At the Churches: Churches offer Mother's Day gift ideas from carnations to cookbooks

"Every day should be Mother's Day," my dad once told me. If you agree, take note of these opportunities to salute the special moms in your life.

Christ United Methodist Church, 2833 Florida Ave., honors mothers at these events:


Friday Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. on May 4. Light supper, games, fellowship. Free for all ages.

Lunch at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Luscious seasonal fare. Pay $2.50 at the door. Treat your mom!


• Mother's Day breakfast of sweets and savories will be dished up Sunday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m.

Margie holds tidbits about each dining option at 410-789-9544 or 410-789-9058.

St. Clement Sodality's gourmet cooks have prepared a perfect Mother's Day cookbook, brimming with yummy recipes. Purchase this $15 treasure May 5, 6,12,13, following every Mass at 2700 Washington Ave.

The Sodality will also sell carnations in mom's honor or memory May 13 at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses.

Call 410-242-1025.

Lansdowne United Methodist Church's auctioneer bids you bring forward the ladies to the Saturday, May 5, auction at 114 Laverne Ave., where amazing biddables await. Light fare sells, too. Fun begins at 5:30 p.m.

• Take mom to church Sunday, May 13, and let Betty Cain's expert cooking crew serve finger foods fit for a queen, after the 11a.m. worship. She dishes up details at 410-242-9156.

Halethorpe-Relay's United Methodist Men encourage mom to choose her own bedding plants and shop for great bargains at their annual Mother's Day Flower and Flea Mart from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at 4513 Ridge Ave. These friendly fellas also sell light lunch fare plus barbecue chicken dinners, prepared on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Chef Tom accepts preorders for dinners at 443-250-9017 while Gardener Rick knows which flowers are blooming, 410-536-9057.

Moms attending Arbutus United Methodist Church's breakfast on May 13 will feast on feather light hotcakes, crisp bacon and other delicacies, prepared with love by the United Methodist Men. The meal will last from 8:30-10 a.m. at 1201 Maple Ave. A celebratory worship follows.

Call 410-242-9029.

Hope Presbyterian Church's honorees receive accolades at the 11 a.m. service on May 13 plus refreshing nibbles at the fellowship hour that follows, 4748 Shelbourne Road.

When you call, ask about the newly formed Prayer Shawl Group, where novice and experienced needleworkers stitch together every month. Direct your questions to 410-247-4673.

Buy a ticket to Our Lady of Victory Church's "Everybody's a Winner" raffle and dinner for $50, then gift it to mom. This gala event takes place from 1:30-5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at 4414 Wilkens Ave. Cash prizes, games, wheels, silent auction and an Olive Grove banquet are on tap.


Call the office to reserve a spot, 410-242-0131, ext. 231.

If mom enjoys the storied history of our area's churches, escort her to the 4 p.m. opening Mass Centennial Celebration in Ascension Catholic Church Saturday, May 19, Potomac at Maple avenues.

To obtain a calendars of this year's activities, call 410-242-2292.

Higher learning

Our Saviour Lutheran Church's Deacon Robin Schaefer turns the pages for the Book of the Month Club's study of St. Paul's letter to the Romans throughout the month of May. Step inside 141 Laverne Ave. on Sunday mornings and read along.

For more information, call 410-242-2141.


American Sign Language classes are underway Sundays, 2-4 p.m., in Christ Deaf Church, 1040 S. Beechfield Ave. Instructor Amy Bopp teaches three levels. Registration and fee information are available by emailing or calling 410-242-6303.

The Rev. Claire Fiedler invites newcomers to join the Monday Bible study at Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, "Remember Forgiveness." A light supper at 6:30 p.m. precedes every session.

Call her at 410-242-5918.

"Heroines of Biblical History," an 8-week Bible study for women, is ongoing in the Ascension Parish Center, 4603 Poplar Ave., on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Email or call Amy Shemenski, 410-744-6107.

Violetville United Methodist Church's book sale, scheduled for April 28, is postponed until June. Stay tuned for date and times.