Religion Notes


October 14, 2005

New pulpit minister at Church of Christ

The Columbia Church of Christ, which meets at Stonehouse in the Long Reach Village Center, 8775 Cloudleap Court, welcomed Charles Robinson as its new pulpit minister this month.

Robinson took up his new duties Oct. 1. He and his wife, Donna, recently moved from Albuquerque, N.M., where he was an administrative minister and teacher at Montgomery Boulevard Church of Christ.

He is filling the position vacated by Gary Selby, a founder and minister of the church for almost 20 years, who has accepted a post on the faculty of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

St. Anthony to offer `Day of Recollection'

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road near Glenelg, will offer a "Day of Recollection: St. Anthony teaches how to live as Christians today," from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The workshop will focus on the life and teaching of St. Anthony, applying his insights to contemporary Christian life.

The cost is $20. Information: 410-531-2800.

Our Shepherd plans Octoberfest, auction

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will sponsor an Octoberfest and Silent Auction from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. today in Suite D, 8940 Route 108, Columbia.

Dinner will be served from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu includes bratwurst, sauerkraut and German potato salad; hot dogs will be available for children. The silent auction starts at 7 p.m. and closes at 8:45 p.m.

Proceeds will be used to help needy families in Howard County; a portion of the funds will benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Tickets, which can be bought at the door, are $12; $5 for children ages 6-13. Children up to age 6 get a free hot dog. Soft drinks, water, beer and wine will also be sold.

Information: 410-730-8765.

Succah Open House planned at HCC

The Howard Community College Jewish Student Union will sponsor a Succah Open House in its outdoor succah, a small shelter partially open to the sky in which families eat during the Succoth holiday.

Rabbi Hillel Baron of the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education and Howard Community College students will explain the traditions of Succoth and the succah from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. The succah is on the deck of the college's science and technology building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

A light lunch and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

Information and reservations: 410-772-4887.

Ministry to hold craft fair Nov. 19

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry is seeking artisans to participate in its Craft Fair and Living Gift Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Setup will begin at 8 a.m. Each display area is about 8 by 4 feet and includes a 3-by-6-foot table and two chairs. The cost, which is not refundable, is $35. Proceeds will go to the ministry, a nonprofit organization.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

Unitarian church to start concerts

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present the first concert in its 2005-2006 Chalice Series at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The Gemini Trio will perform music based on European and American folk sources. A pre-concert "informance," a talk about the artists, is planned at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $10 for students. Children to age 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. There is a $3 surcharge for tickets purchased at the door. Patron tickets are $25.

Information: 410-381-0097.

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 its second fundraiser to benefit the effort of St. Andrew's - 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.

Jewish congregation to hold fundraiser

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold a fundraiser Sunday at Tatiana Ltd., 14290 Triadelphia Road, Glenelg.

Twenty percent of proceeds from the sale of Tatiana's ceramic and other artwork on that day will be donated to the congregation.

The congregation moved recently into larger office space at The Meeting House in Oakland Mills and has opened a Judaica gift shop in the space. The shop will be open during office hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment.

Information: 410-730-6044 or 410-442-1144.

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,

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