The Rev. Tilden H. Edwards Jr., founder of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Bethesda, has announced plans to retire as executive director in December 2000. The institute is dedicated to helping people develop a deeper spiritual grounding in their lives and work.

Edwards, 64, has been an Episcopal priest in the Diocese of Washington since 1962 and has written six books and numerous articles on spiritual life. He is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School, Episcopal Theological School and Union Graduate School. Before Shalem, he was a parish priest and director of an ecumenical clergy and lay training center related to social concerns and parish life. He will remain a part of the leadership of Shalem's programs through 2003.



Bethesda Presbyterian Church will conduct a vacation Bible school from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Aug. 9-13. Children ages 3 through 11 will be accepted. This year's theme, "Good News at Gospelrock," will feature Bible stories, arts and crafts, music, recreation and snacks. The cost is $15 per child.

Children may be preregistered or may register on the first day of class. The church is at 7611 Clarendon Rd., Bethesda. For more information, call 301-986-1137.


Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington is holding an organ recital at 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Organist John Horman, along with violinist Amy Beth Smith, will perform music by J.S. Bach, Pachelbel, Walter and Mendelssohn. A freewill offering will be taken. A reception and ice cream social will follow the recital. The church is at 10123 Connecticut Ave., Kensington. For more information call, 301-942-2715.


Bethesda First Baptist Church will hold a vacation Bible school from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 16-20 for children ages 3 through 11. The school, with the theme "Great Bibleland Dig," will feature Professor Goodheart, his friend Jill and his trusty camel, Malachi, who will take the children on an imaginary archaeological dig to help them piece together events in Jesus's life.

The cost is $12 per child or $20 per family. The church is at 5033 Wilson Lane, Bethesda. For more information, call 301-654-4159 or e-mail

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