Religion Notes


Hope Baptist Church in N. Laurel holding open house tomorrow

North Laurel's Hope Baptist Church will hold an open house at its new facility from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow. Builders for Christ teams that helped construct the church are expected to attend. The event is open to everyone.

The church, which met for many years at Laurel Woods Elementary School and most recently at Laurel Korean Baptist Church on Scaggsville Road, will hold a building-dedication service at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Former pastors, the Builders for Christ teams, county officials, representatives from the Chesapeake Bank of Maryland and contractors are expected to attend.

Builders for Christ teams are made up of volunteers from Baptist churches around the country who help construct a first building for growing congregations.

Hope Baptist Church is at 8801 Stephens Road, off Gorman Road in North Laurel.

Information: 301-317-8844.

Cooperative Ministry holding Lenten program

Columbia Cooperative Ministry is presenting its Ecumenical Lenten Speakers Program for 2003 from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, through April 14, at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The Rev. Rickey Jones, pastor of Living Exactly Like Jesus Baptist Church, which meets at the United Artist's Theater in Snowden Square, will be next week's speaker.

The Rev. R. Whitfield Bass, pastor of St. John the Evangelist United Methodist/Presbyterian Church, will speak April 7, and the Rev. Jacqueline Hines, associate pastor of Locus United Methodist Church in Columbia, will speak April 14.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862, or gwmartin@

Oseh Shalom workshop to discuss Judaism, food

Oseh Shalom Congregation, 7515 Olive Branch Way, Laurel, will sponsor a three-part workshop, "Jewish Spirituality and Food Issues," from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 6, 13 and 27.

Rabbi Gary S. Fink, Renee Kreithen and Dr. Karen Meckler will lead a discussion about ways that the Jewish spiritual tradition can help people who have problems with food.

Registration is required.

Information: 301-498-5151.

Columbia Jewish group to hold Passover seder

The Columbia Jewish Congregation will hold its Second Night Passover Seder at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The seder, which will be led by Rabbi Sonya Starr and Cantor Jan Morrison, will include a traditional dinner with vegetarian or meat entree.

The Haggadah, A Night of Questions - A Passover Haggadah, published by the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, will be used for the service.

Reservations must be received by April 8. The cost is $14 for members; $9 for members' children, ages 5 to 12. Nonmembers pay $18 for adults and $10 for children ages 5 to 12.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Christ Lutheran Church to offer English classes

Christ Lutheran Church, 9808 Davidge Drive, Columbia, will offer classes in English as a Second Language from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, beginning April 5, in the meeting room of the River Hill neighborhood center, 6330 Trotter Road, Columbia.

The course will focus on pronunciation and conversation.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

Information: 410-715-0610, or

Hadassah to sponsor look at biblical women

The Howard County chapter of Hadassah is sponsoring a Hadassah study group, "Women in the Bible" with Chani Baron, wife of Rabbi Hillel Baron, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia.

Admission is free. Registration is requested.

Information: 410-730-4858, or

Informal Buddhism classes scheduled in Owen Brown

Buddhist nun Kelsang Osel of the Vikatadamshtri Buddhist Center of Baltimore will offer informal classes in Mahayana Buddhism from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-243-3837, or

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