A man and his mule on an incredible journey [Lisbon/Woodbine]

Howard County Tims

Tom Cashman and his good mule Homer left the Antique Farm Museum on Sunday, Oct. 8 to the applause of a large group of their friends and supporters. Before leaving, a light breakfast and coffee was served by the Town Grille in West Friendship and a blessing offered by George Carter from the Lisbon United Methodist Church. Set up, tear down and just general support was given by Cody and Conner Ferguson from Boy Scout Troop 757. As he left, he was followed by friend Roy Deppa in his wagon pulled by his draft horse team, Mac and Rosie. The ride will end in approximately 900 miles at the St Jude Children's Cancer Center in Memphis, Tennessee. You can follow Tom on Facebook. To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/Erinsride. All funds go directly to St Judeto honor Tom’s granddaughter, Erin, whom he lost to cancer in 2012. In this special way, he is thanking St. Jude for its eir wonderful support of Erin and her entire family during her illness.

Calvery Lutheran Church reports that 2017 is a big year for Lutherans as it was 500 years ago that a monk, priest, and professor of theology, Martin Luther, posted the set of 95 theses on the doors of the castle church in Wittenburg, Germany, which were instrumental in sparking the reformation of the Roman Catholic Church of the time. Lutheran Churches around the world celebrate the reformation anniversary this year. Calvary celebrated with a fundraiser, Luther Fest and a German lunch on Oct. 8. A celebration of Reformation Sunday, will take place on 10 .a.m. on Oct. 29. All are welcome to attend.

Moving into the Fall, Calvary will also hold its annual Christmas Market on Nov.17, a big event for the entire community. Put it on your calendar with more details coming later. Members of Calvary are involved in year-round activities. They partner with the Lisbon Volunteer Co. for a quarterly-blood drive and continually keep a stock of Grace Bags available to the church members to be handed out to those in need. All are invited to any and all activities. For more information on becoming a part of the church or enjoying any of its activities, call 410-489-5280 or visit its website www.calvarylutheranmd.net

A weekend of Celebration for Mt Gregory Church in Glenwood will be Nov.17, 18 and 19. Activities are designed to celebrate the churches’ 150th anniversary.

On Friday, Nov. 17, it is Joy Night featuring liturgical dancers , the Sons of Allen choir and the Amazing Grace Praise Team. On Saturday, Nov. 18 Jon Love will speak from 8 until 10 a.m. Jon Is “ one of the top 100 black executives in corporate America” . His talk will be followed by a Prayer Breakfast. Tickets for this Saturday event are $12 and must be purchased by Nov. 1. Call 410-489-7526 to reserve your space.

On Sunday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m., Rev. Douglas Sands Sr., preacher, activist and vice-president of the Harriet Tubman Foundation, will provide the sermon. Mt. Gregory is at 2325 Washington Road in Cooksville.

Howard Chapel-Ridgeville UM Church, 1970 Long Corner Road, Mt. Airy, will hold its annual Turkey and Fried Oyster Dinner served family style on Nov. 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. A bake table is available. The cost for adults is $18, children age 6 to 12 are $8 and carryouts are $19. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information about this event, call 301-829-2391.

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