Central Carroll: Calvary UMC celebrating new organ with concert

Central Carroll: Calvary UMC celebrating new organ with concert
On Oct. 21, Calvary United Methodist Church in Gamber will celebrate the refurbishment and enhancement of their church organ with a special free concert at 7 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

On Oct. 21, Calvary United Methodist Church in Gamber will celebrate the refurbishment and enhancement of their church organ with a special free concert at 7 p.m. There will be a dedication by the builder and concert organist, John Peragallo III of The Peragallo Pipe Organ Company.

According to Linda Payne, vice-chair of staff parish relations committee, the organ re-build began in 2017.


“With much research and many organ company interviews, the organ task force recommended Peragallo Pipe Organ Company to the Calvary Administrative Council,” Payne said, noting that the council voted to proceed after receiving final commitments from the congregation.

The Peragallo Pipe Organ Company was founded in 1918 by John Peragallo, Sr. A family company, their organs are designed, built and installed by John III, his brother Frank, and their sons from Patterson, New Jersey.

“This company demonstrated an understanding of our needs in relation to size and [the] space of our sanctuary,” Payne said. “As a member of the organ task force, I felt that this investment would be part of our services and concerts for many years to come — for our members, families and friends.”

Payne spoke of her desire to share the sound of their pipe organ and its uplifting music with the community.

“People should come to this concert for the enjoyment of good music, well-played on a new instrument,” she said. “Each organ is unique and this performer is in the best position to demonstrate its new capabilities, both pipe and electronic. We encourage everyone to come and hear this glorious sound.”

Light refreshments will be available after the concert.

For more information, contact Linda Payne at 410-857-9933 and leave a message or email

The church is located at 3939 Gamber Road, Finksburg.

Pancake Breakfast and silent auction

Mount Zion United Methodist Church will hold its semi-annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m.

The Pancake Breakfast is a popular one, offering all-you-can-eat pancakes and buckwheat pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, orange juice, and coffee. Carry-outs are also available.

Church member, Diana Fraser said Pancake Breakfast chairman, Dan Armacost, along with church members and friends, will run the event.

“Dozens of volunteers will be on hand to help out with the cooking and wait on guests at their tables, and, Mount Zion Church’s Pastor Lou Piel is always in attendance to greet everyone,” she said.

The United Methodist Women will also hold a bake sale during the breakfast, too, featuring delicious cookies, cupcakes, pies, cakes, and more.

“Mount Zion Church has one of the best Pancake Breakfasts around,” Armacost said. “We are one of the few places that offer buckwheat pancakes and tableside service — no waiting in long buffet lines here!”


Tickets for breakfast cost $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children younger than six. Funds raised from the Pancake Breakfast will be used for the church’s Building Fund.

While at the breakfast, attendees can check out the church’s silent auction, featuring over 40 unique gift items and gift baskets, including: a three-day stay in a three bedroom, two bathroom Ocean City condo, passes to Earth Treks Climbing Center, two Learn to Ski and Snowboard packages at Liberty Resort, a hot air balloon ride, a ride in a biplane, a gift certificate for a horse and carriage ride, passes to the International Spy Museum, passes to the B&O Railroad Museum, passes to the Fire Museum of Maryland, passes to the Historic Ships of Baltimore, or the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. There are gift certificates to the Autobahn Indoor Speedway, tickets to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, tickets to the Strasburg Railroad and even four tickets to a studio taping of the Wheel of Fortune game show. Look for gift certificates to local restaurants, sports memorabilia, handmade items, and other gifts.

Money raised from the Silent Auction will be earmarked for the church’s Community Service Fund and will be used to assist families in need in the Finksburg area.

“With over 40 terrific prizes and gift baskets that people can bid on, there really is something for everyone at the Silent Auction,” Fraser said. “And remember, it’s not too soon to be shopping for Christmas gifts!”

Visitors who make a donation to the church’s Community Service Fund will receive tickets that they can put in the drawing for any of three additional prizes; a Victrola Bluetooth turntable; a FitBit with interchangeable wristbands, and; a remote-control drone with a high-definition camera. For a donation of $1, you will receive one ticket; for a donation of $5, you will receive six tickets; for a donation of $10, you will receive 15 tickets; and for a $20 donation, you will receive 30 tickets. Winners of the special prizes will be drawn at the end of the Pancake Breakfast at 11 a.m. You do not need to be present to win.

Mount Zion United Methodist Church is located at 3006 Old Westminster Pike in Finksburg, The Pancake Breakfast and silent auction will be held in the church’s community hall. For more information, call Diana Fraser at 410-871-3214.

Annual Fall Flea Market

Zion United Methodist Church will hold their Annual Fall Flea Market at the church in Shipley on Friday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 am. until noon.

According to church member, Dolores Bankert, the Flea Market has been going on since the early 1980s. Once, a one-day outside event it was later moved inside and expanded to two days.

Look for collectibles, toys, housewares, furniture, clothing and accessories, jewelry and many other items at this sale.

“There’s always good finds at the flea market,” Bankert said. “Our customers go away happy that they have found something useful to them and at a good price.”

Lunch and other food items will be available for purchase throughout the day, including sandwiches, soups, snacks and desserts.

Bankert spoke of some of the favorites, but also noted sometimes other items come in on the day of the event.

“Soups usually include chicken corn, vegetable, sometimes chicken noodle,” Bankert said. “Sandwiches are usually chicken salad, barbecue, hot dogs. Desserts will [probably] include several kinds of fruit pies, Jewish apple cakes, brownies and cookies.”

Zion United Methodist Church is located at 2716 Old Washington Road, Westminster, just off Md. 97 at Nicodemus Road.

This event will be held rain or shine. For information, call 410-848-9080

Free Community Concert

McDaniel College Department of Music, The Evelyn Mackenzie Performance Series, and Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County present The Thirteen in a free concert to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.18, inside Big Baker Memorial Chapel at McDaniel College.

The Thirteen is an all-star professional choir known for inspired and powerful live performances. The concert will feature Duruflé’s Requiem and Poulenc’s Figure Humaine under the artistic direction of Matthew Robertson.

“The Thirteen is committed to providing a social context for the programs we present,” Robertson said. “We believe that the art we make together must be relevant to and shape the society in which we live, and foster understanding and empathy in our communities.”

The public is invited to come out and enjoy the performance.

For more information, visit the college music department online at or call 410-857-2599.

McDaniel College is located at 2 College Hill in Westminster.