Religion Notes


September 01, 2006

Family Fun Fest to be held Sunday

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. Sunday 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. Sign-up well in advance is strongly 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 $15 a family at the door.

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

Shepherd of the Glen book sale slated

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, will hold its 11th book sale from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9. A fill-a-bag sale is planned from noon to closing at 3 p.m. Sept. 9.

More than 10,000 books, including two rooms of children's books and more than 500 antiquarian and autographed books, are to be for sale. Coffee-table books will also be available. Children's and paperback books are 50 cents; hardcover books are $1. The antiquarian and autographed books are individually priced.

Also available is a large assortment of computer software, puzzles, videos, compact discs, tapes and records, including more than 100 78s and 45s.

Information: 410-442-1204, or Carole Kramer, 410-442-2475.

Thrift shop has fall, winter clothing

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 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

U.S. Army Field Band to perform Sept. 17

The U.S. Army Field Band will perform at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. The band will also perform at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 and 24.

The concerts are free and open to everyone.

Information: 410-381-9365.

Information about the band: 301-677-6586, or

Journeys Community meets Sundays

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual 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.

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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