Odenton's Epiphany Episcopal Church - known as Epiphany Chapel and Church House during World War I - was visited recently by the Army's chief of chaplains, Maj. Gen. Gaylord T. Gunhus, in part to see the site of a planned memorial to the 2,929 chaplains of the "Great War."
Gunhus was invited by the Rev. Phebe L. McPherson, parish rector, to see the building that once served as a home away from home for "doughboys" stationed at nearby Fort Meade and is the only known chapel of that war.
Gunhus, his aides, and several Fort Meade chaplains viewed the site of a future Peace Garden, which will have granite and bronze memorials donated by the Hardesty Funeral Home for the chaplains of World War I.
The priest and congregation are raising funds to restore and preserve the church, shaped like a cross with a living room, kitchen, dining room and chaplains' offices adjacent to the sanctuary, and dormitories above that housed visiting families.
A dedication is scheduled for Armistice Day, Nov. 11.
Blues, folk, poetry on tap for Sunday sundown series
Blues musician Neil Harpe and folk singer Max Ochs will perform and Helen Armiger will read her poetry at 5 p.m. Sunday in the fourth Soulful Sundown service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, 333 Dubois Road.
The series, held on the last Sunday each month, features musical performances, poetry and storytelling to "create a meditative spiritual space," according to Roger Butts, intern minister at the church.
Harpe and Ochs are well-known for their music in the Annapolis area. Ochs, who teaches modern world history at an orthodox Jewish school, is founder and host of the 333 Coffeehouse and volunteers as host of the summer concert series at Quiet Waters Park.
Armiger is a student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, and her poetry was featured recently in Wesley Wanderings, a journal of poetry, reflections and prayers.
Admission to the service is free, but donations are accepted. Information: 410-266-8044, Ext. 107.
Bible school: "Beach Trek" will be the theme of a free Vacation Bible School, meeting from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 to 29 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road in Severna Park. Children from age 3 through sixth grade will hear about Jesus' baptism, his calming the stormy sea, lakeside parables and his post-resurrection breakfast with the disciples on the beach, in addition to songs, games and crafts. Registration: 410-647-1658.
Strawberry season: A strawberry festival is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 2 at St. John Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave. in Brooklyn. The event will feature strawberry desserts and sales of crafts and white-elephant items. Information: 410-355-7295.
Flea market: A flea market sponsored by the youth ministry will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 2 at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 1283 Odenton Road in Odenton. Spaces are $15 and include a table and two chairs. Information: 410-551-4843.