At The Churches: New England the latest destination for church travel group

"Hop on the bus. Leave the driving to us!" is St. Clement Sodality's Eileen Kus' favorite refrain.

Forty-plus years of organizing trips have made her an expert. She discovers the best bargains, fills itineraries with worthy sites and sights, ensures that her guests are well fed, and makes every jaunt an adventure — all while raising funds for her group's mission projects.


Now she has set her view on Massachusetts for a Sept. 9-13 all-inclusive seashore exploration of Plymouth Rock, Hyannisport, Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod National Park and more. Comfort Inn accommodations, with breakfasts and dinners, provide creature comforts. Ferry and train excursions add variety.

Somehow, Eileen negotiated this package deal for under $600 per person. To travel along, call her at 410-859-0988.


Closer to home, you may bid farewell to departing Pastor Sheridan Almond Sunday, June 17, at Christ United Methodist Church, 2833 Florida Ave. A 9 a.m. worship hour precedes the reception in her honor. Almond shepherded Christ and Violetville United Methodist churches with a generosity of spirit and abundant grace. She will be missed by both congregations.

Call 410-789-9058, to learn more.

Escort your dad to the 11 a.m. Father's Daycelebration at Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave., on Sunday, June 17. All fathers present will receive praises and tasty home-baked treats.

Call 410-242-5918 for particulars.

Great deals

Read all about it here. Then head over to Violetville United Methodist Church, 3648 Coolidge Ave., for the Spring Book Sale and Bonanza Bazaar from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, June 23. A collection of books and periodicals, unique handcrafts, baked sweets and light lunch fare are highlighted bargains.

Page through the details at 410-525-3191.

Betty Okonski promises that the Southwest Emergency Services Thrift Shop will be open on Saturdays during the summer from 9 a.m.-noon, at 1201 Maple Ave., in addition to the Monday, Wednesday and Friday operations. All clothing is reduced to stimulate sales.


Call 410-247-8154 with any questions.

Too hot to cook? Let Betty Cain's kitchen crew help Wednesdays, June 13 and 27, at Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Laverne Ave. The free dinner is served 5-6 p.m. Open to all. Just walk in.

For menu information, call 410-242-9156.

Christ Church's United Methodist Men will make a splash on the back lot with their car wash from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Drive over to 2833 Florida Ave. and let these fellas give your car a bath. Donations received will assist in mission outreaches.

First in, first washed! Squeeze out particulars from Ron, at 410-789-9058.

Spaces rent for $20 before June 17 but $25 after that for Hope Presbyterian Church's giant yard sale, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at 4748 Shelbourne Road.


Call 410-247-4673 to reserve your table.

Child care

Ascension Parish Bible School Week, June 25-29, invites youngsters to 4601 Maple Ave. for the 9 a.m.-noon Bible adventures, fun activities, music, crafts and daily snacks. Registration fees are $20 for the first child, $15 for additional siblings.

Stop in at the parish center, 4603 Poplar Ave., to register or call 410-242-2292.

Young parade enthusiasts who want to climb on a float to take part in the annual Fourth of July celebration in Arbutus should call either of these participating churches:

Arbutus United Methodist, 410-242-9029.


Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist, 410-242-5918.

Teens with inquiring minds will discuss matters of faith Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m., in St. Clement Catholic Church's rectory, 2700 Washington Ave., throughout the summer.

Youth leader Dan Miller promises snacks, along with Biblical food for the soul. Call him at 410-242-1025.