Share lessons of Lent during fellowship hours at churches [Column]

Walking the path leading us to Holy Week is more meaningful when shared with fellow believers. The Greater Lansdowne Interfaith Partnership provides a way by hosting Wednesday evening get-togethers throughout the 40 days of Lent, with potluck suppers at 6 p.m. and worship hours at 7 p.m.

Each week, the host church sets tables, offers beverages and breads and appoints a welcoming committee at its doors. Guests are asked to take favorite entrees or desserts.

• Feb. 20, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave. Message by Pastor Richard Keller.

Call 410-239-0302.

• Feb. 27, Lansdowne Christian Church, 101 Clyde Ave. Deacon Paul Gifford speaks.

Call 410-242-4821.

• March 6, Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Lavern Ave. Pastor Chung gives the lesson.

Call 410-247-4624.

Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, sponsors "Lenten Wednesdays Together at 6:30 p.m. with homemade soups and hearty sandwiches, followed by 7:30 p.m. worship focused on the 40 days of Lent. Casual dress. Freewill offering. All ages. Praise music.

Call 410-247-4673.

The Rev. John Williamson's Lenten study, "Living the Eucharist," provides insight into the ways in which Jesus' love enhances this sacrament. Sessions begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, rotating among the gathering sites. The $10 book fee and registration are needed before the Feb. 21 study in Ascension Parish hall, 4601 Maple Ave.

Call 410-242-2292.

Journey with Arbutus United Methodist Church's Lenten travelers as they rediscover ways to step forward by faith, as Jesus did. The Rev. Ira Barr leads sessions at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 1201 Maple Ave.

• This church also offers Kids Bible Club, for ages 5 and older, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lenten stories, games, activities and fun are free for all youngsters Feb. 22.

Call 410-242-9029 with questions.

The St. Clement Parish Lenten Mission, "Faith as Love Experienced and Lived," focuses on God's presence in personal relationships and faith explorations. Monsignor Nicholas Amato leads the Sunday, Feb. 24, sessions at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., 2700 Washington Ave.

Glean perspectives at 410-242-1025.

To understand Jesus' ministry, we must study the life he led in First Century Palestine, then hear stories from people who knew him. "First Persons" does both during a four-week Bible study at 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave.

To tell the Rev. Claire Fiedler you'll join her on Feb. 25, call 410-242-5918.

Appetite inducing events

Dine on fried fish, shrimp, oysters, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, coleslaw, dessert and drinks 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Ascension's Brewer Hall. Costs are $10 for adults and carryouts; $8 for those 12 and under.

Fork up details at 410-247-4982.

A "Taste and See" spaghetti feast, with a selection of tangy sauces and crisp sides, will tempt diners 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Sisters Academy of Baltimore, 144 Second Ave. Silent auction and raffles included. Tickets cost $10 for adults; $5 for ages 12 and under.

Obtain appealing details at 410-242-1212.

Lansdowne United Methodist Church dishes up hearty helpings of roasted pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, applesauce, beets, biscuits, desserts and beverages 3:30-7 p.m. Saturday, March 2. At the door admission is $10 for adults and carryouts; $5 for ages 6-12; free for younger diners. Bake table goodies sell separately.

Tidbits available at 410-242-3039 or 410-247-4624.

Raven Arrington, from Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, will spread goodwill on a People to People Student Ambassador trip to Ireland. A St. Patrick buffet, featuring Irish favorites, is planned to help her raise needed tuition. A $50 ticket covers the meal, dancing to live music, prizes, raffles and more from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, March 15.

For reservations, call 443-250-9017or e-mail

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