Bridal showers are all right, but not the kind nature brings


September 10, 1997|By Bonita Formwalt | Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

"ONCE AGAIN, you're overreacting," my friend scolded as she pried the television remote from my hand and turned off the Weather Channel.

"Farm reports from Iowa are not a contributing factor in determining if it will rain Saturday," she added.

This weekend, my sister Danielle is getting married. At my home. Outside. Where it rains.

There are a million details. Some I can control; too many I can't. My friend Janie, who had casually offered to make pew bows, is now the unofficial wedding coordinator. We spend disproportionate amounts of time discussing shades of pink.

"Even Martha Stewart would forgive rain," my friend assured me.

But could Martha forgive a rented tent that sports a striped circus effect instead of the pristine white one so effective in "My Best Friend's Wedding"?

"She might observe that ordering the tent from a place that specializes in tractor rentals was a clue you simply elected to ignore," my friend noted.

There's more. My sister's inability to say "no" has resulted in a bridal party that outnumbers the guests 3-to-1. Our serving crew is the Glen Burnie High Pom Squad. The caterer has a drive-through window. My sister forgot to order flowers. She won't let me wear a tiara.

"It will be wonderful. Martha would be proud," my friend promised. "Now let me show you my inclement weather contingency plan. It starts with white Hefty bags fashioned into matching ponchos. "

Here's to blue skies, Glen Burnie.

Pastor retiring

The congregation of Marley Park Church of the Nazarene will say farewell Sunday to Pastor Paul Merki and his wife, Mary Ellen, as the couple retire from active ministry after 44 years.

Memories will be shared at a dinner at La Fontaine Bleu after Merki's final sermon.

Wayne Smith, secretary of the church board, has coordinated the event. He and the more than 300 members of the church have shared a goal with the Merkis in their 12 years of service to the Marley church.

"Pastor Merki has built a strong foundation through his preached integrity in all of his dealings. He has preached a salvation message to the lost and a message of integrity to the saved. He has encouraged all of us to be a witness in the community," Smith said.

The Merkis have been "partners" in the ministry, he said, adding, "Mary Ellen has been active as the secretary and the organ player. And his best friend."

After their retirement, the couple will move to Mount Vernon, Ohio, where their two adult daughters live. One son lives in Detroit, and another is a minister in Charles County. All will be a part of Sunday's celebration.

The dinner is sold out, but community members are welcome to attend Merki's final sermons, at 9: 15 a.m. and 10: 45 a.m. Sunday in the main sanctuary, 7741 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

For information, call the church office, 410-768-1852.

65-year reunion

They graduated in the depths of the Great Depression, watched the world go to war, and survived big bands, disco and Rolling Stones tours.

They are Glen Burnie High School's Class of 1933, and they are meeting at 1 p.m. Sept. 24 at Morrison's cafeteria on Ritchie Highway to organize their 65-year reunion.

Marie Angel Durner is organizing the reunion, which will be held in May. By virtue of alphabetical order, she was the first graduate of her class of 66.

For information, call Durner at 410-841-6136 or Louise Schmidt Layton at 410-766-8530.

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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