Towson Presbyterian Church recently finished its 2014 summer camp for children and teens held July 7-11. The theme was "Hands, Heart, and Feet for God."
Campers spent the week affirming how people use their hands and feet for good in the world. The five-day program was held at both the church and at Camp BeeTree in Parkton. The church-owned property, called BeeTree Preserve, is an open-spaced facility that features 263 acres of trails, a trout stream, and other outdoor amenities that are used regularly by the general public, schools and other organizations.
Students from Calvert Hall spent July 13-18 in Virginia and Pennsylvania providing support for others in separate service projects.
On the Eastern Shore of Virginia, students collaborated with other students from Notre Dame Prep and spent the week working on a house with Virginia's Habitat for Humanity. Students learned about migrant workers and other social justice issues at night while spending their days working on the house.
In Philadelphia, other Calvert Hall students spent their week at the Lasallian Youth Assembly at La Salle University with hundreds of students from Lasallian schools on the East Coast, including schools in Rome and Toronto. Students worked on different service projects throughout the week and learned more about the shared Lasallian Charism.
As Towson Presbyterian and Calvert Hall wrap up their summer camps, Providence United Methodist Church is looking forward to their upcoming HymnFest on Aug. 24, which will be followed by an ice cream social in their fellowship hall.
Carolyn Weglein, the choir director and organist at Providence United Methodist, sees music as a means of bringing the community together. "[We are] a small, friendly and welcoming congregation; HymnFest and the ice cream social are an outreach to the community to experience the fellowship that music and food bring."
The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.
Providence United Methodist will continue to open their doors in the fall to music lovers who wish to join their music program but can't commit to a weekly rehearsal schedule. With only 20 rehearsals and choir services planned from September to June, Weglein is doing everything possible to offer the joy of making music in a choir setting to busy churchgoers.
"I have heard from people that they love to sing, but can't commit to a weekly rehearsal and service," said Weglein. "The Providence choir provides an opportunity for the special camaraderie experienced in a choir without the major time commitment."