A good deal of items available at Arbutus church's Sunday swap session

Need storage or display space for the gold, frankincense or myrrh received at Christmas? Does this require getting rid of items no longer in use, yet still in great condition?

Let Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church's ladies come to the rescue. The group will hold a Sisters Stuff Swap at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at 4513 Ridge Ave., for gals of all ages. Simply bring things you are willing to trade (no junk, please) and make an offer. If no trade occurs, don't despair. All excess goods will be donated to Southwest Emergency Services' outreach. A win-win!


Chrissy Sohn and Fran Ring coordinate this event. To let them know if you'll attend, call 410-375-6364.

Speaking of the SWES ministry reminds us to issue congratulations to coordinator Betty Okonski and her bevy of devoted volunteers as they celebrate 30 years of giving this month. SWES began its work in January 1982 with a handful of local churches involved. Today, 18 area congregations work together to assist neighbors in need. Well done, one and all!


Food for thought

Icy conditions don't affect Betty Cain's kitchen crew. These stalwarts prepare and serve free Wednesday night suppers at Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Laverne Ave., throughout the winter months. Walk in between 5-6 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25 to savor hot entrees and beverages.

For menu tidbits, call Betty, 410-242-9156.

The Sodality ladies of St. Clement Parish have been creating succulent entrees and ambrosial desserts for years. See for yourself when you purchase their new cookbook, available for $15. It's chock full of recipes, heretofore unpublished.

Request a copy at 410-242-1025 or buy one from Agnes after weekend Masses at the church, 2700 Washington Ave.

Our Lady of Victory Church's bull and shrimp roast calls hungry diners from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. The $45 tickets cover a banquet of delicacies, a silent auction, raffles, wheels and music. Hurry — sales end Jan. 14.

Call Karen Meredith at 410-242-3688 for sales details.

Stop by Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, Sunday, Jan. 22, to hear Wayne Bennett's 11 a.m. message and savor potluck luncheon delicacies.


For details, call 410-247-4673.

Break your fast Sunday, Jan. 29, with Arbutus United Methodist Church's breakfast lovers, 8:30-9:45 a.m., at 1201 Maple Ave. Delicious selections, freewill offerings. Informal worship follows at 10 a.m.

Details at 410-242-9029.

More lessons

On Sunday, Jan. 15, the Rev. David Harris preaches at the 11 a.m. worship in Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road. His history included campus ministry in our area, so he is an old friend to many. Join him there and renew acquaintances.

Wonder what God's word has to do with you?


The Rev. Kristi Kunkle provides answers during her Sunday adult Bible discussion. Participate in these exploratory session in Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave., at 9 a.m. and ask.

Call 410-242-2141.

This and that

Tie a knot. Say a silent prayer. Create a colorful prayer blanket for someone who needs to feel God's love. Halethorpe Relay United Methodist Church's Diane Rust helps you do just that at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the church hall. Novices welcome.

Unravel details at 410-242-5918.

The 400 Club's $50 raffle tickets are selling like hot cakes at Ascension Parish. Winners will reap rewards of $500, $1,000 or $3,000 at the 2 p.m. drawing Sunday, Jan. 29, in Brewer Hall, 4601 Maple Ave.


To purchase yours, call the office, 410-242-2292, or stop in on weekdays at 4603 Poplar Ave.