Cockeysville neighborhood column

The Rev. Tim Bonner (Submitted Photo / August 8, 2011)

Cockeysville Baptist Church, located on Warren Road, is happy to welcome its new pastor, the Rev. Tim Bonner. 

He holds a master of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in 1988, and also holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, and has served as chaplain in the Army Reserves. 

He has served 13 years in full-time civilian ministry service as a pastor of Southern Baptist churches, 13 years as a part-time Army chaplain, and seven years as a full-time Army chaplain.  

For the past four years, and for seven of the past eight, Bonner has been an Army Reserve chaplain, mobilized on active duty in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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For the past three years, he has served three different communities in Germany, ministering to both the families of deployed soldiers and the soldiers on the installations.  

Originally from South Carolina, Bonner is an avid sports enthusiast — especially of the Atlanta Braves and Falcons — and this is his first pastorate in Maryland.

Welcome, Rev. Bonner, to our Cockeysville community!

The Lutherville-Timonium Recreation Council tap and jazz dancers have been selected to perform in the pre-game show at the Cal Ripken World Series on Aug. 20, at 10:30 a.m., at Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen.

Dancers age 4 and older will perform several routines. The LTRC tap and jazz dancers also performed at the Towsontown Festival on May 1.

Since 2006, the troupe has traveled annually to Ripken Stadium for IronBirds' pre-game performances, including the 2011 opening night on June 17.

The Aug. 20 performance is also scheduled to be broadcasted on ESPN.   The best part is it's absolutely free to attend the World Series and the performance — so bring the whole family.

The Historical Society of Baltimore County will host a deluxe motorcoach outing along the scenic byways of northern Baltimore County, Saturday, Sept. 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer interpreters will guide the exploration of Freeland, Maryland Line, Middletown and Parkton, helping everyone appreciate how non-profit organizations and commercial enterprises shaped rural life in the 19th century. 

Planned stops will provide opportunities for taking photographs and for meeting residents who are building upon the legacies of their families and communities. 

The tour includes lunch catered by Stone Mill Bakery and served among artifacts of Morris Meadows Museum.  Before returning to the Historical Society of Baltimore County Almshouse, the group will stop at Woodhall Wine Cellars for a tour of vintage farm buildings and to sample wines made from Maryland grapes. Non-alcoholic beverages and light fare will also be provided.

As a memento, attendees will receive a booklet detailing the architecture and the developments of the piedmont region. 

Cost is $65 for members; $75 for non-members. For details, or to ask questions, e-mail TourInfo@hsobc.org or call 410-666-1878.

Oregon Ridge Nature Center  and Park offer volunteer hours on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers help fight invasive plants, maintain trails, plant trees and perform other duties.  

Also, the park's Bumble Bee Garden Club is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Participants enjoy crafts and cooking using the fruits of their labor.  Make pickles, tea, salsa, bird houses, stepping stones and more.  The first class begins Aug. 13 and meets 10-11:30 a.m.  Cost is $20 ($15 members). Space is limited.  Call 410-887-1815. 

Historic Jessops Methodist Church, 14019 York Road, will hold its fall service Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2 p.m.  This is one of only two services held annually, and all are invited to attend this afternoon service.  For details, call 410-666-1889.