Mothers, others will be honored
By JEAN JOHNSON
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2001
There are many ways that children and families honor mothers: breakfast in bed, gifts, a surprise home-cooked meal, dinner at a restaurant.
Local churches will do the same today and Sunday, with some paying tribute not only to mothers but all women.
Grace Lutheran Church in Spring Hill will have its traditional Mother's Day breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. The church also will distribute pins to all women of the 140-member congregation.
"Not just to the mothers," said pastor David Reich, "because we have a number of ladies God decided weren't going to be moms. We also have a couple (of ladies) who have no biological or adopted children but are grandmothers to many children in the community and the church."
Earl Harrigan, the pastor of New Beginnings Life Center in Spring Hill, said he plans to turn the pulpit over to his wife, Erna.
What will her theme be?
"I haven't the vaguest idea," Mrs. Harrigan said. "Last year I gave statistics on mothers, but I will go more spiritual this year." Spring Hill First Church of the Nazarene will have a mother-child-friend banquet at 5:30 today. The theme will be: My Life After God. A fashion show will follow dinner. Tickets are $4 for adults and $1.50 for children 10 and younger. Sunday morning's sermon will be based on mothers.
In addition to an annual mother-daughter banquet tonight, First United Methodist Church in Brooksville will honor the two oldest mothers present at each service Sunday (8:25 and 10:55 a.m.) and another category, possibly the mother with the most children present.
"We rotate categories (each year) so we have different people: the youngest mother with the most children present, etc. We give the mothers a gift certificate to an area restaurant," said the Rev. Douglas Zipperer.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spring Hill will also have a luncheon at noon today sponsored by women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. All women are welcome and are asked to contribute a salad for eight and $1.
At Mariner United Methodist Church in Spring Hill, Sunday is not only Mother's Day but a day to honor United Methodist Women.
The chapter of United Methodist Women at Mariner will preside over the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday services led by Marilyn Morris. Annette Abbey, a counselor, will preach on women in the Bible. The women's choir will offer special music. In addition, church women will greet, usher and take the offering. Mothers honored will include the newest mother and the oldest mother.
For the Rev. Jerry Waugh, Sunday will have extra special meaning. On March 1, his wife, Marcia, gave birth to their fourth child, Jordan Michael.
The baby, who Waugh says is named for the Jordan River and the archangel Michael, not basketball great Michael Jordan, will be among those participating in a baby dedication Sunday in which parents pledge to raise their children as Christians.
Waugh, pastor of Northcliffe Baptist Church in Spring Hill, also will honor four special mothers from different categories. Each year the oldest mother present and the mother with the youngest child is honored.
The other two categories change from year to year and are not announced in advance. Sometimes the newest mother is chosen, although she may not necessarily be the youngest mother, and sometimes the youngest mother is chosen. "I have honored a mother who has been a Christian longest," Waugh said.
In all, eight mothers are honored, four each at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services. Corsages also are distributed.
Waugh's service Sunday will begin a series on the family, which concludes on Father's Day. That service will mirror the Mother's Day ceremonies.
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