Religion briefs: Communion, blessing of backpacks at St. Matthew’s

St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, 1427 Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster, will be having Holy Communion each Sunday during the month of August, as the scriptures for the month are all appropriate. The worship service is every Sunday at 10:45 a.m.

Looking forward to next month, on Sept. 2, St. Matthew’s will be having the “Blessing of the Backpacks” as the children prepare to go back to school. All students are invited to bring their backs that day for the 10:45 a.m. worship service to receive a special blessing. All ages are invited.


The next Sunday, Sept. 9, will be Rally Day. During that worship service, those students being promoted to a new class will be recognized. They will also be celebrating "Grandparents Day" that morning.

Free movie at Deer Park UMC

On Saturday, Aug. 11, Deer Park United Methodist Church continues its free outdoor family movie nights on the second Saturday of the month. August's movie will be “Wonder” and will be shown in the Deer Park UMC Pavilion, 2205 Sykesville Road, Westminster. The movie will start at sunset, with music and games starting at 7:30 p.m. Free popcorn will be available while supplies last, with other snacks available for purchase. In the event of inclement weather, the film will be shown in the church social hall beginning at 7:30 p.m. Family Movie Nights are sponsored by the Deer Park UMC Community Outreach Committee. For more information, please visit or contact Skye Bennett at 443-244-0460 or

Chicken Barbecue at SJCC

Saint Joseph Catholic Community presents its Chicken Barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on its picnic grounds, 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg. The Knights of Columbus will be at the fire pits grilling the chicken. In addition there will be Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Potato Chips, Watermelon, Tomatoes, Ice Cream and Desserts.

There will be fun-filled events throughout the day. The Chicken Barbecue at Saint Joseph Catholic Community is part of a year-long Celebration of its 150th Jubilee. All are invited. Tickets are available online at or by calling the Parish Office at 443-920-9191.

Kids Feeding Kids in Manchester

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 3184 Church Street in Manchester, is hosting Kids Feeding Kids, a summer lunch program for area children and their families, Tuesday through Friday, until at least Aug. 10 and may be extended to Aug. 31.

Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by youth volunteers who earn service learning hours with the guidance of adult mentors. For more information contact Immanuel Lutheran Church, 410-374-4463 or

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