Religion Notes


December 12, 2003

Christmas musical for children set at interfaith center

St. John United Methodist /Presbyterian Church in Columbia will present Carriers of the Light at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The children's Christmas musical is inspired by passages from Isaiah, Matthew and Luke.

Admission is free. Families are welcome.

Information: 410-730-9137.

Pageant, display of cheches scheduled tomorrow

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City, will present a Christmas pageant with a living Nativity scene and display of more than 100 creches from around the world at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

The Mormon Choir of Washington will perform at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Admission is free.

Information: 410-715-4544.

Trinity Episcopal gift shop bag sale is next month

The Gift & Thrift Shoppe of Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a bag sale next month, February and March.

Bags can be filled for $2.

The shop is at 6010 Waterloo Road, at Old Montgomery Road, Columbia. The shop, behind St. John's Lutheran Church, is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Information: 410-799-9175.

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. Tuesday at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education (Ahavas Israel Congregation), 770 Howes Lane, Columbia. The series began last week.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

Information: Anabel Fishman, 410-730-6813.

`Miracle of Hanukkah' to be discussed tonight

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation will discuss "Discovering the True Miracle of Hanukkah" during services tonight. Services will begin at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Joanie Smeltz and Fern Cohen will lead families with young children in an interactive service, which includes stories, songs and a children's Torah, at 11 a.m. tomorrow.

A Hanukkah celebration for tots is planned at 7 p.m. Dec. 19.

Beth Shalom, a Conservative congregation, is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-531-5115.

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.

Holiday outreach ministry is ending this week

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 "Piece of It All," which includes readings and music that didn't fit past services, but are worthy of attention and reflection.

A three-week holiday outreach ministry, in partnership with the Foreign-born Information and Referral Network (FIRN), will end Sunday. Gift certificates for FIRN clients and bags, with handles, of nonperishable foods for Vina House soup kitchen in Baltimore are being collected.

Information: Harry Brunett, or

Seniors' Hanukkah party slated at noon Sunday

The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County Section, will hold its Hanukkah party for senior citizens at noon Sunday at Owen Brown Place in Columbia.

Lunch will be served, a menorah lighted and entertainment is planned. The party is open to Howard County seniors ages 65 and older.

Information: 410-290-8311.

First Evangelical Lutheran to hold Bible study series

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, is holding a 10-week educational series, Crossways Bible Study: The Gospels and the Acts, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, next week, and Feb. 19 through March 18. A second class meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays during the same period.

The class is taught by the Rev. Glenn Ludwig.

The cost is $15.

Information: 410-465-2977.

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