Keeler due to preach at interfaith serviceHar Sinai...

Religion Notes

March 19, 1992

Keeler due to preach at interfaith service

Har Sinai Congregation will hold an interfaith service tomorrow night as part of the celebration of its 150th year.

The first synagogue founded specifically as a Reform Jewish congregation, Har Sinai, 6300 Park Heights Ave., has been sponsoring several events throughout the year to mark its anniversary.

The service, which starts tomorrow at 8:15 p.m., is for the greater Baltimore community, Jewish and non-Jewish. Archbishop William H. Keeler of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore will give the sermon.

Various politicians, including Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden, also are invited and are expected to speak.

Music concert

St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Garrison Forest will begin observance of its 250th anniversary with a concert by the Annapolis Brass Quintet March 29. The concert begins at 4 p.m. in the church on St. Thomas Lane, off Reisterstown Road.

The quintet will play English and American religious and secular music from the time of the church's founding in the mid-18th century. Tickets may be purchased for $12 by calling David Cran at 301-235-4302.

The celebrations will culminate in a service of rededication in November by Bishop A. Theodore Eastman, of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

The church sits on a hill from which early settlers could signal the nearby Fort Garrison in time of trouble. The original buildings remain, but with subsequent additions. Descendants of some of the original parishioners still attend the church, along with many newcomers from the burgeoning development of Owings Mills.

Hospice memorial

The hospice program at Sinai Hospital will hold its seventh annual memorial service March 29 for all hospice patients who have died over the last two years. Jewish, Catholic and Protestant clergy will officiate at the service. A nurse will talk about the meaning of hospice care for the dying.

The public is invited to the service, which starts at 2 p.m. in Sinai's Zamoiski Auditorium.

New gym

The Institute of Notre Dame has announced that the Henry J. Knott Foundation will pay the full cost of a new gymnasium. It will be named in honor of Mr. Knott's four daughters who are alumnae of the Roman Catholic high school for girls.

The last major addition to the Aisquith Street campus included the current gym, completed in 1926. School officials estimate the new gym will cost about $650,000. Construction is expected to start in May and be finished by late fall.

The old gym is too small for basketball. The school team practices at a nearby recreation center and plays its home games at the College of Notre Dame on North Charles Street.

Visiting scholar

Dr. Cain Hope Felder, a biblical scholar and author from the Howard University School of Divinity, will be available for a question-and-answer session this Sunday after appearing as the guest preacher at Payne Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1714 Madison Ave.

Dr. Felder will preach at the 11 a.m. service. He is a professor of New Testament language and literature at Howard and the author of books on black history and culture.

Fair on Saturday

St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church will hold the sixth biennial Handicapped Awareness Fair Saturday. The fair traditionally displays craft work and talent demonstrations by mentally retarded and physically disabled people.

"The idea is to show the potential," says Sister Justa Walton, who runs special religious education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The event lasts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the parish, 9215 Old Harford Road.

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