Religion Notes

April 20, 2007

Choir to perform at interfaith center

The adult choir of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church will perform That You May Have Life, by Marty Haugen, at 8 p.m. Sunday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted in honor of the late George W. Martin, a longtime leader in ecumenical and community activities. Martin, a Columbia pioneer and deacon at St. John's, died March 9 last year.

The money will be used to establish a Columbia Interfaith History Fund to defray the costs of documenting the development of the interfaith concept in Columbia.

That You May Have Life, based on the Gospel of St. John, incorporates narration, dialogue and song.

Information: 410-964-1434.

Linden-Linthicum sets Earth Day program

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane, Clarksville, will hold an Earth Day Celebration from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow on the church grounds.

Children will have an opportunity to make birdhouses from recycled wood, work on a butterfly garden and take a nature walk. Information on wise use of resources will be available, and representatives from local and regional groups will be on hand.

A nearly complete planting of 1,677 native flowers, grasses and shrubs -- funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, local merchants and the church -- will be on display.

Those who attend are invited to take a bag of newspapers, junk mail and office paper to the church's recycling bin. Volunteers are needed.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: Mary McBride, 301-854-0179.

Chamber works concert scheduled for May 5

The Chalice concert Series of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will conclude its season with An Evening of Great Chamber Works for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano at 8 p.m. May 5 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

On the program is Quartet for the End of Time by Olivier Messaien, written during the composer's internment in a German prison camp.

Thomas Benjamin will give a lecture at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $10 for students. A $3 surcharge will be applied to tickets purchased at the door. Children to age 12 will be admitted free, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Oseh Shalom plans rabbi installation

Oseh Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue in Laurel, will hold an installation ceremony for Rabbi Douglas Heifetz at 1:30 p.m. May 6. Rabbi Gary Fink, who has served the congregation for more than 26 years, will be designated rabbi emeritus.

Rabbi Linda Holtzman, director of the Department of Practical Rabbinics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, will speak.

As part of the celebration, musician Joe Jencks will perform at 8 p.m. May 5 at Oseh Shalom. Tickets are $10.

The synagogue is at 7515 Olive Branch Way.

Information: 301-498-5151.

Yard sale, auction, health fair set May 5

Locust United Methodist Church, 6851 Martin Road, Columbia, will hold a yard sale, silent auction and health fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5. The rain date is May 19. Sellers are needed. The cost is $10 a space.

Information: Sylvia Waters, 410-772-0940.

A supervised truck will accept donations of clean household items, knickknacks, books and children's clothing from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday and April 29; from noon to 2 p.m. Saturdays, tomorrow and April 28; and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

Christian aerobics at 2 churches

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics is offering eight-week sessions of cardio- and strength-training to contemporary Christian music, starting this month.

A class is offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Information: 410-985-7102.

A second class is offered at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at South Columbia Baptist Church.

Information: 410-381-4668.

There is a fee; a discount is available for new students.

Church seeks DVDs, CDs, book donations

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, is collecting book, videos, compact discs, digital video discs and records for its 11th Media Sale.

Donated items can be left in or around the blue box in the parking lot-side entrance to the church, if rain is not expected.

Tax statement forms are inside the lid of the blue box. If a car is parked near the door (and the door is unlocked) donations can be placed on any table inside the church.

Encyclopedias, and copies of the Reader's Digest or National Geographic are not accepted.

Information: Carole Kramer, 410-442-2475.

Journeys group meets in Columbia

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, describing the history of the Columbia group and its nontraditional liturgy.

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

Information: 410-730-6079.

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