Pastors coordinate events for National Day of Prayer...

RELIGION NOTES

April 26, 2002

Pastors coordinate events for National Day of Prayer

Pastors in Howard County are working together to coordinate the county's first cooperative observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. Prayers will be offered for the nation, state and county and for those in military service.

The public is invited to join in prayer from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Omar Jones Plaza in front of the George Howard Building in Ellicott City or around the People Tree at the lakefront in Columbia. Ministers and lay people from 10 congregations will lead prayer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Pavilion D in Centennial Park.

Bethel Baptist Church in Ellicott City will open its doors for prayer from noon to 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Bethel Assembly of God in Savage plans 24 hours of continuous worship, from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday. The church will join three Savage churches - Countryside Fellowship Church, First Baptist Church and Savage United Methodist Church - in a Community Prayer Observance at 7 p.m. on the grounds of Carroll Baldwin Hall, at Baltimore and Foundry streets. Music will be provided by the churches, and the evening will conclude with a candlelight prayer.

Information: 410-489-0356.

Christian Jail Ministry plans annual banquet

The Christian Jail Ministry will hold its Annual Volunteer and Fund-raising Banquet at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville.

Howard County Councilman Allan H. Kittleman will be the master of ceremonies, and the Rev. Dan Faber of Chapelgate will speak. The program will include testimonies from volunteers and former inmates.

Tickets are $15. To have tickets held at the door, send a check to Christian Jail Ministry, P.O. Box 2050, Ellicott City 21041.

Information: 410-997-0253.

HCC Jewish Student Union to play host to poet

The Jewish Student Union of Howard Community College will present poet Sherri Shunfenthal, reading from her book, Sacred Voices: Women of Genesis Speak, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. May 2 in Room N-220 in the college's Nursing Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

Shunfenthal will talk about her biblical studies and how the experience led her to write the book.

The reading and discussion, which is open to the public, is part of the group's "Lunch 'n' Learn" series. A free kosher lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.

Information: Sue Bard, 410-772-4887.

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.

The session will be held tomorrow 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. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

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

Bon Secours center to offer 2-day retreat

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, an extension of the ministry of the Sisters of Bon Secours, will offer a two-day retreat, "Guests of God in Creation and Sacrament" with Monika Hellwig, from 5 p.m. May 3 to 2 p.m. May 5 at the Marriottsville facility.

The cost is $175, including room and board; $115 for commuters, including lunch. Registration is due Sunday.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Oseh Shalom to open to prospective members

Oseh Shalom Congregation, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, will hold prospective-member services on May 3.

A Tot Shabbat for toddlers and young children will begin at 7:15 p.m. Family services are to begin at 8 p.m.

Participants may tour the synagogue and ask questions after the service.

Oseh Shalom is affiliated with the Reconstructionist movement.

A prospective- member brunch and a discussion - "What is Reconstructionist Judaism?" - will be held at 11 a.m. May 5.

Information: 301-498-5151.

`Fresh Start' sessions set at Marriottsville church

Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer a "Fresh Start" seminar today and tomorrow 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.

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