Religion Digest

October 07, 2005

Yom Kippur services at Lubavitch Center

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane in Columbia, will hold services for Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Wednesday evening and Thursday.

Kol Nidre, the opening service for the most solemn day of the Jewish year, will begin at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday services will begin at 9:30 a.m. Yiskor, a memorial service for the departed, will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the Ne'ilah service, the closing prayer of the day, will begin at 6:15 p.m.

There will be a time to rest from 2:30 p.m. until 5 p.m., when Minchah, the afternoon prayer, will begin.

The traditional fast will be broken with bagels, cream cheese, lox and other refreshments at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

There is no charge to attend services. Information: 410-740-2424.

Churches to begin service projects

Building Bridges, a cooperative outreach effort of Howard County churches, is initiating a series of outreach community service projects.

This month, Bridgeway Community Church is landscaping at Talbott Springs Elementary School; Grace Community Church is landscaping at Swansfield Elementary School and Patuxent Valley Middle School; Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church is renovating a home for Churches Concerned for the Homeless; and Chapelgate Presbyterian Church is offering an Auto Care Ministry, car maintenance for single and divorced women.

Information: Steve Girard, 443-791-0966.

Crop walk Sunday at Centennial Park

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry will hold its Howard County CROP WALK 2005 at 2 p.m. Sunday 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.

Ten percent of the proceeds will go to Hurricane Katrina relief; 25 percent will remain in Howard County for use by the Coalition for Compassion, and 65 percent will go toward Church World Service's world hunger projects.

The Coalition for Compassion is a joint ministry of 20 local congregations, helping people with eviction-prevention, fuel turn-off, medication and food.

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.

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 tomorrow at the church and a New Orleans-style jazz concert with the Columbia Jazz Ensemble, Dixie Rascals, and a light buffet, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 22.

Information: 410-730-4855.

Event set at Church of Religious Science

The Columbia Church of Religious Science will sponsor a Casino/Dance night at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green.

Swing dancing, a poker tournament, prizes, food and beverages, a disc jockey, a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing are planned.

Ticket are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Information: 410-750-8559.

Religious school gets commendation, grant

The religious school of Oseh Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Laurel has been awarded a commendation and a $3,000 grant by the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, a coalition of Jewish education groups in the Washington area.

Part of the grant will go to purchase compact discs to accompany Hebrew texts used in the school.

St. Anthony plans Blessing of Animals

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will hold a Blessing of Animals in the piazza in front of the shrine at 2 p.m. Sunday. Dinner & Concert under the Arches, an outdoor event under the shrine's arches, is planned for 5 p.m. Sunday. A $15 donation is requested. Registration is required for the dinner and concert.

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

Support group for those in grief

Jewish Family Services in Howard County offers a support group for adults that provides a place to talk with other people who are grieving. It 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,

Jewish group adding children's services

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

The Yom Kippur Children's service will be held at 5:15 p.m. Thursday. The sounding of several shofars (ram's horns) will mark the end of the Yom Kippur service.

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.

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