JOY TO THE WORLD.
To celebrate Christmas this weekend, accept a gift from members of Gethsemane Baptist Church.
In its second annual Christmas gift to the community, the church presents an orchestral ensemble, composed of 32 members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, that will accompany the Sanctuary Choir in a program called "Tree of Light" at Glenelg High School at 7: 30 p.m. Sunday.
About 40 singers from Gethsemane Baptist and other churches will make up the choir.
Gethsemane's associate pastor and minister of music, Bob Simpson, will direct the program.
Traditional Christmas music and contemporary upbeat Christian music will fill the air for about an hour.
The concert is free, but donations will be accepted. Informal dress is acceptable. Information: 442-5853.
With Christmas less than a week away, many people have enjoyed parties and gatherings.
Now it's time to rejoice in the feast day.
Western Howard County is blessed with many churches, large and small. Church members and clergy in all our local churches throw open the doors and encourage you to join them in celebrating the birth of Christ:
St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Fulton will have Christmas Eve services with Holy Eucharist, carols and candles at 7: 30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Information: (301) 725-0241.
The theme of Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church in Glenwood for its 7: 30 p.m. Christmas Eve service is "Wonders of His Love." Information: 442-1204.
Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville has a 7 p.m. Christmas Eve family service of "The Christmas Story" with music, and an 11 p.m. candlelight service. Information: 531-5653.
Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs United Methodist Church members will worship at Jennings Chapel at 7 p.m. Christmas Eve. Information: 489-7185.
Calvary Lutheran Church in Woodbine has Holy Communion worship services at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Christmas Eve with music by Kris Snyder and Marianna Nystrom on Celtic harps. A family candlelight service will be held at 7: 30 p.m. with music by the Joyful Noise Children's Choir. At 11 p.m., a Holy Communion service with music from the Senior Choir will be held. Information: 489-5280.
St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville celebrates Mass at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Christmas Eve in the church and school auditoriums. A carol service will be held in the church at 11: 30 p.m., followed by midnight Mass.
Mass on Christmas Day will be celebrated at 8 a.m., 9: 30 a.m., 11: 15 a.m. and 12: 45 p.m.
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood holds Christmas Eve services at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Union Chapel. Services include Holy Eucharist and carols.
The Christmas Day service is at 10 a.m. at Union Chapel.
Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville has Christmas Eve services at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The earlier service is for families; the latter is a candlelight service. Information: 442-5800.
Gethsemane Baptist Church in Glenwood holds its Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Information: 442-5853.
Mount View Middle's concert
Mount View Middle School students take the stage at 7: 30 p.m. today in Glenelg High School's auditorium for their annual Winter Concert.
To help defray the cost of using the auditorium, donations will be accepted. Information: 313-5545.
Free foot screening
Take advantage of the free foot screening at the Howard County Wellness Center at Inwood Village Center in Glenwood.
Call 489-7844 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who will check your feet for diabetic complications, bunions and hammertoes, arch and heel pain and toenail problems.
Troop members honored
Boy Scout Troop 72, chartered this year, has engaged in numerous activities. Members have participated in Webelos camping outings, Family Fun Night at Bushy Park Elementary School, an orienteering competition, wilderness first-aid seminars and camp-outs.
The troop held its first Court of Honor, at which 10 members received 60 awards, including the Order of the Arrow for two of the Scouts.
Matt and Charlie Mader of Dayton, whose father, George, is Scoutmaster, received Orders of the Arrow at the Court of Honor.
For information about the troop, which meets weekly at Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, call (301) 854-0198.
Pub Date: 12/19/96