Operations Christmas has a home at Grace Lutheran

Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road, Timonium, is serving as a drop-off point for Operation Christmas Child, an international program through which local businesses, churches and schools are asked to fill gift-filled shoe boxes to send overseas to people in need.

People or organizations that wish to get involved may enlist families, churches, Scout troops, community groups and businesses to take part in creating shoe box gifts.

Participants are asked to fill shoe boxes with school supplies, toys, hygiene items and a letter of encouragement. 

Instructions are available at http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.

National Collection Week is Nov. 14-21. During that week, collection hours at Grace Fellowship will be as follows: Monday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 2 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m.; Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon; Sunday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, call 410-772-7360 or visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/occ. Operation Christmas Child has reportedly delivered 86 million gifts to kids worldwide since 1993.

Members of St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 100 E. Timonium Road, are gearing up for their annual Holiday Bazaar, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This popular community event offers many items including, wreaths, decoration and unusual handmade crafts, all suitable for holiday gift giving.

A silent auction and a children's table are also featured. Come early for the best selection — admission and parking are free. For more details, call the church at 410- 252-0422.

Deasia Booker, a fifth-grader at Padonia Elementary School, was recently honored as October Student of the Month by the Optimist Club of Timonium. Congratulations, Deasia!

Boy Scout Troop 832 held its first backpacking adventure of the year with a trip to the Appalachian Trail, Oct. 1-2.

The trip was cut short by foul weather, but it was still a valuable learning experience in how to pack when you have to carry everything!

Hikers who took part were Carl Bauer, John Brady, Michael Donaldson, David Harper, George Logan, Mark Moody, Daniel Morthole, Jon Morthole, Drew Turner, Robbie Wheeler and Sebastian Zea.

Adult hikers were Carl Bauer, Burr Logan, Jim Rafferty, Lee Schmelz and Ethan Young.

Then, on Oct. 3, the troop held its Fall Court of Honor and pot luck supper. The troop welcomed two new Scouts, John Brady and Price Marlow, who have already completed their joining requirements.

Rank advancements were awarded to Ryan Hurley, who advanced to First Class Scout, and Mark Moody, who advanced to Life Scout.

In all, troop members received 34 merit badges, earned over the summer and at summer camp.

Top badge earners were Ryan Hurley, who earned seven badges, Ben Paulis with five badges and Mark Moody with 4 badges. Seven scouts and one leader also earned Polar Bear Plunge awards for early morning swims at Camp Tuckahoe.

Patrick Becker, Nick Bond and David Harper have taken over as patrol leaders, and Jake Calder was installed as the new senior patrol leader.

Last but certainly not least, the troop thanks parent Cheri Wheeler for organizing the evening's dinner.

Happy November birthdays to Linda Dieter, Marie Belt, Don Schmelz, Dolores White, Dorothy Hickey, Darlene Resnick and Sonie Lee Underwood.

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