Brooklyn church set to celebrate 50th anniversary
Emmanuel Wesleyan Church at 3716 West Bay Ave. in the Brooklyn section of South Baltimore is inviting the public to join in celebrating its 50th anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday.
The congregation is actually 25 years older than the small Wesleyan denomination of which it is a part.
The Wesleyan Church in its present form, which has about 110,000 members in the United States and another 75,000 members in 19 other countries, is the result of a merger in 1968 of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which was founded in 1843 partly because of its members' opposition to slavery, and the Pilgrim Holiness Church, founded in 1897.
The Rev. Earl Wilson, general superintendent of the denomination, will be the guest speaker for Sunday's Golden Jubilee celebration by the Emmanuel congregation. Refreshments will be served. Information: 355-6650.
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Brooklyn United Methodist Church at Fourth Street and Pontiac Avenue in Baltimore will continue its series of Lenten programs called Family Adventures.
After a simple meal, a biblical theme will be introduced and explored through music and discussion.
The Padre Pio Morning Star Foundation is sponsoring a project in which instructors will demonstrate how to make a rosary with donated materials. The results of this crafts program will be donated to pilgrims at the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg, said project organizer Beverly Kott. Information: 679-2435.
Barbara Elfbrandt, a member of the Society of Friends and a lawyer who is the Associate Representative of the Quakers' United Nations office, will speak on "New Roles for the United Nations" at 12:15 p.m. today at the headquarters of the Middle Atlantic Region of the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Road, Baltimore. Her talk is part of a Friends luncheon series. The public is invited. Information: 323-7200.
Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Silas is scheduled to open a two-day clergy-laity conference of his denomination's Diocese of New Jersey at a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Baltimore Inner Harbor's Clarion Inn, Pier 5.
The host congregation is the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Community, 520 S. Ponca St. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has been invited to address the conference participants at lunch on Monday.
Chairing the committee arranging the conference, which ends Monday night, is Emily Cossis. Information: 633-5020.
The Rev. Canon Mark Pearson, one of the founders of the Institute for Christian Renewal and a priest who has conducted an international, interdenominational healing ministry, will be the guest speaker Sunday evening at the Episcopal Church of the Messiah, 5801 Harford Road, Baltimore. The program begins with a 5 p.m. reception, continues with instructions by Canon Pearson at 5:45, and concludes with a healing service at 7.
Canon Pearson is the author of two books, including "Christian Healing," now in its third printing.
He and his wife, Dr. Mary Grace Pearson, a physician, lead retreats for hurting Christians that combine medicine, counseling and prayer.
Betty Gutman chairs the Evangelism Committee at the Church of the Messiah. Information: 426-0709.
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