Religion Notes


December 05, 2003

Handel's `Messiah' to be performed in Ellicott City

Handel's Messiah will be performed with soloists and orchestra at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City.

Sheet music will be provided for anyone who would like to sing along.

A free, outdoor Christmas pageant, which includes a live Nativity scene and display of more than 100 creches from around the world, will start at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at the church. The Mormon Choir of Washington will give free performances from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

Information: 410-715-4544.

American Jewish History to be lecture topic

The Ed Padow Cultural Arts Committee of the Columbia Jewish Congregation will present the Judith Siegel Memorial Lecture on American Jewish History at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Dale Rosengarten, curator of the Jewish Heritage Collection, College of Charleston Libraries, will discuss "A Portion of the People: Three Hundred Years of Southern Jewish Life."

The evening, recommended for adults and children ages 10 and older, will include stories about the distinguished family of Judith Tobias Siegel, late wife of Rabbi Martin Siegel.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Women in the Bible is a Tuesday topic

Howard County Hadassah is sponsoring a Women in the Bible Study Group with Chanie Baron, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, next week and Dec. 16, at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education (Ahavas Israel Congregation), 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

The series began this week.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

Information: Anabel Fishman, 410-730-6813.

Hadassah will hold its Hanukkah Auction at 7 p.m. Wednesday at 12025 Floating Clouds Path, Columbia.

This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home: Anything Goes!" Participants can bring a gift valued at $15 or more that fits the theme, decorate it creatively and write a poem to provide a clue as to the contents of the package. The gifts will be auctioned. Bidding will start at $5.

Proceeds will go to Hadassah Career Counseling Institute, which provides services to disadvantaged youth and women in Jerusalem.

Information: Julie Rosenthal, 410-531-0128 or Debbie Bleakney,

Marian Holy Hour set at 2 p.m. Sunday

The Franciscan Friars of the Sanctuary of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will hold a monthly Marian Holy Hour at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The theme is "A Glimpse of Bethlehem and the Holy Land - Through the Eyes of the Virgin Mary." A Marian Holy Hour is held on the first Sunday of each month.

Greccio, a living Nativity scene outside at the Sanctuary with carols and readings, will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14. The event commemorates St. Francis of Assisi's celebration of Christmas in the town of Greccio, Italy.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Alleluias choir to perform Sunday in North Laurel

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choir based in Howard County, will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at 11510 Johns Hopkins Road, in North Laurel.

Admission is free.

Information: 301-490-4777.

Maintaining inner peace, a Buddhist perspective

Buddhist nun Kelsang Osel will discuss the Buddhist perspective on how to maintain inner peace in daily life from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Registration is not necessary. The cost is $8 a class.

Information: 410-243-3837.

Journey's Community holiday outreach is on

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

The theme for this week's 10 a.m. Sunday service is "The Healing Power of Touch."

A three-week holiday outreach ministry in partnership with the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network (FIRN) is under way. Gift certificates for FIRN clients and nonperishable food for a shelter in Baltimore will be collected.

Information: Harry Brunett, or

Pancake breakfast set tomorrow in church hall

The Men's Club of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Poplar Springs will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the church hall, 1125 St. Michael's Road.

Free rides with Santa Claus in his sleigh will be offered, weather permitting. Santa will be available for photos inside the church in case of inclement weather. A photographer will be available, or parents can take a camera.

The cost is $5 for adults; $2.50 for children to age 10. Those who attend are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to be distributed by the Toys for Tots program.

Information: 301-854-6287 or 301-831-7281.

Parish starting a group for widows and widowers

The Pastoral Counseling Ministry of St. John's Catholic Parish is sponsoring a new support group for widows and widowers.

The group, which will attempt to offer spiritual understanding and practical support, meets weekly from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays through 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. Meetings will continue next week and Dec. 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. The groups are open to the community.

Information: Barbara Hope, 410-964-1438.

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