Around Sharpsburg and Keedysville

January 25, 2006|by HARRY NOGLE

Masons hold open installation

The Master, Wardens and Brethren of Antietam Lodge 197, A.F.&A.M. held their open installation of officers for 2006 on Jan. 17. In accordance with the rules and regulations of the Grand Lodge of Maryland, Antietam Lodge was afforded the right through special Masonic Dispensation to have an open Masonic communication for the local community. Through time-honored Masonic ritual, the line officers were installed to their respective stations by Deputy Grand Lecturers Frederick Reel, PM and Marvin Printz, PM.

The Worshipful Master presented a Masonic Widow's pin to Mrs. Madeline Holder, and a special memorial service was held for her husband, Brother Richard Holder, who passed to the Celestial Lodge above during the past year. Certificates of appreciation and special gifts were presented to the line officers of 2005 and the installing marshals for their service to the craft.

The Worshipful Master welcomed the more than 40 Masons, their friends and family who attended this public Masonic ceremony including Boonsboro Mayor Charles "Skip" Kauffman.


Good food and fellowship were on hand after the installation. Antietam Lodge 197 meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in their Temple, at 7 S. Main St. in Keedysville. To become a member or if you have questions, please contact Gene Drennen, secretary, at 301-432-5324 or e-mail at

Keedysville Ruritan to hold basket bingo

The Keedysville Ruritan Club is sponsoring a basket bingo on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Little Antietam Community Center in Keedysville. The cost is $15 and features Valentine's baskets and retired baskets filled with goodies. Raffles, food, specials and a King Tut Jar will be available. Proceeds will used for scholarships for students in the area to attend college. Reserved seats will be held until 5:30 p.m.; advance sale seats are held until 6 p.m., as seating is limited. No one under 13 will be admitted. For information or seat reservations, call Dennis at 301-432-2650 or 301-432-0281. The Little Antietam Community Center is at 40 Mt. Vernon Drive, Keedysville.

Alpha course answers "Why did Jesus Die?"

If we are honest, we would all have to admit that we do things which we know are wrong, but the Book of Romans from the Bible says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

During the evening at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, participants will learn answers to the questions "What is the difference between the death of Jesus and the death of Socrates, one of the martyrs, or a war hero?" and "What did Jesus's death achieve?"

Join us tonight, Jan. 24, at 6:30 in the St. Mark's Parish Hall for another night of the Alpha course, and a wonderful meal and pleasant dinner companions. If possible, please call the church at 301-582-0417 to reserve a spot, so we'll be sure to have plenty of food and drink for everyone. St. Mark's is at 18313 Lappans Road, judy east of Sharpsburg Pike.

Church to hold pancake breakfast

Salem United Methodist Church in Keedysville will be having an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is $6 for adults; $4 for children ages 6-10, and free for children 5 and under. The breakfast menu consists of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, sausage gravy, juice, coffee and tea. Proceeds will go into the church building fund. For more information, contact the church office at 301-432-4046. Salem United Methodist Church is at 25 S. Main St., Keedysville.

St. James Brethren to hold indoor yard, bake sale on Feb. 25

St. James Brethren will hold an indoor yard sale, breakfast, lunch and bake sale on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church at 17718 Lappans Road between Lappans Crossroads and Downsville Pike.

Body & Soul winter sessions continue

Body & Soul dance style cardio aerobics and strength training to contemporary Christian music is under way at St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. with instructor Lisa Ridenour (301-432-7337).

Body & Soul is also being held at St. James Brethren Church on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. with instructor Michelle Bumgardner (301-695-4614). Bring a floor mat, small hand weights, and water bottle. Contact either instructor with questions. Visit www.bodyan on the Web for further information and for other class locations.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church is at 18313 Lappans Road, just east of Sharpsburg Pike. St. James Brethren Church is at 17718 Lappans Road, between Downsville and Sharpsburg pikes.

'Fit Kids 4 Christ' keeps youth active

Fit Kids 4 Christ is an exercise and recreation program especially designed for elementary-aged children.

The program offers a unique opportunity for children to stay active and social over the cold winter months. Physical activities include Yoga for Kids, basketball, relays, dance, "parachute" and other "active" games.

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