Church seeks strength in numbers to change the world [Loch Raven]

Over the May 18 weekend, Hiss United Methodist Church participated in Change The World, a movement sponsored by the United Methodist Church to involve churches around the world in projects that make a difference in the lives of others.

Congregants from Hiss went to Manna House, a facility in Baltimore City that provides food, healthcare and housing for the homeless. To make this Sunday special, Hiss members prepared a cookout meal complete with hamburgers and hot dogs cooked on the grill, salads and cake for approximately 130 clients of Manna House. Before the event, church members donated funds and food and offered prayers for Manna House clients.

Dianne Thompson, director of Evangelism and Communications at the church, said, "The real power of Change the World is that having all the events on one weekend demonstrates the impact of what we can achieve together. Think what could be accomplished if everyone spent an occasional weekend helping a neighbor or volunteering our time. It's about reflecting the call of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 25 to serve the needs of the poor, the ill and those who are oppressed as an expression of faithfulness to him."

Children in the community are invited to attend Vacation Bible School at Hiss United Methodist, 8700 Harford Road in the evenings beginning Sunday, June 23 and continuing through Thursday June 26. This year the children will study the story of Daniel in the lion's den and learn about Daniel's faith. Various activities, such as music, crafts, games, stories, reenactments and more will help them understand life in Babylon in Daniel's day. The time each evening is 6:30 to 7:30p.m. for 3 year olds and 6:30 to 8:30p.m. for children age 4 and older. For information go to the church's website, ,or call the church at 410- 668-5665.

Charles Stembler, a 1983 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, will become principal of the same school effective July 1when Calvert Hall's current principal, Louis Heidrick, retires after 48 years at the school. Stembler has been the assistant principal for student affairs since June 1990 and has been responsible for supervision, coordination and vision of the student affairs of Calvert Hall including discipline, student activities, fine arts, campus ministry, health, transportation and facilities.

He has Bachelor's degrees in economics and political science (summa cum laude) and a Master's Degree in educational administration ,both from Loyola.

While at Calvert Hall, he was awarded the Distinguished Lasallian Educator award and the Brother Gabriel Alumni Award. A current board member of Pius X School and past board member of the Monsignor O'Dwyer Retreat House, he also is a graduate of the Lasallian Leadership Institute and is a presenter at the National Conference on School Discipline.

Brother Thomas Zoppo, FSC, Calvert Hall president said, "He and our dedicated faculty and staff will work collaboratively to make Calvert Hall an even better educational institution as we prepare our students to take their place in today's world."

Stembler is looking forward to his new position. He said, "I am excited, honored and humbled at this opportunity. Calvert Hall is blessed to have incredibly supportive alumni, a wonderful faculty and staff, and the greatest students. The leadership and mission of the Christian Brothers and the charism of St. John Baptist de La Salle has never been more relevant and I look forward to continuing our tradition of excellence."

St Luke's Lutheran Church Youth Groups at 7001Harford Road are hosting a flea market series this year on five Saturdays from 8a.m. to 1p.m.; the dates are June 1t, July 6, August 3 , September 7 and October 5 . Various space and table options are available. Lunch and bargains for shoppers. For information, contact or 410-444-5171.

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