Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

December 02, 2005

`Messiah' Sing Along to be held Sunday

The 23rd Annual Community Messiah Sing Along, with choir and orchestra, will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City.

Dana Rothlisberger will conduct. Soloists will be Amy Lauritzen, soprano; Chana Colley, alto; Jesse Holt, tenor; and Bryan Jackson, bass.

Members of the community are invited to sing along. Sheet music will be available. People of all skill levels are welcome, and admission is free.

Information: 240-475-8768.

Advent services set next 3 Wednesdays

In preparation for Christmas, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, is holding Advent vesper services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, next week and Dec. 14 and 21.

The Sunday Church School will hold its Christmas pageant, in which the children re-enact the story of Christ's birth, at 11 a.m. Dec. 18. The pageant will replace the regular service.

Information: 410-465-2977.

Hanukkah party for seniors Dec. 11

The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County section, will hold its Hanukkah party for senior citizens from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at Owen Brown Place in Columbia.

A holiday lunch will be followed by menorah lighting and entertainment. The party is open to Howard County seniors, ages 65 and older.

Registration is not required, and everyone is welcome.

`Limbering the Spirit' is theme for Sunday

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Flexibility: Limbering the Spirit -- accessing life's gifts through embracing a spirit of flexibility."

Journeys Community Sunday services are held in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House Life-Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-6079, or Journeyscommunity@ mris.com.

Jewish living is focus of 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.

The congregation will sponsor a series of lectures and discussions on death and dying, "End-of-Life Issues from a Jewish Perspective," at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, and Dec. 11 and 18 at Oakland Mills High School, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia.

Rabbi Ilyse Kramer, an educator who is a member of the congregation, will discuss "Jewish Teachings About Life After Death" at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Rabbi Avram Reisner of Baltimore Hebrew University and congregant Jack Schwartz, director of Health Policy Development in the Maryland attorney general's office, will discuss "End-of-Life Decisions from the Jewish and Secular/Legal Perspectives" on Dec. 11, and Rabbi Tzvi Schur will talk about "Hospice Care," on Dec. 18.

Admission is free to members of the congregation; non- members pay $54.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Pancake Breakfast at St. Michael's

The Men's Club of St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Poplar Springs will hold its Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the church hall, 1125 St. Michael's Road.

Free rides on the church parking lot with Santa in his sleigh are included, weather permitting. A photographer will be available (a donation will be requested), or bring your own camera.

Breakfast costs $5; $2.50 for children to age 10. The Men's Club will kick off its Toys for Tots program by collecting unwrapped toys for needy children in the community.

Information: Phil Abel, 301-854-6287, or Bob True- blood, 301-831-7281.

Advent reflections at Columbia church

Edward McCormack, chair of the pastoral studies department at Washington Theological Union, will lead an Advent Day of Reflection from 8:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Information or registration: 410-381-9365.

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