Church mission helps storm victims


August 10, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TWENTY-FOUR volunteers from Grace Lutheran Church are back from their long trip West, where they helped families fix fences and buildings ravaged by winter storms.

Their trip to the small farming town of Selby, S.D., was the church's first mission trip, and it will not be the last, said Laura Heller, who traveled with the group.

"It was an incredible trip," she said. "Lots of work was completed, and everyone became close friends."

Volunteers slept on cots in a school gymnasium and met at 6: 30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, their sister church in Selby, for breakfast and assignments. They traveled in groups of four and five to places where they were needed.

Heller worked on the 5,000-acre Silver Creek Ranch, repairing a big building that once served as a chicken coop.

"There was only the man and his son running this ranch without help," Heller said. "We demolished the building and got rid of the debris during four of the five days I was there. Other volunteers, in other places, repaired roofs, leaky basements or fences."

Each night, volunteers returned to Selby for showers, dinner and devotions. Then they walked around the town and discovered places like Shorty's Truck Stop and Bob's Ice Cream.

"I think we all left with Shorty's caps," Heller said. "The good news is that we are all still friends. We went beyond saying 'Hi' to each other in church.

"Now, there is so much enthusiasm for future trips," she said. "Grace Lutheran is starting a fund for mission trips and we are looking at different areas of need. We all felt fortunate to participate. I would do it again."

Golfing for dollars

It's not too late to participate in the annual Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club Golf Tournament Sept. 11 at the South Hills Golf Course.

"This is the cheapest and the best golf tournament around," said Ed Stuller, tournament chairman. The $55 entrance fee covers a continental breakfast before the tournament begins at 7 a.m., use of a golf cart, a round of golf, and a meal at the end of the day.

During the meal, participants will receive gifts -- including baskets, gift certificates, antique toy trucks, golf balls, hats and jackets.

Each year the golf tournament has pulled in more and more money for the Silver Run-Union Mills Lions Club. Last year, more than 112 golfers participated, and the club raised $2,800.

Information: 410-857-5591.

Instruments available

The Carroll County Arts Council has musical instruments available for students in school instrumental music programs.

The instruments were donated by the community and cleaned and refurbished by the Arts Council. If a particular instrument is not available, a $100 scholarship toward the rental purchase of an instrument will be awarded.

To be eligible, students must live and go to school in Carroll County. Preference will be given to children whose families have a combined pretax income of less than $35,000 a year, but any student may apply.

Students should complete a brief application that must also be signed by their instrumental music teacher.

Applications are available at the Arts Council Office at 15 E. Main St. in Westminster or from school music teachers.

The program has been funded by the United Way, the Maryland State Arts Council and the Community Foundation of Carroll County.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 8/10/98

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