Religion Digest


October 10, 2003

Calvary Methodist plans events based on spiritual book

Calvary United Methodist Church will begin a 40 Days of Purpose Campaign tomorrow that will end Nov. 23. The campaign is based on the book The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.

Calvary will kick off the campaign with a tailgate party at 11:30 a.m. at the church, 301 Rowe Blvd. in Annapolis, and a national simulcast will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

During the campaign, participants will read The Purpose Driven Life and explore reasons for existence. Calvary will provide copies of the book. In addition to the reading and weekly small group sessions, the church will have Sunday services geared toward each week's topic, along with music to reinforce the messages.

A ministry fair and missions fair will feature the church's internal and public opportunities for service, and encourage people to use their spiritual gifts.

Information: 410-268-1776.

St. Paul's Lutheran slates Bless the Years celebration

The annual Bless the Years celebration will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie.

The celebration will begin with a performance by the Ascension Puppeteer Troupe on Oct. 18. The troupe is a group of about 20 youths, led by Sally J. Hiller, from Ascension Lutheran Church in Landover Hills. Lunch will be served after the performance. Reservations should be made for the lunch.

The Rev. Paul Dannenfeldt will be the proclaimer for the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services Oct. 19. He is the pastor and coordinator of the Older Adult Ministry.

Information: 410-761-7489, 410-766-2408 or 410-647-6723.

Potluck dinner set Oct. 18 for United Nations Day

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis will sponsor a potluck dinner Oct. 18 in observance of United Nations Day. The church is at 333 Dubois Road.

The event will reflect the theme of United Nations Day, which is "Building a Bridge to Literacy." It is intended to recognize the U.N. Literacy Decade, which extends through 2012.

Marga Fripp, president and founder of Empowered Women International Inc., will talk about literacy and what her company is doing to help immigrants and American women overcome illiteracy.

A second speaker, Reba Caruth, will discuss UNESCO's role in promoting global literacy. Caruth is an assistant professor of business, public policy and international affairs, and is director of the Transatlantic Policy Cooperation and Global Market Governance Project at George Washington University in Washington.

Attendees are asked to bring an international dish to share with 20 people and to wear international attire. A social hour will be held at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.

Information: 410-266-8044.

CROP Walk scheduled Oct. 19 in Severna Park

The 23rd annual Severna Park CROP Walk will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19 on the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail. The walk will begin and end at the Community Center at Woods, 63 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

CROP, an acronym for Church Rural Overseas Project, began after World War II when Midwest farmers began sending surplus from their crops to war-torn Europe.

Registration begins at noon for the 10-kilometer walk that will go north on the trail to West Pasadena Road and return to the center. The Rev. Ken Lyons from Severna Park United Methodist Church will lead the send-off litany.

Walkers will solicit sponsors to raise money for relief abroad through Church World Service, which provides worldwide emergency aid, long-term self-help projects and assistance to refugees. The Severna Park Assistance Network will receive 25 percent of the money raised to help those in need.

Two other CROP walks are also scheduled: North County CROP Walk in Glen Burnie on the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail, and the South County CROP Walk at Quiet Waters Park.

Information: 410-974-1407.


Annual dinner: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans will sponsor the annual sour beef, dumplings and roast beef dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow in the social hall at St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave. at Third Street in Brooklyn. Keyboardist John Norfolk will entertain. Suggested donations are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Carryout will be available. 410-355-7295.

Yard sale: The Women of the Community Church of God will sponsor an indoor yard sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 306 Fifth Ave. SE in Glen Burnie. Lunch will be available. 410-766-5732.

Revival: Anchor Baptist Church fall meetings will be held Sunday through Wednesday at 320 West Pasadena Road, Millersville. The speaker will be Stephen Johns, staff evangelist at Northland Camp and Conference Center, a ministry of Northland Baptist Bible College in Dunbar, Wis. 410-647-9614.

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