Religion Notes


October 10, 2003

First Presbyterian extends invitation to its Pumpkin Patch

The Youth Ministry, leaders and church membership of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will launch the church's first Pumpkin Patch community event during the last two weeks of this month.

About one-third of a trailer of pumpkins grown by the Navajo Indian tribe in New Mexico will be on display and for sale at the church. The pumpkins are scheduled to arrive about 5 p.m. tomorrow, weather permitting, and should be available Monday.

Proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch will be used for service ministry in Howard County, Baltimore, other cities and abroad.

Information: 410-730-3545, Ext. 10.

Parish's Health Ministry sponsoring retreat Oct. 18

The Health Ministry of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will hold a retreat, "To Love and to Heal," led by the Rev. Robert DeGrandis, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

DeGrandis, a retreat leader and writer, offers practical teachings on forgiveness, healing, the sacraments and prayer.

Admission is free. Participants should take a lunch. Beverages and snacks will be provided.

Information: 410-964-1438, or

Journeys Community has a new permanent home

Journeys Community is holding services in its new permanent home, the renovated auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Columbia's Town Center.

The theme for this week's 10 a.m. Sunday service is "From Success to Significance -- Seeking the Gold Within."

A small group meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a private home in Ellicott City.

Information: Harry Brunett, 410-730-6079, or

A hike is planned from 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow, weather permitting, at Rockburn Branch Park.

Information: 410-440-7423.

St. Louis Church schedules a Mass of Anointing

St. Louis Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike (Route 108), Clarksville, will celebrate a Mass of Anointing at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The liturgy, which will include the sacrament of anointing, is intended for those in need of healing, caregivers and anyone who wishes to receive the gift of healing.

Information: 410-531-6040.

First Evangelical Lutheran plans tribute to Gershwin

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, will begin its fall Artist Series Concerts with a musical tribute to George Gershwin -- by pianist Paul Bisaccia and tenor John Whitley -- at 3 p.m. Sunday in the church sanctuary.

Tickets, which are available at the door, are $15; $6 for children to age 17.

Information: 410-465-2977.

Stephen Ministry session to be held in Ellicott City

Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8543 Glen Mar Road, Ellicott City, will hold a Stephen Series Caring Ministry workshop on Oct. 18. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers trained as Stephen ministers provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated and others facing a crisis or life challenge.

Members and leaders of churches who are not familiar with the Stephen Series Caring Ministry are encouraged to attend to see how the training works and experience the difference it can make in a congregation.

The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Glen Mar United Methodist Church. The cost is $15; $50 for a group of four or more members of a congregation.

Information: 410-465-4995.

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