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By Michael Duck and Michael Duck,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 14, 2003
Many church communities socialize over coffee and doughnuts Sunday mornings. But the Chinese Bible Church of Howard County may be the only local congregation sharing rice and stir-fried vegetables after each week's services. "Food is very important in Chinese churches," church elder Desmond Chan said. "When [Chinese people] sit down to eat, they share in the food, they talk, they share about their lives." The weekly meal celebrates the cultural and spiritual community of this Columbia-based independent Bible church, an offshoot of Rockville's Chinese Bible Church of Maryland.
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By Michael James and Michael James,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2000
The cantor for an Upper Park Heights synagogue was sentenced yesterday to six months of home detention for not paying his taxes and filing a false insurance claim -- acts he said he committed because of severe financial hardships. Benzion Weiss, 44, will continue to serve as the cantor for Beth Jacob Congregation. Several congregation members spoke in support of him at a sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and said they have forgiven him. "He publicly apologized to the entire congregation," said Dr. Gavriel Newman, the rabbi of Beth Jacob.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1997
The days of wandering for one small Jewish congregation in Carroll County are at an end. B'nai Israel plans to settle on property in Eldersburg by the first of the year.The congregation, chartered nearly 20 years ago, cleared the last hurdle yesterday with the Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals and will probably hold its first service in the Freedom Optimist Club building on Arthur Avenue this week."We want to have our own home," said Barry Heiserman, president of the congregation of 31 families.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | October 6, 1992
After a decade of lugging hymnals, sound equipment and other materials to and from makeshift meeting rooms at Hammond High School, the South Columbia Baptist congregation finally has a church -- one parishioners built themselves.Built on Guilford Road overlooking Hammond High in Kings Contrivance, the new building was the dream of a small group of faithful who saw a need for an alternative to Columbia's village interfaith centers.The congregation, which had about 20 members in 1979 when it first began searching for a meeting place, now has about 165 members.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer | November 7, 1994
It is said that faith can move mountains. So, the small congregation of Grace Fellowship Chapel in Westminster should have no trouble building an 80-foot octagonal church.Faith has helped the congregation grow from the five founding families in 1985 to the current 50 families who make up this nondenominational, Christ-centered church.When construction on the church began in September, it started a new chapter in Grace Fellowship Chapel's history. With weather permitting, the congregation hopes to celebrate Christmas in its new home.
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | October 20, 1990
The trustees of a Columbia church filed suit yesterday to keep a minister who has been fired from entering the pulpit or calling a congregational meeting, saying they fear "violence will occur" unless the court acts.The suit was filed by the board of trustees of St. John the Evangelist Baptist Church against the Rev. Herbert H. Eaton, a minister of the American Baptist congregation for 10 years.Howard County Circuit Judge J. Thomas Nissel signed an order setting a hearing Nov. 5 on the board's request for a temporary injunction to prevent Mr. Eaton from entering the pulpit or calling a special church meeting.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | October 14, 2001
WALDORF -- To find the congregation's Torah, you must enter an Episcopal church and ascend to a musty attic that is home to mice and cardboard boxes. It seems an odd place for the elegant, handwritten scroll containing Judaism's teachings, but its owners assure that it won't be there much longer. After a decade of renting space from the church and other organizations for services and storage, the fledgling Congregation Sha'are Shalom recently bought a 4-acre property here on which it will build Charles County's first synagogue.
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By Linda Linley and Linda Linley,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2003
A ruling by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals has removed an obstacle to construction of a 1,500-seat synagogue in the historic village of Glyndon in northwestern Baltimore County, marking another chapter in a five-year dispute over development of the 43-acre site. Beth Tfiloh Congregation, based in Pikesville, and the Glyndon Community Association have been locked in a legal battle over use of the land, which was once home to a camp for diabetic children. The state appeals court overturned a Baltimore County Circuit Court decision and upheld a county Board of Appeals ruling that the congregation is exempt from the county's development review process, which requires public hearings.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | December 26, 1990
BERRETT - Messiah Lutheran Church on Old Washington Road is bursting at its seams from the population explosion the county has experienced in recent years.Despite that growth, the congregation wants to maintain the rural character and charm of its 107-year-old white stucco sanctuary.Toward that end, if the congregation votes next spring to build a new church, the decision already has been made simply to construct a larger replica of the present sanctuary."Our intention is to maintain the integrity of the tradition that we already have," said the Rev. John C. Morrill, pastor at Messiah Lutheran for the last three years.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer | October 3, 1993
Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, a small church in Hickory Ridge, turned 30 this month, and like any other veteran, it's changing with the times.For years, the congregation was predominantly white. But during the last decade, blacks and immigrants from India, the Middle East and Liberia have joined the church."The face of our church is changing," said the Rev. Albert Ely, pastor of the 180-member church since January 1976. "I think we need to be open to a more multicultural community."To cope with that change, the church at Owen Brown Road and Cedar Lane will conduct a multicultural discussion this month, focusing on how the races can overcome fears and concerns about their differences.
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