Volunteers raise funds for vacation with a mission


April 15, 1999|By Judy Reilly | Judy Reilly,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHAT ARE YOU doing this summer?

For some of us, the week or two during the summer months that we count on for rest and rejuvenation is barely in the planning stages. But some neighbors in Union Bridge are all but packed and ready to go on an unusual vacation.

Judy Blair, Nick Digiacomantonio, John Gartrell, Milton Griffin and Susan Smith are Volunteers in Mission for the United Methodist Church. They will spend nearly two weeks in July repairing a church that suffered hurricane damage on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico.

These members from the Union Bridge United Methodist Church will be teaming up with volunteers from a Methodist church in Thurmont for the outreach endeavor.

According to the Rev. Barry Taylor, pastor at the Union Bridge church, volunteers not only donate their time, but pay for their own transportation, lodging and food, plus all expenses for the construction work of the project.

For the folks in Union Bridge, the cost is around $3,500. To support the volunteers, the community has participated in fund-raisers to come up with nearly $2,000 so far.

Two more fund-raisers are on the horizon. Saturday at 7 p.m. the church will hold a concert by Walkin' in Faith Ministries, a group of singers and musicians from Union Bridge, Westminster and Thurmont. A free-will offering will be collected at the concert, which will be held at the church at 7 S. Main Street in Union Bridge.

At 5 p.m. May 1 at the Union Bridge Community Center, the church will sponsor an auction. Come and bid on items donated by local businesses, plus a stained-glass window (100 pieces of glass in a butterfly design) crafted by Gartrell, a hand-crafted quilt by Eleanor Smith and a copper-roofed Martin house by Digiacomantonio.

"We hope people will turn out and support the concert and auction," said Taylor. "The community has been very good so far, giving a lot of contributions. It's when we reach out that God really blesses us."

Information: 410-775-2644.

Lions Club dinner

My friends in Baltimore brag about the restaurants they have on every corner. I brag about the home cooking I can get nearly every weekend -- and I don't have to do the dishes.

Next weekend the Union Bridge Lions Club will sponsor its semi-annual chicken dinner, complete with home-baked cakes for dessert. The dinner will be from 11: 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Union Bridge Community Center.

Fried chicken, ham, corn, and all the fixings will be served by a Lions Club committee headed by John Laudermilch, Tommy Hyde and Bud Yingling.

Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children.

Information: 410-635-6342.

Republican Club meets

The West Carroll Republican Club will meet at 7: 15 p.m. Monday at the Union Bridge Community Center.

Herb Reisig, Carroll Orphans Court judge and a former FBI agent, will be the guest speaker.

The community is invited to attend and join club members for a potluck supper at 6 p.m.

Annual membership dues in the West Carroll Republican Club are $10 per family. Information: 410-875-0605 or e-mail jburnsjr@maxinter.net.

National Humor Month

How do you inject humor into your days? With stressful jobs, demanding kids and snarled traffic, it isn't always easy.

So tonight, in honor of National Humor Month, I plan to attend the lecture "Women's Humor in Contemporary Life" by Regina Barreca, an English professor at the University of Connecticut.

Barreca has been touring the nation and doing spots on television and radio talk shows. The lecture is at 6: 30 p.m. at the Women's Place at 291 Stoner Ave. and costs $10.

Information: 410-848-3000.

Judy Reilly's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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