Local events scheduled for National Day of Prayer


April 30, 2001|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

RECOGNIZING THE power of prayer, individuals from various denominations will gather at two locations Thursday for the 50th anniversary of National Day of Prayer.

During the first observance at noon on the traditional meeting spot near the Vietnam Memorial on Willis Street in Westminster, group members will lead participants in prayer about specific aspects of the community, such as protection for schoolchildren.

At 12:30 p.m., the group will read a prayer written for the occasion by the Rev. Billy Graham, honorary chairman of National Day of Prayer.

"All the observances across the country will stop at that point for the prayer," said Marcia Reinhart, chairwoman of the local committee. To ensure that the prayer is read nationwide simultaneously, celebrations in different time zones will be held to correspond with 12:30 p.m. EDT. "It's really going to be way cool."

Organizers are distributing the prayer through churches and other organizations so individuals who cannot attend the celebration can participate in the nationwide prayer.

"That way, they can pray at their desk or their home kitchen table," Reinhart said.

A second group of observers will meet for a prayer rally at 7 p.m. at Carroll Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster. This event will follow a similar format, but is expected to include Christian music and speakers.

"A lot of people can't make it to the noon event," Reinhart said. "A lot of the other counties don't have observances."

"We do pray about different aspects of the community, but we try not to make it political," Reinhart said of the Carroll observances. "It is very ecumenical this year, more so than at any other time."

She said that 28 county churches have pledged support.

Information: Marcia Reinhart, 410-848-3360; Wayne Gadnow, 410-857-1701, and Bill McKenna, 410-848-2926.

Boosting Bible knowledge

Four teen-agers from Westminster Bible Church Awana Club traveled to Chicago this month to pit their Bible wits against nearly 2,000 students from across the country and around the world.

The four high school students - Brittany Ash, 15, of Westminster, Dawn Blankenship, 14, of Taneytown, Karen Ellis, 16, of Union Mills and Laura Woolfson, 15, of Westminster - placed sixth in the bronze level competition, narrowly missing the chance to compete at the silver level.

The top five teams from each level advanced to the next area of competition, said Lynne McCarty, Westminster Bible's secretary.

The team had won second place in a regional Bible Quiz competition April 7 in Lanham.

Dawn's mother, Pam Blankenship, was the students' coach and chaperon. Westminster Bible Church Awana Club belongs to the region encompassing Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia.

"Any church can send a team," McCarty said. "But no one else in the region chose to send a team."

The students spent months memorizing passages of Scripture and their location in the Bible to answer questions such as, "What is the citation and exact quotation that includes the words `approved workmen are not ashamed.'"

Packing for a cause

Western Maryland College students plan to spend Saturday afternoon trying to load one of the school's green minivans to benefit local Neighbors in Need projects.

The students hope to fill the vehicle, which students use when traveling to volunteer service projects, with canned goods and usable clothing from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the college quad.

Information: Alison Leister, 410-857-2243 or Randy Rytter, 410-857-2296.

Jumpin' with jazz

The Westminster High School jazz ensemble will perform its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the school auditorium, 1225 Washington Road. The concert is free. Information: 410-751-3630.

Swimming with Stingrays

Youngsters and their families interested in joining the Westminster Stingrays Swim Team will have their last chance to register from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Westminster Community Building on Royer Road.

Members must be ages 5 to 18, have a family pool membership and swimming skill or experience to join. Only a parent or legal guardian can fill out the required paperwork, which will only be available at the pool that day.

Information: 410-848-6962.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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