Christmas service in August a cool way to spark the spirit

Our Savior Lutheran Church puts us in the holiday spirit with an outdoor Christmas in August worship at 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 141 Laverne Ave. Sing carols, hear the Nativity story, offer gifts and more.

Unwrap particulars at 410-242-2141.

Speaking of gifts, Southwest Emergency Services needs donations of shelf-staple canned and boxed foods for neighbors in need. SWES pantry shelves are as bare as Mother Hubbard's cupboard right now. Donate on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays, 9-11:30 a.m., 1201 Maple Ave.

Call 410-247-8154 for more information.

Class acts

Rally Day is a tradition upheld in many Christian churches when a new season of Sunday school sessions begins. The teachers at Arbutus United Methodist embrace this rallying call to classes at 9:40 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28.

They invite students of every age in the community to join them for innovative, biblically sound lessons that enlighten.

Call 410-242-9029 for details or stop by the church at 1201 Maple Ave. Sunday morning.

Early birds registering students for Ascension Parish's religious education program by Aug. 31 receive a discounted fee for the year.

Call Cathy Carlin weekdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 410-796-8150.

Ascension Church's Early Learning Center is accepting registrations for full- and part-time spaces for ages 2-4, weekdays, at 4601 Maple Ave.

Call Debbie, 410-242-5498.

Gloria Smith welcomes calls about Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church's "Growing in Faith Together" program for Catholic students who attend public schools.

Call her at 410-242-9533.

Autumn sessions of St. Clement Catholic Church's faith enrichment program for school-age youngsters are in the planning stage.

Call Sister Elizabeth Orr at 410-242-1025 for full information.

The coffee is as fresh as the topics discussed when Pastor Trent Owings leads the after-worship gatherings every Sunday at Lansdowne Christian Church, 101 Clyde Ave.

To join in and express your views, call 410-242-4821 or 410-444-9017.

Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, issues invitations to these happenings:

• Sunday, Aug. 28, at 1 p.m., Hope's "Bookworms" digest Anne Tyler's "Digging to America." Pastor Cherry Marshall has extra copies for your perusal.

• At 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Labor Day worship hour features John Fetcho's testimony on "Christian laborers in the workplace."

• Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8:45 a.m., breakfast will be served, featuring egg dishes and fluffy hot cakes — all you can eat. Reserve a seat now.

Call 410-247-4673 for details.

Events of note

The United States Army Field Band's "Jazz Ambassadors" perform a free outdoor concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 2612 Wilkens Ave.

Bring lawn chairs and singing voices.

Light fare refreshments will be sold.

Repertoire notes ring forth at 410-947-4988.

Lansdowne Christian Church's music lovers announce the return of Christian Temple's "Nitty Gritty Church Band" at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. A free concert is scheduled on the church patio. Bring your lawn chair and the whole family for toe-tapping fun.

Upbeat notes ring out from 410-242-4821.

On the menu

Love picnics? Congregate in the great outdoors with members of these area churches:

Beautiful Cascade Lake will be Halethorpe-Relay's United Methodist Church's site from 1 p.m. until dusk Sunday, Sept. 4.

A covered pavilion is reserved. Franks, burgers and drinks provided, along with swimming, fishing, paddle boats and games.

Bring an entree or dessert to share. Adults pay $8; children, 4-12, $5; free for younger guests.

Reservations due Aug. 28. Call Rick Sinnott at 410-242-5918 or 410-536-9057.

Party with Our Savior Lutheran Church's members on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Hillcrest Park.

Informal worship begins at 10 a.m. Casual dress a must.

Bring meat to grill and a covered dish entree to share after the service.

Games, contests and camaraderie are promised.

For tasty tidbits, call Pastor Kristi Kunkel at 410-242-2141.

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