I'D LIKE to add my wish for a wonderful holiday season to the wishes you've been getting in the mailbox.
Ellicott City and Elkridge are blessed with many churches of all denominations to help us remember the "reason for the season."
Here is a partial listing of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services in our community's churches.
At Trinity Episcopal Church, a family Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. and a traditional service at 11 p.m. A Christmas Day service will be held at 10 a.m. Trinity Episcopal is at 7474 Washington Blvd. in Elkridge.
At Harwood Park United Methodist Church, a traditional Christmas Eve service begins at 7 p.m., and a short Christmas morning Sunrise Service -- seven lessons and seven carols -- begins at 6: 30 a.m. Harwood Park Church is at Highland and Euclid avenues in Elkridge.
Epiphany Lutheran Church on Sybert Drive in Ellicott City will hold a family Christmas Eve service at 7: 30 p.m.
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a children's Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m., and candlelight liturgies at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. The church is on Route 108 and Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.
Bethel Baptist Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. Bethel Baptist is at 4261 Montgomery Road in Ellicott City.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold a short family Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. and candlelight services with Holy Communion at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Scholars and citizens
A new program at Deep Run Elementary encourages each teacher to select a scholar and a citizen for each month of the school year.
Scholars of the month for November include Nick Maria, Lindsay Brown, Carissa Walsh, Katie Harper, Kimberly Barnes, Aaron Long, Jordan Stoffan, Alejandro Casallas, Sherri Bergstein, Meziane Menasria, Ryan Anderson, Jenny Stiffler, Ashley Rosenburgh, Gregory Lewis, Brian Taylor, Sean Hendricks, Matthew Herman, Rachel Lowenstein, Nadine French, Amy Dolan, Madison Salander, Coreen Mao, Kim Nguyen, Aneesa Emamdee, Sean Freeman, April Conley, Anna Maeser, Erica Way, Kyle Banfer, Arielle Seager, Jeremy Tosh, Julie Lancos, Uzoma Ayetin, Justyna Surowiec and Lauren Smoot.
Citizens for November include Megan Midkiff, Savannah Smith, Morgan Dailey, Victor Limpawuchara, Willie Leisher, Ricky Bobbitt, Ashley Colonna, Cara Wortman, Sara Tankard, Danyell Spottswood, Wesley Jenson, Michael Thorn, Monika Acosta, Thomas Alberti, Kelly Filipowicz, Megha Patel, Jonathan Simmonds, Rebecca Dressel, Tony Brown, Kyle Ramsay, Ronald Beahm, Joey Taylor, Ashley Pitt, John Bell, Adam Shryock, Karen Bui, Anna Maeser, Justin Robbins, Brandon Allen, Ashley Mills, Jade Wise, Bali Boule, T. J. Freto, Stacy Caler, Aisha Abnathey and Andrew Wilcox.
Learning through play
Ilchester Elementary School, the county's newest elementary school, has an addition to its playground -- a 30-by-20-foot color map of the United States.
The children will use the map for games during school and recess.
Thanks for the map go to volunteers at the Maryland Chapter of Bell Atlantic's Pioneer Club, retirees of the Bell Atlantic system who raised funds and helped volunteers at the school do the painting.
The map is made from a stencil cut from a huge drop cloth.
Outlines are spray-painted, and the states are filled in with 10 colors.
The volunteers who painted it on a freezing Saturday morning include physical education teacher Joel Trumper and his wife, Tolly, and Tara Watts, T. Watts and children Rebecca and Brandon, Joanne Lavendiere and Bob Webber.
Pub Date: 12/23/96