Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

January 17, 2003

Weight-loss program at St. John's to take Christian approach

St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Parish will sponsor PRISM*, a Christian weight-loss program, beginning next month. An orientation will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The orientation will include discussion of the PRISM* approach, fees and schedule. Admission to the orientation is free.

The next regular group meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the interfaith center.

The cost for the six-week session is $45. Registration, which is required, is due by Feb. 6.

Information: Kathleen Schneider, 301-596-2153.

Day of prayer planned at Bon Secours center

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will sponsor a contemplative day of prayer from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

The program will consist of silence and three brief gatherings for teaching and prayer, according to traditional contemplative prayer practices. No experience is necessary.

The cost is $40, including lunch.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Spiritual outreach offered by Journeys Community

St. Andrew's Church in Glenwood conducts Journeys Community, an outreach program 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 theme for Sunday's service is "Searching for Spirituality."

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

Hadassah offers study, Tu B'Shevat celebration

The Howard County chapter of Hadassah International is continuing its three-week study group about women in the Bible.

The group is led by Chani Baron, scholar, motivational teacher and the wife of Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education.

Participants can join at any time. The remaining meetings will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, and Jan. 28 in Columbia at the home of Debbie Tow.

Admission is free. Registration is requested before each session.

Information: Debbie Tow, 410-730-4858, or debtow@ comcast.net.

The chapter's Boker Tov Group, invites everyone to celebrate Tu B'Shevat from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday with a seder, games, refreshments and activities. (This year, the holiday begins tonight and continues until sundown tomorrow.) The event will be held at 6313 Last Sunbeam Place, Columbia.

Tu B'Shevat, which refers to the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat, is the Jewish new year for the trees, which usually coincides with the onset of spring in Israel. Children at the celebration will taste fruit from Israel, such as dates, almonds, figs, pomegranates and carobs.

The cost is $8 a family for members; $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are required.

Information: Debbie Bastacky, 410-531-1555.

`Family Nights' scheduled at St. Paul Lutheran

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2001 Old Frederick Road, Catonsville, invites the community to participate in "Family Nights," six Friday night workshops with supper for families, beginning Jan. 24.

Topics will include "Marriage Enrichment: The Power of We" and "Parenting Teens: What Teens Need to Survive and Succeed," for parents and teen-agers.

Games, crafts and drama activities will be provided for children, and care for infants and toddlers is also available.

Registration is due by Wednesday.

Information or registration: 410-747-1897.

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