Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

August 04, 2006

`The Real Me' set as Journeys topic

Journeys Community, a nontraditional Christian seekers' group, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House Life-Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

This week's topic is "Will the Real Me Stand Up! -- Discovering Our Authentic Voice."

Journeys Community has published a book, Seeking the Spirit: How to Create a Community of Seekers.

The book describes the history of the Columbia group and its nontraditional liturgy, which draws on many cultures and faith traditions and includes readings, music and film clips from sources such as Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and Stevie Wonder.

Information: 410-730-6079.

Counseling center now serves Howard

Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington has extended its services to Howard County.

The Ellicott City office, on the campus of St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, is staffed Mondays and Wednesdays by Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin, a licensed professional counselor with a specialty in Imago Relationship Therapy.

The therapy, created by Harville Hendrix, author of Getting the Love You Want, offers practical strategies, based on a spiritual perspective, to repair and strengthen relationships.

Information: 202-449-3789, Ext. 706, or www.pastoralcounselingdc.com.

Family Fun Fest scheduled Sept. 3

The second Family Fun Fest, sponsored by the Parent Resource Place of Jewish Family Services in Howard County and other Jewish community groups, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Activities are to include a magic show for families with children ages 6 and older at 11:30 a.m., followed by "Learn Magic," hands-on workshops for ages 7 to 9 and 10 to 12.

Torah Tots, a New York-based musical troupe, will perform at 1 p.m. Activities for teens, crafts, a firetruck, balloon animals and face-painting are also planned.

Tickets purchased in advance (before Aug. 25) are $10 a family; $15 a family after Aug. 25 or at the door.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, Ext. 26, or www.jparents.com.

Chapelgate to hold SAT, PSAT courses

Chapelgate Christian Academy, 2600 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer an SAT and PSAT preparation course for high school students, to be taught by Martha Gagnon. Classes will be held from noon to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 19 and 26 at the academy.

Tuition is $185 and includes materials for the class.

Information: 410-442-1600, or visit www.MarthaGagnon.com.

Chapelgate to offer basketball camp

Chapelgate Christian Academy will offer a basketball camp for boys in grades nine through 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14-18.

The cost is $75. Registration forms are available at the school or online at www. chapelgateacademy.org.

Information: Frick Frierson, 410-442-5888.

Depression-bipolar support offered

A DRADA (Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association) depression and bipolar support group meets from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Meetings are held at Glen Mar United Methodist Church, 8430 Glen Mar Road, Ellicott City.

Information: Betsy Bucks, 410-379-2686.

Lubavitch Center offers Torah classes

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering a free Torah class for women, led by Rebbetzin Chanie Baron, at noon Wednesdays.

Beginners and advanced students are welcome, and mothers are invited to bring their children.

A study group for men and women meets at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays to discuss the Tanya, the classic late 18th-century work on Jewish mysticism by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

A second group for men and women meets at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays to study the Talmud, the oral interpretation of the Torah. The current topic is Tractate Brachos, which deals with the origins of Jewish prayer and blessings over food.

Classes are free; registration is not required.

Information: 410-740-2424.

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