Religion Notes


December 23, 2005

Christmas Eve service is to be held at hotel

New Spirit Community Church will hold a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Lakeview Ballroom, Sheraton Columbia Hotel, 10207 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

The theme of the service is "White Christmas and Praising God."

Everyone is welcome; reservations are not needed. A reception is planned after the service.

The nondenominational Christian church, which has a congregation of 150 people, was formed in June 2004.

Information: Toni Whaley, 410-290-7901, or

3 services tomorrow at Christ Episcopal

Christ Episcopal Church will offer three Christmas Eve services tomorrow: A Christmas pageant and Eucharist at 4 p.m.; Festal Eucharist at 8 p.m.; and a Solemn High Eucharist at 11 p.m.

The church's adult choir and brass quartet will offer music of the season at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The church is at 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

A Christmas Eucharist will be offered in Old Brick, the church's 1809 historic building, at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Information: 410-381-9365.

Hanukkah party is slated Sunday

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education will hold a Hanukkah party, with songs, games and traditional holiday latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), at 4 p.m. Sunday, the first night of the holiday. Everyone is welcome.

After the party, Rabbi Hillel Baron will light the center's large outdoor menorah, known as the largest in Howard County. Blessings will be said for the lighting, and those who attend will sing Hanukkah songs. Warm dress is recommended.

The Lubavitch Center plans to install a public menorah at Centennial Park that is to remain on display during the eight days of the holiday.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Afternoon of skating set in Columbia

Hadassah and the Jewish Federation of Howard County will sponsor a "Community Skate Day" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the roller rink of the Supreme Sports Club, 7080 Deepage Drive, Columbia.

The cost is $20 a family. There is an additional charge for skate rental.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-418-9262, or www.hoco

Candlelight service set for tomorrow

Christ Lutheran Church, 12570 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

There will be time for fellowship and refreshments after the service.

A Christmas Day service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the same location.

Information: 301-854-2100.

Menorah dedication Monday in Columbia

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will dedicate its new menorah at 5 p.m. Monday at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Singer Robyn Helzner III will perform at 5 p.m. A potluck dairy dinner with latkes (potato pancakes) is planned for 6 p.m., and the dedication will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Admission is free to members; nonmembers pay $6 a person or $18 a family.

Reservations are requested.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Service agency referrals offered

Christ Church Link, a program of Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, offers referrals to service agencies in Howard County and Maryland. Callers can be referred to agencies that help prevent evictions and utility cutoffs, provide food and help with employment and other needs.

Hours of service are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays; and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

Information or to request help: 410-309-9695. The phone may not be staffed in the evening during the holidays, but messages can be left any time and will be returned.

Journeys Community: no Sunday service

Journeys Community will not hold a Sunday service this week. The group's 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@

Harvester Baptist's Christmas Eve service

Harvester Baptist Church, 9605 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia, will hold its Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m. tomorrow.

Refreshments will be provided after the service.

Information: 410-997-4992.

Free Alleluias concert scheduled for Jan. 8

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group based in Howard County, will present a free concert at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at Kittamaqundi Community Church in Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-4885 or

Shrine of St. Anthony to hold open house

The Shrine of St. Anthony will hold an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 8 at the shrine, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg.

An evening prayer for world peace is planned for 5 p.m.

Information or registration: 410-531-2800.

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