THE LATE Rev. Carl W. Folkemer, former pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, Linthicum, will be honored at a Faith of Our Founders commemoration and reception at 7 p.m. Nov. 5. The event will take place at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park.
Folkemer arrived in Linthicum in 1942 to serve as pastor of St. John, then a mission church. He spent the next 23 years leading its growth into one of the most active and respected congregations of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His leading and teaching are examples of a life lived in dedication to serving others, providing an example for others to emulate.
Among his -- and his congregation's -- remarkable works was a volunteer effort to build a church. He and his congregation worked side by side every evening and weekend for four years, constructing the building themselves. The church was dedicated in 1951. Over the years, as the congregation grew, several additions were built.
In 1965, Folkemer was assigned as pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore. Concerned about the needs of the elderly and infirm, he spearheaded development of two nearby projects -- the John L. Deaton Medical Center and the Christ Church Harbor Apartments.
Upon retiring in 1982, Folkemer remained active as interim pastor for several congregations. Until his death in 1997, he acted as a "right hand" to the Rev. William F. R. Gilroy, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church at 300 W. Maple Road.
The Faith of Our Founders event at Our Shepherd Church is being sponsored by the county's Lutheran Brotherhood Branch 8840. It is the first of what is hoped will become an annual celebration, honoring others for their contributions to church and community, said Virgil Gibson, a brotherhood volunteer.
The public is invited, but reservations by Nov. 1 are requested.
St. John Lutheran will celebrate its second Friendship Sunday. Services will be held at 8: 15 a.m., 9: 40 a.m. and 11 a.m., with a reception and refreshments after each service. Information: 410-859-0020.
It is time to place orders with the Linthicum Lions Club for Florida fruit. Seedless navel oranges and ruby red grapefruit can be ordered for two Saturday pickups -- Nov. 20 and Dec. 18 -- from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the parking lot of Linthicum Elementary School.
"We make it very easy for everyone; they don't even have to get out of their car. If they just pull up we will place it right in for them," said Peggy Samuels, fruit sale chairman. "We also don't have any problem taking fruit to the home of an elderly person who may not be able to get there themselves," she added. "They just need to let us know."
The cost for navel oranges is $18 a case (four-fifths of a bushel) and $10 a half-case. Grapefruit sells for $16 a case and $9 a half. Orders for November are due with payment by 4 p.m. Nov. 9, and for the next month by 4 p.m. Dec. 7.
Mail your order and check to: Linthicum Lions Club-Fruit Sale Chairman, P.O. Box 267, Linthicum 21090. Checks should be payable to the Linthicum Lions Club.
"We are hopeful that this will be a very successful sale so we can give the money back to the community" Samuels said.
According to Marlene Stivers, club president, several Lions donations are slated for the next couple of months, including a donation to the club's meeting place at St. John Lutheran Church, purchasing eyeglasses for a single mother, contribution to support Concerts in the Park, and a pledge to the Low Vision Resource Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Information: 410-787-0466 or 410-672-6032
Ferndale POW-MIA Post 289 will be hold its meeting at 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd. Post Commander Al Scarselletta said all veterans are invited.
Post activities will be discussed, including a flag program Nov. 10 at George Cromwell Elementary School on Wellham Avenue and a Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.
AARP making donations
Patapsco Valley Chapter 3850 of the American Association of Retired Persons will hold its monthly meeting Wednesday at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 118 Marydell Road. Social hour with refreshments will begin at noon.
Clyde King, president, and Mary Kay Crosby, co-chair of the benevolence committee, will present checks to representatives of eight organizations: St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Opportunity Builders, Friends of Arundel Seniors, Salvation Army, North County Emergency Outreach Network, Alzheimer's Association, Hospice of the Chesapeake and Anne Arundel Sheriff's Foundation.
The amount to be disbursed is $4,400 -- proceeds of the May Fair, the club's fund-raiser. "It is surprising that we made that much in one day, but we did," said Paul Bagley, publicity chairman.
The Heart to Heart Cardiac Support Group -- and the public -- can hear Deborah Van Orden, a nurse-specialist from North Arundel Hospital's cardiac catheterization laboratory, discuss diagnostic tests for heart disease at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 116, Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church, 200 School Lane. Enter by the door closest to the school.
The mission of Heart to Heart, an ecumenical care group, is to provide inspiration and education for cardiac patients, their families, and others. Meetings are free and open to all.
Information: Nan Duerling, group facilitator, at 410-987-0494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The youth of Friendship Church of the Brethren will sponsor a Haunted House from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the hall, 217 Mansion Road. Admission is $1.25 and refreshments will be sold.
Come out for baked goods, face painting, and other fun fall activities and support the youth in the National Youth Conference fund-raising event.