Quaker Christmas vigil tomorrow supports gun-surrender...


December 17, 1992

Quaker Christmas vigil tomorrow supports gun-surrender program

If you drive up North Charles Street between 5:30 and 6:30 tomorrow evening, you will see people standing quietly with lighted candles along the sidewalk in the 3100 block. It will be Homewood Friends Meeting's annual Christmas vigil.

The Quakers expect to be joined during their silent demonstration by representatives of other religious groups and community organiza- tions from across Baltimore. This year's focus is a widely supported campaign called "Turn in the Guns: Non-violence Now," which will culminate Jan. 17-18.

On those dates, citizens are asked to bring all guns in their possession, no matter how they were acquired, to the McKim Recreation Center, 1120 E. Baltimore St., where employees of a security company will receive and disarm them, "no questions asked." The weapons then will be turned over to the Baltimore Police Department, which approved the program.

Last year's Homewood vigil publicized the Save Our Cities campaign -- calling for increased federal financing of urban programs -- and, in 1990, the event marked pacifist opposition to the Persian Gulf War.

Tomorrow evening's vigil will be followed by a potluck supper at the Homewood Meeting House and a collection of Christmas cookies for West Baltimore's Viva House. Information: 435-3773.

Gospel music

Gospel music: The men's ministry of the New Antioch Baptist congregation will present a concert of gospel music at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 2401 St. Paul St.

The performers are five men known as The Singing Disciples. A free-will offering will be accepted for the concert and home-cooked dinners will be sold. Information: 889-7040.

Cantor retiring:

Cantor retiring: Nationally known entertainers will perform Dec. 23 during an evening reception at Suburban Orthodox Congregation, 7504 Seven Mile Lane, honoring Philip Rosenblatt, who is retiring after 25 years as the synagogue's cantor and executive director. The performers will include comedian Mark Weiner, who has appeared with "Saturday Night Live" and the David Letterman show on television, and Cantor Yaakov Motzen.

"Cantor Rosenblatt has been a Baltimore institution for a quarter-century," said Dr. Scott Eleff, president of the synagogue. "His music and caring have touched many families, not only in our own congregation but all over. He will continue to be active with us as cantor emeritus and as a valued friend and counselor."

Tickets/information: 484-6114.

Christmas music:

Christmas music: The Maryland State Boychoir, founded by Choirmaster Frank T. Cimino in 1987 as the Metropolitan Choir of Men and Boys, will present an international "Festival of Lessons and Carols" at 5 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew's United Church of Christ, 3400 Norman Ave., near Harford Road.

The singers and a handbell choir will perform music from Germany, France, Italy and England as well as the United States. A donation of $5 at the door is suggested. Information: 823-6969.

At 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the Chancel Choir of Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., will present a "Festival of Lessons and Carols."

The choir is under the direction of Bruce R. Eicher and the soloists will be soprano Alice Mack, contralto Kathryn Arnold, tenor Steven James and baritone Paul Redline. Information: 433-6650.

Hanukkah concert:

Hanukkah concert: The Jewish Community Center at 5700 Park Heights Ave. will celebrate the Jewish Festival of Lights with an annual family concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the center's Straus Auditorium. Featured will be the Soviet Children's Choir, under the direction of Zhanna Kukelyansky, and the JCC Singers with Doris Sugar.

General admission is $5; children with a parent are free. Information: 542-4900.

New members:

New members: Beth Israel Congregation, at 9411 Liberty Road in Randallstown, will have a special service Saturday morning honoring more than 80 families who joined the Conservative synagogue this year. They will receive a blessing from Rabbi Richard J. Margolis. Information: 922-6565.

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