Religion Digest

August 26, 2005

Community party sponsored by three churches set Sept. 10

A block party for the Maple Lawn community, sponsored by Mount Zion, Hopkins and Emmanuel United Methodist churches, will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at Mount Zion UMC, 12430 Scaggsville Road, Highland.

The Hawaiian-theme party will feature live music, island food, frozen tropical beverages, games and door prizes including weekend getaways. The event has been planned by the three churches to welcome new residents from nearby communities.

Admission is free.

Information: 301-854-2324 or 410-531-5173.

Oseh Shalom Congregation sets `Back to Shul Night'

The Oseh Shalom Congregation, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel will sponsor "Back To Shul Night" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

The family-oriented Shabbat service will feature Jon Nelson, lead singer and co-composer for the group, Yom Hadash. Nelson's music fuses world, rock, pop and funk with Jewish ideas and liturgy.

Oseh Shalom will hold a prospective-member Shabbat service at 8 p.m. today.

Information: 301-498-5151.

Jewish Federation offers first Family Fun Fest

Singer Dean Friedman will perform his Silly Song Sing Along as part of the Jewish Federation of Howard County's first Jewish Family Fun Fest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

The fest will include music and games from DJ Doug Sandler, food, crafts and a gift boutique. The cost is $10 a family.

Information: 410-730-4976, or

St. John the Evangelist to hold family celebration

St. John the Evangelist Parish will sponsor a celebration of life for families, couples, young adults and children, "Families Thrive, Youth Revive '05," from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Singing, dancing, stories, skits and performances by the Christian vaudeville duo APeX are planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A family picnic with free food and games will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and events for middle and high school youth and their families and friends are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Activities are to include music, witness talks, skits and a second performance by APeX Ministries.

Admission is free. Registration is not required.

Information: 410-964-1430.

Christ Church Link offers help for those in need

Christ Church Link, a service provided by Christ Episcopal Church, provides referrals to helping agencies in Howard County and Maryland.

Callers are linked to agencies that help prevent evictions and utility turnoffs; providing food, assisting with employment and other needs.

Hours of service are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday; 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 410-309-9695.

Shalom Aleichem moving services to Amherst House

Beginning next month, Congregation Shalom Aleichem will move its Friday night services to Amherst House, in Kings Contrivance Village Center at 7251 Eden Brook Drive in Columbia.

Shalom Aleichem is an unaffiliated congregation. The synagogue's religious leader, Rabbi Joanne Heiligman, is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabinnical College and has served Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated congregations.

The congregation's Sunday school will hold an open house for parents and prospective students during its first session Sept. 11. The school meets twice each month and offers instruction in Hebrew, music, Jewish holidays and traditions, and for older students, bar and bat mitzvah preparation.

Information about the school or congregation: Marc Shapiro, 410-740-5446, or www.shalom

Calah Congregation taking Sunday school signups

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.

`Spirituality of Change' is to be Sunday topic

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Spirituality of Change."

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

One World Coffeehouse presenting folk guitarist

One World Coffeehouse, sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, will present folk guitarist Jim Scott at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Tickets are $12.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Gan Israel Preschool seeking a teacher

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


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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