Religion Digest

August 12, 2005

Afternoon of jazz scheduled for Aug. 21 at Meeting House

Columbia Jewish Congregation will present "Jazz in the Afternoon" at 3 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Local jazz pianist Alex Brown and his brother, bass accompanist Zach Brown, will present a jazz concert.

Alex Brown will be entering the New England Conservatory of Music in the fall. The concert is a gift by the brothers to the congregation.

Tickets are $10.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Joint service Sunday to include steel band

Christ United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will hold a joint worship service with TAGE, The Adult Group Ensemble - a steel band - at 10 a.m. Sunday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.

TAGE is associated with the Cultural Academy For Excellence (CAFE), an arts-based program for those ages 10 to 18 at First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville. The program provides academic tutoring, mentoring and musical training on the steel drum. Many of the TAGE members - parents, relatives and friends of former CAFE students - learned to play the steel drum at CAFE's adult classes.

CAFE, a nonprofit group, provides scholarship help to graduating students, most often in the form of a computer to be used in college; TAGE donates its performance fees to CAFE's scholarship fund.

Owen Brown Interfaith Center is at 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Information: The Rev. Marilyn Newhouse, 410-381-6329, or pastorcumc@comcast.net.

Calah Congregation taking Sunday school registrations

The Calah Congregation Sunday School is accepting registration for the 2005-2006 school year.

The school offers small classes with arts and crafts, cooking and computers - all with an emphasis on Hebrew and Jewish culture. Classes meet twice monthly in Columbia.

The school strives to keep its tuition reasonably priced and offers a discount to new students.

Information: 410-792-8029.

Harvester Baptist Church plans fair for children

Harvester Baptist Church, 9605 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia, will hold its Kids Kountry Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

Children will receive five free tickets at registration to use at Flip the Frog, Knockdown Clowns, Ring Toss, Water Gun Blast or other booths. Moon Bounce, Ball Crawl and a Velcro Wall, and a VeggieTales movie - Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush - are also planned. Lunch will be available for $1.

Information: the Rev. Matthew Simpson, 410-997-4992.

Journeys Community announces week's theme

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Living Out Our Beliefs."

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 in Columbia.

Information: 410-730-6079, or Journeyscommunity@mris.com.

Gan Israel Preschool seeking a teacher

Gan Israel Preschool, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is seeking an early childhood teacher.

Information: GanIsrael@comcast.net.

Program of dances, music set in Woodbine

Dances of Universal Peace, a compilation of phrases, music and movement drawn from Sufi and other traditions, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 15090 Frederick Road, Woodbine. A potluck supper will be held after the circle and partner dances.

Beginners, singles and children are welcome. The dances are taught.

Information: 301-675-6105 or 410-489-7981.

Trinity thrift shop is holding a bag sale

The Gift & Thrift Shoppe, a project of Trinity Episcopal Church, is continuing its bag sale ($3 per bag of clothing) this month.

The shop is on Old Montgomery Road at Waterloo Road, behind St. John's Lutheran Church. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

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