Religion Notes

March 02, 2007

Purim Carnival to be held Sunday

The Jewish Federation of Howard County will hold its 15th Howard County Purim Carnival from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at River Hill High School, 12101 Route 108, Clarksville.

A Megillah reading is planned for 2 p.m. The Megillah is the traditional scroll of the Book of Esther, the heroine of the festive Purim holiday.

Games of chance, crafts, face-painting, games for older children, a costume parade and disc jockey are planned. Vendors, raffles, adult games of chance, hotdogs, chicken wraps and Hamantaschen, the three-cornered pastry eaten at Purim, will be available.

Admission is $4; children are admitted free. Game tickets are 50 cents.

Purim celebration set for tomorrow

Columbia Jewish Congregation will celebrate Purim tomorrow at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Music, a Megillah reading, a parade for small children and Hamantaschen are planned.

A celebration for middle-schoolers will be held at 6 p.m. A Tot-Purim for young children is to begin at 6:15 p.m., and a family celebration that includes a Purim play with the congregation's adult choir is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome.

Information or to reserve a place: 410-730-6044.

Day of Prayer at Bon Secours

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will hold a Friends' Day of Prayer from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. David Carey will discuss Matthew 25:40, and Mass will be celebrated.

The cost is $25, and includes lunch. Registration is requested by Monday.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Beth Shalom to mark Purim

Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will celebrate Purim at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow with "Esther at Woodstock: A '60s Retrospective Purim," accompanied by the "Silly Sixties Band and the Estherettes."

A Tots' Purim program and costume parade is planned from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Families can join in the main service for a Megillah reading and a candy mosh pit for children.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Types of prayer is Sunday topic

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.

The topic for Sunday will be "Various Types of Prayer."

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.

`Contagious Joy' is topic of conference

Calvary Community Church, 9180 Rumsey Road, Columbia, will be host for the Women of Faith audio-visual conference, "Contagious Joy," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 10. The snow date is March 17.

Women of all ages are invited for a day of fellowship and worship. The program includes music and speakers. Tickets are $12 and include lunch.

Calvary Community Church is a nondenominational Christian church.

Information or registration: 410-381-5200.

Sessions to focus on aging and death

Christ United Methodist Church, which meets at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, will offer an eight-week study, "Living Fully, Dying Well."

Discussion will focus on the benefits and limitations of aging and end-of-life decisions and how to face these life events without fear.

Classes, which begin at 7 p.m. March 12, are open to everyone. The eight-week course will meet at 7 p.m. Mondays.

Information: 410-381-6329.

Fall, winter clothing available at shop

Trinity Episcopal Church's Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road at Old Montgomery Road in Elkridge, has fall and winter clothing available. A bag sale (each bag of clothing costs $3) is being held this month.

The shop is at Pfeiffer's Corner, behind St. John's Lutheran Church. Information: 410-799-9175.

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