ONLY ONE week until the big day, when excited children rejoice and exhausted parents finally sit down for some well deserved rest.
In the meantime, onward and upward to the crest of the holidays!
Resurrection of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church in Laurel is pleased that a number of young members of the church have been confirmed in the Catholic faith.
Congratulations to Krystal Baterna, Sara Bautisa, Julie Bixler, Kathleen Cartron, Catherine Clark, Suzanne Frentz, Kevin Gluth, Elizabeth Krieger, Drew Mohnasky, Tony Norris, Barbara Parkman, Stacey Surrette, Jonathan Varner and Chris Wilbur.
The parish is having an excellent year.
The annual bazaar brought in more than $16,000, the Christmas party was great fun, and a New Year's dinner dance is in the works.
Tickets for the dance are $25, which includes live music, roast beef and seasonal delights.
But, of course, a church is not only a social gathering place.
The church has announced its Advent and Christmas worship schedule.
On Sunday -- the fourth Sunday in Advent -- Masses will be at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
On Christmas Eve, the church will celebrate with a children's Mass at 5: 30 p.m. and a Christmas Pageant, in which children will act out the Nativity during Mass.
Midnight Mass will be preceded by hymns at 11: 30 p.m.
On Christmas Day, Masses will be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
The First Baptist Church of Guilford is also planning events for the holiday season.
Exhausted Santa helpers who missed Christmas Eve services are welcome at 10 a.m. Christmas Day.
And, to help usher in a more spiritually meaningful New Year, the church will hold a Watchnight Service at 10 p.m. Dec. 31. The service of atonement and rededication lasts until midnight.
Dr. John Wright is the church's pastor.
The church is at Oakland Mills and Guilford roads.
Forest Ridge Elementary School has announced that Jessica Bauer, Michelle Lam, Justin Landy, Kristen Machcinski and Jennifer Quattrone have had their work included in the Human Rights Commission 1999 Fair Housing Calendar.
Under the mitten tree
The Bollman Bridge Elementary School community has been busy this holiday season.
The mitten tree in the school's lobby is filling with knitted items for those in need of them.
The school is also collecting nonperishable food for the needy.
A family movie night and an Elves workshop -- where children may buy inexpensive gifts for their families -- have also been planned and enjoyed.
Thanks goes to Mitzi Goodwin and Sue Harpster for their efforts during the workshop.
Thanks also to Sue Marino, Janice Dickson and the members of Brownie Troop 538 for their efforts on movie night.
Lights in darkness
Jay Cincotta is looking for men and women of goodwill.
He's organizing the Kings Contrivance Luminary event tomorrow night, when the streets will be lined with lighted candles.
The candles are to stretch into parts of Jessup.
The community effort requires helping hands to set out and light the luminaries -- an expression of peace and community, most needed during this difficult and special week.
Call to volunteer a few hours tomorrow afternoon.
You will be glad you participated when you see all those lights stretching into the darkness.
Are you new to the area and underemployed? Or a stay-at-home mom whose last fledgling has just left the nest?
If you are looking for rewarding work for a few hours a day, consider becoming a substitute teacher for the Howard County school system.
Several schools need substitute teachers.
The work can be rewarding. Information and an application: 410-313-7035.
Pub Date: 12/18/98