Religion Notes

Purim Carnival to be held Sunday at River Hill High

The Jewish Federation of Howard County Annual Purim Carnival and Jewish Festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at River Hill High School.


Games, Israeli food, music, a disc jockey, band and face-painting are planned. Community organizations and camps will have display tables. Children are encouraged to come in costume.

From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., comedian Joel Chasnoff will lead a free workshop for teen-agers on comedy improvisation.


Admission to the festival is $3; children to age 14 will be admitted free. Tickets will be sold for games and food.

Information: 410-730-4976, Ext. 21.

Discussion set tomorrow on Gibson's 'The Passion'

Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will sponsor a discussion for people who have seen Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the church's new location, 8940-D Route 108, Columbia.

Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 p.m., when a group will return to the church after seeing the film.

The congregation gathers at 9:30 a.m. Sundays for worship and a Christian education hour. Child care is provided.

Wednesday evening services, with a Lenten fellowship soup-and-bread supper at 6:15 p.m., will be held through March 31.

Information: 410-730-8765.


Lenten speakers program slated through March 31

The Columbia Cooperative Ministry will hold its Ecumenical Lenten Speakers Program from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, through March 31, at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

The Rev. Tanya Wade, director of religious education for St. John the Evangelist United Methodist/Presbyterian Church, will speak next week.

Information: George Martin, 410-730-7862.

Bible studies for Lent set at Mount Zion church

Mount Zion United Methodist Church, 12367 Route 216 in Highland, is presenting "Lenten Bible Studies: World Religions" from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, next week and March 17, 24 and 31 in the church's fellowship hall.


Rob Burdette, minister of Christian education and director of the church's Chairos Pastoral Care Center, is the facilitator.

Information: 301-854-2324 or 410-531-5173.

Black history program being held tomorrow

St. John Baptist Church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia, will sponsor a black history program, "Celebrating the Heritage," at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the church sanctuary.

The church's Dancers of Inspiration, Drama Ministry and Music Ministry will tell the story of the African-American people through drama, music and storytelling.

Admission is free.


Information: 410-992-6977.

Oakridge church sponsoring bus trip to New York City

Oakridge Community Church in Columbia will sponsor a bus trip to New York City on May 15. The bus is to leave at 6:30 a.m. from the Park and Ride at Broken Land Parkway, off Route 32, in Columbia.

The cost is $36 a person and includes juice, doughnuts and two movies. Everyone is welcome. Reservations are required as soon as possible. Tickets are nonrefundable but can be resold.

The bus will return to Columbia about 11 p.m.

Information: 443-995-1009.


Journeys Community to meet at 10 a.m. Sunday

The theme for this weekend's Journeys Community service at 10 a.m. Sunday is "What if the stranger at the door is God?"

Journeys Community holds services in the auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: Harry Brunett, 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

Christ Memorial offering Lenten morning prayer

Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church will offer a morning prayer service every Wednesday during Lent. Services, which are to start at 6 a.m., began this week and will continue through March 31.


The church has donated a portion of its global mission funds to help victims of the Dec. 26 earthquake in Iran. The money is sent through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, a faith-based organization providing emergency aid.

Christ Memorial is at 6410 Amherst Ave., in the Allview Estates neighborhood of Columbia.

Information: 410-997-8011.