Christian musicians to rock parking lot Saturday afternoon


July 14, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FROM NOON to 5 p.m. Saturday, Brooklyn Park may not be dancing in the street, but it certainly will be dancing on the parking lot of the Arundel Village Shopping Center.

That's when Brooklyn Bridge Christian Coffeehouse will sponsor an outdoor concert on its parking lot in the rear of the shopping center at 5524 Ritchie Highway.

Brooklyn Bridge founder Russ Tenhoff said that he has worked to organize the concert for more than a year. "I wanted to do it in June, but [we] couldn't get all the bands together. But now we're finally able to do it," he said.

Tenhoff has put together a lineup of Christian rockers.

"We will have Holy Smoke ... from the Pasadena/Glen Burnie area. They play Southern gospel rock and are very popular. Whenever we have Holy Smoke I have to open the bay doors of the coffeehouse so people can stand outside. They draw such a big crowd that we go over capacity.

"Signal Red is coming from Lynchburg, Va. Soul Desire and TNL are from Waldorf, Md. Soul Desire recently opened the Choir of Fire Youth Rally at the Baltimore Arena," he said.

Brooklyn Bridge is sponsoring the concert as a fund-raiser to help its former sound and lighting technician Mike Ackerman accomplish his dream of bringing a Christian nightclub to the area.

"Mike did our sound and has ministered to the local bands. In December, we decided that it was time for him to work to make his dream a reality. A [Christian] nightclub is very much needed in this area. They have them in several areas of the country, but not here," said Tenhoff.

"This is also one of our ministries," Tenhoff said. "We help each other; anyone who would like to start a Christian coffeehouse. Faith, but without the preaching. All of the bands have waived their fee for the concert."

Each Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m., Brooklyn Bridge attracts a diverse crowd of young adults, teen-agers and young families. On the surface it would appear that they have nothing in common, but they are united by a single desire.

"They want to get the nightclub atmosphere but don't want the drugs and alcohol that often comes with it. We have a neat little niche at the Brooklyn Bridge," Tenhoff said.

Admission to the concert is $5. Food will be sold. Parking is available at Arundel Village Shopping Center and at Ritchie Highway Shopping Center, 5600 Ritchie Highway. Shuttle buses will take people across the highway. Information: 410-789-6218.

Bug Safari

Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist Church will hold a Bug Safari at 7 p.m. from July 21-26.

Children ages 5 to 12 can play team-building games, experience Bible adventures, make crafts and enjoy a treat. Each night's activities will end at 8:30 p.m. with a Firefly Finale.

The church is at 3533 Fourth St. Information: 410-859-0888 or 410-354-0027.

Church youth camp

Maryland's Church on the Rock will sponsor the Baltimore Invasion Urban Youth Camp from July 22-26.

The camp will be held at the church and will provide young people with an opportunity to help residents of Baltimore. Community service, street rallies, a tent ministry and daily devotions are planned.

The cost is $45 and includes meals. Maryland's Church on the Rock is at 900 Church St. in Brooklyn Park. Information: 410-355-5922.

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