Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

November 18, 2005

Interfaith service Thanksgiving eve

The 38th interfaith Thanksgiving eve service is planned for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Participating will be Christ United Methodist Church, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Sikh Community, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Dar al Taqwa, Baha'i Community of Columbia, Upper Room Fellowship Center and Columbia Cooperative Ministry.

Fellowship and refreshments are planned after the service.

Those who attend are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food to be donated to the needy by the Coalition for Compassion. Donations are also requested for the Christian Women's Thrift Shop; checks should be made out to the Columbia Cooperative Ministry.

Information: 410-381-2000.

Donate bicycles around the world

Christ Episcopal Church will sponsor its second bicycle collection for Bikes for the World (formerly Pedals for Progress) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow outside the parish hall near Oakland Mills and Dobbin roads, in Columbia.

Bikes for the World will send the bicycles to countries such as Sri Lanka, Ghana, Gambia, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala and Barbados, where bicycles are an essential form of affordable transportation. A $20 donation is requested for the cost of shipping the bicycles, which should be in working condition when donated.

Information: Shannon Amerson, 301-483-8503.

Knights of Columbus sets charity bingo

The Knights of Columbus Father Joseph J. Comyns Council No. 9638 will sponsor a charity Longaberger basket bingo at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 4795 Ilchester Road, Ellicott City.

The cost is $15 in advance; $18 at the door. Twenty games, raffles, door prizes and specials are included. Crafts and hot food will be available for sale.

Information: 410-719-2369.

A cappella choir to sing tomorrow

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia's One World Coffeehouse will present the a cappella choir Olympia's Daughters at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The choir is named after Olympia Brown, an activist for women's suffrage, businesswoman and mother who was ordained by the Universalists.

Tickets are $12.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Rabbis, cantor teach Jewish life course

The Columbia Jewish Congregation is offering "Jewish, Alive and American: A Gateway to Jewish Living," a course taught by Rabbi Sonya Starr, Rabbi Robert Saks and Cantor Jan Morrison, from noon to 1 p.m. Sundays.

The course - which uses a text of the same name and covers Jewish life-cycle events and holidays, poetry, prayer, Holocaust studies and building community - is for affiliated and unaffiliated Jews and those considering conversion. New course members are invited to begin Sunday.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Bereavement series to begin Nov. 30

Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. and Jewish Family Services will sponsor a bereavement lecture series in Howard County, starting Nov. 30.

Psychologist Jay I. Levinson will lecture on "A New Theory of Bereavement." Psychologist J. Shep Jeffreys will be the moderator for a panel discussion with Rabbi Mark J. Panoff of Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation and Cantor Jan Morrison of Columbia Jewish Congregation.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Admission is free. Registration is not required.

Information: 410-356-8383, Ext. 357.

Series of workshops slated for parents

The Parent Resource Place of Jewish Family Services in Howard County and Hadassah of Howard County are offering the second and third of a series of workshops for parents.

"December Dilemma: Celebrating holidays in an interfaith home," for families seeking practical solutions for the holidays, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Bet Yeladim, the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

"Talking to Tweens and Teens: How to discuss sex and drugs with your child," led by pediatric nurse practitioner Janet Schultz, is scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at Temple Isaiah, 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton. Registration is requested by Jan. 15. For directions: 410-888-9100.

Admission is free; registration is requested.

Information: 410-730-4976, Ext. 26.

Artisans sought for craft 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. tomorrow 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-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: 410-730-7862.

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