon tomorrowat Grace United Church of Christ. Christ's last seven words will be remembered in Scripture, music and sermon. One word will be the focus of a half-hour service at each church.

From Grace United, worshipers will proceed to Trinity Lutheran, Taneytown Presbyterian, Messiah United Methodist, St. Joseph Roman Catholic and then back to Grace, where the final word will be presented in a cantata.

"We will [carry] the cross from one church to the other as a way of following Christ," said the Rev. John Douglas of Trinity.

For those who prefer not to walk, transportation will be provided.

The week's activities culminate in an Easter Son-Rise Service at Taneytown Baptist Church. The service will be at 6: 30 a.m. Sundayat the church on Sells Mill Road; the Rev. Gerald Fuss of Emmanuel Baust United Church of Christ will give the sermon. A continental breakfast will then be held.

Other pastors taking part in these events are the Rev. Keith DeBord, Laura Schultz and the Rev. Martin Field.

Information: 410-756-4444 or 410-756-2055.

Easter egg hunt

Rain or shine, the Easter bunny arrives in Taneytown on Saturday, and children will be able to participate in a citywide Easter egg hunt.

The event begins at 11: 30 a.m. at the old Taneytown High School field on Roberts Mill Road across from Taneytown Senior Center.

Children up to age 12 will be divided into four age categories to hunt for 2,000 plastic eggs stuffed with candy and other treats. The event will include prize eggs and drawings for food baskets donated by Jubilee Foods.

Storyteller Nancy McCormick will perform after the hunt at the senior center, where light refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-848-9707.

Men's breakfast

The men of Uniontown Bible Church have been sponsoring a men's breakfast for several springs. Men get together for a Saturday breakfast and hear an inspirational message from a celebrity.

This year, the breakfast will be held at 8 a.m. April 5 at Wilhelm Ltd. Caterers on Route 140 in Westminster.

Speaker Pat Kelly, former all-star outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles, will answer questions about life in the major leagues and tell anecdotes from his days with the Orioles.

Tickets are $6 and must be purchased by Sunday.

Information: 410-857-9644 or 410-756-1008.

Away from home

Last week marked a milestone in our family. For the first time, our son, age 12, went camping and stayed away from home for a week. For an entire five days and four nights we didn't see the boy who adds life and laughter to the household.

It seemed like an eternity to us. We wondered if he was homesick, if he stayed warm.

No need to worry. He had spent the time with his sixth-grade classmates from New Windsor Middle School. They had gone to Camp Hashawha for a week of learning about nature and the environment, and they had a ball.

They hiked, climbed, spotted owls and kept journals. Our son is ready to do it again.

Judy Reilly's Northwest Carroll neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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