Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

October 01, 2004

`Marriage fitness' exercises to be focus of session Tuesday

Mort Fertel, author of Marriage Fitness, will participate in an interactive presentation and book-signing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Fertel, president of MarriageMax Inc., will share his "marriage fitness" exercises, which focus on health and wellness rather than problem-solving.

The event is co-sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Calah Congregation, Upper Room Fellowship and Dar Al-Taqwa - all members of Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Parish holding dinner, carnival, festival Sunday

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City, will hold its 68th Turkey Dinner and Carnival and Fall Festival from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

A home-cooked turkey dinner, games, rides, pumpkin-painting, scarecrow-making, raffles and face-painting are planned.

The cost for dinner is $10 for adults; $8 for those ages 55 and older; and $6 for children ages 5 to 11. Children to age 5 will be admitted free.

Information: 410-747-4334.

Clarksville parish planning blessing of animals Sunday

St. Louis Roman Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, will commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a blessing of animals at 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

Take pets to the plaza in front of the church for a brief prayer service and blessing in celebration of the joy of creation.

Information: 410-531-6040.

`Pizza in the Succah' set at Lubavitch Center

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, will offer "Pizza in the Succah," a farbrengen, or Chassidic, gathering with singing, stories, and a speaker, Rabbi Chaim Serebryanski, at 7 p.m. Sunday.

The event will celebrate the holiday of Sukkot, the joyous holiday of booths that commemorates God's protection of the Jewish people in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt, and expresses gratitude for the harvest.

Admission is free; contributions are welcome.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Hadassah marking Sukkot with event for children

The Howard County chapter of Hadassah International will celebrate Sukkot with a family event for children from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Columbia home of Karen Rubinstein.

Crafts, music and snacks are planned.

Information: 410-964-8247.

The Hadassah "Women in the Bible" discussion series, led by Rebbetzin Chani Baron, will be held on three consecutive Thursdays, starting Oct. 21, at Vantage House in Columbia.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-418-9262.

St. Michael's Church dedicating new facility

St. Michael's Catholic Church in Poplar Springs is completing the celebration of its 125th anniversary with a dedication of its new religious education facility and a reception.

Cardinal William H. Keeler and Bishop W. Francis Malooly will join Father Michael Ruane in celebrating Mass at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and will participate in the dedication.

A catered reception is planned in the new wing after the dedication.

Information: 301-854-6208.

Fall Festival set tomorrow at Jennings Chapel Church

Jennings Chapel Church, 2601 Jennings Chapel Road, near Lisbon, will hold a Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

For sale will be lunch, as well as apple butter, apple dumplings, jelly doughnuts and other baked goods and candy; produce, plants and dried arrangements; books, jewelry, toys and white elephant selections.

Information: 410-489-4851.

Congregation sponsoring Israeli folk dance course

The Cultural Art Committee of Columbia Jewish Congregation invites the community to a weekly Israeli folk dance course for beginners from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31 at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

Everyone is welcome. The cost is $6 a class, and $9 a family. The five-class series costs $24, and $36 a family.

Information: Arna R. Berkowitz, 301-596-3226.

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