Churches' Habitat house to be dedicated

NEIGHBORS

August 23, 1998|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

YOU COULD hear the excitement in Bob Abel's voice as he talked about the house just completed for Habitat for Humanity, built through the sponsorship of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church and three other churches.

"This is the moment we have all been waiting for," said Abel, a church member and liaison with Arundel Habitat.

The two-story colonial in Severn that will be the home of Larry and Sharon Taylor and their eight children will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday. "The community is invited and encouraged to attend and see what this is all about. This is a day of celebration, mostly to commemorate what we do," Abel said. "It is gratifying to see how we've helped change the living conditions of a family."

The Taylor family will be at the dedication, as will representatives of Habitat and clergy from the sponsoring churches. Besides Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, they are the Roman Catholic Church of St. Bernadette in Severn, and St. Alban's Episcopal and Harundale Presbyterian churches in Glen Burnie.

Linthicum Heights Methodist Church made a commitment to help build this house three years ago. Member raised $6,000, provided work crews and encouraged others to join them. Building a house has brought church members and the Taylors closer.

Abel is enthusiastic about Habitat "because it is a hand up, not a handout," he said. Families or individuals must be qualified to receive help. The typical recipients are a working or retired family living in substandard housing. Family members must be willing to work on their home or another Habitat project and make monthly payments toward the mortgage according to their ability to pay.

The four churches gave themselves the unofficial name of North County Partnership of Churches, Abel said.

They decided that instead of each church having separate workdays, they would send a few members to work side by side as an ecumenical group. "It was more fun, and we got to know people from other churches," Abel said.

Information on the dedication or Habitat: 410-859-0990, Linthicum Heights Methodist Church.

Gardeners' new year

The Ferndale Garden Club kicks off a new year with a meeting and dinner at 6: 45 p.m. Tuesday at the Ferndale Senior Center, 7207 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Carolyn Seefeld, publicity chairwoman, reports that members and guests should "bring a dish to share and celebrate with the club" as they start another year of activities. The program committee will make a presentation on programs planned for the year under the heading, "Reminiscing Through Garden Fork Lore." New yearbooks will be distributed.

Picnic and service

The youth and young adults of Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church are sponsoring the program at the summer vesper service Wednesday in the Holly Run Dell on Church Circle off School Lane. A potluck picnic at 6 p.m. will be followed by singing and a program. Tracy Radosevic, a Christian storyteller, will be featured. The program will be indoors if the weather is bad.

Information: 410-859-0990.

Post time

Have you noticed the banner on the Linthicum Heights Post Office in the Shipley-Linthicum Shopping Center on Camp Meade Road? Hours have been extended to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Pub Date: 8/23/98

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