Religion digest

September 09, 2005

Journeys Community theme for Sunday is vulnerability

The theme for the Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Vulnerability: When Our Hearts Break Open."

Journeys Community 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

Muslim Foundation helping Katrina victims

The Howard County Muslim Foundation is working with Islamic Relief USA to collect donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Donations can be mailed to HCMF, 3886 Whitebrook Lane, Ellicott City 21042. Checks should be made out to Islamic Relief USA for Katrina Disaster.

This year's food drive for local charities will earmark a large part of the nonperishable food collected for people affected by the disaster in New Orleans and Mississippi.


Jewish congregation plans couples event

Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold an Interfaith Family and Couple Get-Together from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The Reconstructionist congregation welcomes interfaith and multicultural couples and families. The event will explore and celebrate differences and commonality and present ways to bring Jewish traditions and religious practices into the lives of interfaith families.

Information: 410-630-6044.

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. tomorrow 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 moves 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 Sunday.

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

Christian aerobics classes getting under way

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics - high- or low-impact exercise and strength training done to Christian music - will begin classes at 9:15 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County at Route 108 and U.S. 29 in Columbia.

Information about the Tuesday and Friday classes: 410-985-7102.

A class, which begins Monday, meets at South Columbia Baptist Church on Guilford Road at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Information: 410-381-4668.

Interfaith gathering to pray for peace

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. Sunday 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.

St. Paul's Choir to commemorate 9/11

The St. Paul's Choir will present a 15-minute miniconcert before the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of Sept. 11.

The Rev. Michael Jendrek is pastor of St. Paul's Catholic Church, 3755 St. Paul St., Ellicott City, and Mary Ann Fleming is the organist and choir director.

Information: 410-465-1670.

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.

A 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.

Information: 301-498-5151.

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