Saying goodbye is never easy -- especially when you have mixed emotions about leaving.
After serving as pastor of Springfield Presbyterian Church for the past eight years, the Rev. Jamie Dale officiated at his last service at the Sykesville church this past Sunday.
Mr. Dale and his family soon will move to Richmond, Va., where he will become the director of admissions at Union Theological Seminary.
"The job opportunity came completely out of the blue" said Mr. Dale. "I'm excited about the it, but leaving my church here is not a lot of fun."
Mr. Dale came as pastor of the 115-member congregation at Springfield Presbyterian from New Haven, Conn., in July 1987. Since that time, he, his wife, Anne, and their daughter Elinor have made Sykesville their home.
The Springfield congregation most likely will have an interim pastor for nearly a year while it completes the process of replacing Mr. Dale.
"I have no doubt that this congregation will remain united and strong during this period," said Mr. Dale.
Sunday's beautiful weather made the outdoor service glorious and provided the perfect setting for the congregation's picnic, which was held after his last service at the church.
Calling all basketball players -- it's time to register for the St. Joseph's Athletic Association basketball league.
The league welcomes boys and girls from kindergarten through grade 12. A new senior girls division and a travel team for girls in grades nine through 12 have been added for this season.
Registration will be held Sunday and Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Community. The cost is $45 for the first child and $25 for each additional child per family. Late registration forms will be available in the Eldersburg branch of the Carroll County Public Library.
Information: Steve Lyons 549-0642.
If the excitement of the Big Top is something your family would enjoy, make plans to attend the Roberts Brothers' Circus. The circus will perform two shows at the carnival grounds of the Sykesville-Freedom District Volunteer Fire Department at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The circus has been traveling the Eastern seaboard for 22 years, providing three-ring entertainment.
It has live animals as well as traditional circus acts performed under a huge tent. Elephant rides will be available.
Proceeds from the performances benefit the Fire Department, which gains the most from advanced ticket sales. Advance prices are adults, $6; ages 2 to 14, $4; children under 2, free. A complimentary child's ticket is available with each paid adult ticket. Ticket prices at the door are $1 additional.
For tickets and more information, call 549-2366 or stop by the Fire Department.
Bring your grimy car to the Oakland Church hall on Oakland Road from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, where the members of the Oakland Youth Fellowship will wash it for $3 per car. The group will be working to earn funds for a camping trip.
Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 658 are sponsoring a sock hop from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Friday at the Freedom Community Center for children in grades four through seven.
A disc jockey will provide the music, and refreshments will be sold. Information: Terry Brown, 795-1421.