At the Churches: Fall Festival Fiesta follows bilingual Mass at St. Clement Church Sunday

God blesses the autumn breezes that swirl and fall gently upon us. They refresh lagging spirits, enticing us to step out to explore sites such as:

Fall Festival Fiesta hosted by St. Clement Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 23. The bilingual Mass at 10 a.m., 2700 Washington Ave., welcome folks of all ages. A procession to the gym follows, where sweet and savory yummies, games and contests, music, a 50-50 raffle and much more provide fun.


Call 410-242-1025 for menu tidbits.

Dine at Chick-fil-A in Lansdowne Station 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, and say you are there to support Southwest Emergency Services. A percentage of meal costs will be given to the ministry. A win-win evening.


The annual CROPWALK to raise funds that purchase food and defeat hunger takes place Sunday, Oct. 7, through Catonsville's shady side streets. Walkers' pledge monies assist locally and globally with SWES. One of the local recipients, Salem Lutheran Church at 905 Frederick Road, is the starting point. A light lunch, 12:45-1:30 p.m., available for $3. Walkers depart at 2 p.m. for a half-mile stroll or three-mile hike. Free snowballs when you return. Donor packets are available. Call Pastor Dorothy Bolton, 410-747-6180.

CROPWALK carpools leave Halethorpe–Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave., at 1:15 p.m. Hitch a ride by calling 410-242-5918.

Creatures great and small welcomed to the Blessing of Animals at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the patio at Lansdowne Christian Church, 101 Clyde Ave. (Owners asked to bring pets on leashes or in carriers.) Call 410-242-2141 to unleash particulars.

Those who serve

Missionary Sue Porter has a story to tell about her faith journey in Liberia. Listen during the 11 a.m. worship hour at Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church. Free lunch and personal fellowship with Sue follow. Scoop up details at 410-242-5918.

Christ Deaf Church's thankful flock will congregate at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, to mark the retirement of Toby Witte-Dix, who has served as an interpreter and guide for decades. Kudos for such devotion are deserved. Join this celebration at 1040 S. Beechfield Ave. Tasty refreshments included. Call 410-242-6303 V/TTY.

Michele Ziolkowski believes that children are the future, which is why she leads the Kids Bible Club at Arbutus United Methodist Church. For six Fridays, young ones ages 4 years of age and older will gather from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1201 Maple Ave. to explore Bible adventures and sites. The first free session is Sept. 21. Let her hear from you at 410-242-9029.

• Arbutus' master chefs serve appetizing entrees 8:30-9:45 a.m. in Lewis Hall Sunday, Sept. 30. No reservations, freewill offerings. A 10 a.m. worship follows.


Break open more information at 410-242-9029.

Penny savers

St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 901 Courtney Road, hosts a communitywide flea mart Saturday, Sept. 22. Neighbors are invited to sell their wares, free of charge. The church will provide tables, first come, first served. Reserve one with Teresa at 410-788-2154.

The Our Lady of the Angels Chapel Concert Series calls music lovers to 711 Maiden Choice Lane for free Sunday performances that begin at 3 p.m. The United States Naval Academy Band is scheduled for Sept. 30. No tickets or reservations. Find noteworthy help at 410-247-4779.

Ascension Parish's Oktoberfest is an all-you-can-eat banquet of German specialties, served to the tune of a German repertoire: sour beef and dumplings, brats, pit beef and turkey, assorted sides and desserts. Dine 5-9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, for $25 per adult. Buy tickets in the parish center, 4603 Poplar Ave. Call 410-242-2292.

Flea mart bargains for sale along with lunch choices and home baked sweets, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 141 Laverne Ave. Unwrap details at 410-242-2141.


Lansdowne United Methodist Church's Betty Cain opened a thrift shop at 114 Laverne Ave. to help alleviate the burdens on working families. The hours for Josuha's Closet are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon; second and fourth Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m.; first and third Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Betty tells what is in stock at 410-242-9156.

• On Friday, Oct. 12, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Betty invites savvy shoppers to rummage around at the giant flea mart. Rain or shine. Food, baked goods homemade jams, jellies and apple butter among the bargains on display.

Call her, 410-242-9156, or call the church, 410-247-4624.

Our Lady of Victory Church's cleaning experts have done a sweep of the parish rectory, setting aside useful items. They'd now like bargain hunters to make an offer for the Hoover Wind Tunnel vacuum and microwave oven that remain at 4414 Wilkens Ave. Cash in at 410-242-0131.