Central Carroll: St. Paul's UCC to hold spaghetti dinner, Jan. 17

The monthly spaghetti dinners at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster have become increasingly popular. The next one is set for Thursday, Jan. 17.
The monthly spaghetti dinners at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Westminster have become increasingly popular. The next one is set for Thursday, Jan. 17.

The Christmas rush is over, but the days are getting colder and sometimes we just need a break. Take time out from it all and enjoy a dinner cooked by someone else while supporting needs within the community.

On Thursday, Jan. 17, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will hold their monthly spaghetti dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. inside the church’s Westminster Hall at Belle Grove Square, in Westminster.


“Many people say this is the best spaghetti dinner in town,” said Vera Douglass, one of the meal’s organizers. “I hear that a lot.”

This spaghetti dinner has a good following, one that the pastor said increases every month. Those who attend can go away knowing that the cost of their meal helped sustain a number of community outreach projects. The Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma spoke about a few of the programs his church supports.


“Just last night, we served the dinner at the cold weather shelter,” he said. “We do that every month. We also have a noon to 1 p.m. meal, every Thursday at the church for anyone who wants to come and eat for free. We’ve done that for over 25 years.

“We serve a monthly meal at the woman’s shelter, do the meal at the Westminster Rescue mission once a month, and we support Shepherds Staff in any way we can. We support individual homeless people in transition, and homeless families too. And there is so much more. Whatever opportunity we see, we try to seize upon it and to be helpful.”

The church’s all-you-can-eat Spaghetti Dinner is served on the third Thursday of every month except November and December, and includes salad, pasta, sauces (meat or marinara), garlic bread, dessert, and beverages. Carry-out meals are available, too.

“We even accommodate those who are looking for a gluten-free meal,” said church member George Brown. “It is very popular. We have a big dessert table with all kinds of desserts. We have cakes and pies and cookies and cupcakes. It is a very well set up spaghetti dinner, and it is very, very good.”


Douglass spoke of the reasons to come together at a meal like this.

It’s a great fellowship time,” she said. “People can come together without having to worry about cooking or desserts. And we do have a full spread of desserts!”

Kuchma agreed.

“It feels warm and community-like,” he said of the dinner. “It’s a delightful time to be together, like a sanctuary from the craziness of the world.”

St. Paul's UCC is located at 17 Bond Street in Westminster.

The spaghetti dinner costs $10 for seniors, military, and adults in advance and is free for children under age 12 (with a paying adult). The cost at the door is $12.

For more information, call 410-848-5975 or visit them online at www.stpauls-ucc.org.

Pleasant Valley Bingo

Pleasant Valley Fire Company will hold its weekly Wednesday Night Bingo on Jan 16.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner, beverages, desserts and snacks will be available for purchase beginning at 6 p.m. and on the break as well. Bingo starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Volunteer, Lucy Helwig said the bingo is fun and the food is good.

“Every week we serve something different,” she said. “But everything is always homemade. We just had our big ham and turkey Christmas meal and it was free, as a way to say thank you to our regular players. We always have a variety of good food.”

Helwig said this is a cash bingo, with cash prizes varying from $50 to $1,000 according to attendance and which games are played. A basic bingo package of regular games cost $20 for the night. Additional bonus games may also be purchased.

For more information call the fire company at 410-848-1977 or 410- 352-502-5600 or visit them online at www.pleasantvalleyfire.org.

Pleasant Valley Community Fire Department is located at 2030 Pleasant Valley Road South in Pleasant Valley.

Toy Show

The 32nd Annual Central Maryland Farm Toy Show will be held on Saturday, January 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

Tim Talbert has loved farm toys for as long as he can remember and that’s what drove him to start this show 32 years ago.

“I’ve been a farmer all my life. I grew up on a farm and I always liked the toys,” Talbert said. “I’ve been collecting them for over 40 years.”

Since 1987, exhibitors have come to this show to display antique and collectible toys, tractors, trains, dolls, pressed steel, die cast, cast iron pedal cars, tin toys, games, models, and more. Over 35 vendors will offer toys for sale, some as old as from the 40s and 50s.

Admission to the show is $3, with all proceeds of the show going to the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair. At 5:30 p.m. a live auction will offer an opportunity to purchase some of the best antique toys and toy parts.

Look for a number of door prizes and a variety of good food offered for sale - including breakfast, lunch and many yummy dessert items - served in the kitchen by the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair board.

Call 410-848-2735 for more information.

The Carroll County Agriculture Center is located off Smith Avenue in Westminster, just off Gist Avenue.

Happy Birthday Carroll County

Carroll County is preparing to celebrate its 182nd Birthday! Join the Historical Society of Carroll County in celebrating the birth of our county on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.

Have some cake and join in the fun for free at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street in Westminster.

For more information, call HSCC at 410-848-6494 or visit them online at hsccmd.org.

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