Spiritual growth program to begin Saturday

October 06, 2003

Sonrise Community Church of Westminster will follow the principles of Rick Warren's book, The Purpose Driven Life, during a 40-day spiritual growth pilgrimage beginning Saturday.

The program will begin that day with a simulcast with other participating churches around the country.

The campaign is designed to lead people to the church and help them find meaning to their lives.

This year's campaign focuses on 40 days as a spiritually significant time as used in the Bible: Noah's 40 days of rain, Moses' 40 days on Mount Sinai, Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness and the disciples' 40 days with Jesus after the resurrection.

Sonrise's program will also focus on Warren's five reasons that God created people: for worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism.

The church meets Sundays at Winters Mill High School, 560 Gorsuch Road. The Rev. Bill Thomas is pastor.

Information: 410-848-6756.

Youth sleepover among library's planned events

Westminster library branch, 50 E. Main St., will offer:

Family Story Time for all ages (age 3 and younger must be with an adult) at 7 p.m. tomorrow, 1 p.m. Wednesday, 1 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. Saturday on "Wash Day."

"All You Ever Wanted to Know About Romance Novels ... And More" at 7 p.m. today for adults. McDaniel College English professor Pamela Regis will discuss romance writing and her new book, A Natural History of the Romance Novel.

Junior Book Club for ages 7 to 10 at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The group will organize and select books for discussion. A different book will be featured each month.

"Let's Talk Classics" for teens and adults at 7 p.m. Thursday. The monthly program focuses on classic literature and children's literature. This month's selection is The Chosen by Chaim Potok.

"Beginning Cross-stitch" at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for adults. Participants will create a cross-stitch project to take home. Materials are required. Registration is required.

"The second annual Middle School Sleepover" for youths in grades six through eight at 8 p.m. Oct. 17. Youths can spend the night in the library for a ghost walk with spooky stories, a scavenger hunt, karaoke and a Fear Factor-style food contest. Registration is required.

Information: 410-386-4488.

Public meeting

Planning, zoning: Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane. 410-848-9000.

School news

Westminster Elementary: The PTO will sponsor a book fair Wednesday through Oct. 15. 410-751-3222.

Church news

Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalists: Worship will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Henry Simoni-Wastila will discuss "General Assembly Stories." The church is at 2912 Club House Road, Finksburg. 410-861- 8820.

Around town

Elks bingo: Westminster Elks Lodge 2277 will hold bingo every Tuesday at 538 Gorsuch Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., early bird bingo starts at 6:45 p.m., followed by regular bingo. Door prizes will be awarded and a jackpot of $500 is available. 410- 848-2277.

Bingo: Reese and Community Volunteer Fire Company will hold bingo every Thursday in the fire hall on Route 140. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. 410-848- 7172.

Free lunch: The Shepherd's Staff will offer a free meal at noon every Friday at Westminster United Methodist Church, 165 E. Main St. 410-857-5944.

Free meal: Westminster Church of the Brethren will offer a free meal from noon to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Park Place and Bond Street, Westminster. 410-848-8090.

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