The Rev. Carl Myers, retiring pastor of Grace English Evangelical Lutheran Church, was honored at a retirement brunch Sunday, June 26, at the church.
David Becker, council president at Grace, led off comments with a summary of what he's learned from Pastor Myers, then other members provided reminiscences from the years of Myers' ministry, and how he impacted their faith life.
Members of his past churches also spoke about their memories of Myers.
The congregation presented a cash gift to Myers to use on a trip to Alaska. He and a friend, Pastor Joseph Donovan of Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro, left July 2 for a leisurely road trip to our 49th state.
Joining the pastor there in August will be his wife, Karen, daughter, Christine, and her husband, Mark, and grandson, Luke.
Myers was ordained in 1974. His first parish was Calvary Lutheran Parish in northern Baltimore and Carroll counties, which included several churches.
He also served Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg and Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Middleborough, before coming to Grace Lutheran in 2000. He and Karen have three children, Jonathan, Timothy and Christine, and two grandchildren.
The ministry covers three generations of Carl's family. His father, Raymond Charles Myers, was a minister and two of his children have also chosen the ministry.
Christine is pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Edgewood, and Jonathan is studying at the Lutheran Theological Seminary atPhiladelphia.
Step into the past at the Chesapeake Classic Car Club's annual show at the Fire Museum of Maryland, 1301 York Road, this Saturday, July 9, from noon to 4 p.m. More than 60 antique cars will be on display. The show, which is free, will be held outdoors on the museum grounds. Bring a classic car (pre-1984) for free admission to the museum.
The fire museum itself is worth the visit — it's the third largest fire museum in world with more than 40 antique fire engines dating back to 1806 on display. You can walk through the newly reconstructed 1871 fire house, which depicts life in post-Civil War Baltimore. Children will have fun dressing up in fire gear and climbing on a 1938 Mack pumper in the Discovery Room.
For more information about the show and the museum, go to http://www.firemuseummd.org or call 410-321-7500.
Grace Lutheran Church will host an Introduction to Puppetry Workshop on July 20, 21and 23, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. each night. The workshop is for ages 10 years and older, with the class size limited to 20 persons. On the first two days, participants will learn basic puppetry skills, culminating in a performance and sing-a-long, with an ice cream social for family and friends on the last day. Grace Lutheran is located on Valleyfield Road in Longford North. To learn more about the program and to enroll, go to http://www.gracelutherville.org. Deadline is July 15.
Congratulations to the girls in Brownie Troop 4888, who bridged to Junior Girl Scouts in June. The entire troop of 16 girls are now in Junior Troop 4888. Leaders are Ellen Birkenthal and Maureen Zingo. Looking forward to all the new Journey changes in Girl Scouting are juniors Audrey Azzam, Allyson Belt, Samantha Birkenthal, Grace Cirincione, Clarissa Felix, Melissa Grogin, Samantha Highfield, Nola Kominoth, Ashley Krietz, Cara Lynch, Grace Rogers, Sara Schuyler, Anna Skeels, Sophie Snoussi, Brooke Stokes and Mae Zingo.
Ellen tells me the girls can't wait to get started on their Bronze Award, the first level of awards for Girl Scouts.
Hope you and your family had a great Fourth of July weekend. If you attended the Towson Fourth of July parade, you no doubt saw Hampton Elementary School students among the groups appearing in the parade!