KATHERINE JAMES Klemstine taught for more than two decades in Anne Arundel County schools. After retiring, she volunteered at Hospice of the Chesapeake in Millersville - and realized that she wanted to minister to the dying.
Now a hospice chaplain, the Rev. Klemstine will be the speaker at the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights' Prayer Breakfast on March 13 at Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church.
Her topic: "Spirituality in Day-to-Day Living."
The annual prayer breakfast is held to raise money for two shelters, Sarah's House at Fort Meade and Lansdowne Transitional Housing (formerly Hearth House) in Lansdowne.
As members of all faiths come together, the club also takes the opportunity to honor community members. Two pastors will be honored for their long service to their parishes and community. Monsignor Francis X. Zorbach has been pastor of St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church, 6405 S. Orchard Road, for 31 years. The Rev. William F.R. Gilroy has served 17 years as pastor of St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.
The soloist this year is Barbara Largent, who lives in Odenton.
Klemstine was born in Baltimore, grew up in Ellicott City and graduated from Howard High School. She earned a degree in biology and education from Western Maryland College in Westminster. A public school teacher for 26 years, she taught for 24 years in Anne Arundel County, most of that time teaching science at Corkran Middle School in Glen Burnie.
It wasn't long after she began to volunteer at Hospice of the Chesapeake that she knew what she wanted to do.
She graduated from Sancta Sophia Seminary in Tahlequah, Okla., and was ordained in Light of Christ Community Church, which is affiliated with the International Council of Community Churches. She provides pastoral care for patients and families at Hospice of the Chesapeake.
In her work, she is inspired by the love, strength and courage that the terminally ill and their loved ones demonstrate, she said. Her challenge is meeting the individual needs of the patients to help them make a spiritual connection as they come to the end of their lives. Eventually, she said, she would like to write about the spiritual needs of the dying.
Her interests include hiking, which she finds soothing and inspirational.
Mary Margaret Shipley, second vice president of the Woman's Club, is chairwoman of the event. The breakfast will be prepared by the Hospitality Committee, led by Shirley Beck.
Linthicum Heights United Methodist Church is at 200 School Lane.
Tickets are $6. Reservations are required. Tickets: Ruth Kline, 410-859-8554, or Barbara Anderson, 410-761-8619.
'The Gift of Life'
At a meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 25, the Woman's Club of Linthicum Heights will present a program, "The Gift of Life," about organ donations. The meeting is at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.
Featured will be Pat Shaw, a clinical social worker and part-time community liaison with Transplant Resource Center of Maryland. Her full-time job is with Union Memorial Hospital's Dialysis Center.
She will bring Zachary Chamberlain, a 19-year-old Glen Burnie resident who had a lung transplant in November 1999, to talk to the group. Each presentation will be 20 minutes long.
All women in the community are welcome to attend.
Information: Bernadette Simon, first vice president, 410-859-4433.
The Historical Electronics Museum, 1745 W. Nursery Road, in observance of Black History Month, presents an exhibit that features the contributions made to engineering and science by black men and women.
Inventors Garrett Morgan, Elizah McCoy, Jan Matzeliger, Mark Dean, Lewis Latimer, Patricia Bath, Andrew Beard and Granville Woods, and mathematician Benjamin Banneker are featured in the exhibit.
Admission to the museum is free. It is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Groups are welcome. Tours can be arranged.
Information: Anne Mech, 410- 765-0230.