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Russian singers among performers in free concert...


Russian singers among performers in free concert series

Mayo United Methodist Church will hold a series of free concerts, including a performance tomorrow by a Russian vocal group, in the next several weeks in its sanctuary at 1005 Old Turkey Point Road, Edgewater.

The St. Petersburg Vocal Ensemble Russicum will perform sacred works and Russian and Ukrainian folk songs at the concert, the first stop on the group's spring tour of the United States. On Feb. 17, Alexandra Chappell and Marcia Diehl, who regularly perform with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, will present a recital of clarinet music including works by Brahms and Gershwin.

Harpist Michelle Myers Lundy and flautist Kimberly Valerio will perform the music of Debussy and Bach on March 10. The final concert of the series, on April 20, is to be recorded for a new CD by Dave Reynolds, a music professor and guitarist who has performed at Washington's Kennedy Center and in recital at St. Peter's Church in New York.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. A free will offering will be taken at each concert to support the artists and future music programs at the church.

Information: 410-798-6110.

Jewish women's group to offer Passover seder

The Annapolis Section of the National Council of Jewish Women will hold its first community-wide Passover seder at 7 p.m. March 12 at Congregation Kol Ami, 1909 Hidden Meadow Lane, Annapolis. The evening will include traditional kosher Passover foods and holiday music.

The seder, which will be led by Rabbi Lieve Hoffman, will highlight and explore the contributions of women to the Passover experience. All women and girls over age 12 are invited to attend.

Cost is $10, due by March 5 to NCJW, 603 Burton's Cove Way #6, Annapolis 21403. Information: 410-315-7846.


Biblical romance: New Covenant Church will hold a Biblical Romance Seminar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and a Parenting Teen Seminar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 365 Jones Station Road, Arnold. Parents of children of all ages are welcome. Information: 410-544-1880.

European Outreach: European Outreach Ministries will hold a worship and testimony meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday at New Covenant Church, College Pkwy. and Jones Station Road, Arnold. Bob Wright and Paul Foster Jr., who recently returned from a mission trip to Hungary and Western Ukraine, will speak.

Bingo Blast: The Church of the Good Shepherd will hold its Bingo Blast at 1 p.m. Sunday at 1451 Furnace Ave., Glen Burnie. A $20 donation is requested in return for a turkey dinner, coffee and soda all afternoon, eight cards for regular games and four cards for specials. The jackpot is guaranteed to be $500. Information: 410-761-4977 or 410-766-1102.

Harmonious gospel: St. Phillips' Episcopal Church Performing Arts Ministry presents Steve Key and Company, a group that spreads the Gospel in song, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church, 730 Bestgate Road, Annapolis. Cost is $10. Children age 12 and younger are admitted for free. Information: 410-841-6717 or 410-647-3147.

Lenten services: Galilee Lutheran Church will hold midweek Lenten services at noon and 7 p.m. each Wednesday until March 20, starting next week, at the church, 4256 Mountain Road, Pasadena. Information: 410-255-8236.

Ash Wednesday: St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church in Riviera Beach will begin its Lenten season with Ash Wednesday services, with a prayer service at 7 a.m., followed by 8:30 a.m. Mass in the upper and lower churches. Masses are also scheduled at noon and 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross and Benediction will take place each Friday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. through March 29. Information: 410-255- 8353.

Lenten season: St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7859 Tick Neck Road, will open the Lenten Season with the Ash Wednesday liturgy, with imposition of ashes, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., with Holy Eucharist offered. A series of Lenten programs on Wednesday nights will take place in conjunction with the regular Wednesday evening Eucharist and healing service at 7 p.m. Information: 410-255-1070.

Pancake supper: Ferndale United Methodist Church will hold a pancake supper at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the fellowship hall of the church, 117 Ferndale Road, Glen Burnie. Information: 410- 761-2880.

Handbells and harps: St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Annapolis will present performances by the Anacrusis Handbell Ensemble and harpist Diana Gumas at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave. Information: 410-268-5419.

Hallelujah lecture: Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church is offering a three-week lecture series, "Hallelujah, the Bible and Handel's Messiah," in preparation for the Christian celebration of Lent. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and will run on Mondays beginning Feb. 25 in the Fellowship Hall. An optional meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. each week for those who have reservations. The cost is $7 per week and reservations must be made by calling the church office before Feb. 15. This series is a biblical study of the Scriptural texts of Handel's Messiah. Child care is available. The church is at 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. Information: 410-647-2550.

Classes for parents: Community United Methodist Church of Maryland City and Maryland City Free Methodist Church is offering a series of classes, "Help! I'm a Parent," from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 414 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel. Child care will be provided for $2 per child. Information: 301-725-4989. The second session in the series, on Feb. 26, will cover the seven most important things to teach children. Four guidelines for effective discipline is the topic March 26, and the seven most devastating factors in a child's life will be taught April 30. Information: 301- 725-4989.

Biblical readings: Each Monday this year Community United Methodist Church invites the community to hear readings from the Bible from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 300 Brock Bridge Road, Laurel. Pastor Saroj Sanha also invites guest readers to participate. Information: 410-792-0323 or 410- 795-2198.

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