Religion Notes

Speakers program to mark initiative for Christian unity

To celebrate a "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity," three Howard County faith communities will hold a speakers program at 7 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.


The topic, within the context of a prayer service, will be "What is being done in your faith community to bring about Christian unity?" Participating denominations and speakers are: Lutheran, Andrea Wiegand, pastor of Lutheran Church the Living Word; United Methodist, the Rev. Tanya Wade, religious education director for St. John United Methodist/Presbyterian Church; and Roman Catholic, Sister Barbara Sutorius.

A prayer service called Taize will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.


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

Tu B'Shevat celebration planned for children

The Howard County chapter of Hadassah is holding a children's event with Beth Shalom Congregation to celebrate the holiday of Tu B'Shevat from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Beth Shalom Synagogue, 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

The Tu B'Shevat Seder is intended for Hadassah's Boker Tov group (ages 2 to 5) and Beth Shalom's Bonim Youth (ages 5 to 7) to mark the "birthday of the trees" and will be led by Rabbi Susan Grossman and Cantor Alan "Ruby" Rubinstein.

The celebration will include the interactive seder with age-appropriate music, movement and food. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and older siblings.

The cost is $10 a family to cover food and materials; checks should be made payable to Beth Shalom and mailed to the synagogue. RSVP by Jan. 23.

Information: 410-531-5115, 410-964-8247, or e-mail or

Journeys Community to discuss spiritual roots


The theme for this weekend's 10 a.m. Sunday service at Journeys Community is "Going Home ... A Return to Our Spiritual Roots."

Journeys Community is holding services in its permanent home, the recently renovated auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: Harry Brunett,

In case of inclement weather: 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

Friars to offer seminar on the Mass, Holy Eucharist

The Friars of the Sanctuary of St. Anthony will offer a seminar, "Do This in Remembrance of Me," from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 14. The class will provide a history of the Mass and an explanation of the ritual used to participate in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.


Registration is required. The fee for the seminar is $20 before Feb. 9; $25 after Feb. 9.

The friars will offer another seminar, "Your Sins Are Forgiven," from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21. It will examine what constitutes a sin and its effect on relationships with God, neighbors and the individual.

Registration is required. The cost of the seminar is $20 before Feb. 16; $25 after Feb. 16.

The Sanctuary of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Link at Christ Church provides referrals for help


The Link at Christ Church provides referrals for financial assistance to prevent evictions and utility turnoffs, as well as links to housing agencies, food banks, employment and training.

The Link at Christ Church is sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, with support from the Columbia Foundation and the Holmes Family Foundation.

Information: 410-309-9695.

Jewish film series to hold four movie nights

CJC Jewish Film Series is presented at 8 p.m. in Room 200 at the Meeting House in Columbia.

Scheduled films are God Is Great, I'm Not on Jan. 24; From Swastika to Jim Crow and A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma on Feb. 21; Time of Favor on March 20; and Schmelvis: Searching for the King's Jewish Roots and Song of a Jewish Cowboy on April 17.


The cost is $24 for the full series of four nights; $20 for three; $14 for two; and $8 for single tickets. Refreshments and discussion are included.

Information: 410-381-4809.

Healing Masses offered twice a month

The Friars of the Sanctuary of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, offer Healing Masses at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month and at 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month.

The Mass is an opportunity to be prayed over by a friar and to offer private intentions at the relic of St. Anthony in the chapel.

A Mass, followed by the blessing of the congregation with the relic of St. Anthony, is offered at noon Tuesdays.


The relic chapel is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The friary's bookstore is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Church's gift shop holding bag sale

The Gift & Thrift Shoppe of Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a bag sale through March.

Bags can be filled for $2.

The shop is at 6010 Waterloo Road, at Old Montgomery Road in Columbia, behind St. John's Lutheran Church. It is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Information: 410-799-9175.