Religion briefs: Oakland UMC hosting Holiday Bazaar, Nov. 2-3

Oakland United Methodist Church will host its 35th annual Holiday Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3.

Through the years, Oakland has grown into one of the most popular yearly events in the county. This year, patrons will find unusual crafts, gift baskets, delicious baked goods including specialty cookies, apple dumplings and candy. The Old Church White Elephant shop will surely hold a treasure for many. Lunch and supper available.


Oakland UMC is at 5901 Mineral Hill Road in Eldersburg. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 410-795-2029 or 410-795-7038.

Annual Strawbridge Shrine meeting set for Oct. 27

The historic Strawbridge Shrine of Carroll County will celebrate its Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 27. The public is invited.

Robert and Elizabeth Strawbridge came from Ireland about 1760 and settled in the New Windsor area. They established the first Wesleyan Methodist settlement in North America, which is located on Strawbridge Lane in New Windsor. Three panel guest speakers, Delores Martin, Douglas Tzan and John Strawbridge will discuss the importance of the Strawbridge presence in the world today.

The open meeting is being hosted by the Old Bethel Church, 3001 Hooper Road in New Windsor. Gathering is 9:30 a.m. A brief worship service and annual business meeting will be conducted and about 10:45 a.m. the panel will share. The meeting is free.

For more information please call Lou Piel 410-751-9049. The by reservation luncheon will follow the gathering and advance reservations are required at $15 per person. Call 410-751-9049 for luncheon information and reservations.

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