Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

October 31, 2003

Long Reach church to mark retirement of Bishop Davis

Long Reach Church of God in Columbia will hold a weeklong Transition and Retirement Celebration from Sunday through Nov. 9 in honor of the retirement of Bishop Robert S. Davis Sr. and his wife, Doris. Daily events and an official Passing of the Baton ceremony will celebrate their 30 years of service as senior pastor and first lady of the church.

Sunday Worship Celebration Services start at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A concert by the Morgan State University Concert Choir is scheduled at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The church will hold a formal banquet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Turf Valley Resort & Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Information or reservations: Deacon Robert Jackson or Sister Sondra Jackson, 410-461-9343.

The Passing of the Baton ceremony, when Bishop Davis will relinquish the role of senior pastor to his son, Pastor Robert "Robbie" Davis Jr., will be at held 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. The Davises will retire Dec. 31.

Information: 410-997-2088.

Parish starting a group for widows and widowers

The Pastoral Counseling Ministry of St. Johns Catholic Parish will sponsor a new support group for widows and widowers. The group, which will attempt to offer spiritual understanding and practical support, will meet weekly from Nov. 11 to Jan. 13.

A group for young people who have lost a parent or someone close to them will meet at the same time.

Both groups will be led by facilitators experienced in the field of bereavement. They will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays - Nov. 11, 18 and 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 30 and Jan. 6 and 13 - at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, in Columbia.

Registration is required. There is no fee.

Information: 410-964-1438.

Shabbat services to include `Stories of Supenatural'

Rabbi Susan Grossman will tell "Jewish Stories of the Supernatural," drawn from Jewish folk tradition, at Shabbat services at 8 p.m. today at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Grossman is speaking about "Encountering God" in a series of classes scheduled from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, next week and Nov. 18 and 25 and Dec. 9, at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. The series began this week. There is a fee.

Information: 410-531-5115.

`First Marketplace' set tomorrow and Sunday

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will hold its "First Marketplace" tomorrow and Sunday. It will feature handicrafts from around the world marketed by Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit alternative trading program of the Mennonite Central Committee.

The church is on Route 108, just off U.S. 29, in Columbia.

Information: 443-745-2386.

Church of the Resurrection plans basket bingo Nov. 7

The Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City, will hold a basket bingo Nov. 7. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and games are to start at 7 p.m.

The cost is $12 for tickets purchased by Tuesday; $15 at door. Proceeds will benefit Resurrection Youth Ministry.

Information: 410-461-9111, Ext. 537.

Clarksville congregation's dinner slated tomorrow

Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville will hold an oyster and ham supper from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

The cost is $15 for adults; $7 for children to age 12.

Information: 410-531-5653.

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