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New pastor invites community to discuss diversity, Bible [Maryland City]

Diversity is "The state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness," as defined in the dictionary. The Maryland City area is truly one of the most diverse communities around and we have been able to build a vibrant community by respecting each other's differences and focusing on the ways in which we are all the same. We all want a safe neighborhood where we can be respected and where our children can learn and be loved. We all work hard to provide the best environment and education for our families. We are a community and we support each other.

Our community welcomes the new pastor of Community United Methodist Church, the Rev. Selena Johnson.  Selena brings a new perspective to Community and invites the neighborhood to join her and the Community congregation in a special grouping of services and discussion groups centered on the subject of diversity and what the Bible says about diversity. She will present a message during the church service relating to diversity and then hold a discussion afterward hoping to create a dialogue in the church and community. The dates for these services and discussions are Sundays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 and Oct. 12 starting with the 10 a.m. service. Join Community in finding out what the Bible teaches about diversity and how we can apply those lessons to our lives and today's times.

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Another church in our community, Resurrection of Our Lord Catholic Church, offers a parking lot sale Saturday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8402 Brock Bridge Road. Stop by to check out the goodies being offered. You never know what hidden treasure you may find. Also, if you have some treasures needing a new home or some crafts to sell for the upcoming holidays, contact the church at 410-792-7982 to rent a space. You get a space for $20 and a table, space and chair for $25. The event takes place rain or shine.

As fall approaches, we all expect to see colorful leaves appearing on the trees and majestically floating to the ground. Did you know we also have a colorful group of children floating across the fields at Brock Bridge Elementary and Maryland City Park as the Maryland City Recreation Council Mini-Kicks soccer and MCRC flag football teams begin competition in their brightly colored uniforms? Check out games at any of the nearby fields on Saturday mornings and afternoons. We have players of all skill levels learning how to work together as a team and have fun.

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Our community fortunately hosts games for the Anne Arundel County travel soccer teams as well as a number of in-house teams. Thank you to all of the coaches who spend countless hours making a difference in all of our kids' lives. Through their patience and dedication, these coaches are role models for our youth. The travel soccer coaches this season include: Chuck Williams (U10B), John Marx (U10B), Garth Hamilton (U10G), Willie Kendrick and Jim Watters (U11B), Kurt Wickline (U11G), Jose Fabregas (U12B), Jaime Blanco (U13/14B), Noel Gittens (U13/14G), Bill McMahon (U18G), Miguel Penarrieta (U8B), Tasha Harris (U8G), Bobby and Timmy Maher (U9B), Devin Poland and Josh Buell (U9B), Terry Lindsay (U9B) and Mike Colohan (U9G).  The Mini-Kicks soccer program thanks the following coaches: Maurice Winn (5-6), Keri Orrell (5-6), Carlos Hernandez (5-6), TJ Healy (5-6), Jay Venit (5-6), Tony Brown (5-6), Ana Espinoza (3-4), Christina Healy (3-4), Billy Keen (3-4) and Rose Walker (3-4).  Again, thank you, coaches!

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