September 30, 2005

Crop walk Oct. 9 at Centennial Park

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry will hold its Howard County CROP WALK 2005 at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. Walkers will meet at Pavilion B in the park for the 2.3-mile walk around Centennial Lake. Those interested can walk or sponsor a walker.

Crop walks are a national program of Church World Service. Funds raised are divided between local charities and Church World Service partners.

The Columbia ministry's goal is to raise at least $10,000 with the walk.

Information or to request a sponsorship form: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

Columbia church helping in Louisiana

Kittamaqundi Community Church, 5410 Leaf Treader Way in Columbia, has adopted St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge, La., as part of the congregation's response to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

St. Andrew's is providing housing for Red Cross volunteers, is expanding its food pantry program and has adopted a middle school whose student body has grown by 1,000 evacuees. Sandy Queen, a Kittamaqundi parishioner, recently delivered a $3,000 donation from church members to St. Andrew's.

The Kittamaqundi community plans to hold two fundraisers to benefit the effort of St. Andrew's, a garage and bake sale from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 at the church and a New Orleans-style jazz concert with a light buffet from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 22.

Information: 410-730-4855.

Make a shofar at open house

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane in Columbia, will sponsor a shofar factory open house from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Participants can make shofars out of a rams' horns. The shofar is traditionally blown on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, said Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch center. The shofar is also blown at the end of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, as a declaration of hope, he said.

The cost is $8 per shofar. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Jewish group adding children's services

Calah Congregation, an unaffiliated Jewish congregation in Columbia, is adding children's services for the High Holidays.

The Rosh Hashana children's service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday and the Yom Kippur service at 5:15 p.m. Oct. 13, concurrent with regular services.

Calah's services are a blend of modern and traditional, and interfaith families are welcome.

Dues include High Holiday tickets.

The congregation conducts its services at Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

Information: 410-792-8029.

Festival tomorrow at Rockland church

Rockland United Methodist Church, 8971 Chapel Ave. in Ellicott City, will hold its Fall Festival from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Crafts, a flea market, a bake table, children's games, scarecrow-making, music and food are planned.

Information: 410-465-1463, or visit

Congregation gives to hurricane relief

The board of directors of Columbia's Congregation Shalom Aleichem has voted to contribute the revenue from tickets for High Holiday services to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

The congregation will contribute to efforts by the Jewish Federation of Howard County to assist those affected by the storm.

The High Holidays begin Monday evening with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year.

Information: 410-740-5446, or

Support group for those in grief

Jewish Family Services in Howard County offers a loss support group for adults. The group, which provides a place to talk with other people who are grieving, is facilitated by a social worker with sensitivity to Jewish values.

The group will meet for six weeks, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, from Nov. 1 through Dec. 6, at 8950 Route 108, Suite 115 in Ellicott City. The cost is $36.

Information: Liz Schoen, 410-730-4976, Ext. 25. Or e-mail,

Beth Shalom holding motorcycle raffle

Beth Shalom Congregation will draw the winning ticket for a new 2005 Harley Davidson deluxe motorcycle and a Kendon standup motorcycle trailer at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Ken Shapiro of the SOBs ("Semites on Bikes") and fellow riders will draw the winning ticket. Tickets - which cost $30 each or $50 for two - will be available until 20 minutes before the drawing. Proceeds will benefit the synagogue.

Information: 410-531-5115.

St. Anthony shrine plans day of silence

The Shrine of St. Anthony will sponsor "A Day of Peace and Quiet" from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow, with the Eucharist at 4 p.m.

Participants are asked to take a Bible, a spiritual book and a lawn chair to enjoy the outdoors during the day of silence. The cost is $35 and includes lunch in silence.

Information: 410-531-2800, Ext. 0.

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