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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | July 30, 2009
Churches, beware of thieves. A rash of break-ins and burglaries of Baltimore County churches over the past few weeks has left congregants anxious and police baffled but pastors forgiving. "Folks are very afraid," said Edward Campbell, a 65-year-old Cockeysville resident who was appalled that the church he attends, Epworth United Methodist, had been burglarized during the night of July 17. It was one of eight churches in the area and one parish house known to have been struck by thieves since the end of June.
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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 Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | April 24, 1991
To awaken their congregations to the dangers of substance abuse, 56 county churches are dedicating part of their services on April 28 -- Drug and Alcohol Awareness Sunday.For some pastors, personal experiences will help bring the message home."We have a couple of people in the congregation who have had youngsters -- now grown -- that have had problems with drugs," said the Rev. Marina Flores of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Snydersburg."Luckily, they're off drugs and on their way to better lives, but it was rough while they were going through it," she said.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2011
Anne Arundel County's churches should join together under an umbrella group to more efficiently assist the needy, according to a prominent county leader who has proposed creating a church council to pool resources. Eugene Peterson, who represents the Laurel area on the county Board of Education, said in a recent interview that the proposed Ecumenical Church Council of Greater Anne Arundel County would be "a place where people could exchange information on ideas and programs that work.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2004
For years, Baltimore County churches and other nonprofit groups have been able to hold fund-raising dinners and lunches without the permits required of restaurants. But this week, in a move that county officials say is a public health necessity, the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management is toughening the rules. David Carroll, the department's director, justified stricter rules by saying that "the greatest outbreaks" of food-related illness in Maryland had occurred in noncommercial establishments advertising and selling food to the public.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | October 24, 1993
When Mount Zion United Methodist Church sponsored a forum on the homeless in 1989, nine Howard County churches agreed to form a coalition to address the problem.Today, 29 of nearly 200 county churches belong to Churches Concerned for the Homeless, Inc., a nonprofit corporation formed in 1990 to fight homelessness in the county."It's a moral and spiritual responsibility," said Teresa M. Chiaverini, executive director of the group, who will address Tuesday's countywide summit on homelessness.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
County churches are preaching the sanctity of life and collecting money at services for the Vote kNOw Coalition, which is leading the drive to defeat the abortion-rights law on referendum in November.After services last weekend, volunteers handed out pamphlets urging voters to learn what the law "really says."Statewide, nearly 200 churches of every denomination participated in the collection, with another 90 -- including St. Joseph in Sykesville -- planning a collection this weekend.By Friday, the coalition had "just over $200,000," said Elaine Kindler, coalition finance director.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | October 11, 2006
A community-based group working through Howard County churches to promote affordable housing and better mass transportation and youth services is pushing political candidates to sign on. People Acting Together in Howard (PATH) drew more than 400 people from more than 20 county churches to Oakland Mills High School on Sunday to ask candidates for county executive and council to support its initiatives. Two of those initiatives would represent a big change in county policy, greatly upgrading the county's commitment to having affordable housing for working families.
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June 29, 2001
4 county churches offering vacation Bible school Four Anne Arundel County churches are offering vacation Bible school programs this summer: Brooklyn United Methodist Church will hold its vacation Bible school program, "Good Neighbor Tours," from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 23-27 at the church, 3701 Fourth St., Brooklyn. The free program is for 2-year-olds through sixth-graders. Registration: 410- 355-8740. Anchor Baptist Church will hold its "Blast Through the Past" vacation Bible school from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 30-Aug.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | March 7, 1993
Three years ago, eight county churches formed Churches Concerned for the Homeless (CCH). Its mission was to help homeless families become independent by providing housing and other essential services, like job counseling, day care, transportation and help with budgeting.Now, CCH has 30 member congregations, two paid part-time employees and has helped five families move closer to self-sufficiency, working within the framework of a long-term plan designed for each family. And CCH plans to expand with a program for homeless, single men.In the past few years, other church-based organizations in the county, like CCH, have taken on increasingly important roles in providing social services.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
Homeless people in Howard County feeling the sting of winter's cold can, for the eighth consecutive year, seek a nighttime refuge in the county's church-based cold-weather shelter, which begins services Monday night. This year, 16 churches have volunteered to work with the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, the county's main homeless shelter on Freetown Road, and county workers to operate the shelter for 18 weeks, through the end of March. People who need shelter at night should call Grassroots' crisis line at 410-531-6677 and make a reservation for the shelter.
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By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | July 30, 2009
Churches, beware of thieves. A rash of break-ins and burglaries of Baltimore County churches over the past few weeks has left congregants anxious and police baffled but pastors forgiving. "Folks are very afraid," said Edward Campbell, a 65-year-old Cockeysville resident who was appalled that the church he attends, Epworth United Methodist, had been burglarized during the night of July 17. It was one of eight churches in the area and one parish house known to have been struck by thieves since the end of June.
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By Liz F. Kay and Liz F. Kay,Sun Reporter | May 30, 2008
Forget knocking on doors or preaching on street corners. Some churches are trying a new approach to spreading the word of God: pumping gas. Middle River Baptist Church in Baltimore County, for example, plans to subsidize gas prices by 50 cents per gallon for three hours at a BP gas station Monday, and volunteers will clean windshields and check oil. The offer comes with no strings attached - but if it attracts some drivers to Sunday services, so much...
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to the Sun | March 2, 2008
The county administration's plan to allow a Baptist church to build a school in Lothian and end a lengthy, potentially costly lawsuit has hit a snag, the Anne Arundel County Council. At least three council members say the school should not be allowed on the winding, historic road, and they are likely to vote against changing the county's policy to comply with the agreement forged with Riverdale Baptist Church. Defeat of the bill requires rejection by four council members, and Councilman Edward R. Reilly, who represents South County, has spent years fighting the church's proposal to build on its property.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,sun reporter | October 11, 2006
A community-based group working through Howard County churches to promote affordable housing and better mass transportation and youth services is pushing political candidates to sign on. People Acting Together in Howard (PATH) drew more than 400 people from more than 20 county churches to Oakland Mills High School on Sunday to ask candidates for county executive and council to support its initiatives. Two of those initiatives would represent a big change in county policy, greatly upgrading the county's commitment to having affordable housing for working families.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN REPORTER | September 18, 2006
Perry Hall Baptist Church was defaced with three swastikas over the weekend, Baltimore County police said yesterday. The vandalism occurred between 9:15 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, police said. The pastor of the church, in the 3900 block of Schroeder Ave., discovered the spray-painted swastikas. The damage was estimated at $500. Police said the church would add security cameras.
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By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,Staff Writer | December 29, 1992
With only a short time to go before Christmas, the Rev. Joseph C. Rowe was trying to find a tractor-trailer.The pastor of the Odenton Church of God was trying to help another West County church organize a trip to the county in West Virginia where he grew up and where, for the past several years, he has sent tons of clothing to needy families.He had to finalize plans that day because he would be tied up the rest of the week with a clothing drive for a local women's shelter, finding enough food to stock a food pantry run by 12 West County churches and getting toys to needy children at the Annapolis YWCA.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | April 21, 1993
The county's emergency motel shelter program, which was almost out of money a month ago, has received $27,000 in contributions from churches, businesses, individuals and the county government.But if demand for the program continues to increase, the money won't last for long."I don't think anyone can sit back and say the program is fine now," said Andrea Ingram, director of Grassroots, the private nonprofit agency that manages the county program, which is intended to provide temporary shelter in local motels for the homeless.
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By DAVID KOHN and DAVID KOHN,SUN REPORTER | April 15, 2006
BILOXI, Miss. -- In the shade of the oak tree her mother planted more than 50 years ago, Veronica Davis stood firm outside her small one-story house, which Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed seven months ago and which she has no intention of leaving. Around the grounds, a team of volunteers from a Baltimore County church worked steadily, removing debris from the house, replacing damaged flooring, installing wiring and cleaning up the yard that once boasted lilies and a lemon tree. The group arrived a week ago to help make the house livable again.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | December 26, 2005
Wearing a red sweater and white turtleneck, Kevin Michel cruised through the streets of Harford County in a red SUV yesterday, well-dressed for his Christmas Day task. The 52-year-old Havre de Grace man spent the early afternoon delivering meals to needy families, assisting the efforts of the Shamrock youth group from St. Patrick Catholic Church. Michel said he did not realize the color relation of his Ford Explorer to Santa's sleigh. "This is just a coincidence," he said. "The sweater, however, was deliberate."
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