Religion Notes


October 04, 2002

Clergy program on family violence is set for Tuesday

Clergy of more than 250 local churches and synagogues are invited to participate in "Family Violence: Building Alliances with Faith Communities" from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sheraton Barcelo Hotel in Annapolis. The event will focus on and celebrate the work that the Anne Arundel County faith community does to address violence in the home.

The program includes a keynote address by Bishop Larry Lee Thomas of St. James Church of the Apostolic Faith and president of the United Black Clergy, the sharing of a survivor's story by a victim of domestic violence, and a celebratory address by Ellen O. Moyer, mayor of Annapolis.

The program is part of the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the YWCA Week Without Violence and the "Come Together, Annapolis!" event. It is co-sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, the United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County and the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Information: 410-590-2225.

Blessing of the Animals offered in Severna Park

The second annual service of the Blessing of the Animals will be held at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 13 at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road in Severna Park.

The liturgy service recognizes the importance of pets and their role as companions in people's lives. All animals are welcome but must be leashed or caged.

Children who have a stuffed animal are invited to bring it to have it blessed by pastors Bob Lowden and Kathy Disbro.

Registration will be held in the church parking lot. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-647-2897 or 410-544-5983.

Community festival planned in Pasadena

Chesapeake Christian Center will hold a Community Appreciation Festival from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 on Tick Neck Park in Pasadena.

Admission is free. Games for children include a moon bounce, a bungee run, a giant slide, sumo suits and more. Popcorn, soda, hot dogs and other food will be sold.

Information: 410-255-3168.

Flea market scheduled at Pasadena church

A "Huge Junktique" flea market, sponsored by Galilee Lutheran Church, 4652 Mountain Road in Pasadena, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19.

Crafts, baked goods, stuffed animals and plants will be for sale. A country store and an auction at 11 a.m. round out the day.

Children can enjoy face painting, balloons and games. Barbecue chicken, chili and other soups, hot dogs, salads and other food will be sold.

Information: 410-255-8236.

Light Center announces services for this month

The Light Center Spiritualist Church will hold several services this month. The church meets at the Hampton Inn, 6617 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie.

The Rev. Rose Clifford will present a "Spirituality and Mediumship Development" class at 7:30 p.m. today and a three-hour workshop on the development of mediumship and spirit communication at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the church. A donation of $10 is requested for the class, and registration and a $20 payment is required for the workshop. Clifford will speak during the devotional service at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Irene Nedderman will be the guest speaker and medium at the devotional service at 11 a.m. Oct. 20 at the church.

The Light Center Spiritualist Church will have a charter service at 11 a.m. Oct. 27. Attendees will include ministers from six states; representatives of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, the Morris Pratt Institute and the College for Spiritual Science; and local and state government officials. The board of directors will be inducted.

The church will offer a free class to members and prospective members on the functioning and running of a church at 12:25 p.m. Oct. 20. In Spiritualist churches, the membership has final authority within the organization and needs to be informed of its rights, privileges and responsibilities. The class follows the devotional service.

Information: 410-590-9167 or


Flea market: St. Philip's Episcopal Church will hold its Finest Fall Flea Market from noon to 5 p.m. today and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at the church. The market will include used household goods, lawn and garden items, appliances, jewelry, clothing and sporting goods. A silent auction will be held, and baked goods and other foods will be sold. The flea market will benefit St. Philip's Church Outreach Programs. No outside vendors are permitted. An African Fashion Show will be presented at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church. Fashions from Batik Fashions of Baltimore and selected Damali Afrikan Ware by Brenda Winstead will be featured, as well as a collection of African and African-inspired styles in contemporary fabrics. Garments and handcrafted jewelry will be sold. A donation of $5 will be accepted. Both events will be held at St. Philip's Church Family Life Center, 730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis. 410- 841-6717.

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