Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

September 08, 2006

Program to teach teens about Judaism

Gateways to Judaism, a program for teenagers to learn about and celebrate Judaism in a nonthreatening and hospitable environment, will be offered this fall by Columbia Jewish Congregation.

The program -- for teens from interfaith marriages and those who would like to be bar or bat mitzvahed but have little or no knowledge of Judaism, will provide information about Jewish life-cycle events, Hebrew and prayer, customs and elementary Jewish history and theology.

Participants will learn how Judaism and Christianity differ and can become more comfortable with the Jewish community and synagogue by learning and becoming part of a peer group.

The program is supported by a grant from the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fund for the Enrichment of Jewish Education. The Columbia Jewish Congregation meets at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place.

Information: Rabbi Sonya Starr, 410-730-6044.

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. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. A fill-a-bag sale is planned from noon to closing at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

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.

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 counselingdc.com.

`Pizza and Parsha' slated for Sunday

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, will hold a "Pizza and Parsha" event with Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin at 5 p.m. Sunday. He will discuss Imago Relationship Therapy. Fresh pizza will be served.

Elul Women's Event -- an evening of singing and discussion for women -- is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-740-2424.

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.

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.

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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