Men's group's menu makes absence of meat easier to swallow [Column]

The Church of the Ascension Men's Club dishes up Lenten Friday seafood feasts on April 4 and 11, 5-7 p.m., in Brewer Hall, 4601 Maple Ave. Fried fish, shrimp, oysters, stewed tomatoes, slaw, macaroni and cheese, dessert and hot drinks costs $10 for adults or carryouts and $8 for those under 12. Younger children have the choice of grilled cheese sandwiches, too.

Call 410-242-2292.

Believers will gather in Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave., on Monday, April 7, for a 7:30 p.m. service of healing prayer. Bend your knees with them if you are hurting.

Call 410-242-5918.

Shelbourne Baptist Church's doors swing wide open at 4808 Shelbourne Road for these meaningful events:

Palm Sunday: April 13. Worship, brunch and children's activities begin at 11a.m. A groaning board of free brunch choices, sweet and savory, assuages hungers.

Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30p.m., a light fare meal commemorates Jesus' Last Supper before worship hour.

Call 410-242-3261.

The Lansdowne Interfaith Partnership sponsors two Lenten gatherings:

Wednesday, April 9: A 6 p.m. covered dish supper and 7 p.m. worship in Lansdowne Christian Church, 101 Clyde Ave. Bring food to share.

Sunday, April 13: Members gather on Lansdowne Christian's patio at 9:30 a.m. to receive palms, then process through quiet Lansdowne streets, waving them high.

Call 410-242-4821.

The annual Good Friday ecumenical service, sponsored by the Greater Arbutus Ministerium, is set for April 18, noon to 2 p.m. in Violetville United Methodist Church. Scriptural reference will be Jesus' last words. Choirs, instrumentalists, clergy, soloists, interpreters, liturgists, all bring the message.

Call 410-525-3191.

Eggciting Eggstras

Arbutus United Methodist Church invites eggsplorers to an Easter brunch, egg hunt, and some seasonal games Sunday, April 6, noon to 2 p.m., at 1201 Maple Ave.

Tell Kathy to sign up your little ones at 410-242-9029.

Hop over to Violetville United Methodist Church, 3648 Coolidge Ave., for breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Love offerings pay for fluffy scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes and beverages. Photos available, too.

Call 410-525-3191.

Spring forth to the Patronage of the Mother of God Catholic Church, 1260 Stevens Ave., for the Slavic Food Festival, on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Savor holupki, haluski, kolachi, pirohi and hrudka plus desserts and ethnic Easter treats.

Walk in or call 410-247-4936.

The Easter Bunny leads youngsters on an egg hunt Saturday, April 19, on Lansdowne United Methodist Church grounds, 114 Laverne Ave. Fun begins at 10 a.m., including treats, contests and eggcellent prizes!

Call 410-247-4624.

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