Unitarians slate talk by Afghan refugee at...


Unitarians slate talk by Afghan refugee at interfaith center

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will sponsor a talk by Fahima Vorgetts - who left her native Afghanistan to escape the Soviet invasion in 1979 - at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia. She will discuss the plight of Afghan women under the Taliban regime.

Vorgetts lives in Annapolis, and handicrafts from her shop there will be available for sale. Proceeds will go to Afghan women's groups.

Admission is free.

Information: 410-381-0097.

Thanksgiving Eve at Interfaith Center

The 34th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oakland Mils Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Faith communities of Bahai's, Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims and Unitarian-Universalists will celebrate working toward peace and Thanksgiving with singing, prayer, readings and faith sharing.

Children's choirs and a bell choir will perform. A collection of nonperishable food items will be taken for those in need.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862 or e-mail, gwmartin @erols.com.

Chorus to perform at St. Mark's Episcopal

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 12700 Hall Shop Road, Highland, will sponsor an Evensong Service at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The Slavic Male Chorus of Washington will perform.

A reception will be held after the service. Everyone is invited.

Information: 301-854-2304.

Historical Society to meet in Savage

The Savage Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the Faith & Ministry Center of Savage United Methodist Church, 9050 Baltimore St., Savage. Lorna Duane Smith of the Howard County Historical Society will talk about "Celebrating the Life of the Community."

The society was founded in April by the Rev. Galen R. Menne of Savage United Methodist Church. The nondenominational group is open to the public.

Information: 301-725-7630.

'Sharing Hope' services on 11th of each month

St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia, is planning "Sharing Hope" services on the 11th of each month. The gatherings will offer an opportunity for prayer related to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

Each gathering will include inspirational and patriotic music and testimony, and will focus on one group of "servant heroes" to be honored.

Information: 410-992-6977.

Islamic school in Sykesville accepting registration

Aleem Academy, a new Islamic school offering pre-kindergarten through third grade, is registering pupils.

Religious and academic studies - reading, language, mathematics, science, social studies, art and Quranic and Islamic studies - are offered. The children participate in communal prayer during the school day. A weekly physical education program also is planned.

The school is at 7543 Main St., Sykesville.

Information: 410-795-5375, or www.aleemacademy.org.

Christian Scientists plan Thanksgiving service

The Christian Science Society of Columbia will hold a Thanksgiving service, dedicated to the sharing of gratitude, at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row, Columbia.

Everyone is invited. Care will be provided for children too young to attend the service. No collection will be taken.

Information: 301-854-6053.

Jewish congregation selling coupon software

Columbia Jewish Congregation is selling the 2002 "Food 'N' Fun" CD-ROM, which contains more than 350 discount coupons and free games that can be printed from personal computers.

The $10 disc contains discount offers in the Baltimore area, including Columbia, Laurel and Ellicott City. Coupons can be printed as often as desired until September 2002, when a new compact disc will be available.

To buy the CD, send a check made out to CJC for $12, which includes shipping, to Columbia Jewish Congregation, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia 21045.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Temple Isaiah to present family education sessions

Temple Isaiah, a Howard County Reform Congregation, will continue its preschool family education series, "Family Focus: The Magic of Learning," from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Feb. 3, March 3 and April 4.

The classes are free to the public. Registration is required.

Information: 410-730-8277.

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