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Hiss mission volunteers find helping others 'is time well spent' [Loch Raven]

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On Sunday, June 16, fifteen congregants from Hiss United Methodist Church packed up cars with suitcases and supplies and headed off to Tennessee. But not for a vacation. They were members of Hiss' VIM - Volunteers in Mission and their destination was Murfreesboro, Tenn., where, as part of a Habitat for Humanity team, they would do repair work on the homes of two families.

The volunteers, Joel Artes, Haley Ansell, Ken Cody, Michelle Cody, Wayne Definbaugh, Sandy Dowell, Sue Jacobs, Bob Jagoe, Carol Jagoe, Sue Ann Lund, Marc Miller, Frank Pakacki, and Jean Sortino did the much-needed work .

At the first home, they built a brick step in front of the shed, installed window screens and blinds on nine windows, installed baseboards throughout the entire house, caulked and did touch-up painting as well as cleaning debris from the yard and installing a privacy fence.

At the second home, similar work was needed.

The week was very productive. Group leader Carol Jagoe summarized, "Taking some time away from our busy lives to spend time making someone else's life a little better, is time well spent!"

In addition to working, the group also found time to enjoy the local barbecue restaurants and to visit with the family and see the home that had been their project the prior year.

Other mission trips the church has scheduled this summer include a week in Barahona, Dominican Republic; the Baltimore County Christian Work Camp; and Camp Joy Youth Work Camp.

There's a new Lion's Club in the area. It meets in room 105 at Hiss United Methodist Church, 8700 Harford Road ,on the first and third Monday at 6:30 p.m. Lion's Club is the world's largest service club organization with 1.35 million members and 46,000 clubs, according to their website. They boast of doing whatever volunteer service is needed in the community and welcome new members.

The new club at Hiss is trying to locate members of the former Lions Club that met at Hiss for 50 plus years before closing. If you were involved in the club that met at Hiss or are interested in the current club, please contact the church with your information at 410-668-5665.

YuJung Hwang and DaeSung Park were both commissioned as provisional elders of the United Methodist Church during the annual Baltimore Washington Conference of The United Methodist Church held in May of this year. The organization's website explains, "To be commissioned a Provisional Elder, one must have several years of study and be approved by the local church, district and conference Boards of Ordained Ministry. He or she makes a three-year commitment and covenant to the Church to serve while continuing to learn and develop their faith."

For the last four years, they have spent time at Hiss United Methodist Church where they were mentored as they pursued their vocations. Starting in July, Dae Sung Park will serve at Bethany Korean Mission in Ellicott City and YuJung Hwang at Alpha Community Korean Mission in Washington, DC. Hiss congratulated the new pastors and sent them off with well wishes at the end of last month.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will hold a blood drive Thursday, July 11 from 1-7 p.m. in Cartwright Hall. For information, call Gary Brown at 410-663-4357

Community children are invited to Arnolia United Methodist Church Everywhere Fun Fair vacation Bible School program that will be held July 7-12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children will learn about various Biblical characters as well as how people in Japan, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico welcome visitors to their countries. A variety of activities including crafts, music, sand tories will help the kids in their studies. The program will conclude with a fun fair for entire family on Friday evening. Parents can get additional information or register their kids for the free program by calling the church office at 410-665-7005.

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