Religion Notes


January 31, 2003

Calvary United Methodist plans Costa Rica trip

Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis is sponsoring a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission trip to Costa Rica. A team of 26 volunteers from nine area churches will participate in the mission, scheduled for Feb. 13 to 28.

Seven participants represent Calvary. Other members of the team come from Kent Island United Methodist Church, Gatch Memorial United Memorial Church in Baltimore, John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Crofton.

The group will stay in San Rafael de Gustuso, a rural town in the north central part of the country. Its mission will include building an addition to the parsonage in San Rafael, enlarging the Sunday school rooms in the church and helping lead Bible school in Tonjibe, six miles from San Rafael.

Tools and Bible school supplies are being collected to support the mission, and monetary donations are also welcome. For a list of specific supplies, call Al Moored at 410-827-0908.

Prince of Peace church to open labyrinth to public

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church will open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 11 for anyone interested in walking the labyrinth. Meditation material will be available in the narthex.

During February, middle school pupils will study the Gospel of John in Sunday school and prepare a puppet presentation for presentation to the congregation. Each week, the children rotate through workshops that teach the same Bible study and passage in creative ways.

Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church is at 1657 Crofton Parkway. Worship services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. Joe Fregger is pastor, and Dana Marzolf is director of Christian education. Information: 410-721-6313.

Light Center Spiritualist announces Feb. events

Light Center Spiritualist Church will hold services next month at the Hampton Inn, next to the Motor Vehicle Administration in Glen Burnie:

Free Morris Pratt Institute study group at 10 a.m. Sunday. Bring a new stuffed animal to the 11 a.m. service, where it will be charged with healing energy, love and power, then donated to Hospice of the Chesapeake.

Free thought exchange discussion group on "Why Mediumship" at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Meditation course at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 includes discussion and guided meditations. Cost is $10.

Evening course on spirituality and the development of mediumship at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, 21 and 28 includes discussion and exercises to develop an awareness of the Spirit World. Cost is $10 per class.

Free class to study and discuss the science, philosophy and religion of Modern Spiritualism at 10 a.m. Feb. 16.

Gladys Kellerman from New York will speak during a devotional service at 11 a.m. Feb. 16.

Free class on the basics of participating in a meeting with Roberts Rules of Order at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16.

Information: 410-590-9167 or

Bishop, professor to speak at St. Anne's Episcopal

St. Anne's Episcopal Church will offer a lecture and discussion on the growth of Christianity worldwide, featuring author and professor Philip Jenkins and Maryland Bishop Robert W. Ihloff.

The Winfee Smith Memorial Lecture will begin at 4 p.m. Feb. 22 in the auditorium of the parish house, 199 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis.

Jenkins is a professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of many books, including Hidden Gospels, Pedophiles and Priests and Mystics and Messiahs, and has made numerous appearances on radio and television.

Jenkins' lecture will focus on the topic of his most recent book, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, in which Jenkins describes the rapid growth of Christianity in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Ihloff, the 13th bishop of Maryland, will describe his experience of trends and implications for the Episcopal Church of the globalization of Christianity.

Reservations are required. The cost is $15. Information: 410-267-9333 or

Linthicum church to hold winter Bible conference

Linthicum Baptist Church will sponsor a winter Bible conference, "Following the Master of the Millennium," on Feb. 6 and 7 at the church.

The Rev. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, and the Rev. Dorothy Patterson of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., will speak.

The conference will begin at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 6 with Luter preaching. On Feb. 7, conferences will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with Patterson and Luter.

The community is invited to attend the conference. The church is at 611 S. Camp Meade Road in Linthicum. Information: 410-766-0204.

Bible professor to teach New Testament course

Bob Radford, professor of Bible at Maranatha-East, part of Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin, will teach a two-credit college course, "Acts/Missions," March 3-8.

The class may be audited for $100 or taken for credit for $380 for each two-credit class.

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