Pastor Anke Deibler leads worship at Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine in 2018. On Ash Wednesday the altar has purple but no greenery, weeds and thorns to show the testing of Jesus for 40 days until Easter.
Pastor Anke Deibler leads worship at Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine in 2018. On Ash Wednesday the altar has purple but no greenery, weeds and thorns to show the testing of Jesus for 40 days until Easter. (Courtesy photo)

The Town of Mount Airy and the Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce are presenting the Mount Airy Resourceful Entrepreneur Series, which started in March with 90-minute seminars on different interesting topics for entrepreneurs in the community.

This April 9, they will continue the series with a seminar named, “Polishing Your Front Line Sales Skills with Larry VanSant — VanSant Consulting — Sandler Training,” where the attendees will learn about customer service through “Sandler Training.”

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Melissa Thorn, one of the coordinators of this program, said in an email interview that this is the third year they will have hosted these seminars.

According to Thorn, they have a committee that plans the seminars and picks the topics for each of them. The topics were chosen based on surveys, handed out to attendees in the previous classes, asking what topics they would want more information about.

She also explained that the classes are targeted to entrepreneurs, but everyone is welcome to join in and network with the attendees and learn about each of the topics they are presenting.

“Entrepreneurs from a variety of business life cycles will attend and they’ll bring their employees too,” Thorn said. “These might be people starting up a new business venture, a person who is looking for the tools to grow their business or a person at the last stage of their company looking to retire and sell their company.”

Thorn also said the purpose of having these seminars is to educate the greater Mount Airy business community and assist entrepreneurs where they need it the most. In addition, this is a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about the Chamber and the valuable resources it can offer to the community.

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On April 9 the Eldersburg branch library will be hosting a 50-minute program named “Time Matters: A Women’s Retirement Outlook” for adults interested in learning about financial concerns of women who are getting ready for or have recently transitioned to retirement.

“We want to develop a stronger relationship with our community to learn how to better serve them,” Thorn said. “It’s regular programming like this series that might attract people who aren’t already a member of the Chamber and who don’t know about all the local resources.”

On April 9, VanSant, from VanSant Consulting, will be leading the seminar for those who need help dealing with difficult clients, the attitudes of the employees and their communications skills through the Sandler communication techniques.

The series will continue on April 16 with “Game Changers for Small Business with Tom Mazerski of Miller Center,” in which the attendees will learn techniques that enable business owners and entrepreneurs to ignore the fear of failure.

Then, on April 23, they will be hosting “SWOT Analysis Workshop — Identify Your Business's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats with Tom Mazerski of Miller Center.”

The last seminar will be presented on April 30, when they will be hosting “Mental Health & Wellness in the Workplace with Karen Duffy of Family Wellness Alliance,” where attendees will learn ways to get mental health support or how to provide support for employees.

During the seminars, a light breakfast will be served.

All attendees must register. To register, fill out the Resourceful Entrepreneur Series Registration Form or contact Thorn at 301-829-1424.

The cost for each class is $10 — or free with Greater Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce membership.

People in the community can become a member by visiting www.mtairychamber.com to download the 2019 Membership Application.

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The seminars starts at 8 a.m. and end at 9:30 a.m., and they will be hosted at the M&T Bank at the Twin Arch Shopping Center located at 1001 Twin Arch Road.

For more information, contact Thorn at 301-829-1424 or mthorn@mountairymd.gov

All the spaghetti you can handle

On April 10, community members will be able to enjoy All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner, complete with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, iced tea and coffee at the Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church.

Sue Ann Johnson, one of the coordinators of this event, said in an email interview that Morgan Chapel is a small congregation and they all work together to prepare and serve the dinners.

According to Johnson, the church has been hosting these dinners for many years — one in April and another in September.

She also said the proceeds from these dinners help the church with expenses, such as heating oil and repairs.

The event starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m., and there will be a bake table available.

Admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children younger than 12, and $10 for carryout.

For more information, contact the church at 410-970-2485.

Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church is at 6750 Woodbine Road, at the intersection with Hoods Mill Road.

Pastor Eric Deibler leads worship on Easter Sunday in 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine. Weeds changed to palms for Palm Sunday. Congregants brought food donations for the area food pantries to be blessed.
Pastor Eric Deibler leads worship on Easter Sunday in 2018 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine. Weeds changed to palms for Palm Sunday. Congregants brought food donations for the area food pantries to be blessed. (Courtesy photo)

Calvary Lutheran Church holding Holy Week services

Calvary Lutheran Church will be hosting a series of services throughout Holy Week, starting with Palm Sunday on April 14.

For Palm Sunday, the church will host worship services at 9 a.m. and at 11 a.m. with the procession of palms and the reading of the Passion of Christ story.

Then, on Thursday, April 18, they will host the Maundy service, a quiet Communion service, at 1 p.m. On the same day, the church will host a worship service in contemporary style, with Communion at 7 p.m.

On Good Friday, April 19, the church will host a traditional service commemorating Christ’s death at 7 p.m.

Then, on April 21, the church will be celebrating Easter Sunday starting at 9 a.m. with a contemporary joyful worship celebration of Christ’s resurrection. Then, at 11 a.m., the church will host a traditional joyful worship celebration of Christ’s resurrection.

Calvary Lutheran Church is located on Old Frederick Road, at the Woodbine exit off Interstate 70.

For more information about these and other events at the church, call the church at 410-489-5280.

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