Column: Dinner an Italian delight at Ascension Catholic Church

Italian cuisine fanciers are invited to savor penne rigate pasta with seasoned meatballs, crisp salad, garlic bread, an ethnic-inspired dessert and assorted beverages Sunday, Jan. 27, in Ascension Parish Hall, 4601 Maple Ave. This feast is included when the church's 400 Club raffle gets underway at 2 p.m. Prizes of $500, $1,000, $3,000 plus a bevy of gift card consolation prizes, wheels and good natured competitions whet appetites, too.

Purchase a $50 ticket by calling the office, 410-242-2292 or Joe Herbert, 410-247-3497.

Fork-tender slices of pie, feather-light pieces of cake and a choice of beverages will be served, free of charge, at Hope Presbyterian Church's Cake and Pie Social, 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, at 4748 Shelbourne Road. All ages. Walk in. Call 410-247-4673.

Order a freshly made hoagie sandwich before Jan. 27 from Our Saviour Lutheran Church to pick up on Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 141 Lavern Ave. These $10 treats contain a variety of meats, cheeses, veggies and condiments. Perfect Super Bowl fare! Call 410-242-2141.

Super Bowl enthusiasts may score points against hunger by supporting Souper Bowl Sunday in our community. On Feb. 3, area churches will fill empty pots with boxed and canned soups, to be ladled out to food providers. If your church is not participating and you'd like to dish up donations, the Southwest Emergency Services pantry, 1201 Maple Ave., accepts contributions on weekdays, 9-11:30 a.m. Call 410-247-8154.

The Hispanic community of St. Clement Catholic Church invites you to the Sisters Academy of Baltimore on Second Avenue for a Valentine's Dance at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Learn to salsa, play games and enter contests. Adults pay $5; free for children. Call 410-242-1025.

I've been told that the crispiest bacon around town is served at Arbutus United Methodist Church's Second Sunday breakfasts. See for yourself on Feb. 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at 1201 Maple Ave., where seasoned chefs offer sweets and savories, family-style. Freewill offerings. Call 410-242-9029.

God moments

Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church's good news seekers gather 7:15-8:30 p.m. on Mondays to study the short letters of New Testament writer John at 4513 Ridge Ave. Pastor Claire Fiedler welcomes newcomers.

Talk to her at 410-242-5918.

• The church's Christian Women's Gatherings offer spiritual support and Biblical insights at every opportunity. Leaders Fran Ring and Chrissy Sohns also dish up potluck suppers, fun activities and mission projects.

For a schedule of meeting dates, call Fran, 410-242-5918.

St. Clement Catholic Church celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II with a video series examining its origin, impact and relevance today. Join the Monday viewings at 6:30 p.m., 2700 Washington Ave.

Call 410-242-1025.

"Tuesdays with Ira" begins at 7 p.m. in Arbutus United Methodist Church, where Bible explorations and discussions entice good news seekers of all ages. Bring your Bible and inquiring mind. Pastor Barr lists chapter and verse, 410-242-9029.

The St. Charles of Brazil congregation believes in the solutions oriented approach to keeping relationships strong for a lifetime that Chuck and Ellen Purcell present in their PAIRS workshops. On Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-5 p.m., members will greet these experts, 141 Lavern Ave. Their presentation is geared to couples with no group sharing involved. Registration is required, along with a $95 fee. Confirm your space at 703-476-5644 or

Prepare for the season of Lent with women of all ages at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4414 Wilkens Ave., for a mini-retreat from 10:30 a.m. to 2 :45 p.m. in the gathering space. Light fare. Warm welcomes. Advance sign-ups preferred at 410-242-0131.

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