Congregation to hold memorial service for man killed...


April 19, 2002

Congregation to hold memorial service for man killed Sept. 11

Congregation Ahavas Israel will hold a memorial service for Lt. j.g. Darin Pontell, who died in the attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

Pontell, who grew up in Columbia, decided to join the Navy after his older brother, Steven, a Navy pilot, was killed in a crash in 1989. The Pontell family has contributed to the Lubavitch Center for many years.

The congregation will dedicate prayer books to the memory of Darin Pontell and present a copy of the book to members of his family.

Refreshments will be provided after the service. Dietary laws will be observed.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Bon Secours Center offering spiritual retreat

The Bon Secours Spiritual Center, an extension of the ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours, will hold a 1 1/2 -day retreat, "Women of the Passion and Resurrection," from 5 p.m. today to 1 p.m. Sunday at the center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville.

The retreat will be led by Kathy Coffey, author of Hidden Women of the Gospels.

The cost is $175, including accommodations; $150 for commuters. Meals will be provided.

A one-day retreat, "Sacred Windings: Using the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $45, including lunch.

Registration is required.

Information: 410- 442-1320.

Church group to sponsor afternoon tea tomorrow

The Women of Christ Church will sponsor an afternoon of tea, with seatings at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Tea and finger sandwiches, tea breads, scones, jams, desserts and fruit will be available. A string quartet will perform.

The cost is $12. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-381-9365.

Celtic group to perform at One World Coffeehouse

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia's One World Coffeehouse will present the Celtic ensemble Kiva at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. Tickets are $12 and include light hors d'oeuvres and a beverage.

Two of a Kind, the husband-wife musical duo of David and Jenny Heitler-Klevans, will present an interactive family concert - focused on learning, caring for all creatures, and friendship and understanding among people - at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the interfaith center. Admission is $10; $5 for children.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Catholic group to present `Wholeness' conference

The North American Conference of Separated and Divorced Catholics will present "Pathways to Wholeness," a daylong conference for people who are separated, widowed, divorced or remarried, April 27 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Nineteen workshops covering grief, spirituality, relationships, intimacy and communication skills will be offered.

The cost is $30 in advance; $35 at the door.

Information: 410-724-0073 or www.ConferenceInColumbia.itgo. com.

`Fresh Start' sessions set at Marriottsville church

Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer a "Fresh Start" seminar April 26 and 27 for people who are separated or divorced. Topics will include "Stages of Divorce and Recovery" and "Re-entry into the Single Life."

"Fresh Start for Kids," a seminar for children ages 6 to 16 of separated, divorced or widowed parents, will be held at the same time.

The cost is $55 for adults, $25 for alumni, and $15 for children.

Information: 410-442-7677, Ext. 118.

St. Andrew's conducts alternative ministry

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Glenwood is conducting a ministry for people who would like to pursue a spiritual path but have not found what they seek in traditional forms of worship.

The program, "Journeys Community," offers an opportunity for discussion, fellowship and spiritual experience. This week's theme is "What Is Success?"

The group meets at 10 a.m. Sundays at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia. Information: 410-489-4035

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