An Open House Shabbat scheduled tonight in Columbia...

RELIGION NOTES

July 19, 2002

An Open House Shabbat scheduled tonight in Columbia

Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold an Open House Shabbat at 8 p.m. today in Room 100 of the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.

The evening Shabbat ritual will be explained as the service proceeds. Questions will be encouraged. Jews and non-Jews are welcome.

Brunches for new and prospective members will be held Aug. 4 and 18.

The congregation will hold a "Shabbat Service Under the Stars" and a potluck supper July 26 at the Lake Elkhorn Pavilion in Columbia.

The supper will begin at 7 p.m.; the Shabbat service will begin at 8 p.m. Reservations are requested for the supper.

The Columbia Jewish Congregation, affiliated with the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, is committed to caring, diversity and modern interpretation of tradition.

Information: 410-730-9355.

Church seeking donations for its 7th Media Sale

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, seeks donations of books, compact discs, videos, records, cassettes and computer software for its seventh Media Sale.

Items can be left at the church at any time. A blue wooden box is available at the side door. Tax forms are inside the box.

Information: 410-442-1204.

Glenwood church offers alternative worship

St. Andrew's Church in Glenwood conducts Journeys Community for those who would like to pursue a spiritual path but have not found it in traditional forms of worship.

A weekly gathering is held at 10 a.m. Sundays at Clemens Crossing Elementary School in Columbia. The service includes music, movie clips, photographs and art, spiritual readings and meditations on a theme. A time for discussion is included after the service.

The theme for Sunday's service is "Embracing One's Creativity: Becoming One With All Creation." Transformation is the overriding theme.

Information: the Rev. Harry Brunett, 410-489-4035, or send e-mail to StAndrewHC@aol.com.

Friars to offer Mass of Healing on Sunday

The Conventual Franciscan Friars of St. Joseph Cupertino Friary, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will offer a Mass of Healing in the presence of a major relic of St. Anthony of Padua at 3 p.m. Sunday.

There will be an opportunity to be prayed over by a priest and offer private intentions. The Mass does not satisfy the Sunday Mass obligation.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Support group planned for adult caregivers

Jewish Family Services offers a caregiver support group for adults caring for, or concerned about, an aging relative. The group meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (except next month) at the Jewish Federation of Howard County Conference Center, Suite 115, 8950 Route 108, Ellicott City.

There is no fee, but donations are accepted.

The agency is seeking drivers to take senior citizens to or from medical appointments.

Information or to volunteer: 410-730-4976, Ext. 21.

Glenelg United Methodist Bible school July 29-Aug. 2

Glenelg United Methodist Church, 13900 Burntwoods Road, Glenelg, will hold vacation Bible school for children ages 3 through preteen from 9 a.m. to noon July 29 through Aug. 2.

The theme will be "God's Great Gallery: Exploring God's Wonderful Work." Children will be encouraged to explore their creativity through art while they learn about their creator.

Activities will include afternoon field trips, swimming, clown school and making sleeping bags for homeless people. The cost is $20. Scholarships are available.

Information: 410-489-7260.

Early Learning Center registration is under way

Oseh Shalom Congregation, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, is accepting registration for its Early Learning Center for children ages 2 through kindergarten.

Secular and Jewish activities are offered. An extended day option is available.

Information: 301-498-7004.

The center is seeking a teacher and a teacher's assistant. Resumes can be sent to Oseh Shalom Early Learning Center, 7515 Oliver Branch Way, Laurel 20707, or faxed to 301-498- 3785.

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