Media Sale at Glenwood church enjoys its `biggest year so far'

NEIGHBORS

September 20, 2001|By Lorraine Gingerich | Lorraine Gingerich,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SHEPHERD OF the Glen Lutheran Church held its sixth Media Sale on Sept. 7 and 8 at the church in Glenwood.

Carole Kramer and Cheryl Libertini were co-chairwomen of the sale.

"This is our biggest year so far; it's kind of fun," said Kramer.

The women collect and sort books during the year and store them in their garages.

"Whenever we get books, we sort them," Libertini said.

"We are limited now by the space we have in the building," said Kramer.

They had to put away 54 cartons, which will be used as a start for next year's sale. Almost the entire church was filled with books. They had them in the Sunday school and worship areas, as well as the hall, the foyer and the kitchen. And they all had to be cleared out for worship services Sunday morning.

"It's been very successful," said the Rev. James Luedeke. "Carole and Cheryl and others put a lot of time into this."

"Pastor Jim" is on his second career. "This is my first call as a pastor," he said. "I worked 20 years in retail before becoming a pastor."

The media sale will benefit Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pa., from which Luedeke graduated five years ago.

Next-door neighbor Ghassan Neshawat sold organically grown tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and other fruits and vegetables at the side door.

Neshawat joined the congregation recently; he farms 17 acres next to the church and sells produce at his roadside stand in front of his house on Burntwoods Road.

Gail Zeigler of Glenwood attends the sale every year.

"I look forward to coming," she said. "It's a bargain. I get enough books to keep me through the year till next year, and then I just bring them back, and then they sell them to someone else afterwards."

Sue Faustino of Glenwood brought her three children, Anneliese, 3, Patrick, 7, and Dominic, 5, and picked out books for children and adults. Faustino moved to Glenwood last year from Hyattsville and was making her first visit.

This also was the first time for Dwayne Lindsay, who traveled to Glenwood from Columbia. Lindsay bought some vinyl records and checked out the camera and music books, two of his interests.

After the sale, unsold books were picked up by several groups, which sorted through them and passed them on to needy readers. In an hour or two, volunteers and members of the congregation carried out boxes of books to waiting vans and trucks. The only storage area the church has is a small building at the back.

Boy Scout Jamboree

In July, two members of Clarksville Boy Scout Troop 737 spent a day at the 2001 National Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia.

Cameron Ero of Clarksville and Adam Yozwiak of Columbia attended, along with Adam's father, Ron Yozwiak, and his younger Cub and Tiger Scout brothers, Taylor and Eliott Yozwiak. Boy Scouts can attend the jamboree once every four years.

Adam said that 40,000 Scouts from all over the United States and Canada were at Fort A.P. Hill, where the jamboree has been held for many years. During the jamboree's 10 days, Scouts can work toward earning merit badges, trade collectible jamboree council patches, socialize and learn new Scouting traditions.

"I was surprised by the fact that almost every activity imaginable was made available to the Scouts, including broadcasting on their very own radio station," Adam said. "I wish we had been able to stay for the week, because one day did not offer enough time to even see half of this huge facility."

Adam earned his first-aid merit badge, one of 74 merit badges offered there. The rest of the group went to the Army Adventure Area, where they sat in helicopters, climbed a 50-foot-tall rock wall, rode across a 100-foot-long zip line, practiced loading bazookas and rode in Army tanks. Each earned a patch for completing the course.

"Most of the day was spent exploring all that was going on," Adam said. "We didn't even get to see many of the activities."

That evening, they attended the opening show, where they saw hot air balloons, the Army Parachute Team, the National Jamboree Scout Band and watched a live performance by Mandy Moore.

President Bush spoke later, but the group had to leave for home and did not see him.

"I hope I have the opportunity to spend much more time at the 2005 National Scout Jamboree," Adam said.

Reaching out after tragedy

When Gail Timmick of Clarksville heard about the terrorist attack in New York on Sept. 11, she began thinking of ways to help children affected in the aftermath.

Timmick, who leads a large group of Girl Scouts in Clarksville, Fulton and Highland, thought that friendship bracelets made by her Scouts would show New York children that others are thinking of them. So she contacted Girl Scout leaders she works with and asked for suggestions.

One, Sharon Seipel of Fulton, has a sister, Linda Iseley, in New York. Together, the three women came up with a plan. The Fulton Cluster Girl Scouts will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Fulton Elementary School to make the friendship bracelets, along with cards showing their support.

The cards and bracelets will be sent to Iseley, who will distribute them to New York schoolchildren.

Youth Leadership Council

River Hill High School senior Anton Kropp was selected by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council to attend the National Youth Leaders Conference next month in Washington.

Kropp will be among 350 students at the six-day developmental program for students with leadership potential and scholastic merit. He will be able to interact with leaders and newsmakers from the three branches of government, along with the media and the diplomatic corps.

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