The sun beats down on the asphalt of Glen Burnie. Drivers battle it out for parking spaces under a tree. Someone is whining "it's too hot!" and it's me.
Summertime. Not my best season. My hair frizzes, pores clog, and the last of the Easter candy is gone. Please note, however, I still have the energy to share the following hot weather observations:
* People who place the ice cube tray back in the refrigerator with only one cube left should be persuaded to enter counseling. This behavior is clearly representative of a classic passive-aggressive personality.
* The phrase "It's not the heat, it's the humidity" should be replaced with "What is the round-trip airfare to Vermont?"
* Isn't anyone else concerned that the weather forecast hasn't changed in 19 days and yet the weathermen on television ARE STILL PAID MORE THAN YOU? I want my widely scattered thunderstorm, and I want it now!!!
* Women who can wear linen and not wrinkle are role models for us all.
* If your spouse prefers the thermostat set at 68 degrees all summer, leave it alone. The extra $500 you spend on your utility bill is still considerably less than a divorce attorney.
Sweat on, Glen Burnie.
It took almost a year, close to $1.4 million and an untold number of prayers, but the expansion project at the Abundant Life Church sanctuary is complete.
The pastor, Dan Mucci, says the addition will accommodate the steady increase in the population of the congregation.
"When I came to the church about eight years ago, there were about 60 people at the morning service.
"After two years, we added a second morning service and two years after that we added a third," Mucci says.
"Because of the growth and a desire to minister to even more people in the community, about four years ago we decided to start raising funds and develop the [new sanctuary]."
The church now seats 450 people with room to expand to 750.
Earlier this year the congregation decided to change its name from the Glen Burnie Assembly of God. Despite the new name, the church is still affiliated with the Assembly of God.
"There were several things that made us consider changing the name," Mucci explains. "No. 1, the majority of people in the congregation don't live in Glen Burnie. We weren't just a Glen Burnie church. Also, we had a vision of our church sharing the message of abundant life in Christ with the community."
In celebration of the new sanctuary, the congregation has planned a dedication weekend Sunday and Monday.
Rick Renner will be the guest speaker at the dedication service, 7 p.m. Monday. He also will speak at the 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. services on Sunday.
Renner had an apostolic ministry in the former Soviet Union, reaching out through television, Bible school and evangelistic crusades.
Children will enjoy the Rev. Kevin Ross as he shares the message of his Irvin D. Clown Ministry, 6:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.
Ross travels nationally, conducting training seminars, Kids Krusades and services for children.
The Abundant Life Church is at 7305 E. Furnace Branch Road. For information, call the church office, 761-9075.
Glen Lutheran Church, 106 Carroll Road, is accepting registration for its 1993-94 preschool program. The program is designed to help children ages 3 and 4 develop social skills, identify letters and numbers and learn to write their names. Children also will learn Bible verses and stories.
Classes for 3-year-olds will meet 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays. The monthly fee is $40.
Four-year-olds will attend classes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The class for 4-year-olds costs $57.50 per month.
Information: 766-6534 or 760-1714.
Twelve steps to a new life. That's the philosophy of Narcotics Anonymous.
NA addresses the problem of addiction with the premise of addicts helping each other recover.
The Bay Area chapter of NA meets several times a week in the Glen Burnie area. Meetings are informally structured, with members taking turns leading the group.
Participants retain their anonymity, attending meetings without fear of legal and social repercussions. The first-name-only policy also supports an atmosphere of equality in the meetings -- no individual's personality or circumstance is more important than the message of recovery, organizers say.
The weekly schedule of local meetings is as follows:
Monday: 8:30 p.m., Church of the Nazarene, Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. at Marley Station Road.
Wednesday: 8 p.m., Arthur Slade Regional Catholic School (around back), 120 Dorsey Road.
Thursday: 8:30 p.m., Glen Burnie High School cafeteria, 7550 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.
Friday: 8:30 p.m., Arthur Slade.
Saturday: 3:30 p.m., North County Library, Eastway.
For additional information, call the Bay Area Helpline, 626-0033.
Members are encouraged to bring a neighbor to the July meeting of the Point Pleasant/Shoreland Improvement Association, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1451 Furnace Ave.
Leo Brukiewa, president of the association, will address the membership. He has requested that members bring nonperishable food, which will be contributed to a local food bank.
Refreshments will be served.