October 21, 2005

`Harvest Home' fundraiser planned

St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City will sponsor "Harvest Home," the parish's mission and outreach fall fundraiser, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 5. The event will be held at the church's Center for Ministry & Education, 9120 Frederick Road.

Food, music, a live auction, a "nose-to-toes" 50/50 raffle and bidding on themed raffle baskets are planned. Proceeds will benefit St. John's medical mission to Jamaica, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland and the Episcopal Housing Corp., a housing and community development project that serves needy Maryland families.

A turkey dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the All Saints' Hall. Music and a live auction are also planned.

Tickets, which cost $30, are available by mail (include a stamped, self-addressed envelope to St. John's Episcopal Church, c/o Harvest Home, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City 21042, and indicate the number of tickets and seating preference) or $40 at the door, if available.

The event is open only to those ages 21 and older.

Information: Alison Coker, 301-596-6585, or www.stjohns

Congregation sets anniversary fete

Beth Shalom Congregation will hold its 36th anniversary celebration this weekend, honoring longtime members and relating the congregation's history. Money received in honor of the congregation's anniversary will be donated to hurricane relief efforts.

Sabbath services, which begin at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, will include stories about Beth Shalom's early years. The congregation and Hebrew school will hear 36 shofar blasts from 36 shofars (ram's horns) at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The number 36 is significant because the Hebrew letters which spell the word chai, or life, add up to 18; 36 is double chai, or twice life.

The congregation, which has a building in Columbia, is planning a major expansion. The facility will be more than double its size when construction is completed. A capital campaign is under way. Ground for the new building is expected to be broken next summer.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Lubavitch Center to hold party

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education will present a party in its succah, adjacent to the synagogue, with pizza, music and guest Chassidic rabbis who will speak, at 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome.

The center is at 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Young Life ministry benefit set Monday

Howard County Young Life will hold its fundraising banquet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Ten Oaks Ballroom in Clarksville.

The banquet theme, "Get on Board," will showcase the work of the Young Life ministry with teenagers in Howard County and Catonsville.

Dinner is free to those who reserve a place. Casual cruise or travel attire is acceptable.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-995-6868, or e-mail

Habitat for Humanity fundraiser on tap

First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, at U.S. 29 and Route 108 in Columbia, will hold its "First Marketplace," a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and Ten Thousand Villages, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

The event will feature a Habitat for Humanity silent auction of gift certificates to local business and restaurants, gift baskets and home services, as well as Ten Thousand Villages handicrafts. Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit alternative trading organization, is a program of the Mennonite Central Committee.

The church's Youth Ministry will hold its third "Pumpkin Patch," with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, Indian corn, minipumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, fall flowers and a straw maze. The patch is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Oct. 31. Proceeds will help support the church's youth program.

Information: 410-730-3545.

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