At the Churches: Volunteers ready for repair duty to aid low income residents

Baltimore County Christian Workcamp volunteers will don tool belts and slather on sunscreen July 15-20 as they begin a busy week of outreach to local communities.

Wielding hammers and saws, paint brushes and sanders or utilizing lawn equipment for yard duty, these amazing stalwarts are offering their talent to low-income residents who need a helping hand.


If you have the time to join them, your presence will be greatly appreciated. Skilled or unskilled laborers alike are welcome, ages 16 and up. Younger folks may work, too, as long as an adult accompanies them.

Several area churches have participated in the past and are set to step up again.


For what to expect, call Yarb Ballard or Pastor Claire Fiedler at Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 410-242-5918.

For registration details, call Chip Day at 410-744-2794. He has packets of information and a list of this year's work sites.

Southwest Emergency Services' Betty Okonski needs your help. When area schools close, children who have been receiving free breakfast and lunch during the school day lose that sustenance. Their families then rely on the SWES pantry to fill the void.

To meet the need, Okonski asks for more fortunate residents who can provide cereals, peanut butter, pasta meals, juices and fruits to help out. Drop donations off Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at 1201 Maple Ave. For more information, call 410-247-8154.

The welcome mat is out at Halethorpe Community Church, where new Pastor Gary DeLong and wife, Patti, have joined members in the hope of spreading the Bible's good news. Greet them on Sunday mornings at 1312 Francis Ave., 9 a.m. to noon. For a schedule of worship opportunities, call 410-242-7408.

Educate yourself

• Teens are invited to hear the Bible's good news, discuss current events, nibble tasty treats and plan fun summer activities when they join St. Clement Catholic Church's Timmy 12 youth group at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, at 2700 Washington Ave. For details, call Dan Miller at 410-242-1025 or email

• Board the Mayflower and learn about the Pilgrims when you join the Sodality's bus trip to Cape Cod Sept. 9-13. All inclusive: lodging, meals, boat and train rides, sites of interest, and shows for $599 per person, with $100 reservation fee. Talk to Eileen Kus, 410-859-0988.


• Professional Counseling Services of Maryland has set up an office in Arbutus United Methodist Church. Days and hours vary, depending on each counselor's area of expertise. Call 410-433-2241.

Vacation Bible school

Lansdowne United Methodist Church, 114 Laverne Ave., July 16-20, from 5:45-8:30 p.m. Nightly suppers, Bible lessons, music, crafts, games and experiments for preschoolers through teens. One $5 fee covers everything.

Register with Virginia Mullins at 410-242-3039.

• Multigenerational Bible explorations with games, lively tunes, art work and evening suppers are Christ United Methodist Church's gifts July 16-20, from 6-8 p.m., at 2833 Florida Ave. Love offerings accepted.

Talk to Marge Snyder, 410-789-9058 or just arrive on time.


Arbutus United Methodist Church's Journey to Babylon introduces 3-11 year olds to Daniel's courageous life story July 16-20 from, 6:15-8:30 p.m., 1201 Maple Ave. Myriad Bible activities included at no charge.

Call Kathy at 410-242-2029.