Religion Digest


October 17, 2003

Unitarians plan auction, dinner at church Nov. 8

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis will sponsor its annual Silent/Live Auction and dinner Nov. 8 in the church hall, 333 Dubois Road.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for participants to preview the scores of items to be auctioned, including vacations, fur coats, fine art, gourmet wines and food. At 6:30 p.m. a sit-down dinner will be served, and at 7:30 p.m. auctioneer Norman O'Neal will start an evening of bidding.

Auction dinner tickets are $30 if purchased by Nov. 1. No dinner tickets will be sold after that date. Tickets are available in the church office during regular office hours. Ticket are $5 per person at the door for the auction only.

Items can be previewed after Monday at Information: 410-544-9044 or 410-266-8044.

St. Paul's Lutheran plans Bless the Years celebration

A Bless the Years celebration will be held tomorrow and Sunday, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive in Glen Burnie.

This annual celebration will begin tomorrow with a performance by the Ascension Puppeteer Troupe. The troupe consists of 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 Sunday. He is the pastor and coordinator of the Older Adult Ministry.

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

CROP Walk to be held Oct. 19 in Severna Park

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

CROP (Church Rural Overseas Project) began after World War II when Midwest farmers began sending surplus crops to war-torn Europe.

Registration begins at noon for the 10-kilometer walk, which 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 sendoff 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 scheduled, the 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: Christ Episcopal Church on Owensville Road will sponsor its 85th annual Homecoming Dinner from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow in the parish hall, Owensville and Owensville Sudley roads near Galesville. A country store will feature baked goods, jellies and crafts. Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win dinner for four at Old South Country Club, a honey-baked ham and other items. Tickets for the dinner are $15, available at the door. 410-867-0346.

Broadway excursion: St. Philip's Church Theater Group will make its annual trip to Broadway tomorrow to see the musical 42nd Street. The bus leaves at 7 a.m. from St. Philip's Church, 730 Bestgate Road in Annapolis, and returns at 11 p.m. The cost is $135, which includes a continental breakfast, a boxed lunch, snacks, movies en route, the performance and transportation. A dinner stop is scheduled. 410-841-6717.

Potluck dinner: Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis will sponsor a potluck dinner tomorrow in observance of United Nations Day. The church is at 333 Dubois Road. The theme, "Building a Bridge to Literacy," recognizes the U.N. Literacy Decade, which extends through 2012. Speakers will include Marge Fripp, founder of Empowered Women International Inc., and Reba Caruth, who will discuss literacy and UNESCO's role in promoting literacy. Attendees are asked to bring an international dish to share with 20 people and to wear international attire. A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. 410-266-8044.

Health Fair: North Arundel Hospital will participate in the Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Pasadena United Methodist Church, 61 Ritchie Highway. The hospital will offer free screenings for blood pressure, oral cancer and pulmonary function. It will provide educational displays with literature on the hospital's new Tate Cancer Center, nutrition, exercise, stress management and smoking cessation. Reservations are not required. 410-787-4367.

Fall Festival: Brooklyn United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual Fall Festival and Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1. The church is at Fourth Street and Potomac Avenue. Spaces are available for $5 each. Food will include pit ham, pit turkey, hot dogs, chili and funnel cakes. Information: 410-863-1531, 410-789-7049 or 410-355-8740.

Spiritual Healing: One-hour meetings on spirituality and healing will be held at noon and 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Christian Science Society, 101 First Ave. SE, Glen Burnie. 410-242-5014 or 410-766-9390.

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