Religion Notes

November 30, 2007

Menorah lighting scheduled Dec. 9

Area synagogues, Jewish schools and organizations, and local officials will participate in a Hanukkah menorah-lighting ceremony at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in Centennial Park, Ellicott City.

A representative from each participating synagogue will light a candle of the 6-foot menorah. Music and singing is planned, and jelly doughnuts, a traditional Hanukkah food, will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Jewish community of Howard County.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 301-580-3400.

Center sponsoring `menorah factory'

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, will sponsor a "menorah factory" from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Participants can each create their own oil-burning menorah from tile, stones and copper cups. Rabbi Hillel Baron will press olives in a traditional press to make oil.

The event is intended to help re-create the story of Hanukkah, the eight-day festival of lights celebrating the triumph of light and holiness over darkness.

The holiday, which begins shortly after sunset Tuesday, commemorates the miraculous victory of a small band of Maccabees over the Syrian-Greeks and the miracle of a single vessel of pure oil that burned for eight days in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Admission to the event is free and open to everyone.

Information: 410-740-2424.

St. Anthony plans day of solitude

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road near Glenelg, will offer a day of quiet and solitude from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The theme is "Blessed are they who mourn for they will be comforted."

The cost is $40 and includes lunch and materials. Registration is required.

Advent evening prayer will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent. The Franciscan friars invite everyone to join them in prayer, Scripture and song at 5 p.m. on the Sundays of Advent.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Pancake breakfast set at St. Michael

The Men's Club of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church will hold its annual pancake breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the church's gymnasium, 1125 St. Michaels Road, Poplar Springs.

On the menu are pancakes, sausage, home fries, eggs, juice and coffee. Free sleigh rides with Santa Claus will be offered, weather permitting. A photographer will be available to take pictures (a donation is requested).

The cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children to age 10. Those who attend are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to help kick off the Toys For Tots Program that the Men's Club supports.

Information: Phil Abel, 301-854-6287 or Bob Trueblood, 301-831-7281.

Trinity Episcopal to hold open house

Trinity Episcopal Church, 7474 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, will hold an open house with light refreshments from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Members and non-members are welcome.

Information: 410-799-7974.

Nativity sets to be displayed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City, will have a display of nativity sets from around the world, family heirloom nativities and nativities made by children.

More than 300 nativity sets will be displayed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is free.

Information: 240-461-3466.

A Messiah sing-along is planned for 6 p.m. Sunday at the church. Free sheet music will be available for choral parts. People of all skill levels are welcome. Admission is free.

Information: 916-996-9396.

LOGOS Ministry program scheduled

Registration is continuing for Christ United Methodist Church's Thursday evening LOGOS Ministry, being held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 13, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, Feb. 14, 21 and 28, and March 6 and 13 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.

The program for children ages 4 through high school and their families includes Bible study, family time, recreational activities and worship skills. There is a fee.

Information: 410-381-6329, or www.gbgm-umc.org/christ columbia/index.html, and look under "Kids' Programs."

Owen Brown Interfaith Center is at 7246 Cradlerock Way.

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