A SIX-MINUTE VIDEO "The Courtroom" has made its teen-age cast and crew from Calvary Temple in Millersville $10,000 richer.
While many teens took the summer off, youth minister Tammy Lloyd Taylor said, the Calvary young people prepared a video, a contemporary version of Judgment Day, so they could enter a Christian filmmaking contest that drew 112 entries from across the nation.
To the local teens' surprise -- they were so sure they wouldn't make the finals that they didn't bother to take photos of the work in progress -- their entry was named first-place winner during an awards ceremony in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 25.
Under Taylor's leadership -- she is also Calvary Christian School high school superintendent -- 25 young people built and painted sets and produced the video for the contest, sponsored by Carman Ministries of Brentwood, Tenn., and Teen Mania Ministries of Garden Valley, Texas.
Three days before the final selection and awards ceremony, Taylor received a phone call informing her that the Calvary video was one of four finalists.
She and the cast and crew were invited to Nashville, where their video would be competing against films from Kentucky, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
"Ten of us went to Nashville for the awards ceremony," said Taylor. "All four videos were shown to a live audience, and, at the same time, to 2.7 million television viewers on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
"Our local cable doesn't show TBN, so we had church members back in Maryland driving to the Eastern Shore in order to see it on Comcast Cable."
After returning to Maryland with their first-place plaque and monetary windfall, the group decided to use the prize money to finance a missions trip to Mexico next summer.
But, before that trip, the teens and their director are planning to gather in April with other Christian young people in the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan, an event expected to attract about 90,000 teen-agers.
Taylor graduated from Severna Park High School in 1987.
To make more money for their ministries, the Calvary young people are selling copies of their video for $12. They've already filled orders from several states.
Calvary Temple was founded in 1972 and is under the leadership of the Revs. Bert Hare and Darryl Hare.
Learn about leaves
Ever wonder why some leaves turn yellow in the fall while others turn red?
The mystery will be solved during a walk along B&A; Trail Park with Ranger David DeVault, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday.
You'll enjoy identifying rose hips, sassafras, spicebush and berries galore, but you need a reservation.
Pub Date: 10/08/98