Religion Notes

RELIGION NOTES

March 09, 2007

Wind ensemble set to perform at church

The Anderson University Wind Ensemble is to perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Celebration Church, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia, as part of its spring tour through Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Indiana, the wind ensemble's home state.

Everyone is welcome. Admission is free. An offering will be taken.

The ensemble, which participates in the Anderson University student summer service program, has performed at churches, schools and community events, and on three European tours.

Anderson University, a four-year liberal arts institution serving about 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students, was established in 1917 by the Church of God.

Information: 410-997-2088.

Caring ministry workshop March 17

The First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ellicott City will be host to a Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17.

The workshop offers church leaders and lay members an opportunity to learn about the Stephen Series, a system of strategies to equip and mobilize lay people to participate in effective, caring ministry.

Topics to be covered include "Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief" and "How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way."

The Stephen Series is used by a variety of Christian denominations to train and organize lay people for one-to-one caring ministry.

The workshop will be held at First Lutheran Church, 3694 Chatham Road, Ellicott City. The cost is $15; $50 for a group of four or more people from the same congregation.

Information or registration: Stephen Ministries, 314-428- 2600, or www.caringministry. org.

Angels in Judaism to be discussed

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia, will discuss "Angels Around My Bed: Angel Traditions in Judaism" during Shabbat Services, which begin at 8 p.m. today.

Adult education classes in Prayer Hebrew, Level Three (prayers of the Saturday morning service), and Prayer Hebrew, Vocabulary and Grammar, will begin at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. The cost is $22 for either class. The eight-session classes run from next week through May 3.

Information: 410-531-5115.

`Seder Challenge' is canceled

The Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, has canceled its "Great Passover Seder Challenge," scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The event was to serve as a guide to observance of the eight-day holiday, which commemorates the Exodus of the Jewish people to freedom from slavery in Egypt.

Passover begins on the evening of April 2.

Information: 410-730-6044, Or www.columbiajewish.org.

Journeys Community to meet Sunday

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.

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. tomorrow. The snow date is March 17.

Women of all ages are invited for a day of fellowship and worship. Tickets are $12 and include lunch.

Information or registration: 410-381-5200.

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