Religion Digest

Youth group seeks auction donations to fund mission trips

The Youth Group of Nichols-Bethel United Methodist Church needs donations for an auction on March 13.


Funds raised will be used to send young people on two mission trips this summer. One group will go to Beaver, Ohio, to repair houses of poverty-stricken residents. Work will include roofing, carpentry and drywall repairs, as well as painting.

A second group will travel to Guatemala for a mission trip serving children in government-run daycare and orphanages, and to repair homes and schools in the poorest of areas of the country. Information: 410- 672-3783.


Donated items can be sent to Nichols-Bethel Church, P.O. Box 176 or 1239 Murray Road, Odenton 21113. Attention: Chris Wirt, youth director.

Two ministers join staff at Heritage Baptist Church

Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis welcomes two new ministers this month.

Ralph Manuel comes to Heritage after 23 years of missionary work in Brazil, where he taught at North Brazil Baptist Theological Seminary and worked at Imperial Baptist Church of Recife, Brazil. Manuel is a published composer and arranger of sacred choral, vocal and keyboard music. He will begin his work as Heritage's minister of music next month.

Carol Seeley will join the church staff this month as minister of youth and children. Seeley recently completed her master of divinity degree from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. Prior to attending Gardner-Webb, Seeley worked as a systems engineer manager with Electronic Data Systems in Herndon, Va. She has worked with youth and children's programs for the past 10 years in Virginia and North Carolina.

The church is at 1740 Forest Drive, Annapolis. Information: 410-263-6680.


Mass: Our Lady of the Fields Church offers Mass at 6 p.m. Sundays, 1070 Cecil Ave., Millersville. Mass also is celebrated at 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. These services are in addition to the 5 p.m. Mass every Saturday. The 9:30 a.m. Mass features a children's liturgy; a contemporary folk group performs at the 11 a.m. service; and the 6 p.m. Mass offers a Lifeteen Music group. 410-923-2195.


New location: New Hope Chapel, formerly of Edgewater, relocated its Sunday morning worship service to Anne Arundel Community College in the Florestano Building, near the west entrance to the Arnold campus. Adult worship, children's church and nursery begin at 10:45 a.m. The church also offers in-depth, college-level courses for lay leaders, Sunday school teachers and student ministry; life development for college and career; men's and women's Bible study groups; and assisted-living ministry at the Annapolitan. 410- 267-6004.

Spiritual healing: The Christian Science Society, 101 First Ave. S.E. Glen Burnie, will meet at noon and 8 p.m. Feb. 4 for a discussion on spiritual healing. 410-242-5014 or 410-766-9390.

Tantra: The American Healing Arts Alliance offers educational programs in the healing arts the first Thursday and fourth Tuesday of the month at either Peace Point, 3157 Rolling Road, Edgewater, or at an Annapolis Mall location. Some classes taught by Pamela Pfarr, a Reiki master, are sponsored by local chapters of the American Healing Arts Alliance, the Unitarian Universalist Psi Symposium and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. 410-956-1117, 410-266- 5447 or 410-956-0055.

Youth broadcasts: Young Hearts outreach ministry broadcasts from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sundays on WNAV-AM. Anyone ages 8 to 18 who is interested in being a guest should call 410- 263-2399.

Services: Family Christian Center holds worship services at South River High School, 201 Central Ave. E. in Edgewater from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays. A. Selman Wallace, 410-360-5679; or Emma Yerby, 301-735-7196.