Religion digest


2 congregations plan joint worship service with a steel band

Christ United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will hold a joint worship service with TAGE, The Adult Group Ensemble - a steel band - at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.

TAGE is associated with the Cultural Academy For Excellence (CAFE), an arts-based program for those ages 10 to 18 at First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville. The program provides academic tutoring, mentoring and musical training on the steel drum. Many of the TAGE members - parents, relatives and friends of former CAFE students - learned to play the steel drum at CAFE's adult classes.

CAFE, a nonprofit group, provides scholarship help to graduating students, most often in the form of a computer to be used in college; TAGE donates its performance fees to CAFE's scholarship fund.

Owen Brown Interfaith Center is at 7246 Cradlerock Way.

Information: The Rev. Marilyn Newhouse, 410-381-6329, or

Ellicott City church plans youth health fair

The Howard County NAACP Youth Council and St. John Baptist Church will sponsor "It's about Youth!" - a health fair - from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 8910 Old Annapolis Road (Route 108), Ellicott City.

Health screenings, educational materials on cancer, mental health, nutrition, teen pregnancy, smoking and other health topics, and entertainment are planned. Refreshments will be served.

Participating in the fair, which is focused on youth but open to all ages, will be the Howard County Health Department, American Cancer Society, Howard County General Hospital, St. John's Health and Wholeness Ministry, Faces of Our Children and other organizations.

Admission is free.

Information: 301-483-6588.

Harvester Baptist Church plans fair for children

Harvester Baptist Church, 9605 Old Annapolis Road, Columbia, will hold its Kids Kountry Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug 13.

Children will receive five free tickets at registration to use at Flip the Frog, Knockdown Clowns, Ring Toss, Water Gun Blast or other booths. Moon Bounce, Ball Crawl and a Velcro Wall, and a VeggieTales movie - Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Samson's Hairbrush - are also planned. Lunch will be available for $1.

Information: the Rev. Matthew Simpson, 410-997-4992.

Shrine of St. Anthony plans concert Sunday

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will hold a "Concert Under the Arches," featuring Elizabeth Flemming, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Ice cream sundaes and wine will be available. Admission is $10. Reservations are required.

An "Evening with Clare of Assisi," co-founder of the Order of Poor Ladies, or Poor Clares, in the 13th century, is planned from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The cost is $15, which includes materials and refreshments. Reservations are required.

An "Evening Prayer and Adoration in Honor of St. Clare" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a "Feast Day Eucharist in Honor of St. Clare" is planned for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Journeys Community announces week's theme

The theme for Journeys Community's 10 a.m. Sunday service will be "The Power of Love in Relationships."

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

Information: 410-730-6079, or

Gan Israel Preschool seeking a teacher

Gan Israel Preschool, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is seeking an early childhood teacher.


Program of dances, music set in Woodbine

Dances of Universal Peace, a compilation of phrases, music and movement drawn from Sufi and other traditions, will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at 15090 Frederick Road, Woodbine. A potluck supper will be held.

Beginners, singles and children are welcome. The dances are taught.

Information: 301-675-6105 or 410-489-7981.

Trinity thrift shop is holding a bag sale

The Gift & Thrift Shoppe, a project of Trinity Episcopal Church, is continuing its bag sale ($3 per bag of clothing) this month.

The shop is on Old Montgomery Road at Waterloo Road, behind St. John's Lutheran Church. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Information: 410-799-9175.

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