More than 400 churches in Baltimore and five surrounding counties -- representing various Christian denominations -- are to take part in a religious revival Tuesday evening at the Baltimore Arena.
The 7 p.m. rally, one of a series of events leading up to the Pat Kelly Greater Baltimore Crusade in September, is aimed at strengthening the faith of area Christians and combating crime, apathy, distrust, hatred and other ills of contemporary society.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The plans for the "Come Alive in '95" crusade Sept. 14 to 17, to be held either at the Arena or at Memorial Stadium, were announced Jan. 10 by Mr. Kelly, evangelist and former Orioles outfielder.
"We want to impact every nook and cranny, every street and corner, so lives might be changed," Mr. Kelly said. "We've got a world that is dying without Christ, and we have the answer."
Tuesday evening's rally will include preaching by national religious broadcaster Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, and gospel singing by Babbie Mason.
"I'm thrilled about the Pat Kelly crusade coming in September, and I'm looking forward to being in my hometown of Baltimore for the May 2 rally at the Arena," Dr. Evans said.
John Miller, a spokesman for the organizing churches, said about 175 ministers, who initially backed the plans for the September crusade, have been joined by the clergy of nearly 300 additional congregations.
Prayers for victims:
Adams Chapel AME Church, 3811 Egerton Road in Northwest Baltimore, will hold a public memorial service from noon to 12:45 p.m. Sunday for the children who died in the Oklahoma City bombing.
"Make A Joyful Noise!":
Youth gospel choirs from eight Baltimore churches, and one each in Howard and Baltimore counties, are finalists in a regional Voices of Tomorrow competition sponsored by Quaker Oats Co. tonight at First Apostolic Faith Church, 27 S. Caroline St. in East Baltimore.
A total of $29,000 in cash and scholarships will be awarded. Each choir may have as many as 40 singers, 21 and younger.
The judging starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The city churches represented are Berea Temple Seventh-day Adventist, Bethel Temple Church of Christ, Holy Church of Christ, Mount Nebo Holy Church, New Song Community Church, Pentecostal Church of Deliverance, St. Abraham Baptist Church and St. James Alpha and Omega Pentecostal Church.
Also competing are choirs from Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia and Morningstar Baptist Church in Catonsville.
Similar contests are being held in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington, Memphis, Tenn., and Raleigh, N.C.
A lecture and discussion program, "Speaking After the Whirlwind: The Legacy of Job," is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St.
Sponsored by the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, the free program will feature biblical scholars Stephen J. Vicchio and Bruce Zuckerman.
Baptist study, worship:
Classes of the Church-wide Institute of the Maryland Baptist Convention will begin at 6:30 p.m. today at Harford Heights Elementary School, Broadway and North Avenue. The Rev. Charles Jones of Kansas City, Mo., will preach at a service starting at 8 p.m. Information: 243-3204.
Ethics and public policy:
The 10th annual Maryland United for Peace and Justice Conference begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Episcopal Diocesan Center, 4 E. University Parkway.
A May 5 ecumenical service and lunch sponsored by Church Women United will begin at 11 a.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, Bannister Road at Greenspring Avenue. For information, call Kay Turner at 825-9384.
Fells Point prayers:
To observe the 44th annual National Day of Prayer, the Port Mission, 813 S. Broadway, will welcome worshipers Thursday at 7:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Information: 276-6616.