FOR MANY YEARS, the ladies in Jean Bates' circle at Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church in Millersville have enjoyed preparing for the church holiday craft sale. Meeting each week, they would sew, crochet or knit crafts for the sale.
Last year, one of the members proposed a new idea -- offering a recipe and suggesting they produce a soup mix, with layers of ingredients visible through transparent packaging, as an attractive and practical gift for the holidays. So the ladies in the circle chose that as their project.
Bates reports that the soup mix sold so well that none was left when she went to buy some for herself. This year, the circle is making soup mix again -- but many more packages. And this year, she plans to buy some early.
Baldwin Memorial is a lovely, soft gray, stone church at Route 178 and Indian Landing Road in Millersville. This year's sale will be held there from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Besides the soup mix, there will be baked goods, crafts and a white elephant table. Young children will like Santa's Secret Corner, where they can find gifts for their parents -- in secret.
A light lunch will be served, including shrimp salad and chicken salad sandwiches, and chicken soup -- but not the soup from the mix. To rent a table or for more information: 410-923-6130.
Tea at Epiphany
Epiphany Episcopal Church will hold its Fall English Country Tea from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday -- a full English tea, including scones, an assortment of tea sandwiches, trifle and a variety of teas.
The historic World War I-era chapel of the church at Morgan and Odenton roads in Odenton is the setting for this annual event. With tables illuminated by light from the stained-glass windows, friends can relax and enjoy a few minutes of cherished peace in the midst of hectic holiday preparations.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Information or tickets: Elva Cox at 410-674-4144.
The Christian German- American Women's Group will meet at noon Monday in the Chapel Center on Grandea Avenue in Fort Meade.
Annemarie Chretien will speak on the theme, "There is so much we have to be thankful for." After her talk, a German lunch will be served and members will have time for gemutlichkeit and singing, accompanied by pianist Heidi Zech.
Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621-7862, or Lisa Beilke, 301-604-5880.
Ark and Dove's craft festival
Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton will hold its annual craft festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
The event will feature a variety of crafts, a bake sale and a raffle of handmade items. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year, special crafts will be sold to benefit a Palestinian children's fund and Arundel Habitat for Humanity.
The church is on Piney Orchard Parkway. Information: 410-674-6400.
The Lunch Bunch is one of the favorite activities sponsored by the Crofton Association of Retired Persons (CARP). Each month, Lunch Bunch Chairman Ed Laird makes the arrangements for various sites.
The next event will be lunch at Kaufmann's Restaurant in Gambrills, where participants should meet at noon on Thursday.
Information about the Lunch Bunch or CARP: Grace Walker, 410-721-8830.