Religion Digest

September 02, 2005

Interfaith prayer for peace to be held Sept. 11 at a park

Glen Mar United Methodist Church of Ellicott City will hold an interfaith gathering focused on praying for peace for our children, our communities and the world at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Centennial Park.

Everyone is welcome.

Enter the park from Route 108 and head toward the playground area. Continue around the parking lot to the side closest to Route 108.

The gathering will be held in the area left of Pavilion A.

Information: Anne Dunn, 410-465-4995.

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.

3 churches sponsoring Maple Lawn block party

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 United Methodist Church, 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.

Shalom Aleichem moving services to Amherst House

Congregation Shalom Aleichem has moved its Friday night services to Amherst House, in Kings Contrivance Village Center, 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 registrations

The Calah Congregation Sunday School is accepting registration for the this 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.

Jewish Federation to offer 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

`Connectedness' is theme for Sunday's service

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "We Are Each Other's Story -- Connectedness."

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

New Christian school taking applications for this year

Augsburg Academy, a new Christian day school in Beltsville, is accepting applications for the this school year. Openings remain in kindergarten and first grade. Additional grades will be added each year.

The academy will be held at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, 11310 Montgomery Road.

In addition to a core curriculum, pupils will receive instruction in Christian education and foreign language.

Information: 301-937-7646.

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