Area churches, groups plan services for Sept. 11


A number of Carroll County churches and organizations will offer memorial services in remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Services are open to the public. Memorials include:

The county commissioners will hold a remembrance ceremony in honor of Patriot Day from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today, in front of the County Office Building. Sen. Larry E. Haines, Del. Donald B. Elliott and Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff will join the commissioners in commemorating the day.

The Westminster Veterans of Foreign Wars Molleville Farm Post 467 will provide an honor guard and gun salute. Westminster High School's Brass Quintet will perform patriotic selections.

Church bells will ring at 10:05 a.m. for 140 seconds, symbolizing the 140-minute timeline of tragedy (American Airlines Flight 11 left Boston's Logan Airport at 8:09 a.m. EST; at 10:29 a.m. the north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed).

The County Office Building is at 225 N. Center St., Westminster. 410-386-2239.

The city of Westminster and its police and fire departments will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Observance at 6:45 tonight at the Bell Court at the Westminster Volunteer Fire Department.

The Westminster Municipal Band will play "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the Police Color Guard will present the colors. Brownie Troops 540 and 121 will lead in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Westminster Mayor Kevin Dayhoff will welcome those in attendance, and city Police Chief Roger Joneckis and Fire Chief James Wallace will speak. The Rev. Fred Eckhardt will lead a remembrance ceremony.

Fire Department President James Bangerd will make the closing remarks. A member of the band will play taps, then the band will perform "God Bless America."

The Fire Department is at 28 John St. 410-848-1800.

Friendship Baptist Church will hold a 9/11 prayer service at 7:15 tonight. The church is at 1391 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. 410-442-5506.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Poplar Springs will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Service today at the church. A potluck supper will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. before the service at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

The church is at 16457 Old Frederick Road between Woodbine and Mount Airy. 410-489-4411.

Immanuel Lutheran Church of Manchester will hold a service of remembrance and hope at 7 tonight. The service will honor those who responded to the disasters and those who died in the attacks.

Individuals with relatives who survived and those who visited the sites immediately after the attacks will give testimonials. The Manchester Volunteer Fire Department also will participate.

The church's adult choir will sing the national anthem.

The church is at 3184 Church St. 410-239-6311.

Grace United Methodist Church of Upperco will hold a 9/11 Memorial Service at 7:30 tonight. The church is at 4618 Black Rock Road. 410-374-9400.

The Greater Pipe Creek Ministerial Association will hold a Service to Remember, Reclaim and Recommit for the victims of 9/11 at 7 tonight at Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren. The community chorus will provide music.

The church is at 26 Pipe Creek Road near Union Bridge. 410-775-7343.

St. Paul's United Methodist Church of New Windsor will open its sanctuary for a day of prayer from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Prayers, readings and meditation materials will be available.

The church is at 200 Main St. 410-635-2442.

Caring and Sharing Ministries of Taneytown will hold an ecumenical community service of Remembrance and Hope at 7:15 tonight at Grace United Church of Christ.

After the service, a candlelight procession will be held at 8 p.m. to Memorial Park for ceremonies to remember and honor firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians, military and civilians.

The church is on Route 140 in Taneytown. 410-751-1203.

Westminster Senior Activities Center will hold a Memorial and Remembrance program for 9/11 at 10:30 a.m. today.

The program will feature the singing of patriotic songs, readings and a time for remembering those who died in the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The center is at 125 Stoner Ave. 410-848-4049.

Mount Airy Senior Center will hold a memorial luncheon to remember 9/11 today.

Ryan Richardson, associate pastor from the Church of Christ, will present reflections on 9/11 at 11 a.m.

Those attending are asked to wear red, white and blue to show their support for those who died that day and those who worked to save lives.

Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. for a donation of up to $3.10.

At noon, activities will stop and everyone will say the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer for the nation.

The center is at 703 Ridge Ave. 410-795-1017.

The mayor and council of Mount Airy will hold a brief ceremony at 7 tonight to honor two residents who died in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

The town will dedicate a small memorial and park area to William Ruth and Ronald Vauk. The park is near Center Street and South Main Street. 301-829-1424.

Calvary United Methodist Church will hold a Service of Remembrance, Prayer and Peace at 7 p.m. today. The service will include other local congregations and will begin with prayer at 7 p.m., followed by the service at 7:15 p.m. The church is at 403 S. Main St., Mount Airy. 301-829-0358.

Deer Park United Methodist Church will hold a Sept. 11 Memorial Service at 7:30 tonight. The community is welcome to share in prayer and remembrance of 9/11. The church is at Deer Park Road and Route 32 in Westminster. 410-848-2313.

Elders Baptist Church will hold a remembrance service tonight starting at 6:30 with quiet prayer, then worship at 6:45.

The service will include a brief testimony from a church member who was in Manhattan near the World Trade Center at the time of the attacks.

The message will include thoughts on "Where Was God" to looking to the future with God. The service will end with the song "God Bless America" and a procession of flags.

The church is at 1216 Liberty Road in Eldersburg. Information: 410-795-9481.

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