For church, old teachings address current turmoil


April 19, 2002|By Lesa Jansen | Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PREPARING FOR THE unexpected has been a teaching in the Mormon church for generations, but in this time of global unrest and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, church members are offering their expertise in emergency preparedness to the community.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will hold a Family Preparedness Fair from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the church on Route 27 across from Watkins Park in Mount Airy.

"We thought it was a good time to re-emphasize these teachings of being prepared in the event of a natural disaster such as a tornado or a national disaster," said Bishop Eric Poulsen of the Mount Airy church. "There are times even in our personal lives when being prepared can help us through a crisis such as loss of a job or a disabling injury."

Several different aspects of preparation will be covered in 15-minute class sessions, including debt elimination, gardening, food, water and fuel storage and amateur radios.

"If supplies are cut we might need to rely on ourselves and being prepared by having, for instance, a year's worth of food stored can help," Poulsen said. "I know of a number of people who have lost jobs or become ill and having that year's supply of food stored helps get them through" the crisis, he said.

Members of the congregation of more than 300 also will teach the community how to put together what's called a 72-hour kit.

"It's a kit that you can just pick up and run with in the case of a tornado or in the case of another disaster to have enough supplies for your family to get by with for at least 72 hours until help can arrive," Poulsen said.

Church members will demonstrate how to pack needed supplies, such as a small tent, hygiene items, water, candles, first aid and light food such as energy bars or dry packed meals so that family members can easily transport the items.

Eight different miniclasses are scheduled. Church members will provide a nursery, entertainment and activities for children ages 10 and younger.

The evening is free.

Information: 301-829-1904.

Ravens fight hunger

Eight Baltimore Ravens football players have put their artistic talents to work in the fight against hunger.

The South Carroll High School Student Government Association is sponsoring the Empty Bowls Banquet next month. Residents and celebrities have been invited to create and decorate ceramic bowls, which will be auctioned at the dinner to raise money for food banks.

This week, Ravens wide receivers Brandon Stokley and Travis Taylor; tight end John Jones; linemen Marques Douglas, Bennie Anderson and Casey Rabach; safety Anthony Mitchell; and cornerback Alvin Porter created bowls at the high school.

Bowls can be made for the auction. The public is invited to the school from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through the end of this month to create a ceramic bowl at the school's art department for free.

The Empty Bowls Banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at South Carroll High School. Tickets will be available at the door.

Information: 410-751-3575.

Back to the '50s

Take a step back in time while supporting a worthy cause at St. Michael's Catholic Church 50's Dance.

The dance is sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary and will be held at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 1125 St. Michael's Road, Mount Airy.

"We wanted to try something new, so we're having '50s music, live entertainment, hula hoop and dance contests," said Carol Mead, event co-chairwoman.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Proceeds will benefit the Cedar School in Columbia for mentally and physically challenged youngsters.

Information or reservations: 301-831-5436, 410-549-2649 or 301-829-1249.

Lesa Jansen's Southwest neighborhood column appears each Friday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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