Lunch preparation part of their Sunday service for church cooks in Arbutus and Lansdowne

Dishing up free Sunday lunches for Christ Church of the Deaf's members is a tradition in our area. Four United Methodist Church cooking crews rotate duty every month, each providing tasty fare at 1 p.m., 1040 S. Beechfield Ave. Sign language isn't required — just a friendly smile and willing hands. This week, chef Tom from Halethorpe-Relay cooks for the Aug. 14 event.

Call him at 410-242-5918 or 443-259-9017 to sign on and help out.

Call Toby Witt-Dix, 410-242-0086, for a schedule.

Remember "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream"? Our Savior Lutheran Church's members will sing it again at Sundae Sunday's return Aug. 14 at 141 Laverne Ave. Cool treats will follow the 10 a.m. worship hour. You are invited to dig in, free of charge. Come for a relaxed service — casual dress, all ages.

Scoop up tasty tidbits from Pastor Kristi Kunkle at 410-242-2141.

• The church is also in need of a power lawn mower. The one now in use is on its last legs. If you have one to donate, call 410-242-2141.

Evening Bible school for ages 3-12 is a tradition at Violetville United Methodist Church that continues Aug. 10-12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3648 Coolidge Ave. Lively lessons, games, crafts, treats, music and an ice cream party are included in one $5 fee.

• On Sunday, Aug. 14, youngsters will share what they've learned during the 11 a.m. church service that is open to all.

For more information, call Misty Troll at 410-525-3191.

Carry scissors and glue to Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road, on Saturday, Aug. 20, to create 20 specialty cards for any occasion. Crafting begins at 10 am. with Booty Crough and Carole George leading. $30 covers all costs.

• Hope's members invite everyone to the Labor Day Remembrance worship Sunday, Sept. 4. A celebration of the fruits of Christian work and laborers is scheduled.

Find out more at 410-247-4673.

Arbutus United Methodist Church's Sunday school reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Rally Day, Aug. 28, 1201 Maple Ave. Toddlers through adults can experience innovative, hands-on lessons, filled with Biblical truths.

Call 410-242-9029.

Early birds registering for Ascension Parish's religious education program by Aug. 31 receive a discount.

Call Cathy, 410-242-2292, for an information packet.

St. Clement Church's Eileen Kus has space for crab feast lovers on the Sept. 16 jaunt to Whitehaven's Red Roast restaurant, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Music included, fresh produce, too, for a $78 fee.

• Eileen's trip to Myrtle Beach, Sept. 18-22, is a bargain at $495! Oceanfront lodging, meals, shows, side excursions, shopping and more. Space available.

Call her at 410-859-0988.

Beautiful Cascade Lake will be Halethorpe-Relay United Methodist Church's picnic site from 1 p.m. until dusk Sunday, Sept. 4. A covered pavilion is reserved.

Franks and burgers provided, along with swimming, boating, fishing and games.

Bring an entrée or dessert to share.

Adults pay $8; children, 4-12, $5; free for younger guests. Reservations required.

Call Rick Sinnott, 410-536-9057 or 410-242-5918.

When area school employees receive requests to help incoming students with supplies, they send them to Southwest Emergency Services, 1201 Maple Ave.

SWES accepts donations of back-to-school items and divides the bounty according to family needs.

You can help by contributing pristine tools for education such as notebooks, dividers, markers, paper, highlighters and math aids.

SWES operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

For an updated list, call 410-247-8154.

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