Lazarus UCC encourages driving tractors, bringing friends to church

Lazarus United Church of Christ, 5101 South Church St. in Lineboro, is having a Drive Your Tractor to Church Sunday on Sunday, Aug. 19. The tractor day service begins at 10 a.m. and hamburgers and hot dogs will be served after the service.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, Lazaraus invites everyone to “Bring a Friend” and come to the social starting at 9:15 a.m. with the service to follow at 10 a.m. The day will include a waterslide and an animal kingdom playground, according to a news release from the church.


For more information, call Pastor Rodney Gross at 410-790-1457 or Fred Dickmyer at 443-375-0561.

Communion, backpack blessing, Rally Day at St. Matthew’s

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

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 of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks that day for the 10:45 a.m. worship service to receive a special blessing.

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.

For more information, visit or contact Skye Bennett at 443-244-0460 or

Chicken Barbecue at SJCC

Saint Joseph Catholic Community presents its chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11, on its picnic grounds, 915 Liberty Road in Eldersburg. There will be fun-filled events throughout the day. The barbecue at Saint Joseph Catholic Community is part of a yearlong 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 St. 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. For more information, contact Immanuel Lutheran Church at 410-374-4463 or

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