At the Churches: Songs by interdenominational choirs add special note to Sunday's service

The "Alleluias" magnify God's name through vocal and instrumental performances that stir hearts and minds. Since this ecumenical troupe's first concert in 1971, it has inspired and delighted audiences up and down the East Coast and beyond.

The Alleluias were formed as an outgrowth of the Howard County Interfaith Choir, according to its Web site, and the group has sung in churches, nursing homes, jails, and other venues that could not accommodate larger groups. The Alleluias have performed free concerts in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Delaware on "by invitation only" basis.


Now it's our turn! At 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, an Alleluias concert of gospel, contemporary and traditional songs will raise the rafters in Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church, 4513 Ridge Ave. Free admittance, parking and refreshments. Handicap access on Park Avenue entrance ramp. No reservations. All ages.

Call for repertoire notes at 410-242-5918.


Happy Halloween

On Sunday, Oct. 28, from 5-6:30 p.m., Halethorpe-Relay's doors will swing wide to welcome young ones to a "Holy Halloween" party. Take a pumpkin to carve. Games, treats, cookie decorating, crafts, costume parade, music and fun.

For spooktacular details, 410-242-5918.

"Trunk or Treat" calls costumed children to Arbutus United Methodist Church, 1201 Maple Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 28. A noon lunch, games, Bible stories and seasonal crafts are indoors. Then treat seekers move outside, where car trunks are opened to reveal sweets free for the taking.

Kathy treats with information at 410-242-9029.

Eat heartily

Authentic Italian spaghetti with tangy sauce, regional sides and iced beverages will delight diners 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Christ United Methodist Church, 2833 Florida Ave., costing $7 at the door. All you can eat.

Request local delivery service at 410-789-9058.


Heady aromas of German specialty dishes will greet diners at St. Stephen Lutheran Church's Oktoberfest, 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 901 Courtney Road. Pot-luck menu. Bring your most famous dish and Martin Luther's favorite brew.

Nibble particulars at 410-242-0422.

Lunch features will be bargain priced at Arbutus United Methodist Church's Holiday Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Other great buys include baked treats, handmade items, jewelry, books, nearly new goods, collectibles and country store yummies.

Call 410-242-9029.

Roast pork, mashed potatoes with gravy, sauerkraut, green beans, applesauce, beets, biscuits and dessert will tempt diners who attend Lansdowne United Methodist Church's family-style dinner, 3:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 114 Laverne Ave. At the door, tickets cost $10; ages 6-12, $5; younger guests eat free.

Nibble details from Virginia Mullins, 410-242-3039.


Gobble up tickets to Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church's turkey feast. Dressing, potatoes, seasoned sides, pies and drinks will also be served from 5:30-8 p.m. Adults pay $12; ages 5-12, $8; those younger at no charge. A live auction follows with a treasure trove of great biddables.

Call 410-242-5918.

Faith explorations

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church parishioners want to help with your faith walk. Take note of these activities at 4414 Wilkens Ave.:

• Free English classes: Mondays, 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. Registration required.

• Fridays "Bend the Knee" prayer hours, 7 p.m. in the chapel.


• Sunday, Oct. 28, 1:30-3:30 p.m., a parish school open house for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Nibbles and friendly greeters provided.

Call 410-242-0131 for details.

Ascension Catholic Church children light up the sanctuary at 4600 Poplar Ave. on Sunday, Oct. 28. At 10:20 a.m., a saints' play precedes their choral presentation during Mass.

The youth ministry team posts activities for teen faith seekers on its website, Ayouth

Call 410-242-2292 for particulars.

St. Clement Catholic Church's Dan Miller coordinates youth programs that enhance faith walks for teens at 2700 Washington Ave. Ask him for a schedule of upcoming events,


Or call 410-242-1025 with questions.

We join Our Saviour Lutheran Church's members in issuing a loving farewell to the Rev. Kristi Kunkle, who will be sorely missed. We share in the thanks for her enthusiasm, expressed by the Lansdowne Interfaith Partnership, where her contributions were awesome!