Area churches to distribute ashes to mark start of Lenten season

Neighbors

March 07, 2000|By Nancy Gallant | Nancy Gallant,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

TODAY IS Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras means parades, parties and grand fun in New Orleans. Shrove Tuesday brings to mind pancakes and a quieter celebration.

But whichever way the day is remembered, it recognizes that tomorrow marks the beginning of Lent. And throughout the area, churches have planned programs to mark the Lenten season.

At St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Crofton, ashes will be distributed three times tomorrow. Ash Wednesday Masses will be offered at 10 a.m. and 7: 30 p.m., and at 6 p.m., distribution of ashes will be part of a Lenten prayer service.

During Lent, the parish will continue its soup-and-bread tradition. Each Friday, parishioners are invited to gather in the parish Hall at 6: 45 p.m. for a simple meal, followed by Stations of the Cross.

Information: 410-721-5770.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church in Crofton will observe the season through its Sunday morning sermons and Wednesday evening "Soup and Study" series. The sermon series, beginning Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., will focus on the lives of those around Christ on his way to the cross.

At 6: 15 p.m. each Wednesday, the Soup and Study group will meet in the fellowship hall for a light meal and Bible study.

Information: 410-721-2313.

An Ash Wednesday service tomorrow at 7: 30 p.m. will mark the beginning of Lent at Crofton's Community United Methodist Church.

The Rev. Chris Holmes, its pastor, will lead a Wednesday Lenten study program, "Cross-Walk: A Journey to the Cross," beginning next week. The group will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Information: 410-721-9129.

First Baptist Church of Crofton has added a second worship service on Sundays. A contemporary worship service is offered at 9: 45 a.m., followed by a traditional service at 11 a.m. Information: 410-721-2790.

Our Lady of the Fields Roman Catholic parish in Millersville has planned several opportunities to take part in the distribution of ashes tomorrow. Masses will be offered at 6: 30 a.m., 8: 30 a.m. and 7: 30 p.m. in the church.

Two prayer services, with distribution of ashes, also will take place at 4: 30 p.m. -- a special children's service in the parish hall and another for adults in the church.

Information: 410-923-3133.

Coffeehouse program

Crofton City Limits will offer an open-mike coffeehouse Friday at the Community United Methodist Church Multi-ministries Building in Crofton. Musicians, poets and lovers of good fun are invited to perform or enjoy the show.

Doors open at 7: 30 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $3, and includes refreshments. Information: 301-858-1595.

Bull and oyster roast

Tickets are on sale for the bull and oyster roast fund-raiser sponsored by Four Seasons Women's Club, scheduled for 7 p.m. to midnight March 25 at Gambrills Athletic Club.

Proceeds go toward a college scholarship for an Arundel High School senior and donations to local charitable causes.

Tickets are $25. To order: Carrie Manion, 410-672-6254 or Kitty Leslie, 410-672-5359.

Child care training

The county library system and Maryland Public Television will be hosts of training programs for child care providers at local libraries during the next few months.

From 9: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Saturday, the Maryland City at Russett branch library will be the site of Ready to Grow, a training program offering before- and after-school care providers creative ways to use public television shows like "Wishbone," "Kratts' Creatures" and "Arthur" in a child care setting.

At the Odenton branch, another program from 9: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. Saturday will focus on "Big Comfy Couch" and ways of providing learning experiences for young children.

"Wimzie's House" will be the focus of a third session, to be presented at the Provinces branch library in Severn from 9: 30 a.m. to 1: 30 p.m. April 15.

The cost of each session is $25. Space is limited, and available by reservation with payment in advance -- or on a first-come basis for remaining seats on the day of each event.

Providers who attend are eligible to receive credits from the Maryland State Child Care Administration.

Information: Susan Oskin at Maryland Public Television, 800-223-3678, Ext. 4378.

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