In and Around Morningside-Skyline 
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451

Morningside VFD Names EMT and Member of the Month

Grace Petr, who’s been putting in countless hours on the ambulance, has been named EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) of the Month by the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department. As the department’s website says, she brings “light to every patient she runs on the ambulance. She also is the reason we now have new thermometers for the ambulance.  She knew a proper temperature for possible sepsis patients was extremely important and she pushed to get the new thermometers.”

“Nate “Nate Dawg” Bryan is Member of the Month. “Nate came to us with no knowledge and no expectations. At first he was very hesitant about accepting the responsibilities that come with being a Morningside Volunteer.  But once he realized he was able to be a part of something bigger than himself, his actions changed and Nate’s productivity increased tenfold … We are proud of him.”

By the way, Morningside Volunteer Fire Department is always looking to increase membership.  Even if you have no public safety experience or if you are a veteran looking for a new challenge, there is room for you here at Morningside.



Rita Beall, of Morningside, has moved her pool-playing 8-ball Angels from the Hangar Club to Fast Eddies in Andrews Manor Shopping Center. Years ago they were at Andrews Restaurant (which I still think of as Skyline Restaurant). They moved to Tucker’s on Marlboro Pike, until it burned down, and then the Hangar Club. Now Fast Eddies. Despite all the moves, Rita says her 8-balls are still winning.

Dr. Monica Goldson, the new Interim CEO of the Prince George’s County Public Schools, began her career as a math teacher at Suitland High School.  She later served as assistant principal for Forestville and Frederick Douglass high schools and as principal of Frederick Douglass and Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. high schools.

Father Michael Fisher was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of Washington on June 29. He must already know South County pretty well, as he was pastor of Holy Family Parish in Hillcrest Heights from 1995 to 1999.


Hands-on Needlework Workshop

During the mid-19th century Berlin Wool Work was considered Queen Victoria’s favorite needlework and was named after the thread used to create.

The Surratt House is offering an all-day workshop on 19th Century Needlework, on August 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Instructor Carolann Schmitt will teach participants about the history of the art, the yarn and patterns used to create a plethora of decorative and fashion accessories.

All supplies will be provided.  Advanced reservations and payment required. Cost: $70 per person, which includes kit. Call 301-868-1121.


Bingo every Wednesday

The K of C. in Forestville hosts Bingo every Wednesday.  Doors open at 5 p.m., sales begin at 6 and Early Birds at 7. Recently they revised the games and the prizes and brought back the Treasure Chest Game with a chance to win $500 and Speed Ball.

They also need volunteers.  Proceeds go to fund their annual Clergy and Nuns’ Nights, local food pantries and pro-life clinics.  The hall is at 3611 Stewart Road in Forestville. For information, call Bingo Chairman Robert Jacobs, 301-937-1145. 


John Wilkes Booth Escape Route

The Surratt House is taking reservations for the popular John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours on September 8, 15, and 22, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours leave from the Surratt House in Clinton. Cost: $85. Call 301-868-1121.


Changing Landscape

Council Vice-Chair Todd Turner, and Council Members Obie Patterson and Mel Franklin joined MGM National Harbor executives to cut the ribbon on the new MGM National Harbor $48 Million expansion, which will include a fast-casual dining venue as well as a 700-square-foot terrace. 

The Warren Ammann complex of residential, office and storage facilities constructed from 1934 to 1984 on Auth Road, is being demolished. If you know what sort of development we can expect there, let me know.


Morningside Memories: September 1958

Morningside Co-Op Kindergarten was all geared up to start another year with teacher Mrs. Irene Smith at the old Town Hall.  The mothers had chosen officers:  Ruth Spaid, president; Eleanor Kyser, vice-president; Murielle Levesque, treasurer; June Stocklinski, secretary; Mrs. Denton, juice chairman; Doris Gardner, participation chairman; Anna Patterson, telephone chairman; Audrey Matthews, supplies chairman; and Mary McHale, publicity chairman. (Some things never change.)



Happy birthday to Chris Webb, Cornel Gotshall and Samantha Wade, Aug. 3; Victoria Levanduski, Laura Cook and Sallee Bixler, Aug. 4; Miss Bailey Sparks, GeGe Feeney and my granddaughter Rose Seidman, Aug. 5; Markeyce Herring and Connie Kimbles, Aug. 6; Mary Dean, Aug. 7; Maxmilian “Max” Howard, Ruth Sanford and William Billy Stewart, Aug. 8.

Happy anniversary to William and Orva Heissenbuttel, their 71st (!) on Aug. 3, and to Denis and Donna Wood, on Aug. 7.

Happy 50th anniversary to Daniel and Carolyn Glee, of Upper Marlboro, on June 30.


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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


IN THE BEGINNING—From 1867–1973, Christ Church was known as the Woodville Charge, two churches—John Wesley United Methodist Church, organized in 1867, located in Aquasco, Maryland, and St. Thomas United Methodist Church, organized in 1868, located in Baden, Maryland.  These two churches represented the first black churches established in the area following the Civil War.

Over the 106 years of the Woodville Charge, schools were erected to educate the “colored” people that were also used as the Church Houses in Aquasco and Baden. Land was purchased or donated, and later separate churches were built; parsonages were erected to house the charge pastors and their families and social halls were erected.  In 1961, the members of John Wesley Church erected a new building where we are presently worshipping in today.  The bell from the bell tower of the old church is now located west of the church entrance and it hangs from its own simple trellis. The Woodville Charge during this time proved to be more than buildings.  Those charged worked faithfully to serve the community as well as its congregation.

Somebody Had a Dream of a Merger in 1973 …

So, the Woodville Charge, both churches wanting to do more for the Kingdom of God, dared to step out on faith.  In March 1973, a special task force was commissioned to study the proposal of the merger of the two churches.  The task force worked diligently to develop a plan of merger.  The task force worked diligently to develop a plan and in June 1973, the final plans for the merger were completed. The task force proposed that the effective date for the merger would be July 15, 1973. The vote was overwhelming and at 11:03 a.m., Christ United Methodist Church was born.

The Dream of Ministry Continues

In mid-2011, a new chapter began for the fellowship of believers here in this part of God’s vineyard.  Christ Church became part of a cooperative parish, New Hope Fellowship, along with Nottingham-Myers Church.  The mission of the New Hope Fellowship is to “Love God, Love People and Serve the World.”

Christ Church has been on a steady move since the great days of merger and becoming a parish.  It is our faith that keeps us moving forward, striving to respond to the great commission of Jesus “to make disciples” (Matthew 28:19).  In addition, through our ministries, we have been trying to do our best to live by the scripture found in Matthew 25:35–36, ‘For I was hungry, and you gave me food …” We endeavor to provide food for the hungry; aid to the homeless and disenfranchised; visit those who are sick and shut-in at home, in hospitals or nursing homes; honor the senior members of our church and community; provide support to organizations who respond to crisis around the world.”

We all know that “all authority” has been given to us through Jesus Christ, and that “we are more than conquerors through him who loves us.” Currently serving as our pastor since July 2014 is Rev. Constance C. Smith.  To God be the glory for the things he has done! 

Thanks, New Hope Fellowship Parish for your visits every month with Holy Communion, songs, prayers and love for my mother Ruth Turner and the patients and caregivers at Angels Assisted Living.


MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center volunteers make a difference every day helping to support the health of our community.  Please call 301-877-4553 for more information about volunteer opportunities.


The Shelby Baggott Company presents Black Crown, a play written to promote the prevention of acts of domestic violence—September 8, 2018 at 7:30 p.m..  The address is Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie, Maryland 20715.

To purchase tickets visit www., call 301-885-8644, or email:



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