St. Stephen's welcomes new pastor


July 13, 1999|By Sherry Graham | Sherry Graham,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ST. STEPHEN'S Reformed Episcopal Church in Eldersburg welcomed its new pastor, Eric W. Jorgensen, during the weekend.

He replaces the Rev. Cody L. Godman, who retired in September after serving 25 years in the ministry.

Jorgensen comes to St. Stephen's after serving as pastor at Church of the Good Shepherd in Tyler, Texas, and three years as senior minister and rector at Church of the Nazarene in Washington state.

As his initial goal for the church, Jorgensen plans to "highlight our historical, liturgical heredity while focusing on biblical principles to be lived out in our everyday lives."

Since arriving at St. Stephen's, Jorgensen said, he has been impressed with the leadership of the laity that meets the daily needs of the church. St. Stephen's was formed in 1982 as a mission church of Bishop Cummins Memorial Church in Catonsville and has more than 200 members.

Jorgensen and his wife, Bobbi Lynn, have settled into their Sykesville home with their six children, Jared, David, Isaac, Joel, Josiah and Christiana.

"We look forward to having a vital ministry for years to come in the Eldersburg area," Jorgensen said.

Benefit basket bingo

Liberty High School student Mike Burgess is recovering from his bout with leukemia, but the struggle to pay his medical bills continues. Fellow students and area adults are sponsoring a basket bingo to help defray the bills.

Bingo will be held July 31 at Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will begin at 7 p.m.

In addition to the 25 games of bingo, the event will include door prizes and light fare.

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and may be purchased at Buppert's produce stand on Ridge Road or by calling Eileen Jensen at 410-795-2349.

Church carnival

Bring the kids and come to St. Stephen's Reformed Episcopal Church from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow for an old-fashioned backyard carnival.

Plenty of inexpensive games for the kids with candy and stuffed animal prizes will be available. Game tickets are 10 cents each. Light lunch fare will be available. Proceeds from the event will benefit church missionaries.

St. Stephen's is at 2275 Liberty Road. The carnival will be held in the fellowship hall.

Information: 410-795-1249.

Sending cheer

Sykesville resident Greg Hladky is also battling leukemia and is on the road to recovery after a bone marrow transplant more than two months ago.

Greg has been moved from Johns Hopkins Hospital to a facility where he will spend the rest of the first 100 critical days after the transplant.

Although visitors are not allowed, cards or notes may be sent to Children's House, 1915 McElderry St., Room 210, Baltimore 21205. Attn: Greg Hladky.

Pub Date: 7/13/99

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