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RELIGION NOTES

April 01, 1993

Concert will honor children slain in street violence

The choir of North Baltimore's Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation, East University Parkway and St. Paul Street, will present a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday "in memory of the children of Baltimore lost to the violence of our city streets."

Friends and members of the families of young victims of recent fatal shootings and other serious crimes have been invited to the Palm Sunday event. Dr. David Nichols, a pediatric surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital who has been an outspoken national supporter of stricter gun controls, is scheduled to speak.

Called "A Requiem for the Children Caught in the Crossfire," the concert program will feature the music of the Messe de requiem -- the Requiem Mass -- of French composer Gabriel Faure (1856-1925). An offering will be accepted.

Describing the increasing numbers of children with gunshot wounds taken to Hopkins and other hospitals as a "public health emergency," Dr. Nichols calls the easy availability of firearms alarming.

"I think the society, the community, the adults in this community have to represent a higher standard to young people in the community than they are currently doing," he has said. "Nobody intends to shoot at a 2-year-old but, with all the guns and ammunition that are available, innocent victims are going to be targeted inadvertently."

Information: 467-3750.

Returning, remembering

The congregation of Towson's Central Presbyterian Church, led by its ministers and choir, returned Sunday to its former Baltimore location on Eutaw Place for a service celebrating the church's 140th anniversary.

The Rev. Ronald W. Scates, pastor, noted that when the lofty Gothic-style sanctuary at 1204 Eutaw Place was dedicated as Central's second church in 1879, the guest preacher was the Rev. Dwight L. Moody, whom Dr. Scates called "the Billy Graham of his time." The Rev. John Murray Smoot, pastor emeritus, recalled preaching to a dwindling congregation before the move to 7308 York Road in 1949.

The older church, which seats 1,000, is now the property of the

Mount Calvary Pentecostal congregation. A former Mount Calvary pastor, Bishop Betty Middleton, spoke during the service, attended by members of both congregations.

Good Friday walk

Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic and United Methodist churches in West Baltimore are sponsoring an hourlong walk along Edmondson Avenue on April 9 -- rain or shine -- as an ecumenical commemoration of the Passion of Christ. The public is invited to assemble at 3 p.m. at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church, Edmondson Avenue and Winans Way. The walk will conclude at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in the 4700 block of Edmondson Ave.

Other sponsoring congregations, members of the 40 West Community of Churches, are Second English Lutheran, Christ's Edmondson United Methodist and St. William of York and St. Bernardine Roman Catholic. Parking will be provided behind St. Bartholomew's. The organizers are calling this interdenominational collaboration "The Sanctuary Meets the Streets." Information: 556-2926.

From England

The Salvation Army will present a free concert by London's celebrated Hendon Band at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Miriam A. hTC Friedberg Concert Hall of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore.

The band, organized in 1885, is on a tour of the United States. Its current members include bankers, lawyers, surveyors, college teachers, a furniture upholsterer, a hospital maintenance worker, the manager of a London department store and the principal percussionist of Her Majesty's Band of the Coldstream Guards. The director is Stephen Cobb, whose father and grandfather were the bandmasters before him.

Passover food

The Jewish Graduate Student Network and the Jewish Law Student Association will have a Passover table tomorrow and April 7-9 at the University of Maryland Law School in Baltimore. For information and reservations: Wendy Rosenzweig-Chyatte, 542-4900.

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