Rummage sales, auctions and friendly meals to bloom this spring at area churches

Churches offer family activities that don't break the bank, such as rummage and yard sales, auctions, parties, concerts, tasty meals and bazaars. Enjoy a friendly welcome at these sites and enjoy!

Rummage around to find the bargains Lansdowne United Methodist Church offers 5-8 p.m., Friday, April 5; and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at 114 Laverne Ave. Household goods, toys, books, clothing and sundries galore. Homemade soups for sale, along with specialty sandwiches, yummy baked treats, jellies, candy and beverages. Betty Cain has fill-a bag, blue light specials, too.

Call her at 410-242-9156 or buzz on over.

Christ United Methodist Church's friendly congregation welcomes newcomers to Friday Fun Night, family style, April 5, at 2833 Florida Ave. Arrive by 6 p.m. for an evening of games; activities; and a light supper with kid-friendly entrees that are sure to please.

Call 410-789-9058 for tidbits.

• Head back to the church at 12:30 p.m. for a bargain lunch April 12. This $2.50 meal includes a main course, drink and dessert, prepared on site. No reservations.

Margie holds the menu at 410-789-9544.

The Charlestown Retirement Community's Chapel Concert Series presents free concerts at 3 p.m. Sundays in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, 711 Maiden Choice Lane.

• April 7, Tom Hall directs the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's Spring Sounds.

• April 14, the Notre Dame of Maryland University Concert Choir resonates with harmonies.

Repertoires are noted at 410-247-9066.

Arbutus United Methodist Church, 1201 Maple Ave., bids auction lovers to head over April 13, for a delicious chicken dinner. Also on the menu are mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, glazed carrots, cake and beverages to be dished up at 5 p.m. Adults pay $12; ages 7-12, $8; free for younger guests.

A live auction follows, featuring themed baskets, hand crafts, collectibles, baked goods, and gift cards for services and restaurants.

Reservations my be called into Kathy at 410-242-9029.

"Happy birthday" will resound as Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church's partygoers celebrate the 120th birthday of the church April 14, at 4513 Ridge Ave. A covered dish dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. Bring an entree or side dish, beverages and desserts provided.

At 6:15 p.m., tables themed for every birthday month welcome guests. Live entertainment, with a stroll down Memory Lane, tasty sweets and camaraderie will be featured.

Call 410-242-5918.

• Head back to the church April 19, when doors open at 6 p.m. for a Quarter Mania Auction, beginning at 6:45 p.m. The $20 tickets include a paddle and $10 in quarters. Bid on name brand products, win prizes and extra paddles. Light supper fare for sale as well.

Check with Gail about tickets, 410-747-3418, or email

St. Stephen Lutheran Church's multifamily flea mart has space to sell your treasures. This event runs from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 20, at 901 Courtney Road, rain or shine. Light fare nibbles and baked treats available, too.

Rent a table for $10 by calling Pastor Ryan at 410-242-0422.

Breakfast with Jesus provides food for the body and spirit when little ones gather at tables in Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave. Youngsters ages 4-10 will savor kid-friendly entrees at 9 a.m. April 27. A story time, related craft project and music are other highlights, all at no charge.

Call Pastor Linda at 410-239-0302.

Avid readers will find a variety of new and nearly new books, periodicals and research materials at Violetville United Methodist Church's Bargain Book Sale from 9 a.m.-noon April 27, at 3648 Coolidge Ave. Sip fresh coffee or tea as you browse.

Page turners may call 410-525-3191 for particulars.

Sell your flea mart goodies or handcrafts at Hope Presbyterian Church's Spring Fling gala May 18, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 4748 Shelbourne Road. Tables rent for $10, indoors or outdoors. Church ladies promise lively activities for children, yummy light fare and a plant sale.

Susan Pulling accepts reservations at 443-538-1614.

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