Loch  Raven Column

Annalea Cascio, junior president of the American Legion Auxiliary, with Mike Mooney; out going state commander of the American Legion, and a member of Parkville American Legion. (submitted photo / September 11, 2011)

There's a new face at Loch Raven United Methodist Church — the Rev. Cliff Webner became the church's pastor this summer.

A pastor for 22 years in Carroll, Howard and Baltimore counties, he spent the last eight years at Salem United Methodist Church in Upper Falls.

He said he already feels at home.

"Loch Raven has been wonderful to me; it is a loving, spirit-filled, multicultural congregation that wants to introduce people to Jesus Christ and help them to grow in their faith," he said.


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Webner graduated from Towson University in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in mass communications, and from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1989 with a master of divinity degree.

In 2000, he returned to Asbury and attended the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership, which allowed him to travel throughout the United States learning about leadership and church growth from pastors of growing churches.

As a child he lived in Gardenville (Md.), later moving to Perry Hall and attending Perry Hall United Methodist Church.

"Pastoral ministry has been an exciting journey and there is still more to come," he said. "I've been able to travel to Israel and go on various mission trips throughout the world and work with a lot of wonderful people.

If you are ever in the neighborhood, Webner invites visitors to stop by Loch Raven United Methodist Church, 6622 Loch Raven Blvd., or check out http://www.lrumc.org.

His September sermon series is titled "Triumphant Living in Troubled Times."

Parkville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 183 recently expressed thanks to the outgoing American Legion Auxiliary Maryland junior president, Annalea Cascio.

During her term, she attended six area meetings across the state, encouraging members of the local units to support the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

Her efforts raised more than $4,800 for the cause.

She also participated in the Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympic, helped raise funds for the Casey Cares Foundation and represented Maryland at the National American Legion convention in Minnesota in August.

Judy Murdoch, unit publicity chairperson, said, Annalea did a great job traveling the state and representing the American Legion Auxiliary and her home unit."

The auxiliary also presented a four-year scholarship to Frank Donato, grandson of long time members Frank and Oneda Donato. Selected for his academic record, community service and an application essay, Donato will attend Towson University and study psychiatry.

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