Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

March 17, 2006

Book sale to help Habitat for Humanity

St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Highland will hold a used-book sale from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow to benefit a Habitat for Humanity trip to Belen, N.M. Proceeds will help pay for construction of two homes. The cooperative project of several Episcopal churches and a synagogue will include construction of four homes.

St. Mark's will offer an Evensong Service, featuring Irish music sung by soloists and choirs at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. A reception, with Irish dancing taught by the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, will be held after the service.

Everyone is welcome. St. Mark's is at Route 216 and Hall Shop Road.

Information: 301-854-2304.

Lenten vespers set for Wednesdays

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, is holding Lenten vespers at 7:30 p.m. on the remaining Wednesdays in Lent: next week, and March 29 and April 5. The theme is "Dialogue Sermons on the Parables of Grace."

A 2,100-member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, First Lutheran is led by Pastors Glenn E. Ludwig, Gigie Sijera-Grant and Jon Hundt. The director of music ministry is Tom Leeseberg-Lange is director of the church's music ministry.

Information: www.firstluth eranellicottcity.org.

Ex-Enlightenment editor to speak

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, Columbia Church of Religious Science, Journeys Community, Kittamaqundi Community Columbia Institute of Noetic Sciences and others will sponsor a talk by Craig Hamilton, former managing editor of What Is Enlightenment? magazine, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

A donation of $15 is suggested.

Information: 410-750-8559.

Program for parents and preschoolers

"Child and Me," a program for preschoolers and parents, is being offered in Howard County through a collaboration by the Parent Resource Place of Jewish Family Services and Bet Yeladim, Gan Israel and Temple Isaiah preschools.

A four-week "Cook With Me" program, being offered at 10 a.m. Thursdays, began this week at Bet Yeladim Preschool; a five-week "Yoga With Me" series will be held at 10 a.m. Thursdays, beginning April 27, at a location to be announced.

The cost for "Cook With Me" is $44; for "Yoga With Me," $55. There is a discount for siblings.

Information or registration: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, ext. 26.

Session for separated, divorced to be held

Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Marriottsville will offer a seminar for separated and divorced people, "Fresh Start," on April 7 and 8.

The cost is $55; $30 for alumni. Registration in advance is preferred.

The church, at 2600 Marriottsville Road, is a quarter-mile south of Interstate 70.

Information: 410-442-7677, ext. 117.

Journeys Community service is Sunday

Journeys Community's theme for this week's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "Honoring our own endings and embracing the renewed hope and vision of new beginnings."

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.

Catholic Alumnae benefit is tomorrow

The Maryland chapter of the International Federation of Catholic Alumnae will hold its St. Patrick's Day Benefit at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City. Tickets are $28.

Information: 410-461-6556.

Church thrift shop holding a bag sale

Trinity Gift & Thrift Shoppe, a project of Trinity Episcopal Church, is holding a bag sale this month. Patrons can fill a shopping bag with clothing and other items for $3 a bag.

The shop is at Pfeiffer's Corner, at Old Montgomery and Waterloo roads. Information: 410-799-9175.

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