Pastor heeds the call that leads her to the service of a new flock

NEIGHBORS

June 25, 2000|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

AFTER SEVEN years at Brooklyn Heights United Methodist Church and being part of the community of Brooklyn Park, the Rev. Charlotte Hendee is moving on to another assignment.

Effective Saturday, Hendee will be pastor of Galesville United Methodist Church in southern Anne Arundel County. She will be succeeded as pastor at Brooklyn Heights by the Rev. James M. Lucas, who has served as associate pastor of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church.

A native of upstate New York, Hendee received an undergraduate degree in political science from Drew University in Madison, N.J., and embarked on a career on Capitol Hill. But at age 31, while working for the Board of Church and Society for the National United Methodist Church, she felt a call to the ministry and began theological studies at Washington Seminary.

She was ordained a deacon in 1984 and became an elder of the United Methodist Church in 1988. Her first full-time pastorate was at Maryland Line United Methodist in Baltimore County.

"I grew up in the church but never felt called. I had a lifelong interest in politics, and I thought that that was my career," she said.

Her political training did not go unused, she said. "It helped educate me about dealing with all kinds of people. Having this life experience helped me to understand people in the church," she said.

Hendee describes her tenure at Brooklyn Heights as "wonderful and challenging."

"We've increased our community outreach. ... The whole congregation has a real commitment to the community," she said.

Hendee hopes to be able to continue her duties as a board member of Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts. "This has been a fantastic experience," she said of her involvement with the center. It was difficult for Hendee to say what she will miss most about Brooklyn Heights. "I'll miss so many things - the growing together to make it a better place. The people also: The people here are really good people, passionate and caring, very loving. They are down to earth; real salt-of-the-earth people. I've fallen in love with this community; I'll miss it a great deal."

Library tales

Hear the story of the "Knee-High Man" at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Brooklyn Park library.

Storyteller Carolyn Koerber will relate the tale of a man who wants to be "sizable," and journeys through swamps and wetlands to discover which matters more - a bigger body or a bigger brain.

The story is for children of all ages, intended to help them discover good things about themselves and teach them about endangered wetlands.

The program is free, but seating is limited. The Brooklyn Park library is at 1 E. 11th Ave. Information: 410-222-6260.

Doubled graduations

The scheduled opening this fall of Brooklyn Park Middle School will eliminate sixth grade from area elementary schools. As a result, there were two graduations at each affected school this year - one for the sixth-graders, the other for fifth-graders.

As always, many of the graduates of each school were recognized for their outstanding achievements.

Winners of the Brooklyn Park High School Alumni Association Special Recognition Award for all-around achievement in scholarship, citizenship and community service at Brooklyn Park Elementary were Alan Shandrowski, Melissa Taylor, William Taylor and Danielle Vykol.

Those receiving the alumni association award at Belle Grove Elementary were April Cosner, Anthony Baldwin, Tiffany McManus and Daniel Swigert.

The winners at Park Elementary were Andrea Bauer, Hannah Fisher, Rick Harrell and Joseph Tucker.

Park Elementary presented its Eva Hauhn School Dedication Award for service to the student body and staff to Elias Cossis and Hannah Fisher. The award is named for a longtime Park teacher.

The Betty Dixon Good Neighbor Award, named in honor of a longtime Park volunteer, was presented to Kim Parsons and Shane Reeder.

The Charles Elliott Award, named in honor of a former president of the Brooklyn Heights Improvement Association and presented for outstanding community service and citizenship, was given to Abby Fisher, who also was named Park's outstanding musician.

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