Ash Wednesday at St. Luke’s Church

Ash Wednesday February 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Online ONLY with Pastor Rob Johnson…

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, North Baltimore,

Ash Wednesday February 17, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

Online ONLY with Pastor Rob Johnson

Palm Ashes can be picked up at the church office 9-1 weekdays.

Please call to make sure someone is in the office.

All are welcome, as we begin our journey through Lent, together

Socially Distanced Sunday

A Day at the Derby….Pinewood Derby that is……

Submitted by Jennifer Vanlerberg

Not even Covid can cancel the Annual Pack #372 Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. It did look different. Fans wore masks and the times were staggered so fans wouldn’t all attend at the same time. Doors were separate for entrances and exits. Chairs were spaced and cubs were too. Still, the event was some much needed fun for all.

Socially Distanced Scouts

Tigers began the day with a first place finish for Henry Engard’s “Zoom,” and a best of show for “The Lego Car” by Winston Troutner. Winston was an “honorary Tiger” for the purposes of the meet. Next, the Wolves’ “Extra Butter” the popcorn themed racer took both second place and best in show. Finishing first for the Wolves, was the “Batmobile” by Wendell Troutner. “Foxy” took home third along with his creator, Shawn Albright.

“Extra Butter” the Popcorn themed car (on the right) was a  favorite

The Bear Den’s Ashley Albright achieved the best of show for her “Anna” car. Ethan Malloy won first with his “Blue Machine.” Second went to “Pink Midnight” by Jackson Cook. Daniel Crill raced to third with his “Mach 8.” Webelos One had a one car wonder. Donivan Boyce and his “Destroyer” came in first place and won best in show.

The Webelos Two den had the largest group once again. It totaled seven cars competing for the four coveted trophies. “Paddy Wagon” a police themed cruiser by Blaze Kline won best in show. “Green Thunder” sped to a first place trophy, and “Bat 21” by Rhys Williams took second. “Tiger” took third, an orange speedster with maker Camden McCartney.

Webelos 2 cars….

There was not an overall winner this year, since each group was dismissed after their own race due to distancing and minimizing group sizes.

Each racer was given a sugar filled treat, a car cookie made by the talented Julie Hiser. The Gleaners were once again Judges for the best in show category. Tammy Trout, Eric Trout, and Zach Trout helped with announcing and the overall production of the day. Arica Matthes, Jessica Hill, and Dorreen Patterson helped with registration, and Brian Vanlerberg helped with set up and overall assistance. Line judge was McKenna Ducat and her mom, Krista, also helped out with the day. Thanks to the families for all the time spent on creating the cars.


Thanks also to our Powell Custodial Staff and everyone that made today possible.

Poems That Can Help With Healing In Hard Times

A new book—by a woman who’s been there—can, with empathy and even humor, help many people get through difficult times…..

(NAPSI)—You may be able to bring some comfort to your friends and family members who have been grieving a loss in these difficult days.

Poetry And Emotion

There’s a new book that can help heal the hearts and minds of people who have lost jobs, opportunities, homes, even loved ones. Called “Words for the Unbearable: A Journey Through Loss” (IngramSpark), it was written by psychologist Enid Sanders, who has had her own losses to deal with.

Books Worth Reading

When her first child, Keri, died, the young mother spilled out a series of poems and put them away in a drawer. Decades later, when her husband Andrew died, she took them out and started writing again. At first she wrote for herself, for Andrew and to Andrew. A poem would rise up out of nowhere and she’d jump up and scribble it down, not knowing how it would end until she wrote the last word.

Little by little, she shared the poems with friends and fellow therapists who pushed her to turn them into a book. The title comes from a friend who read the poems and said, “These are words for me, words for the unbearable.” Because it is poetry, the book reaches people at a deep level, helping therapists, patients, hospice workers, clergy, and anyone who grieves.

Yet the book is not really sad. It’s helpful, engaging and even rather funny in spots because it tells the truth about grieving without self-pity—including the fact that it can make everyone a little crazy.

Dr. Sanders also brings 34 years of experience as a noted clinical psychologist and bereavement counselor to writing this book. Having trained with internationally renowned child abuse expert Eliana Gil and specialized in helping abuse survivors for 18 years, she now focuses on helping clients negotiate grief and transition.

Doctor’s Opinions 

As Dr. Gil herself put it: “I am wiping tears so that I can write…I feel as though I’ve been seen and heard and understood. Each poem is a picture memory, a reminder, a suggestion, a loving gesture, words that attest to the author’s love. I thought only I loved so deeply and hurt so profoundly, but she’s captured and clarified grief so well, it was comforting to read her words, even though many hurt like hell…Enid Sanders’ words evoke strong feelings and encourage reflection, while providing the strange comfort that comes from being understood.”

Added psychiatrist Daniel Kostalnick, MD: “It is rare that an author can capture both the emotional and intellectual experience of grief, but Dr. Sanders has succeeded…Most of us find it impossible to express that experience, but Dr. Sanders uses her work as a psychologist—and a poet—to help the reader identify, name, and deal with the profound and universal aspects of grief…a work of compassion and understanding that comes from the soul of someone who has loved deeply.”

Many therapists recommend the book to grieving patients and it can inspire people to write their own poetry, or to paint or find another creative outlet for their feelings.

Learn More

For further facts or to order the book go to It’s also available from Amazon and other booksellers.