Community Notes


December 11, 2005


Prayer group for teens, young adults

XALT, a group for teens and young adults coming together in worship and prayer, will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow in the Winters Mill High School cafeteria.

The group is led by participating youth and meets the second Monday of the month.

The school is at 560 Gorsuch Road, Westminster.

Information: 410-848-0446.

Blood drive set Wednesday

The Westminster City Recreation Department's Family Center will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at 11 Longwell Ave.

Appointments are requested at 410-751-5501.

Senior center lists activities

The Westminster Senior Center, 125 Stoner Ave., has announced activities for this month.

A Coffee Klatch is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The movie White Christmas will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Meals on Wheels will provide a holiday meal Thursday. Reservations are required.

Blood pressure checks will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Bruce Lohr will talk about holiday safety at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

A nutrition talk, "Cut the Fat Out," will be given at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19 on.

The annual Christmas party will be held Dec. 21. A traditional turkey dinner will be served at 11:30 a.m., catered by Kountry Kafe. The Goldenaires will entertain afterward. Lunch reservations are required by Thursday.

Information: 410-386-3850.

Talk on funding college is Dec. 19

The Winters Mill High School guidance department will give a presentation on college financial aid at 7 p.m. Dec. 19 in the auditorium at 560 Gorsuch Road.

The financial aid director of Villa Julie College will talk about state and federal financial aid programs, campus-based, need-based and merit-based financial aid, and how to complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA).

Information: 410-386-1500.

Westminster library activities

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

Junior Book Club for ages 7 to 10 years at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

Teen Online Book Club this month to read and discuss Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl by D. L. Garfinkle at

Information: 410-386-4488.

Church installs new pastor

St. Paul's United Church of Christ recently held an installation ceremony for its new pastor, the Rev. Marty Kuchma.

Regional United Church of Christ Conference leaders participated in the ceremony.

Kuchma has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh.

Before entering the ministry, he worked in human services for 23 years. He received his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School near Boston.

Kuchma's wife, Sue Snively, is a lawyer in Baltimore. They have two young children and live in Westminster.


Hampstead church plans live Nativity

Shiloh United Methodist Church will present a "Home for Christmas" live Nativity from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and Dec. 18 on the church grounds at 3100 Shiloh Road, Hampstead.

The Nativity will transport visitors to the inn in Bethlehem and the stable where Jesus was born. Live music and animals will be featured.

Refreshments will be served afterward in the sanctuary.

Information: 410-374-4231.

High school to give concert

North Carroll High School will present an instrumental music concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

A meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday for students who took the PSAT in October and their parents. Guidance counselors will explain test scores.

The school is at 1400 Panther Drive, Hampstead.

Information: 410-751-3450.

Senior center lists activities

The North Carroll Senior Center, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, has announced activities.

A holiday party will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Manchester Activities Building on York Street. The center will be closed.

The Senior Moments Band will perform Tuesday.

Haircuts will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday..

A Christmas gift exchange will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 20.

Information: 410-239-6400.

Benefit concert of Christmas music

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a Christmas musical celebration to benefit the Least of These Ministries at 7 p.m. Saturday in the sanctuary.

Performers will include pianist Justin Cole, members of the Pride of Baltimore Chorus, and soloists Sara Woodward and the Rev. Matthew Schenning.

An offering will be taken and refreshments served afterward.

The church is at 3184 Church St., Manchester.

Information: 410-374-2828 or 717-637-4054.

North Carroll library announces activities

North Carroll branch library, 2255 Hanover Pike, Greenmount, is offering activities:

The North Carroll Book Discussion Group for ages 9 to 13 at 6:45 p.m. tomorrow to discuss Christmas After All by Kathryn Lasky.

"American Girls Night - Holiday Celebration with Josefina" for ages 7 to 10 at 6:45 p.m. Thursday with the North Carroll High School Honor Society. Children can take their dolls or dress up. Registration is required.

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