Religion Notes

December 29, 2006

Christian aerobics sessions starting

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics, cardio and strength training to contemporary Christian music, will begin its winter sessions Jan. 5 and 7. There is a fee.

A Tuesday and Friday class is to meet at 9:15 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, at U.S. 29 and Route 108.

Information: 410-985-7102.

A Monday-Wednesday-Friday class is to meet at 9:30 a.m. at South Columbia Baptist Church, 8814 Guilford Road, Columbia. 410-381-4668.

Linden-Linthicum plans blood drive

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville, will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 7.

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment. Each participant will receive a shirt.

Information or to make an appointment: Susan Weyer, 410-531-6235.

Alleluias slate concert Jan. 7

The Alleluias, an interdenominational Christian choral group based in Howard County, will present a sacred choral concert at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 at Elkridge Baptist Church, 5929 Setter Drive (in Hunt Club Estates), Elkridge.

The church's Sunday worship service begins at 11 a.m.

Information: 410-796-4486, or

New Year's Eve Watch Night Service

Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia, will hold a New Year's Eve Watch Night Service at 10 p.m. Sunday. Worship services will be held at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.

Information: 410-997-2088.

Hadassah planning mah-jongg night

Howard County Hadassah will hold a mah-jongg event, with instruction for beginners, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Jan. 17 at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia. Tables will also be available for experienced players. Snacks, wine, raffles and socializing are planned.

The cost is $10 for Hadassah members; $15 for nonmembers, and a $5 donation for new members who join at the event.

Reservations are requested by Jan. 8. Send the attendee's name, address, phone number and a check to Hadassah of Howard County, P.O. Box 238, Simpsonville 21150-0238.

Proceeds will benefit Hadassah Hospital.

Information: Sue Furman, 410-531-5996.

Sunday theme is `Looking Back'

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.

This week's theme is "A New Year: Looking Back -- Looking Forward."

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.

Included are readings, music and film clips from sources such as Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and Stevie Wonder.

Information: 410-730-6079.

Jewish womanhood to be class topic

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education will offer classes to introduce girls ages 11 to 13 to Jewish womanhood.

"How to be a Jewish Woman" will begin at 7:45 p.m. Jan. 7. Regular classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.

Information: 410-740-2424.

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