Religion Notes


December 09, 2005

Christmas concert tonight in Columbia

The 15th "Christmas Carols Around the World" concert, written and directed by Alina Kozinska, will be held at 8 p.m. today at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

Carols from England, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia the Czech Republic, Latin America and the United States will be sung. The concert will feature soprano Alina Kozinska; pianist and conductor Seung Shin Yoo; St. Paul's Lutheran Bells, a youth ensemble; and other professional soloists and musicians.

Tickets are $20; $15 for senior citizens and students. Children to age 13 will be admitted free. Tickets will be sold at the door, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before the performance.

Information: Anne Bradley, 301-596-9004.

Shrine offering a live Nativity

The Shrine of St. Anthony will offer "The Greccio Experience," a live Nativity in the courtyard of the shrine, at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

The event, which will include carols and readings, takes its name from the live Nativity scene said to have been presented by St. Francis in the 13th century, in Greccio, Italy.

The shrine is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg.

Information: 410-531-2800, ext. 0.

Jewish Book Festival to be held Sunday

Temple Isaiah, a Traditional Reform congregation, will sponsor a Jewish Book Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who lived through a seven-year ordeal in war-torn Europe and internment at Auschwitz, will discuss his experiences at services this evening. On Sunday, he will sign copies of his book, written with Michael Olesker, Leap Into Darkness: Seven Years on the Run in Wartime Europe.

The book fair's opening day will also feature Eric Krupkin, known as "Eric Energy," performing a "Hanukkah Science Spectacular"; Israeli dancing, a Hanukkah sing-along, meditation and a sufganiyot (Hanukkah doughnut) cooking demonstration are also planned. Mr. Twister, the balloon man, will make balloon animals and Hanukkah puppet shows will entertain children. Pizza, ice cream, popcorn, doughnuts and other snacks will be available.

Temple Isaiah is at 12200 Scaggsville Road, Fulton.

Information: 301-317-1101.

Christmas Cantata set today, tomorrow

Harvester Baptist Church, 9605 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia, will present its Christmas Cantata at 7:30 p.m. today and 6 p.m. Sunday.

The service will include Christmas music sung by the church choir and a narration.

Information: 410-997-4992.

A Yuletide drama tomorrow, Sunday

Bethany Lane Baptist Church, 3030 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City, will present a musical drama, Christmas At the White House, at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow and 5 p.m. Sunday.

The adult choir and orchestra will perform Christmas favorites.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Donations will be accepted.

Information: 410-465-0150.

Vesper services during Advent

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. 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 Sunday

The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County section, will hold its Hanukkah party for senior citizens from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday 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.

`Accepting What Is' is Sunday theme

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Accepting What Is."

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.

`Mitzvah Day' slated Sunday

Howard County Hadassah will sponsor a "Mitzvah Day," an adopt-a-family program, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia.

Participants will wrap holiday presents for families whose children are participating in the Reginald S. Lourie Early Head Start Program, a home-based program in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Participants should purchase a gift (which can be gently used) and bring it to Brighton Gardens, where seniors will help to wrap the gifts for adopted families. Information: Karen Rubinstein, krubinst@

Hadassah's seventh Hanukkah Auction will be held at 7 p.m. Monday in Clarksville. This year's theme is "Tastes to Share, Moments to Remember." A light dinner will be served. Participants should purchase a gift worth about $15, wrap it up and attach a short poem or riddle with a clue as to the contents of the package. The gifts will go to the highest bidder. Proceeds will go to Hadassah Emergency Medical Center at the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.

Information: 410-531-0128.

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