Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

December 19, 2003

Our Shepherd Lutheran moves to new facility

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church has moved from temporary quarters at Burleigh Manor Middle School to a combined worship and office facility at 8940-D Route 108 in Columbia.

The community is invited to a Christmas Eve open-house celebration. A family Christmas Eve service will be held at 6 p.m., a contemporary service at 8 p.m. and a candlelight service a 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The 6 p.m. service will include an interactive children's sermon with costumes, preservice music by student musicians and a birthday cake for Jesus after the service.

The 8 p.m. contemporary service will feature a multimedia worship presentation with seasonal Christian music and Christmas hymns. A nursery for young children will be provided.

The 11 p.m. candlelight service will be a traditional celebration with favorite Christmas hymns and musical selections presented by the choir.

Regular services are held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, with Sunday School for children and adults at 11 a.m.

Information: Pastor George Lippitt, 410-730-8765, or www.oslc-md.org.

Citrus sale is under way at Hopkins United Methodist

The Health and Welfare Committee and the United Methodist Men of Hopkins United Methodist Church, 13250 Highland Road, Highland, are selling citrus - navel oranges, red grapefruit and sweet tangerines - by the case and half-case.

To order: Barney Putnam, 301-335-1242.

Hanukkah celebration for tots being held today

Beth Shalom Congregation will hold a Hanukkah celebration for tots at 7 p.m. today.

The Conservative congregation is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-531-5115.

2 Christmas Eve services slated at Christ Memorial

Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia, will hold two Christmas Eve worship services Wednesday.

A youth service will be held at 5 p.m.; a traditional service is scheduled at 8:30 p.m., after Christmas music at 8 p.m.

An outdoor living Nativity will be presented before and after the youth service, and again at 7:40 p.m.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-997-8011.

Candlelight service set at Christ Lutheran Church

Christ Lutheran Church, 9808 Davidge Drive, Columbia, will present its Christmas Eve candlelight service, "No Stranger in the Manger," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

A Christmas festival worship is planned at 10 a.m. Christmas Day at the community center.

Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-715-0610, or www.christlutheran.net.

Trinity Episcopal gift shop bag sale is next month

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

Journeys Community theme: `A Celebration of Love'

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 "A Celebration of Love."

Information: Harry Brunett, Journeyscommunity@mris.com.

In case of inclement weather: 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

First Evangelical Lutheran holding 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, Feb. 19 through March 18. A second class will meet from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays during the same period.

The class, which started Dec. 4, is taught by the Rev. Glenn Ludwig. Participants can join in February.

The cost is $15.

Information: 410-465-2977.

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