Religion Digest

October 31, 2003

Asbury Methodist plans bicentennial celebration events

Asbury United Methodist Church is planning several events in celebration of its 200th anniversary and homecoming, Nov. 7 to Nov. 9, at the church, 87 West St., Annapolis.

An open house is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, and will include tours through the church to view displays. There will be a program of music and verse at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The featured guest performer will be Velvet Brown, a tuba concert artist who is associate professor of tuba and euphonium at Pennsylvania State University. Also performing will be Phylis Parker, pianist and music director at Asbury.

Florence Coates and Vivian Mitchell will each do a dramatic reading. Admission is free.

A celebration banquet will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Comfort Inn Conference Center, Route 301, Bowie. Tickets are required.

On Nov. 9, the 11 a.m. worship service will be held and at 1 p.m. the church will install a plaque commemorating the occasion. Information: 410-268-9500.

Our Shepherd nursery school plans reunion

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will celebrate 30 years of early childhood education during the 11 a.m. service Nov. 9, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park.

The church invites the community to help locate alumni of Our Shepherd Nursery School to be part of the celebration and get reacquainted with old friends. A reception will be held in the fellowship hall after the service.

Photos and art projects from the past will be on display and stories will be shared at the event. Information: 410-647-647-1658.

Anti-casino coalition to hold Monday meeting

NoCasino Maryland Coalition will hold an action planning meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Glen Burnie United Methodist Church, 5 Second Ave., S.E.

The coalition is planning strategies to keep slot machines out of Maryland. The public is invited to find out what actions can be taken. Information: 410-766-5562, nocasinomd@aol.com or www.nocasinomaryland.org.

Bethany Christian Services to hold benefit banquet

Bethany Christian Services will hold its annual benefit banquet and silent auction Thursday at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

This year's theme is "Precious in His Sight," and it will highlight the lives of children who are being changed by programs at Bethany. In 2002, Bethany counseled 191 women with unplanned pregnancies; 26 children were placed with adoptive families and 42 newborns were given temporary care until their birth mothers made a decision to parent or give their child to an adoptive family.

The silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature many donated items from local businesses, retailers and restaurateurs. The dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by the Children's Choir of Bridgeway Community Church and Hope Christian Church, and the drama team of Bethel Assembly of God.

Information and reservations: 410-721-2835.

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