Religion Digest


October 24, 2003

Bethany Christian Services to hold benefit banquet

Bethany Christian Services will hold its annual benefit banquet and silent auction Nov. 6 at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel.

This year's theme is "Precious in His Sight" and it will highlight the lives of children that are being changed by programs at Bethany. In 2002, Bethany counseled 191 women with unplanned pregnancies; 26 children were placed with adoptive families and 42 newborns were given temporary care until their birth mothers made a decision to parent or give their child to an adoptive family.

The silent auction begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature many donated items from local businesses, retailers and restaurateurs. The dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Entertainment will be provided by the Children's Choir of Bridgeway Community Church and Hope Christian Church, and the drama team of Bethel Assembly of God.

Information and reservations: 410-721-2835.

Voice of the Faithful plans open meeting in Severn

Representatives of the Greater Baltimore Voice of the Faithful, a group of lay Catholics formed in response to the priest sexual-abuse scandals, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the conference room at St. Bernadette's Parish, 801 Stevenson Road, Severn.

Greater Baltimore VOTF, an affiliate of the Massachusetts-based Voice of the Faithful, has a threefold mission: to support those who have been abused; to support priests of integrity; and to change the governance and guidance of the church by increasing the role of the laity.

The local VOTF will talk about the work it has done to recruit people who are like-minded, to support a therapists' network for survivors of abuse, its fund raising for service agencies that work with children, and its testimony in the General Assembly on child sexual abuse.

The meeting is open to the public.

For information, e-mail or go to

Choral group to perform at St. John's College

The choral ensemble I Fagiolini will give a concert at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 7 at St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis.

The ensemble will perform English madrigals from the Renaissance by Thomas Tomkins and William Byrd, and 20th-century music by Benjamin Britten and Francis Poulenc.

No tickets or reservations are required.

Information: 410-626-2539.

Holiday concert series at St. Anne's Episcopal

St. Anne's Episcopal Church and the Annapolis Chorale are presenting a holiday concert series at the church in Annapolis.

Tonight, the Washington Symphonic Brass will perform at 7:30 p.m.

Other performances in the series include the Kennedy Center Chamber Players at 3 p.m. Nov. 9; Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra performing Handel's Messiah by candlelight at 8 p.m. Dec. 19; and Handel's Messiah and carols for families at 3 p.m. Dec. 21.

A tea reception will be held after some performances at Reynolds Tavern, on Church Circle, across from St. Anne's.

Information: 410-263-1906.

Unitarian Universalist plans auction, dinner

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis will sponsor its annual silent/live auction and dinner Nov. 8 in the church hall, 333 Dubois Road.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for participants to preview the items for auction, including vacations, fur coats, fine art, gourmet wines and food. At 6:30 p.m., dinner will be served, and at 7:30 p.m. auctioneer Norman O'Neal will begin the bidding.

Auction-dinner tickets are $30 if purchased by Nov. 1 and are available at the church office. No dinner tickets will be sold after that date.

Tickets for the auction are $5 per person at the door.

Information: 410-544-9044, 410-266-8044 or


Dinner: The Glen Burnie United Methodist Men will hold the group's annual pit beef and turkey dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at the church on 52nd Avenue. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 10. 410-761-4381.

Fall Festival: Brooklyn United Methodist Church will sponsor its annual Fall Festival and Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 1. The church is at Fourth Street and Potomac Avenue. Spaces are available for $5. Pit ham, pit turkey, hot dogs, chili and funnel cakes will be available. 410-863-1531, 410-789-7049 or 410-355-8740.

Dinner: Community United Methodist Church of Maryland City will sponsor a turkey dinner from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the church, 300 Brock Bridge Road. Donations of $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children 5 and older are requested. 301-490-1125.

Spiritual healing: One-hour meetings on spirituality and healing will be held at noon and 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Christian Science Society, 101 First Ave. S.E., Glen Burnie. 410-242-5014 or 410-766-9390.

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