Religion Notes

December 21, 2007

King-Heschel interfaith service set

In a tribute to the interfaith community, Beth Shalom Congregation will hold its 11th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Interfaith Service at 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

Rabbi Susan Grossman and Cantor Richard Walters will welcome members of the Celebration Church of Columbia and neighbors from Locust United Methodist Church on Martin Road in Columbia. The choirs of both congregations will join Beth Shalom's choir in providing music for the service. The Rev. Robbie Davis, senior pastor of Celebration Church, will speak.

Elected officials, including members of the state legislature, and the Howard County Office of Human Rights, are expected to attend.

King and Heschel are honored together each year for their work together in the civil rights movement.

Beth Shalom is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Advent prayer at 5 p.m. Sunday

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will hold Advent Evening Prayer at 5 p.m. Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Christmas Eve Mass that begins with poetry and Christmas carols is planned for 9:30 p.m. Monday. The Mass is to begin at 10 p.m. and will be followed by a reception in the Papal Dining Room.

A Healing Mass is planned for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Day of recollection to be held Dec. 31

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer a workshop, "Letting go of the Past, Embracing the Future With Hope," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

The day of recollection and prayer will provide an introduction to the new year, reviewing the joys and challenges of the past and exploring hope for the future. The day will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist for New Year's Day.

The cost is $50, and includes lunch. Registration is required.

Information: 410-442-1320.

See Living Creche at St. John's Episcopal

St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, will present its 50th Living Creche, a manger scene on the church's front grounds with parishioners, sheep and goats, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 30.

Information: 410-461-7793.

Spiritual-care volunteers sought

Volunteers are needed to provide spiritual care for patients at Howard County General Hospital.

The hospital's pastoral care department is offering a 16-week training program, which begins March 11. Participants will be asked to volunteer for at least a year.

The registration deadline is Feb. 22.

Information: Jack Dunlavey, 410-740-7898.

Howard County General Hospital is a 219-bed, not-for-profit facility that treats many conditions and provides neonatal, oncological outpatient and critical care.

Winter camp set by Gan Israel

Gan Israel Preschool and Day Camp will hold its winter camp from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

The cost is $140; $30 a day for a full day; $20 for a half-day (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) A small registration fee may apply.

Information: Rebbetzin Chanie Baron, 410-740-2424.

Journeys Community meets Sundays

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual group, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-6079.

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