Religion Notes


March 28, 2003

Women's Seder is set for April 8 in Annapolis

The National Council of Jewish Women's Annapolis section will sponsor its second annual Women's Seder at 7 p.m. April 8 at Congregation Kol Ami Congregation, 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane, Annapolis.

This Women's Seder, while following the traditional format of a Seder, will tell the Passover story from the viewpoint of the brave, inspiring women of the Bible, exploring their backgrounds, their stories and their contributions to Jewish history. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Liebe Hoffman from Congregation Kol Ami.

Women need not be members of the National Council of Jewish Women or be affiliated with any particular synagogue or temple. Although there will not be a full Passover meal, participants will sample traditional Seder plate foods such as matzo and charoset, along with hard-boiled eggs, gefilte fish, macaroons and wine. Reservations requested. Information: 410-268-5801.

Woods Memorial choir to present program tonight

The Adult Choir of Woods Memorial Church will present a program of sacred music and art at 8 p.m. today. The church is at 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park.

The 80-voice choir will be accompanied by a string orchestra and organ, and feature soloists Kate Caldwell, soprano; Thomas Magette, tenor; and Hal Slentz-Whalen, baritone. The featured work on the program will be Franz Schubert's Mass in G Major, which will be followed by shorter works by Bach, Martin, Mozart, Proulx, Stainer and Vierne. Also on the program is the premiere of a new composition reflecting upon the Passion of Christ.

The choir will be directed by Raymond Weidner, the church's music director and organist.

The concert is free, and child-care will be provided.

Information: 410-647-2550.

Unitarian Universalist musical begins tomorrow

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis will present an original musical featuring the church's choir at 8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. Sunday at 333 Dubois Road, off Bestgate Road near the Annapolis Mall.

Every congregation has faced challenges concerning volunteerism and leadership, and sometimes petty squabbles erupt. Local composer Betsy Jo Angebranndt and writer Pat Guyton were able to collaborate to create the musical "Dropping the Other Shoe," which highlights the quirks and foibles of Unitarian Universalists everywhere.

Many of the themes are familiar to nonprofit organizations, including churches, mosques and synagogues. The music includes barbershop quartets, ballads and blues.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for teens.

Information: 410-266-8044.

Ham and oyster supper in Stevensville tomorrow

Christ Church will hold its spring ham and oyster supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church on Route 8, south of the Bay Bridge, next to the American Legion in Stevensville.

Proceeds from the dinner will support the parish's goal of building a new worship space for its growing congregation. Founded in 1631, Christ Church moved to its present location in 1995.

The buffet menu includes ham, fried oysters, potato salad, coleslaw, county-style green beans, scalloped potatoes, apple sauce, baked rolls, homemade desserts and beverages. Cost is $15 per person in advance. Children younger than 10 pay $7. Tickets at the door are $17.

Call the church office for reservations at 410-643-5921.

Light Center plans spirituality courses

Light Center Spiritualist Church will hold several events this month. The church meets at the Hampton Inn in Glen Burnie, next to the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Evening courses on spirituality and the development of mediumship will be held at 7:30 p.m. The class will include discussion and exercises to develop an awareness of the spirit world. A $10 donation for each class is requested.

Information: 410-590-9167 or


Soup's on:

The Women of the ELCA of St. John's Lutheran Church have rescheduled the soup and baked potato sale for tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 226 Washburn Ave., Brooklyn. The original date was March 1. A variety of soups and chili will be for sale, along with baked potatoes with toppings, desserts and a craft table. Carryout will also be available. 410-355-7295.

Christian movie:

The Rev. Glen H. Morris, youth pastors Terry and Debbie Lewis, and Chesapeake Christian Center will present Left Behind, the last in a series of movies, at 6 p.m. Sunday. The church program offers time to reflect on concerns about the present and future and on recent discussions of war. Admission is free. The center is at 7975 Tick Neck Road,

"Safety and Protection":

The Christian Science Society will hold one-hour meetings on "Safety and Protection: A Spiritual Perspective," at noon and 8 p.m. Wednesday at the society, 101 First Ave., Glen Burnie. All are welcome. 410-242-5014 or 410-766-9390.

Book discussion:

Rabbi David Forman will discuss his book, Jewish Schizophrenia in the Land of Israel, at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at Temple Solel, 2901 Mitchellville Road, Bowie. The lecture is open to the public. A $5 admission fee is charged for refreshments. RSVP by April 4. 301-249-2424 or TempleSolel@


The U.S. Navy Band's Sea Chanters Chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Asbury United Methodist Church, 78 Church Road, Arnold. 202-433-2525.

Blessing of the Fleet:

Country Current, the U.S. Navy Band's country-bluegrass group, will perform at noon April 5 with official ceremonies beginning at 1 p.m. for the annual "Blessing of the Fleet" at the Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington. 202-433-2525.

Crab cake dinner:

Brooklyn United Methodist Church will sponsor a crab cake dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18. The church is at Fourth Street at Pontiac Avenue in Brooklyn. Dinners are $10 and $6 each. Carryout will be available. Jean Powell, 410-863-1531.

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