Religion Digest

April 15, 2005

Counseling, testing slated at HIV/AIDS awareness workshop

The Health and Wellness Ministry of St. John Baptist Church and the Howard County Health Department will sponsor an interactive HIV/AIDS awareness workshop, "Straight Talk About HIV/AIDS in the African-American Community: The Role of the Church," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia.

Discussion will focus on myths and facts, the prevention, care and treatment of the disease, and personal testimony. The Howard County Health Department will provide free, anonymous testing and counseling.

The program is for adults ages 18 and older. Admission is free. Lunch will be served and child care provided.

Information: 410-992-6977.

Community invited to see Passover Seder traditions

The Howard Community College Jewish Student Union will sponsor a Model Seder, led by Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Tuesday in Room 100 of the college's Instructional Lab Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

People of all faiths are welcome to learn the meanings of the rituals of a Passover Seder, taste the foods and sing the traditional melodies.

Admission is free but reservations are required.

Information: 410-772-4896.

Open house to be held for new preschool program

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will hold an open house for its new preschool program, the Cradlerock Children's Center, to open in September at Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

Full- and part-time child care for infants to school-age children and classes for preschoolers, ages 2 to 5, are planned.

The program's philosophy is based on Unitarian principles: respect for all people; peace, justice and compassion in human relations; and care for the environment.

The open house for prospective families will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-381-0906.

Passover event for children will be held Sunday

The Parent Resource Place of Howard County, a program of Jewish Family Services, will offer "Tunes and Sales: Song and Stories for Passover," for children ages 2 to 6, at 4 p.m. Sunday at Columbia Jewish Congregation, at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The cost is $5 a family. Registration is requested.

The Parent Resource Place of Howard County, which is funded by the Jewish Federation of Howard County, offers opportunities for parents to meet and explore resources in the Jewish community.

Information or registration: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976.

`Spiritual Dimension of Trees' due as focus

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "The Spiritual Dimension of Trees."

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

Information: 410-730-6079, or

Spaghetti dinner, auction to support mission trip

Linden Linthicum United Methodist Church, at Route 108 and Linden Linthicum Lane in Clarksville, will hold a spaghetti dinner and auction from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Admission is $7.50 for adults; $3.50 for children ages 3 to 10. Children ages 2 and younger are admitted free.

Proceeds will help pay for the church's annual youth mission trip.

Information: 410-531-5653.

Reservations being taken for event to honor women

The Jewish Federation of Howard County is accepting reservations for its celebration, "The Women's Event," to be held at 6:30 p.m. June 7 at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

The event, which recognizes women in the Jewish community, will include hors d'oeuvres, dinner, dessert and music.

Honorees are Lynn Abramson, Jeryl Baker, Brenda Fishbein, Lynn Green, Barbara Hurwitz, Jessi Jacobs, Naomi Rappaport and Suzanne Waller. Shoshana Cardin will speak.

Reservations are required by May 1. Tickets are $54. Patrons pay $180 and supporters pay $108.

Reservation forms are available at www.jewishhoward

Parent seminar to teach entire family about virtues

Baha'is of Howard County will offer an interactive parenting seminar, "Using Virtues to Create Happy Families," from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 23, 30 and May 7 at the Stevens Forest Neighborhood Center, 6061 Stevens Forest Road, Columbia.

Parents are invited to bring children, who can attend a children's class about virtues such as kindness, compassion and honesty.

Admission is free.

Information: Deborah Hougland, 240-461-3203 or visit www.

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