Religion Notes


August 25, 2006

St Paul's planning concert tomorrow St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church's Summer String Orchestra will present its 12th annual concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 308 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie.

Amateur and semiprofessional musicians, youth and adults from Howard and Anne Arundel counties and the Baltimore area, comprise the orchestra.

Admission is free. An offering will be taken.

Information: Chris Gosper, 410-437-3581.

2 churches holding a candidates forum

Christ United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will co-sponsor forum for 3rd District congressional candidates from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Information: Tom Fulda, 410-309-6893, or Joanne Piersall,

Fall, winter clothes at thrift shop

Trinity Episcopal Church's Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road at Old Montgomery Road in Elkridge, has fall and winter clothing available. (The shop is at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church.)

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

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.

About 11 synagogues and Jewish organizations in Howard County will be represented.

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. Advance sign-up is advised. Pizza ($13 a pizza) can also be ordered in advance. An ice cream truck will be outside from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

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 are $10 a family today; $15 a family after and at the door.

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

Army Field Band to perform Thursday

The U.S. Army Field Band will perform at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, at 7 p.m. Thursday. and Sept. 17. The concerts are free and open to everyone.

The band will also perform at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 24.

Information: 410-381-9365.

Information about the band: 301-677-6586, or www.armyfield

Journeys group to meet Sunday

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual 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.

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.

Church to sponsor flea mart Sept. 23

Women of Christ Episcopal Church will sponsor a flea market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 23 on the church lawn off Oakland Mills Road. The rain date is Sept. 30.

The organizers are seeking vendors. Spaces cost $8; two for $13, four for $23 and five for $28.

Information: Virginia Shaw, 410-953-8381, or Suzanne Ziobro, 410-730-8578.

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.pastoral

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.

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