Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

October 13, 2006

Bethany Methodist plans fall festival

The Children's Ministry of Bethany United Methodist Church will hold a Fall Fun Festival from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City. Food, games, pumpkin-decorating, chocolate-dipping and other activities are planned. Items will be collected for the food pantry.

Spiritdaze, a Friday morning ministry for women, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. today. The topic will be "The Power of Prayer." Child care is available for a small fee.

The United Methodist Men will continue their Men's Speaker Series at seven monthly breakfasts, from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Mondays, starting next week.

Information: 410-465-2919.

Program to focus on bereavement

In preparation for coming holiday season, First Lutheran Church will offer a bereavement program, "Journeying Through Grief Bereavement Care," at 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church's Education Building, 3604 Chatham Lane, Ellicott City.

Sessions will be held Oct. 24 and 31, and Nov. 7, 14 and 28. A bereavement dinner, honoring the memory of those who have died, will be held Dec. 6, after the church's first Advent Vesper Service.

Information: 410-465-2977 or 410-465-5882.

Lisbon Methodist to hold supper

Lisbon United Methodist Church, 15875 Frederick Road, Lisbon, will hold its semiannual ham and oyster supper from 1 p.. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21.

The supper includes fried oysters, ham, green beans, corn, rolls and beverages. The salads are homemade; the food is served family-style, and carryouts are available.

Tickets are $12; $6 for children ages 6-12.

Information: 410-489-7245.

Youth group plans pumpkin event

The Youth Ministry of the First Presbyterian Church of Howard County will hold its fourth Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31 at 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia.

Pumpkins, Indian corn, gourds, corn stalks and fall flowers will be for sale. Proceeds will benefit the church's youth program.

In conjunction with the Pumpkin Patch, the church will sponsor a Fall Festival, with moon bounce, jumbo slide and outdoor games, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

Information: 410-730-3545.

Dancing tonight celebrates Torah

Dancing in celebration of the Torah begins at 6:45 p.m. tonight on Shemini Atzeres, sometimes called the eighth and final day of the festival of Sukkot, at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

Sabbath services begin at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow; a Yizkor (memorial) service will be held at 11:30 a.m.

Services and dancing for Simchat Torah, the joyous holiday celebrating the completion of the yearly cycle of Torah readings, begin at 6:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Lubavitch Center.

Services, which include dancing with the Torah, continue at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The holiday ends at 7:09 p.m.

Admission is free; 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.

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

Information: 410-799-9175.

The church is seeking vendors for its flea market, to be held at 7474 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 28. Coffee, doughnuts, hotdogs and hamburgers will be for sale.

Vendors pay $10 a space; $15 for space and a table.

Information: Anna Gorzo, 410-799-7080.

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