'God never makes errors'

Religion notes

April 30, 1992

A South Baltimore church near the new Oriole Park at Camden Yards wants baseball fans to see the light as well as the games.

Saints Stephen and James' Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hanover and Hamburg streets, a few blocks from Oriole Park, is placing "baseball-inspired" messages on its outdoor signs before Orioles home games.

A recent message: "Easter Doubleheader. Sermon: 'The Alleluia vs. The Eclipse.' Sinners Admitted Free."

Future messages will tell fans that "God never makes errors" and that "No one should balk at God's gift of salvation."

The Rev. Lowell S. Thompson, pastor of the 157-member congregation for 30 years, and Melvin E. Tansill, a congregation member and former president of the Church Council, are working with stadium officials on parking and other neighborhood issues.

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Three members of a Mennonite church in Baltimore have joined the Youth Evangelical Service in an outreach effort in Tanzania.

Chris Yoder and David and Rosemary Burkholder, members of the Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, will work with youths and join the congregations in the Lake Diocese of the Tanzania Mennonite Church for eight months.

Mr. Yoder and the Burkholders have spent the past three months preparing for their service at the Youth Evangelical Service Discipleship Center in Philadelphia.

The team in Tanzania, sponsored by the Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions of Saluga, Pa., will consist of members from North America and Tanzania. Team members will use music and drama to communicate the gospel. Members also will help with local church development.

The Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions provides Christian discipleship training and mission assignments to about 120 young adults each year. Evangelical teams are made up of four to seven people. The teams work in Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean.

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Arizona-based scholars Abraham and Mildred Chanin will be the featured lecturers during the Sephardic Heritage Festival at Beth Israel Synagogue in Randallstown.

The festival is scheduled May 8 and 9 at the synagogue, at 9411 Liberty Road.

The event commemorates the cultural heritage of Spanish Jews before and during the 15th century. The public will be admitted free.

Mr. Chanin is a professor of journalism and director of the Southwest Jewish Archives at the University of Arizona. Mrs. Chanin is manager of Midbar Press and an author. They will speak on topics including the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 and the "mystery of the crypto-Jews of the American Southwest."

The festival also includes a concert of Ladino music and an art exhibit by students of the Beth Israel religious school. Ladino was the language of the Sephardic Jews of Spain and subsequently was used by Jews in North Africa and western European Jewish communities.

For more information about the festival, call the synagogue at 922-6565.

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