Religion Notes


February 04, 2005

Jewish view of sex to be Tuesday focus as series continues

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation in Columbia is presenting a four-part lecture series on the Jewish view of abortion, homosexuality, premarital sex, domestic violence and related topics at 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays.

"When Sex is Good and When It's Not: Jewish Responses to Adultery, Sexual Violence and Incest," will be the topic Tuesday. "Be Fruitful and Multiply: The Jewish Ethics of Family Planning, Birth Control, Infertility Treatments and Abortion," will be discussed Feb. 15, and "What Does it Mean to be Created in God's Image: Homosexuality and Judaism," is the topic for Feb. 22.

Rabbi Grossman is chairwoman of the subcommittee on family, human sexuality and gender for the Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, as well as spiritual leader of Beth Shalom Congregation.

As a member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, she was author of one of the official Conservative movement's positions on abortion and when life begins.

"K'Ton Tales," a program of Jewish storytelling, songs and food for children ages 2 to 5 is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Information or registration: 410-531-5115.

Emory United supper is scheduled for Tuesday

Emory United Methodist Church, 3810 Church Road, Ellicott City, will hold a Shrove Tuesday Pancake and Sausage Supper from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The cost for the all-you-can-eat supper is $5; children ages 4 to 12 pay $3. Children to age 4 eat for free. The cost per family is $8.

Information or in case of inclement weather: 410-465-6162.

Woodbine church to hold its pancake repast

Jennings Chapel Church, 2601 Jennings Chapel Road, Woodbine, will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The menu will include pancakes, sausage, chip beef and sausage gravy, apple sauce and fried potatoes, coffee, tea or juice. A bake table is planned.

The cost is $6; $3 for children.

Information: 410-489-4851.

Church offering workshop for married couples Feb. 12

Christ Lutheran Church in Clarksville will offer a marriage workshop, "Building (or Rebuilding) a Covenant Marriage," from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 12 in the River Hill Meeting Room, 6330 Trotter Road, Columbia.

The workshop is designed to help couples see their marriage as renewing the covenant they made before God and with each other. A pre-Valentine's Day dinner will be provided.

The cost is $25 a couple. Registration is required. Send a check with names, address and phone number to Christ Lutheran Church, 12580 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville 21029.

Information: 301-854-2100.

Church lecture series being held Wednesdays

The Ellicott City Assembly of God, 10600 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, is holding a lecture and discussion series, "Forty Days of Purpose Teaching," from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Information: 410-461-4555.

Sabbath service tomorrow to consider medical ethics

Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education will discuss medical ethics as part of his discussion of the weekly Torah portion at the synagogue's Sabbath morning services tomorrow.

He will discuss the question, "Is there an obligation to pursue all possible medical treatments in case of illness, God forbid, or is it up to the person who is ill?"

Shabbat morning services begin at 9:30 a.m.; today's evening services begin at 5:30 p.m. The synagogue is at 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

A class in Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi's Tanya, a book of mystical thought applied to daily life, is offered at 8:30 p.m. Mondays. A class in the Talmud is offered at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. There is no charge. Everyone is welcome to join at any time.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Journeys Community to discuss life and love

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? Our tireless pursuit of meaningful connection with others reveals something important about both our basic nature as well as the purpose of this gift called life."

Journeys Community services are held in the auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: The Rev. Harry Brunett, Journeyscommun, 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

St. John's school holding fund-raiser tomorrow

St. John's Parish Day School will hold a fund-raiser, "An Evening Under the Sea," from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The black-tie optional evening will include dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions.

Tickets are $60. Information: Sharon Runge, 410-465-7644.

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