Religion Notes

May 11, 2007

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, will be host for a Stephen Series Caring Ministry Workshop, a program designed to mobilize and train lay people to participate in caring ministry, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Participants will experience a sample of the training Stephen ministers (who are lay caregivers) receive, and hear presentations on "Ministering to Those Experiencing Grief" and "How to Care in a Distinctively Christian Way."

The cost is $15; $50 for a group of four or more people from the same congregation.

Information or registration: Stephen Ministries, www.caring ministry.org. Local information: Emily Miller, 410-465-5882.

Strawberry Festival set for May 19

Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church, 12101 Linden Linthicum Lane in Clarksville, will hold its 14th Strawberry Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19.

Strawberries will be available by the pint, in shortcake, sundaes and pies. Crafts, games and music are planned.

Information: 410-531-5653.

Shabbat services being held today

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation will discuss "The Jewish Claim to Jerusalem" during Shabbat services, which begin at 8 p.m. today.

The congregation is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Hunger Walk to be held May 20

The Greater Howard County CROP Hunger Walk, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be held at 2 p.m. May 20 at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Registration is to begin at 1:30 p.m.

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) is a locally organized effort to raise funds to help stop hunger in the local community and around the world through self-help initiatives. A portion of the funds raised in the county will go to the Interfaith Coalition for Compassion for Howard County. Local ministries such as food pantries and banks share in the funds raised.

CROP Hunger Walks, organized by Church World Service, will be held in about 2,000 American cities and towns, focused on the theme "We walk because they walk."

The Howard County walk is in memory of George W. Martin, deacon of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and a leader of the Columbia Cooperative Ministry, who organized the CROP Hunger Walks of Greater Howard County for the past 20 years.

Information: Robert Jordan, 410-730-2026, or www.cropwalk .org.

Yard sale to begin at 8 a.m. May 20

The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County Section, will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 20 at 5005 Straight Star Place, off Harpers Farm Road, near Route 108, in Columbia.

Household goods, children's clothing, toys, books, electronics, and antiques will be for sale.

The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that works to improve the quality of life for women, children and families.

Information: 410-381-7999.

Lubavitch Center plans Rhor classes

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering the next in a series of Rohr Jewish Learning Institute courses, "Flashbacks in Jewish History," six lessons on the relevance of Jewish experiences with other cultures to modern Jews. Readings from primary texts are used.

Classes meet at 10 a.m. Sundays at the center. The cost is $75; $135 a couple, including a textbook.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Christian aerobics at two churches

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

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 books, videos, compact discs, digital videodiscs 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 inside the church.

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

Information: 410-442-2475.

Spiritual group meets on Sundays

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.

Information: 410-730-6079.

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