How long have you been at CPC?
George and I started coming in the Fall of 1984 and have been members since 1985.
How did you come to attend CPC?
We were living in Pennsylvania when George’s company was sold and he needed to look for a new job. We chose a job in Maryland, and he started working in Spring of 1984 for Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers in Laurel. I had to finish teaching nursing at Allentown College, now DeSales University, before we could actually move. Anyways, we spent the summer looking for a church, attending CPC first at the Interfaith Center in Wilde Lake (an 11:30 service!). That was followed by visits to 8 other churches before returning to CPC as a result of an article in The Columbia Flyer. CPC had been kicked out of the Interfaith Center for proclaiming Jesus Christ as the way to heaven. We figured that kind of spirit was a church for us. Grace Greenslit (she and Chuck, turns out, had only been attending 3 Sundays) introduced us to Allen and Kathy Harris who invited us home to lunch. That settled it for us.
Who lives with you at home (family, pets)?
George and I have lived together for 61+ years of marriage, migrating among seven states, but making Howard County our home for going on 32 years. Over the years our three children, who are all in their 50’s, have dealt with many challenges, giving us 8 wonderful grandchildren, who are now, all but one, out of high school. I think that we had our share of many dogs, gerbils, snakes, turtles, parakeet and fish. We have no pets now and never had cats.
What do you do to relax?
My hobbies are gardening (flowers), house plants (I have over 30), photography/scrapbooking for my grandkids, reading, getting together with friends, goofing off with my hubby (we love to play Mexican Train, Take One and Kings on the Corner), I used to be George’s Appalachian Trail hiking buddy, but now that is only a memory. I do try to walk most days.
What book, movie, etc. have you enjoyed lately?
Movie – Bridge of Spies: Books: The Light We Cannot See, I am Malala, The Sweetness of Forgetting. I love historical fiction the best. I saw most of Downton Abbey. I loved the costumes. George called it Downtown Alley, but he liked it as well.
What did you want to be "when you grew up?"
I wanted to be a nurse and I was a Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse until I retired in 2000. I worked in a number of mental health care settings, primarily with the mentally ill, and then after receiving my masters I taught nursing in Pennsylvania and Maryland (UMBC & UMB), concluding as a Nurse Psychotherapist for 10 years in Ellicott City and Timonium.
What is one goal that you have for yourself now?
Since I became a Christian my goal has been to live a life that glorifies the Lord.
What is one issue facing women, for which you have special compassion?
That women in difficult situations, work, marriage, family or otherwise, know the love of Christ, in spite of conflicts, rejections, disappointments or other stressors.
Is there a particular verse that God has shown to you that gives you strength and guidance?
Philippians 4:6-8 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Matthew 6:25– 34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
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