COMING

UPVISITING PASTOR

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City will sponsor several events this weekend related to a visit of Herbert Brokering. Brokering, a Lutheran pastor, is the author of many hymn texts, including "Earth and All the Stars" and "Thine the Amen," and has written or co-written more than 30 books. The Nebraska-born pastor is sometimes referred to as the "Leonardo da Vinci of the Prairies" in recognition of his travels and pursuits.

On Saturday at 3 p.m. in the church's sanctuary, Brokering will host a workshop on faith-related creativity. Sunday morning he will preach at all three worship services (8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.). At 4 p.m. Sunday, choirs and instrumentalists from the church will accompany Brokering as he narrates a festival of his hymns. All events are free; a freewill offering will be collected at Sunday's hymn festival, and a reception will follow.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church is at Chatham and Frederick roads. For more information, call 410-465-2977.

DINNER THEATRE

St. John Baptist Church will host a dinner-theater performance of the Africanus Jones Revue on Sunday at 6 p.m. in Kahler Hall. Dinner begins at 4 p.m.

The revue, written by Leroy Giles, examines the history of the sacred music of black Americans, and features African dance, southern spirituals and urban gospel. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

The church is at 8910 Old Annapolis Road in Columbia. For tickets and more information, call 410-992-6977 or 301-596-5571.

PLAY

St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton will host the play "The Last Canticle of St. Francis," Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. Evangelical actor Charles Baker plays the role of St. Francis, who receives and fulfills his vocation as a missionary and evangelist. The play also focuses on the formation of the Franciscan order, and on St. Francis's last testament to his brothers. Refreshments and discussion will follow the play.

The parish is on Route 16. Admission is free; tickets are available by calling 410-792-0470.

OYSTER AND HAM DINNER

Lisbon United Methodist Church will hold its semi-annual oyster and ham supper on Oct. 16 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Food will be served family-style, and carryout is available. Tickets are $10 an adult, and $5 for children 6 to 12 years old. The dinner includes potato salad, cole slaw, ham, green beans and corn.

The church is at 15875 Frederick Rd. (Route 144) between Routes 94 and 97, next to Lisbon Elementary School.

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