At The Churches: Hobbyists needed to create interest and appreciation in their craft

The Rev. Ira Barr believes the greater Arbutus and Lansdowne areas overflow with talented hobbyists who like showcasing their skills and expertise.

He's inviting these creative folks to participate in Arbutus United Methodist Church's Community Hobby Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 1201 Maple Ave.


Pastor Barr seeks wood crafters, needleworkers, artists, model makers, scrapbookers, photographers, potters, ceramic experts, stained glass artisans, dressmakers, bakers and others with a creative talent to share their work, and their enthusiasm for it, with children and teens.

"Young people need to learn about these crafts so the artistry will carry on," he told me.


If you'd like to take part, give him a call at 410-242-9029 or stop by the church on weekdays, 9 .m. to 4 p.m., to register.

• If you head to this church Sunday, Aug. 12, the United Methodist Men will dish up heaping platters of breakfast fare – all you can eat – from 8:45 -10 a.m. No charge.

Kathy has menu tidbits at 410-242-9029.

A tip of the hat

To Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church members, who generously offered bottles of cool water to passers-by in Arbutus on July 21l.

To Betty Cain's cooking crew, who continue preparing free Wednesday suppers for community residents, even when they sizzle in Lansdowne United Methodist Church's kitchen. Join them from 5-6 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 8 at 114 Laverne Ave.

To area church members, who braved excessive heat while helping neighbors in need at Baltimore County's Christian Work Camp last week. Several local families benefited from their tender, loving care.

To Southwest Emergency Services supporters, who heeded the ministry's call for kid-friendly breakfast and lunch foods. There is an ongoing need for cereals, pasta meals, peanut butter, soups and fruits. If you can donate, SWES hours are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 1201 Maple Ave.


Summertime specials

Bethany Lutheran Church, 1022 Haverhill Road, issues invitations to these events:

Vacation Bible school, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, July 30-Aug. 1, ages 4-12. Youngsters will soar with this year's "Skytastic" theme that features a variety of activities, stories, games and tasty treats. Free to all.

Call Cathy, 443-527-0500.

• Multi-family yard sale from 8 a.m. to1 p.m. Bake table and light lunch available, too. All bargain priced.

Call the church, 410-644-7106, for directions to Haverhill Road.


Halethorpe Community Church's "Team Kidz" is under way at 1312 Francis Ave., from 6-8:30 p.m., on Wednesdays. Director Steve Price offers wholesome, fun activities: lively music, games, Bible truths, arts and crafts plus refreshments to preschoolers through fifth-graders, all free of charge. Walk-ins welcome.

Talk to Steve at 410-242-7408 or 443-783-1824.

S'more lovers may savor their yummy gooeyness at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave., at the 8 p.m. outdoor campfire Sunday, July 29. Bring a lawn chair and your singing voice for this free gathering.

Tell Pastor Kunkle you're coming, 410-242-2141.

The Chick-fil-A at Lansdowne Station offers a free chicken sandwich to anyone who brings a Sunday church bulletin to the restaurant on Mondays. This tasty promotion lasts until Labor Day. Yum!

Baseball fans can watch the Orioles play the Kansas City Royals Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. by ordering a $7 discounted ticket. The southwest cluster of United Methodist churches in our area banded together to secure these bargain seats.


Call the one closest to your home or call Kathy at Arbutus United Methodist, 410-242-9029, or Marge at Christ United Methodist, 410-789-9058.