Girl Scouts orchestrate Community Day at St. Mark's United Methodist Church

St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Hanover hosts its annual Community Day Aug. 18. This year, Girl Scouts Troop 2638 is organizing and operating the event.
St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Hanover hosts its annual Community Day Aug. 18. This year, Girl Scouts Troop 2638 is organizing and operating the event. (Handout/courtesy photo)

St. Mark’s United Methodist Church’s Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2638 is taking the reins of the parish’s Community Day by organizing and operating the annual event.

St. Mark’s Community Day is open to the public and his held at 1440 Dorsey Road in Hanover Aug. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


“This is the first time that Girl Scout Troop 2638 has hosted a Community Day,” said Rhonda Caldwell, an associate of Girl Scout Troop 2638, and a member of St. Mark’s UMC congregation as well. “St. Mark’s UMC has graciously offered to provide the troop the church as a backdrop for their activity.”

Community Day is filled with fun, food, faith, and fellowship. But, the highlight is the service components. Shred-It Baltimore, a firm that shreds paper documents and destroys hard drives and other media safely and confidentially, will be on-site until 1:00 p.m.


Shred-it Baltimore will accept up to five boxes or bags of items to be shredded or destroyed, from each customer. Visit the company’s website, www.shredit.com/en-us/service-locations/us/baltimore, for more information about Shred-It’s services.

Community service projects are tightly woven into scouting programs. A community service event is often required to advance to a higher-level Girl Scout. Several St. Mark’s ministries volunteered to lend support to the scouts.

“The girls in the troop will be responsible for running various craft stations as part of their community service responsibilities,” Caldwell said. “The girls are in middle school now and are responsible for creating and designing their own craft station to run.”

Besides the Girl Scouts’ craft stations, other vendors with crafts and other items for sale, will be on hand to help support the cause as well.

Besides organizing the event from start to finish, the girl scouts will also have primary roles during the event. Many of the stations were created by the girls who will man them.

There will be lots of food for sale and upbeat music throughout the event. Vendors will sell items including craft items, flea market items, and jams and jellies. Children can explore a fire truck or make crafts or play games. Face-painting and balloon-animal stations will also be offered.

“Their undertaking of this Community Day has helped (the scouts) learn what it means to lead and to work together,” Caldwell said.

For more information, email HanoverCommunityDay@gmail.com. To find out more about the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, visit www.gscm.org.

Proceeds from St. Mark’s UMC Community Day will benefit Girl Scout Troop #2638 Silver Award Project.

GPCCN Events

Grace Pointe Community Church of the Nazarene, 68 Gambrills Road in Severn, has several late summer events scheduled that will provide information to benefit the community. For more information about the following events, call 410-987-6777 or visit www.gpccn.org.

  • Faith, Food & Fellowship, a men’s breakfast, will be held Aug. 11 at 7:30 a.m., at the church. There will be a golf outing to Nighthawk Golf Center in Gambrills following breakfast. Participants will use the driving range and the par 3 course. Come with golf clubs or without. No experience is necessary. For details, contact Dan McElwain.
  • It’s time for the annual School Pal-Pak drive. Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, the parent charity, distributes donated backpacks filled with school supplies to children world-wide who may not have access to them. GPCCN will collect assembled Pal-Paks Aug. 12-Sept. 3. Donated school supplies should be placed in 1-gallon Ziploc bags. Contact Cheryl McCoy for a list of supplies to be included in each Pal-Pak and drop-off instructions.
  • A First Aid Class to include CPR training will be held at Grace Point Aug. 13, 6:30-9 p.m. Cost is $65 based on a minimum Class size of 10 people. Register online ASAP, www.egsnetwork.com/events/?eventid=ECB0CAA643CD45E. Barb Clarke has the details.


Glen Burnie Elks Lodge #2266, 878 Stevens Road in Severn, has several events scheduled on the late summer calendar. For additional information regarding the events below, call 410-969-21266 or go to www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?lodge=2266.

  • Bingo is held every Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m. for members and guests. The kitchen will be open for service during the break.
  • Line Dancing comes to the lodge every Tuesday night, 7-9 p.m. in the small hall. The cost of $5 includes one beverage. Guests are invited.
  • Dinner & Karaoke with DJ Rose is set for August 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. in the member and guests lounge. Call for dinner menu and cost.
  • Tim’s Burger with French Fries & Baked Beans will be served up Aug. 16, 5 –7 p.m.in the lodge’s small hall. Cost is $8.


Edith May’s Paradise, dubbed “the best little listening room around,” presents returning artists Geraldine, a county-influenced, acoustical trio, performing in concert Aug. 18. Special guest, Polar Opposites, a husband and wife duo, will also share the stage making their debut at EMP.


Located at 7711 Apple Ave. in Jessup, the doors open at 7 p.m. Bring your own snack and beverages. There isn’t a cover charge, but monetary donations are welcome.

For more information, visit www.georgiejessup.com or phone 410-699-3755.

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