FOUR CHURCHES got together Saturday for an ecumenical bazaar at the Lisbon Fire Hall. Lisbon United Methodist Church organized the event, and Calvary Lutheran, Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran and St. Paul's Episcopal churches joined in.
For 18 years, Lisbon United Methodist held its holiday bazaar in the day care center at the church. But that involved closing the center Friday and loading the children's equipment into two rental trucks. Last year, the volunteers decided that was too much work, so they reserved the Lisbon Fire Hall for the only Saturday it was available.
"It's so great to have the different churches working together," said Puzz Brightwell, the co-chairwoman who came up with the idea. "I threw it out and asked them what they thought. They jumped on it."
Brightwell and her co-chairwoman, Charlotte Mullinix, began planning months before the bazaar. Last year, Calvary Lutheran and St. Paul's Episcopal joined in, and Shepherd of the Glen joined this year.
Each church chose the number of tables it needed. Lisbon handled the advertising and set-up.
"The local firemen are wonderful," Mullinix said. "They come in and help us put the tables in place, and they put all the tables back and sweep up."
Charlotte's husband, Richard, did the floor plan that assigned tables for Lisbon and the other three churches. Lisbon had the largest area, because it was the church's only bazaar. Homemade candy, gifts items, baked goods and woodcrafts were sold at the Lisbon tables, and the church sponsored a silent auction.
The Methodist men sold pecans and other nuts. Church members also make homemade candy in the church kitchen and in members' homes. "Homemade candy is our big drawing card," Charlotte Mullinix said. "We make hundreds of pounds. We sample a little bit when we're making it, and when you go home you think, `Oh, I'll never eat chocolate again.' "
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Lisbon Volunteer Fire Company provided hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches, along with desserts. Proceeds went to the West Howard County Food Pantry, in St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Poplar Springs. Lisbon United Methodist also collects food once a month to donate to the pantry.
Brightwell and Mullinix were pleased with the results of their efforts. "It is truly is a community project," Mullinix said. "We get to know all the other people much better."
It's the season for church bazaars.
Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church will hold its bazaar, "Star Over The Stable," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Featured will be baked goods, made by members of the church, and crafts. The church is at 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Poplar Springs also will hold a holiday bazaar Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baked goods, jellies and candies will be sold, and children can have their pictures taken with Santa Claus.
Also planned are a silent auction and two raffles - one for an afghan and the other a "50/50," in which the winner gets half the raffle money and the church get the other 50 percent. Local farm produce, handmade crafts, Christmas ornaments and dried-flower arrangements will be available. Lunch will be served.
For those who prefer to shop on a Friday, Calvary Lutheran will hold its bazaar from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 16. The church is at 16151 Old Frederick Road, Mount Airy.
Court of Honor
Boy Scout Troop 757 of Glenwood held its fall Court of Honor in September. At least 10 Scouts advanced in rank, and 22 boys received merit badges.
The new Life Scouts are Scott Fry, Eric Metzbower, Jason Harvill and Matt Harvill. They join Life Scouts Andrew Appler and Justin House.
Danny Gouker and Adam Mikulis advanced to Star, while Matt Jaso advanced to Second Class. Nick Markowski, Jeff Apple, and Mike Worley advanced to Tenderfoot.
Seventy-seven merit badges were earned by members of the troop over the past six months. Adam Mikulis led the group with nine badges earned.
Jason Harvill was installed as senior patrol leader, while Andrew Appler, Scott Fry, Chris Metzbower and Adam Mikulis will serve as assistant senior patrol leaders. Danny Gouker, Matt Harvill, John LaPoint and Mike Marlow are the new patrol leaders.
Troop 757 meets Monday evenings at the Howard County Fairgrounds.
Information: Walt Worley at 410-461-1228.
The Glenelg High School PTSA will sponsor a speaker series for high school parents. Dr. John Walkup of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will discuss "Motivating the Student: Raising Academic Achievement" at Monday's session.
On Nov. 29, the topic will be "How to Pay for College," sponsored by the Glenelg guidance department. Both programs will be held in the school's media center, 14025 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood. Refreshments and door prizes are planned.