Springfield Presbyterian Church welcomes pastor


October 14, 1997|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SPRINGFIELD Presbyterian Church installed its new pastor Sunday afternoon in a service for the Rev. Gretchen Van Utt, attended by a commission of clergy and elders from the Baltimore Presbytery.

Van Utt came to Springfield Presbyterian after several years as an interim pastor at various congregations.

"Interim work is wonderful and challenging," said Van Utt, "but I wanted to develop a long-term relationship with a congregation."

The 120 members of the Sykesville church have waited more than two years for a new pastor, since the departure of Jamie Dale in September 1995.

"The pastor search in the Presbyterian church takes a long time," said Van Utt. "I couldn't be more thrilled about being here. We feel so at home already; this is a wonderful church and a wonderful community."

Van Utt and her husband, George Fisher, were honored with a reception after the installation service.

Broccoli boost

The next time you reach for a serving of broccoli, think of Jed Fahey. The Eldersburg resident and plant physiologist at the Johns Hopkins University helped make an important discovery about the vegetable's health benefits.

Working with Hopkins physicians Paul Talalay and Yuesheng Zhang, Fahey helped isolate the chemical sulforaphane, a potent compound that aids cancer-fighting enzymes, found in large amounts in plants of the Brassica oleracea family, which includes broccoli.

The researchers found the same properties in even larger amounts in the very early form of the plant, known as broccoli sprouts. A couple of ounces of the sprouts provide as much cancer-preventing benefit as 2 1/2 pounds of regular broccoli, according to Fahey.

The Hopkins researchers have been in the international spotlight since the publication of their research paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last month.

"An incredible public health benefit can be gained from this," said Fahey.

Apple Festival

A Piney Run Park tradition continues as the park hosts its annual Apple Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The festival is always a delightful welcome to autumn, and this year's event has something for everyone in the family.

In addition to lots of apple-based goodies, the festival has scheduled demonstrations in iron-forging, Revolutionary War and Civil War cooking techniques, bread-baking, cider-pressing, beekeeping and Native American skills.

Craft sales, storytelling, puppet shows, games and traditional folk and Irish music by Wherligig will keep everyone busy. Hayrides, pontoon rides and scarecrow stuffing will also be available.

No admission is charged to the festival, but the usual park entrance fees apply.

Information: 410-795-6043.

Spaghetti supper

Oakland United Methodist Church is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the church hall on Oakland Mills Road.

Spaghetti, salad, Italian bread and beverage are included. A bake table and carryouts will be available.

The dinner costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 3 to 12 years old.

Information: 410-795-3115.

Volunteer award

ESCAPE Ministries Inc. (Enabling Social and Church Advocacy for People Enrichment) announced its Volunteer of the Year winner at the organization's annual membership meeting last week.

Sherry Hagen was honored for her dedication to the advocacy group. She received an engraved plaque, and her name will be added to the large plaque in the group's office.

Hagen volunteers in the ESCAPE office weekly and was co-chairwoman of the CROP Walk held Sunday.

Sherry Graham's column appears Tuesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 10/14/97

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