October 28, 2005

Area church choirs to sing at St. John

The Leroy Giles Gospel Choir of St. John Baptist Church will sponsor a communitywide "Music Extravaganza" featuring well-known choirs from the Baltimore area and local churches at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia.

A reception is planned after the program.

Information: 301-596-5571, or Pinnie L. Ross, 410-730-9545.

Artisans sought for crafts fair

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 Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Setup will begin at 8 a.m. Each display area is about 8 feet by 4 feet and includes a 3-foot-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.

Rabbi to tell spooky stories

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation will tell spooky "Jewish Stories of the Supernatural" at 8 p.m. today.

The congregation will sponsor a discussion and book-signing by Dr. Stacey Keen, author of Defeating Breast Cancer: A Physician's Story of Healing, Martial Arts and Life, at 7:45 p.m. Sunday at the synagogue, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Sutherland to lead worship symposium

Tony Sutherland, a pastor, musician and worship leader, will be a guest at Christ's Community Worship Center which meets at the Atholton Seventh-day Adventist Church, 6520 Martin Road, Columbia.

Sutherland will lead a worship symposium for worship leaders, musicians and singers from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, and will speak at Sunday services, held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Information: www.restoring

`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, a tradition at St. John's for more than 45 years, will be served at two seatings: 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

Youth ministry has Pumpkin Patch

The Youth Ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Howard County is holding 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 7:30 p.m. through Monday. Proceeds will help support the church's youth program.

The church is at U.S. 29 and Route 108, in Columbia. Information: 410-730-3545.

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 next week through Dec. 6, at 8950 Route 108, Suite 115 in Ellicott City. The cost is $36. Information: 410-730-4976, Ext. 25.

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