Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lansdowne will offer free ice… (Phil Grout, Patuxent Publishing )
Soaring temperatures can't keep Betty Cain out of the kitchen at Lansdowne United Methodist Church at 114 Laverne Ave. Two Wednesdays a month, she and her seasoned crew of prep chefs dish up tasty, free suppers that are open to the community from 5-6 p.m.
Menus are based on what is seasonal, especially as summer vegetables ripen. And the church's dining hall is refreshingly cool. Walk in July 27 and Aug. 10 to savor the bounty.
For more information, call Betty at 410-242-9156.
If you can tie a knot and offer a prayer, you'll find a welcome at Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave., on Wednesday, July 27.
The Prayer Blanket Bunch gathers from 7:15-8:15 p.m. to create simple coverings for those in need of tender, loving care. Materials provided. Camaraderie guaranteed.
Diane Rust leads. Call her at 410-242-5918.
• This church's prayer ministries carry out into the community. Bow the knee with members at these sites:
Parkview Senior Housing at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, July 27, and Aug. 10. Ruth Ann and Don are prayer group leaders.
Glynn Taff Assisted Living on Thursday, Aug. 11. Carpool at 2 p.m. from the church parking lot. Hymn singing and relaxed worship included.
Pastor Claire Fiedler holds prayer notes at 410-242-5918.
Southwest Emergency Services' volunteers are praying, too, as this sour economy has brought many local families seeking bags of food for their children. Help restock the shelves by donating cereals, juices, fruit, pasta dinners, meats, tuna, dry or canned milk and soups. SWES is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-11:30 a.m., 1201 Maple Ave.
Molly Wheltle's prayer is to find donations of First Communion dresses for inner-city girls whose families cannot afford such finery.
This worthy project will help her attain her Girl Scout Gold Award and put smiles on the recipients' faces.
Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4414 Wilkens Ave., accepts donations weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and following Sunday Masses.
Break your fast with Arbutus United Methodist Church's early risers Sunday, July 31, at 8:30 a.m., 1201 Maple Ave. An array of entrees will tempt attendees. Love offerings accepted.
Stay nearby for relaxed worship at 10 a.m., geared for the whole family's needs.
Nibble details at 410-242-9029.
Contemporary tunes, casual attire, refreshments and fellowship are promised in St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 901 Courtney Road Sunday, July 31, at the 9:30 a.m. "Open Doors" service.
Walk in or call 410-242-0422.
Picnic lovers, take note: on Sunday, July 31, Hope Presbyterian Church's members will carpool to a grassy site, following the 11 a.m. worship hour. Guests are invited to bring food to share and swim togs.
Reserve a space by calling the church office, 410-247-4673.
• Head back to the church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, the "Brothers and Sisters in Christ" service at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7. An ecumenical gathering is planned for all ages.
Looking for a nearby Eucharistic adoration site?
Celebrate the meaning of the Eucharist and allow that gift to enhance your day Monday, Aug. 1. The Church of the Ascension, Potomac and Poplar avenues, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. for adoration.
Sign on at 410-242-2292 or go to http://www.ascensionbaltimore.org.
Our Savior Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave., offers "Wiggle Worship" at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.
This service is designed for the young and young-at-heart with children taking the lead in a variety of innovative activities. A fellowship hour follows outside with refreshing snacks and beverages. Free.
• Scoop up your favorite ice cream when members host Sundae Sunday after the 10 a.m. worship Aug. 14. Also free.
Pastor Kristi tells more at 410-242-2141.
Bring your Sunday church bulletin to Chick-fil-A at Lansdowne Station on Mondays and receive a free sandwich. This promotion runs until Labor Day. Yum!
Fresh produce, homemade baked goods, jams, craft items, bargain sundries and clothing are sold at the Green Dragon Amish Market.
Join St. Clement Church's Eileen Kus for a bus jaunt there Friday, Aug. 5.
Then savor lunch at Shady Maple smorgasbord. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $52 fee.
Call Eileen at 410-859-0988.