So much to like about church's ice cream social [Loch Raven]

Round and round went the crank last Saturday at Hiss United Methodist Church. People gathered in anticipation of the ice cream and of their chance to step in when the current crank turner grew weary. After about 30 minutes of continuous cranking, it was finally time. The smooth creamy homemade vanilla ice cream was scooped into big bowls and savored on the hot night. Toppings included strawberries, hot fudge, butterscotch, cherries, sprinkles and for those who preferred a different flavor there was store-bought ice cream. Some people used the ice cream to make a root beer float!

The ice cream social was combined with a hymn sing and fun activities for all. Children did crafts and played ice cream themed games such as pin the cherry on the sundae and ice cream bean bag toss. An ice cream eating contest was held. Church member Ed Heiger prepared a power point presentation about ice cream and questioned everyone's knowledge about ice cream trivia.

Adults enjoyed singing old hymns led by Hiss Church choir director Chuck Solomon and his son, Brandon.

This was the third year for this multigenerational event and, as in previous years, it was a huge success filled with ice cream and fun for all!

The church also looks out for the needy in the area. On the last Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon, it hosts Brunch on Us at which persons in need can come to the church for fellowship and a free meal. Kristen Whitely, chairman of the church's outreach committee, reports the event currently averages about ten participants who enjoy the meal ,which is prepared and provided by church volunteers. Leftover food is delivered to shut-ins.

The project began in September of 2012 and is only offered once a month but the church is looking to recruit other churches in the area so that with additional resources, the program might be offered weekly.

Persons in need of a meal are welcome to attend. For information, call the church at 410-668-5665.

Calvert Hall College High School team is flying high after earning the "highest ranking high school" team at the Seafarer Chapter's Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International competition held at Webster Field, St. Iningoes, Maryland, last month. The competition drew 35 teams including seven international and five high school teams. Calvert Hall's team of Steve Hornish, Josh Meek, Sean Nelan and Jack Robinson, placed 22nd overall and ahead of college teams from University of Missouri, Illinois Institute of Technology, Simon Frazier University, University of Arizona, Drexel University, Istanbul Technical University, University of Alberta, and Escuela Tencia Superiro de Ingenieros Navales (Spain). Congratulations Calvert Hall!

There's a new twist on vacation Bible school at Loch Raven United Methodist Church (6622 Loch Raven Boulevard) during the week of Aug. 12 to 16 from 9a.m. to noon. The theme is Colossal Coaster World and activities will follow the amusement park theme. At the main gate, kids will enter worship rally and coater alley for Bible study. Other stops include cotton candy café for snacks, adrenaline zone for recreation, tune town for music, global expo for missions and scissor and stuff emporium for crafts. The program is free and is open to kids age 5 to 15. Breakfast will also be served. It is co-sponsored by Loch Raven United Methodist Church and IMPROVE Children's Center. Registration will be accepted at either or by phone 410-825-0900.

Debi Wynn says, "Come join us for this free week of activities as we experience the thrill and excitement of a day at the park without leaving the church!"

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