Church, fire department offering Halloween fun

Come join the fun on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Dorsey Emmanuel United Methodist Church for Trunk or Treat. The festivities take place from 3 to 5:30 p.m. At this family-friendly event, children and adults can enjoy scarecrow making, pumpkin painting and a stroll down a not-so-scary trail before moving among decorated vehicles to collect delicious Halloween candy and treats.

Looking for something fun to do on Halloween? Why not come to the Elkridge Volunteer Fire Department for an evening of bingo. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. Early bird games begin at 6:15 p.m. You are encouraged to come in costume for a fun-filled evening.

Grace Episcopal Church will host its Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall on the corner of Landing and Montgomery roads. The menu, prepared by Tino’s Italian Bistro, will feature spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic knots and dessert. The cost for adults is $10, $5 for children 4-10 years old and children 3 years and younger eat for free. Ten percent of the proceeds will go to the Elkridge Food Pantry, a food distribution program for those in need in the Greater Elkridge and surrounding communities. To volunteer or purchase tickets, contact Stephanie Schuster at gracelkridge@gmail.com.

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Amazing Christian Teens in Service, the combined youth groups of Dorsey Emmanuel, Melville Chapel and Wesley Chapel United Methodist churches, will travel to Mission Central in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, to assemble clean-up buckets for victims of Hurricane Michael. Congratulations to this group of local young people who know how to put their faith into action to make the world better.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, a memorial service honoring Jack O. Burke Jr. will be held at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, at 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with a reception following in the Parish House to receive family and friends.

Burke died on June 18 following a lengthy illness. He and his wife of 38 years, Frances, were living in Kapolei, Hawaii at the time of his passing. Burke, who was born and raised in Elkridge, was known for his quick wit and engaging sense of humor. He was a loyal Ravens fan and particularly enjoyed analyzing the complexities of defensive plays and strategies.

Professionally, Burke was an award-winning history teacher and ninth-grade team leader at Hammond High School for nearly 40 years. He was a dedicated teacher, coach and mentor to many students.

His daughters, Kathryn and Ashley, were his pride and joy. Jack’s family invites his many friends from his hometown, Elkridge, to join them as this extraordinary man is remembered.

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