Religion Notes

May 18, 2007

Lubavitch Center to mark Shavuot

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, will hold services for the holiday of Shavuot, the celebration of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, which begins Tuesday at 8:01 p.m. in Columbia.

After evening holiday services, it is customary to spend the night studying the Torah. The Ten Commandments are read during morning services the next day.

A memorial service for relatives who have died is recited during morning services Thursday, the second day of the holiday, which ends, in Columbia, at 9:08 p.m. on the evening of the second day.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Art auction tomorrow to benefit shrine

The St. Louis Knights of Columbus and Catholic Daughters will sponsor an art auction at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the St. Louis Church Pastoral Center in Clarksville.

The cost is $15, or $40 for four tickets, and includes beverages and hors d'oeuvres. The proceeds will help fund charitable activities and the Shrine of St. Anthony near Glenelg.

Information: 410-730-7818.

Strawberry Festival set for tomorrow

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. tomorrow.

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

Information: 410-531-5653.

Hunger Walk to be held Sunday

The Greater Howard County CROP Hunger Walk, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday 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 also being held 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. Sunday

The National Council of Jewish Women, Howard County Section, will hold a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday 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.

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 video discs and records for its 11th Media Sale.

Information: Carole Kramer, 410-442-2475.

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