It's not unusual for neighbors to help each other, but when someone lends me a hand, I'm always grateful and impressed.
Last Thursday, my 1984 Oldsmobile skated on our icy driveway and ended up about an inch from a tree, completely stuck. I lugged all the groceries to the house and canceled everything I needed to drive to that day.
Ted Gelletly called after seeing my car in a hopeless position. Saturday morning, he drove his tractor over and yanked the Olds out of the woods in minutes. The man's a genius.
Gethsemane Baptist Church is flourishing both spiritually and temporally, according to pastor Dan Allen.
Mr. Allen took over the Glenwood church just 10 months ago, and Tuesday the church congregation welcomed a full-time minister of music to its staff.
The Rev. Chester Whisonant, the new associate pastor, attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with Mr. Allen. His wife, Karen, and their 4-year-old son, Brandon, remain, for now, in Alabama, where she teaches elementary school.
Mr. Whisonant will work to enhance worship services at Gethsemane with music while he develops children's and youth choirs.
If you've driven by Gethsemane Baptist Church recently, you've probably noticed that the lawn is spotted with mounds of soil. The church has dug nine percolation test holes to learn if there is enough drainage to allow expansion on the church property. The church has already outgrown its building.
To offer more space during worship services, the church intends to hold Sunday services in the auditorium at Glenelg High School beginning around Easter. The Gethsemane community welcomes all residents of western Howard County to attend services or to join the church. Call 442-5853 for more information.
Several Bushy Park Elementary students, tired of just hearing about the homeless, have been trying to do something for them.
Sasha Heifetz, Candace Almond and Tory Lancaster worked for two months before the winter holidays taking orders, making gingerbread houses and decorating them.
They donated $400 to projects for the homeless, including the Grassroots shelter.
Rashon Jackson delivered 300 diapers to the Grassroots shelter in January after he sponsored a diaper drive to fill a big need there.
P. J. Mueller and Zack Todd are sponsoring a Blanket Box. If you don't know what to do with that old blanket in your closet, send it to the school. P. J. and Zack will deliver it to the Salvation Army for distribution to the needy.
Amie Kasakitis is concerned about homeless cats. She makes weekly calls to the Howard County Animal Shelter and publishes news of available cats in the biweekly school bulletin, which Bushy Park students take home. The students all work under the watchful eye of teacher Lynn Spence.
If you feel positive about your marriage and you'd like to tell your spouse you'd do it all again, bring your partner and join couples who will participate in marriage vow renewals at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lisbon on World Marriage Day, Feb. 13.
At the 10:15 a.m. service at St. Paul's, married couples will repeat their vows in the presence of their children and friends. Church member Lee Hajek encourages people of all faiths to join the couples at St. Paul's.
St. Paul's is at 16457 Old Frederick Road, about a half-mile west of Route 94. The church number is 489-4411, and Mrs. Hajek's is 442-1641.
The traditional Lenten season begins Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 15, the day before Ash Wednesday. And area churches often observe Shrove Tuesday with a community pancake supper, as will St. Paul's.
For a free-will offering, members can enjoy sausages, pancakes, applesauce, beverages and fellowship in the Parish Hall.
According to Barry Enzman, band director of Glenelg High School, tickets sales for the Maynard Ferguson concert at 8 p.m., Feb. 12 are "moving along nicely."
A ticket entitles you to attend Mr. Ferguson's music clinic at the school at 2:30 p.m., the day of the concert. After a general session, participate in sessions on rhythm, saxophone, trombone or trumpet with members of Mr. Ferguson's band.
Tickets are still available, and you may pick them up in the front office of the school from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, or send a check made out to the Glenelg High School Band to Glenelg High School Music Department, 14025 Burnt Woods Road, Glenelg, Md. 21737. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope and indicate whether you will attend the afternoon clinic.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (410) 313-5533 for more information.
Steve Davidson is the founding pastor of Good News Christian Fellowship, which is swiftly changing directions. Beginning Feb. 19, the church services will move from Sunday mornings to Saturday evenings and will take place at the South Columbia Baptist Church on Guilford Road instead of at Clarksville Elementary School.
Members of the church decided to meet Saturday evenings to make gathering more convenient for those who work or play hard on Sundays.
Services will begin at 6 p.m., and western Howard County folks are invited to join. Call 531-5304.
At Bushy Park Elementary School, the Family Fair is Tuesday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
This is a real family night with events for all. It's an opportunity to learn a lot about families, parents and children.
Brenda Walker and Barbara Hubert have organized this event, which features workshops on responsibility, self-esteem, homework, money, discipline and other family issues.
Children will enjoy a magic show and workshops on friendship, siblings, sportsmanship and personal safety. Call Ms. Walker at 489-4878 or Ms. Hubert at 442-2726 for further information.
If you'd like to purchase citrus fruit from the Glenelg High School Marching Unit this month, place your order for bushels or half-bushels of pink grapefruit and temple oranges by Feb. 10 for pickup from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19.
Call Denise Schmidt at (301) 854-6415 between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. or drop off your order at the school office. Prices range from $9.75 to $18.