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March 6, 2013
I just finished reading Mary Tilghman's article "Church members vote to become Catholic" in the Feb. 27 issue of the Catonsville Times. The subject of this article is intriguing, to say the least. I've lived in the Catonsville community for over 50 years and teach history at a nearby high school so the news that the congregants of St. Timothy Episcopal Church have voted to join the Roman Catholic Church was indeed surprising. However, for all the information related to the nature of the congregational vote, pastoral support, and future plans, nowhere in the article was a very crucial piece of information mentioned: Why was this decision made?
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Susan Reimer | March 21, 2014
I never thought I could feel such gratitude toward a posse of motorcycle riders as I did the day Brendan Looney was buried beside his best friend, Travis Manion, in Arlington National Cemetery. They screened the grieving families of the two Naval Academy graduates from the hateful placards carried by the members of the Westboro Baptist Church who celebrated the deaths of those young men as evidence of God's retribution on our sinful nation. And riders revved their engines so the families could not hear the chants.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
After a traditional Christian service Sunday, the Rev. Terrence Alspaugh stepped outside his historic stone church and faced a collection of motorcycles. The congregation of this little church by the Baltimore County woods formed a circle. They bowed their heads. "May your bike be free from mechanical failure," Alspaugh prayed. Wait. What? Alspaugh, pastor at Granite Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, was holding a service he calls the Biker Blessings & Bread Sunday, an effort to minister to motorcyclists nearby and throughout the state.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas institution that stages anti- LGB  protests across the country, died Thursday, according to multiple reports . Fred Phelps, 84, started the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka in 1955. Since its founding, the Church has become known throughout the world for demonstrations and pickets at events including military funerals and political gatherings. Westboro members would stand outside holding posters and signs with spiteful slogans condemning LGBT people, among others.  One oft-repeated refrain, likely the one which became most associated with the church and is used at its web address, was "God Hates Fags.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 24, 2000
Members of the Church of Jesus Power testified before the Howard County Board of Appeals last night in an attempt to get a special exception that would allow them to hold religious services in a single-family home in Ellicott City. Supporters testified for nearly three hours before opponents took the stand shortly before 10:30 p.m. The church has pledged that its membership will not exceed 15 people and it will hold services only during the day Sunday. Neighbors worry their property values will decline.
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By Arch Parsons | January 12, 1992
If you go to the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Druid Hill Avenue, don't expect to sit quietly in your pew and watch the service.The Rev. Frank Madison Reid III won't let you. He makes sure that everyone is fully engaged.That means that six times during a nearly three-hour service recently, all 1,500 worshipers -- "brothers and sisters" -- were urged to hold hands with or hug their pew neighbors and exchange the Lord's blessings. "Only holy hugs!" he warned.It means that when collection time came, all 1,500 made their way, singing and clapping, to the altar to give money.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 22, 2011
Mammie Lee Davis, a retired professional seamstress and tax preparer, died Saturday of renal failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 78. Mammie Lee Benjamin was born and raised in Florence, S.C. She was a 1951 graduate of Wilson High School. She worked for Wentworth Manufacturing in Florence, and in 1955, she married Sam Davis Jr. Two years later, the couple settled in Baltimore, and Mrs. Davis went to work as a professional seamstress at Raleigh Manufacturers Inc. on Wicomico Street.
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By Consella A. Lee and Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer | March 1, 1995
He never kept count, but Waldron Patch estimates he has sent 25,000 get-well cards to fellow members of Harundale Presbyterian Church and their loved ones since the early 1970s. And he's still at it.Every Sunday, Mr. Patch, 90, picks up a new prayer list from the church bulletin and adds new names to his mailing list. "He reads each message to make sure it's appropriate for the person he sends it to," said his wife Helen, 82. He even sends cards to church members while he is on vacation, she added.
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By Sally Buckler and Sally Buckler,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 18, 1996
CANADIAN PHYSICIAN Sir William Osler opined, "No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher."His remark fits Margaret Haugh of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lisbon.After 34 years as a Sunday school teacher for Calvary, Haugh, known as Miss Margaret, retired from her Sunday school duties in June.Church members honored her at a festive celebration, which she called a "joyous day." She claims to have had many helping hands in her endeavor."When I look into the faces of Calvary's little and young ones, I see hope for a brighter, better world tomorrow," she said.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer | December 25, 1994
Eight-year-old Christopher Deal knows how to play Santa Claus.Dressed in a red sweat suit and a Christmas cap, he smiled broadly and handed out stockings full of Christmas treats to children at the Westminster soup kitchen yesterday."
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
Weeks ago, fire tore through a church that nearly straddles the Mason-Dixon Line, destroying books, the organ, the food bank pantry, the choir room, and nearly everything else. Hand bells swung by congregants for generations exploded from their casings in the heat and landed in the nearby graveyard. On Saturday morning, cars lined the parking lot of a day care center a quarter-mile from the remains of Lazarus Church in Lineboro, waiting patiently for the temporary food bank to open.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 21, 2013
When Kelly Young was killed in East Baltimore in April, the well-liked transgender woman was mourned publicly, with friends and family asking for help bringing her still-unidentified killer to justice. Too often, though, transgender women and men are killed in small neighborhoods and big cities all around the world and no one pays attention, activists say. The violence, often driven by hate, goes unpunished, even unacknowledged. "No one seems to give it any attention. It's like it's OK," said Lauren Stokeling, a transgender Baltimore native and one of multiple speakers at an event to remember Young and other transgender victims at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore on Wednesday night.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2013
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur brought her insurgent candidacy to Baltimore's east side Sunday, visiting an African-American church led by a close friend of her newly named running mate. Mizeur, a two-term delegate from Montgomery County, received a warm reception from several hundred parishioners at Southern Baptist Church after being introduced by its pastor, the Rev. Donte Hickman. Last week Mizeur selected the Rev. Delman Coates of Prince George's County as her candidate for lieutenant governor - a point she made in her remarks to the congregation.
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svanessen2@hotmail.com | November 5, 2013
The Rev. Mary Gaut has been accepted as a 2014 fellow by GreenFaith, an interfaith organization promoting environmental stewardship. The GreenFaith website says "the Fellowship Program is the first comprehensive education and training program in the US to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for religiously based environmental leadership. The Fellowship curriculum is designed to integrate historical perspectives, scientific information, socio-economic considerations, religious, ethical, spiritual and practical dimensions.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
The Rev. Mark Stanley loves his work as rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church on North Charles Street, but during his first eight years on the job, he had a problem. The lighting in the historic building was so poor, the color of the walls and ceiling so drab that he could barely make out his congregants from the pulpit. "You want to be able to see people's reactions. The whole place just felt dark and dreary," he said. "That's not what you want in a place of worship. " Now the building, 157 years old this year, has a new look and feel.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2013
After a traditional Christian service Sunday, the Rev. Terrence Alspaugh stepped outside his historic stone church and faced a collection of motorcycles. The congregation of this little church by the Baltimore County woods formed a circle. They bowed their heads. "May your bike be free from mechanical failure," Alspaugh prayed. Wait. What? Alspaugh, pastor at Granite Presbyterian Church in Woodstock, was holding a service he calls the Biker Blessings & Bread Sunday, an effort to minister to motorcyclists nearby and throughout the state.
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By JEAN LESLIE | July 10, 1995
The smells of coffee, punch and cookies often greet worshipers at the fellowship hour after church services. How does the hearty, garlicky smell of bologna and cheese sandwiches grab you?That's what the members of Elkridge Baptist Church smell and see every week during their fellowship hour. That's what they're smelling as they construct sandwiches and place them in bags, making lunches. Completing the lunches are cookies and chips when they're available.The bag lunch project began in December 1991, when a small group decided that rather than getting together over coffee, they would gather over food preparation tables and work to make lunches for Baltimore's homeless.
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By NATALIE HARVEY | August 31, 1993
Habitat for Humanity is not "somebody else" helping others. It's people such as the members of the Lutheran Church of the Living Word, who are active participants in the Sandtown/Winchester Habitat projects in Baltimore.It all began with the church's youth group seeking a service project. Evelyne Bloomer heard about Habitat and investigated the idea for the group.Soon, the congregation, which holds services at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills, was involved. They were so energetic that they were approached by Allan Tibbles, director of the Sandtown/Winchester project, and John Best, Habitat construction manager, to adopt the house at 1633 Gilmor St., where they had been working.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
Baltimore Police have not released any motive for a shooting on East Eager Street in Johnston Square on Saturday night that left three people wounded, including a child. Police say they're working to find who was responsible for the shooting. "The Baltimore Police Department echoes our communities' outrage over the fact that, again, an innocent child has been caught up in a reprehensible act of violence," the police said in a statement issued Sunday afternoon. "This was not a random act — and those responsible will be held accountable.
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Svanessen2@hotmail.com | April 5, 2013
Inside Arnolia United Methodist Church, located at Joppa and Oakleigh roads, is an exact replica of the building complete with the steeple and cross which rises high over the church, dozens of windows, six porches with steps and even the corrals for the trash cans in the rear. The church building was built in stages with the sanctuary, the final section completed in1968 but the replica was constructed this year. It all started when church member Mike Pfeifer helped to build a train garden at the Jacksonville Senior Center in Baltimore County.
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