The smells of coffee, punch and cookies often greet worshipers at the fellowship hour after church services. How does the hearty, garlicky smell of bologna and cheese sandwiches grab you?
That's what the members of Elkridge Baptist Church smell and see every week during their fellowship hour. That's what they're smelling as they construct sandwiches and place them in bags, making lunches. Completing the lunches are cookies and chips when they're available.
The bag lunch project began in December 1991, when a small group decided that rather than getting together over coffee, they would gather over food preparation tables and work to make lunches for Baltimore's homeless.
Mary Warthen agreed to be the first coordinator. Lunch-packing began in January 1992 when the group made 60 lunches and delivered them to Bea Gaddy's shelter.
Later, Joanne Perot took over as coordinator, then Christine Whaley took a turn, and now Debbie Weber acts as coordinator.
Church members' donations always figure heavily in this project. Norma and Lee Falk donate the bread each week, and church women donate the fillings and goodies. Frank Jackson, Buddy Warthen, Christine Whaley and Dick West take turns driving to Baltimore to deliver the sandwiches.
As the group became more experienced, they made more lunches -- now up to 145, sometimes 165. And they located the very needy Victory Outreach Mission, where they now deliver the sandwiches. The men at the mission actually walk the bagged lunches to the men who live under the bridges and in the alleys of Baltimore.
Dot Jackson, who has been working on the project since its inception, told me that she enjoys spending her fellowship hour "helping somebody that really, really needs help."
Take your kids to see the "Civil War -- A Local History" exhibit at the B&O; Railroad Station Museum in Historic Ellicott City.
Each day, authentically attired living historians re-create life during the four years of the Civil War. These volunteers aid visitors by realistically depicting common people and soldiers during the war.
The station's interior has been fitted with furnishings to closely // resemble its appearance during the 1860s. Children will be able to use the telegraph. Daily drills and period demonstrations, including signing up for the Army and receiving genuine enlistment papers, are other hands-on activities for them. They can also run Lionel-scale period locomotives through a Civil War battlefield.
A 40-foot diorama depicts the 1830 track from Baltimore to Ellicott's Mills.
This weekend, flag raisings are at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the museum closes at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the flag is raised at noon and the museum closes at 5 p.m.
As you enter Miller Branch Library on Frederick Road in Ellicott City, check out the showcase of wonderful silk ribbon embroidery created by needlework artist Johanna Stange.
The display she has lent to the library ranges from sweat shirts to dress collars to home decorations.
Silk ribbon embroidery began in the 1700s, in France's rococo period, when the more ornate the clothing, the better, and well-dressed women wore silk ribbon embroidery decoration. The art has entered and exited the fashion world several times since then.
Ms. Stange will offer two demonstrations of the technique this month. From 10 a.m. to noon July 24 and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 25, she will show the basic "how-to" of this needle craft.
She'll be giving a Sweat Shirt Workshop at Florence Bain Center from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Aug. 7, 14 and 21. Participants should bring their own sweat shirts, embroidery hoops and scissors. The cost of the workshop is $15, and attendance is necessary at all three sessions.
Also offered is a Rose Bouquet Workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 9, 16 and 23. Necessary equipment includes an embroidery hoop and scissors.
To register, call 313-7213.
Elkridge Area Jaycees invite you to fine-tune your planning skills when they sponsor speaker Matt
Kolb, who will speak about "Goal Setting" at the next membership meeting. Mr. Kolb has been lecturing on leadership topics for the past 20 years.
The meeting will be held at Joe Theismann's restaurant at 7 p.m. July 19.
Information: Beth Niessner at 536-0173.
Howard County Summer Theater will present the English musical "Me and My Girl" this weekend and next at Centennial High School in Ellicott City.
Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and July 20-22, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and July 22.
The two lead characters are played by Gary Best and Pamela Lamb.
You can purchase tickets at Music and Arts shop in Chatham Mall, at I Love Theater in the Columbia Mall, at the Offices of the Howard County Sexual Assault Center and at the door.
Tickets cost $7 per person, with tickets for people over 60 and children under 12 costing $5.
The theater group is using this occasion as a fund-raiser for Howard County Sexual Assault Center. Group members hope the play is as successful as last year's, when they donated more than $4,000 to Grassroots.