Lent will bring discussion series as well as servicesThe...

RELIGION NOTES

February 18, 1993

Lent will bring discussion series as well as services

The Christian penitential season of Lent begins on Wednesday, and many Maryland churches are inviting the public to lecture and discussion series as well as the traditional Lenten services.

Among them is Rodgers Forge United Methodist Church, 56 Stevenson Lane, where a seven-week Lenten course of Bible study for adults will begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 28. Children's Sunday school meets at the same time. Child care is provided during the 11 a.m. worship services. Information: The Rev. Vivian McCarthy, 377-5137.

On Ash Wednesday, the Rev. Francis X. Murphy will give the first of two evening lectures that begin a six-week series at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 111 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. The series will study the effects of the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s.

Father Murphy is the Redemptorist priest who reported on the council for the New Yorker magazine under the pseudonym Xavier Rynne. Other speakers in the series will be the Rev. Richard Tillman, Alice Hession, Tom Wichert and Barbara Hope. They will look at the three decades of changes from a variety of viewpoints.

The sessions at St. Mary's will begin at 7 p.m. and include a Lenten meal. Information: Ann Hazelwood, (410) 268-5834.

Beth Israel

Beth Israel Congregation in Randallstown is accepting applications for its various preschool classes for the 1993-1994 year.

The programs are designed for children ages 2 to 5, with extended day options for those 3 and 4. The kindergarten is a 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. program, with before- and after-school care available for an additional fee.

Time for Toddlers is a program for children 15 to 23 months, who must be accompanied by a parent.

Information: Gail Potashnick, 922-6571.

The Madonna

The Rev. Frederick M. Jelly, dean of studies and a teacher of theology at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, will speak on "Mary and Her Son's Twentieth Century Disciples" at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount de Sales Academy for Girls, 700 Academy Road in Catonsville.

The lecture is sponsored by the Dominican Laity of Baltimore, St. Martin de Porres Chapter. Father Jelly is the author of "Madonna -- Mary in the Catholic Tradition." Information: 744-8498.

A cappella

Mars Hill Baptist Church, 1400 Old Eastern Ave., Essex, is sponsoring an evening of Christian entertainment at 7:30 p.m. March 4, featuring the 46-member A Cappella Choir from Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, Tenn. The choir, directed by Eric A. Thorson, has performed in many parts of the United States and Canada. Information: 686-1617.

Black heritage

Timothy Baptist Church, 1212 W. Saratoga St., will celebrate its first African-American Heritage Day on Feb. 28 with two services -- at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The Rev. James L. Ball is pastor. Information: 728-1447 or 383-0901.

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