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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 Douglas Birch and Douglas Birch,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1995
A failed shopping center was officially resurrected yesterday as the new home of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, after worshipers staged a joyous march to the renovated complex and held their first Sunday services there. that seats 300. The erstwhile Spirit Shop liquor store, once the site of frequent break-ins and robberies, is scheduled to reopen as a Christian bookstore.The Pancake Cottage is gone. But coming soon to the brick-and-stucco center are a Christian elementary and middle school, Bible college, senior center, day care center, bus garage, and catering and fellowship halls.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2012
As Trayvon Martin's mother stood at the altar of Baltimore's Empowerment Temple on Sunday, the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant asked for anyone whose child had also been the victim of "senseless violence" to come forward. At least a dozen women and men assembled at Sybrina Fulton's feet before she stepped down to grab one of them. She squeezed the woman, patted her back and whispered in her ear. Then Fulton moved down the line, tightly embracing each mother, grandmother and father, each of them too familiar with loss, until she'd touched them all. Congregants erupted into deafening applause and brushed away tears.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1999
Just weeks before it is slated to announce new plans to develop part of its campus, Beth Tfiloh Congregation was slapped with a fine yesterday for violating Baltimore County building codes.The congregation, off Old Court Road, was fined $1,500 at a county code enforcement hearing for tearing down a dilapidated house and garage without a demolition permit.James Kemp, a county building inspector, testified that he ordered Beth Tfiloh to stop demolition work on the house April 19 because the congregation lacked a permit.
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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 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 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 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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