Today, Pumphrey church is celebrating


February 13, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SOMETHING GOOD has come out of the bad weather -- another chance to celebrate the 148th anniversary of St. John United Methodist Church.

Known as the Holly Run Mission Church when it was established in 1852, the original building was on Old Annapolis Road, near the Patapsco River. It had a dirt floor, backless benches and 15 members. The church did not have a regular minister, and visiting ministers were relied on to hold services.

Today, St. John stands proudly at 6019 Belle Grove Road, in the center of the Pumphrey community that it serves so well. The Rev. Susan Spears is pastor, and the membership is 200 strong.

The church will hold the first of a series of celebratory events at 4 p.m. today, with minister Carolita Baldwin of Payne AME Church in Jessup. The program had been postoned because of snow.

Baldwin, a graduate of the New York State University at Albany, is to receive a master of divinity degree in June from Howard University.

Information: 410-789-7745 or 410-636-2578.

The second event will be an ethnic luncheon at noon Saturdayat Lloyd Keaser Center, 5757 Belle Grove Road. Entertainment will be provided by the Windsor Hills Brothers on the Mend and the Voices of the Boys Choir of Powhatan.

Tickets are $10.

Information: Angela Ward, 410-789-0053, or Evangeline Prince, 410-789-4610.

Community associations

Because ice and snow interfered with distribution of its newsletter and meeting announcement, the Olde Brooklyn Park Improvement Association has canceled the meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 20 at Brooklyn Park Elementary School, 14th Avenue and Morgan Road.

Information: 410-636-3269 or 410-636-0352.

The Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 E. 11th Ave. The speaker will be County Councilwoman Pamela G. Beidle, who will provide information on the HotSpots initiative and council activities. She will address concerns presented by residents.

The association is accepting dues for the year. The organization is open to all residents, business owners, and others who have an interest in the welfare of the Brooklyn Heights community. All are invited to attend the meeting; refreshments will be served.

Information: Joe Collini, 410-636-3020.

Library Valentine

Children ages 5 to 12 and their caregivers can celebrate Valentine's Day at 3: 30 p.m. Monday at the Brooklyn branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Its program, "Hearts, Cupids and Kisses," will feature stories and poems with a Valentine theme. Participants will be able to make a craft and take home a treat.

The library is at 300 E. Patapsco Ave.

Information: 410-396-1120.

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