Religion Notes

Israeli Scout group to perform in show for Fourth of July

The Jewish Federation of Howard County and several Howard County synagogues will sponsor a July Fourth celebration featuring the Israeli Friendship Caravan, a group of 10 Israeli Scouts, ages 16 and 17, who are professionally trained singers and dancers.


The hourlong musical show, which includes audience participation, will be from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday in the enclosed pavilion at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia.

The Israeli Friendship Caravan is touring the United States, visiting Jewish summer camps and other venues to perform, lead discussions and answer questions about life in Israel.


Admission is free.

The event is the first in a series planned by the Howard County federation for 2004-2005, including a Jewish book fair in November, a Purim gala, and a Jewish music festival and Yom Hashoah commemoration in the spring.

Information: 410-730-4976, Ext. 23.

Christadelphians to hold open house in Elkridge

The Baltimore Christadelphians, 6311 Loudon Ave., Elkridge, will hold an open house at 7 p.m. July 15.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. A brief three-part seminar and an informal question period are planned. Refreshments will be served.

The topics are "Comfort and Hope from the Bible in the Last Days," "Comfort to the Middle East at the Return of Christ" and "Comfort to the World in the Kingdom of God."

A team of Christadelphian Bible students visiting the Baltimore area July 10-17 will discuss the Bible with anyone interested and answer questions about the Bible's message for those doing their own Bible study.


Information or to request a visit: 410-796-2262.

Jerry, Sis Levin to discuss working for Mideast peace

Marylanders for a Free Palestine and a Secure Israel is sponsoring "Building Bridges Instead of Walls: Working for Peace in the Holy Land," a talk by Jerry and Sis Levin, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia.

Jerry Levin, a former CNN Middle East bureau chief, is a volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron. His wife, Sis, works in Bethlehem with the Holy Land Trust, teaching teachers to educate children in building peace.

A goodwill offering will be collected to support their work.

Information: 410-461-2040.


Church offers meditation, conversation in Ellicott City

Channing Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist and the Rev. Susan LaMar, will offer Contemplative Conversations from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 14 and 28 in the church office, 3230 Bethany Lane, Suite 4, Ellicott City.

Participants will meditate for 20 minutes, share conversation for an hour and meditate for an additional 10 minutes.

Registration is not required. Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-203-0474.

Journeys Community to hold service on freedom


The theme for this weekend's Journeys Community service at 10 a.m. Sunday is "Freedom: No one can be perfectly free till all are free."

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

A small Journeys Community group, which discusses the theme of each preceding week and spends time in meditation, will meet in a private home from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, and on the first and third Wednesday of each month.

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

Mormon church slates 3-week class on parables

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7200 Contee Road, Laurel, will offer a free class on "Favorite New Testament Parables," to be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, July 15, 22 and 29, at 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City.


Information or registration: Cheryl Brower, 410-750-3314.

Trinity Episcopal plans flea market, bag sale

Trinity Episcopal Church will hold a flea market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17 at 7474 Washington Blvd., Elkridge.

Spaces are available to rent for $10; $15 if a table is needed.

Information: Anna Gorzo, 410-799-7080.

Trinity's Gift & Thrift Shoppe, 6010 Waterloo Road, Ellicott City, is holding a brown-bag sale through August.


Each brown bag is filled with items and costs $2.

Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Information: 410-799-9175.