Religion Notes


Cooperative Ministry holding craft, gift fair in Columbia tomorrow

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry will hold a Craft Fair and Living Gift Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

Quality goods made by regional artisans and crafts from Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador will be for sale. There will be an opportunity to buy shares in animals for Heifer Project International, which provides animals to rural families in need all over the world.

A cow and its calf, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens and possibly a llama will be part of the fair. Clowns from the Cooperative Ministry's Faith and Fantasy group will be on hand. Santa Claus will be visiting all day.

Admission is free.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

Church is celebrating an ordination tomorrow

St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia, will celebrate the ordination of the Rev. Ostein Truitt, assistant pastor, at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the church.

Truitt accepted the call to become a minister in 1999 and earned a master of divinity degree from Howard University's School of Divinity in June. She is the first woman to chair St. John's deacon's ministry.

A reception and a meal are planned after the ordination celebration.

Information: 410-992-6977.

Fulton parish holding a bazaar tomorrow

St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fulton will hold a Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow.

Handmade items, Christmas crafts, a white elephant sale and silent auction are planned.

The church is on Route 216 west, off U.S. 29.

Information: 410-792-0470.

Buddhist perspective on happiness to be topic

Buddhist nun Kelsang Osel will discuss the Buddhist perspective on how to be happy from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

Registration is not necessary. The cost is $8 a class.

Information: 410-243-3837.

Parish starting a group for widows and widowers

The Pastoral Counseling Ministry of St. John's Catholic Parish is sponsoring a new support group for widows and widowers. The group, which will attempt to offer spiritual understanding and practical support, meets weekly from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, through Jan. 13.

A group for young people who have lost a parent or someone close to them will meet at the same time.

Both groups will be led by facilitators experienced in the field of bereavement. Meetings will be next week, Nov. 18 and Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 30 and Jan. 6 and 13 at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, in Columbia.

Registration is required. There is no fee. The groups are open to the community.

Information: Barbara Hope, 410-964-1438.

'Encountering God' classes under way at Beth Shalom

Rabbi Susan Grossman of Beth Shalom Congregation will discuss "Encountering God" in a series of classes scheduled from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, next week and Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, at the synagogue, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

The series began Oct. 28. There is a fee.

Information: 410-531-5115.

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