At South Columbia Baptist, 'Christmas Spoken Here'

Neighbors

November 27, 1997|By Lourdes Sullivan | Lourdes Sullivan,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IF DECEMBER fast approaches, can the delights of the season be far behind?

Having begun a new area tradition, the congregation at South Columbia Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Open House, as it has done for the past six years.

Under the theme "Christmas Spoken Here," the congregation offers a five-day series on Christmas, then and now.

From 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10-12, the church will welcome everyone to its tour of the Road to Bethlehem.

At 8 p.m., the choir is to offer a brief holiday concert, followed by refreshments at 8: 30 p.m.

The refreshment area will feature a garden of decorated trees, a puppet show, crafts and a photo center, where members of the congregation will take photos. The photos are the church's gift to the families who visit.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14, the church welcomes guests with a different program. On those nights, the choir will present a Christmas musical drama in the sanctuary.

The church address is 8814 Guilford Road -- near the Kings Contrivance Village Center.

Information: 410-381-1877.

Trees for sale

The Atholton High School Boosters Club is holding its Christmas tree sale Dec. 4 to 7.

For four days, the school's parking lot will resemble a forest, with cold foresters -- parents raising money for their children's programs.

Purchase a tree and recall what Christmas smelled like before plastic trees.

The Boosters are offering Scotch pines, blue spruces, Douglas firs, Norway spruces and other varieties.

The Boosters and their helpers will be out from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday evenings, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 301-498-4581.

Signed story-times, dolls

Savage Library is having another of its popular monthly signed story-times, where children's librarian Lynn Starman will read favorite tales and library volunteer Cathy Ponger will interpret them into sign language.

No registration is required. The stories begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 8.

The program is for all children -- hearing impaired and those who can hear.

Information: 410-880-5978.

Laurel Woods' artists

The art department at Laurel Woods Elementary is pleased that its young artists are getting the recognition they deserve.

First-graders Amanda Spinks and Chaya Konai and their pastels represent the school through Jan. 5 at the first countywide exhibition this year at Savage Mill.

In another venue, the Savage Library children's area is showing "personal dolls" by fifth-graders until Dec. 19.

Hammond Elementary news

Hammond Elementary School's Book Fair was a success that was made even more exciting by a $200 contribution from the school's newest business partner, the Burtonsville branch of the Sandy Spring National Bank.

The PTA is thrilled with this generous addition to the book-buying kitty.

The school honors a student of the week with a certificate for achievement. However, the old certificates looked a little plain.

Enter Hammond Mom Shellie Burgio.

For the past several weeks, she's been creating colorful certificates on her computer and printer.

Hammond Elementary is also represented in the Savage Mill art exhibit.

The exhibitors are students Gregory Hindman, Carlina Cheung, Samanthat Young and Billy Duvall.

Five Hammond Elementary students have been invited to join the Howard County Children's Chorus.

They are Michael Hassett, Wayne Yo, Caroline Bowman,

Omotayo Arowojolu and Kelly Miller.

Blessings of the season

Today is Thanksgiving and all around the country, families gather to celebrate the blessings of family, friends, home and prosperity.

Many also celebrate the season by remembering the less fortunate, generously donating time and money to help others.

In in our gratitude for blessings and our commitment to charity, we also should remember those who labor unselfishly for all of us.

Thank you to the philanthropists among us: the volunteer fire companies and their families, who stand long watches and endure weekly separations.

Thank you to the PTA volunteers, the music, drama and athletics boosters, Little League coaches, team moms, Scout leaders and volunteers who bake cookies, review cultural arts programs, camp in poor weather, canvass for funds, chauffeur players and count register receipts to earn computer equipment for schools.

Thank you also to the officers and members of community associations who give up free time to participate in zoning and other government meetings.

Thank you to the volunteers at self-help groups, to drivers for the elderly, to families who open their homes to exchange students.

Thank you to all the performers and organizers of musical recitals, ice skating extravaganzas, little theater troupes, community fairs and sign- language concerts.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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