Helping people in need in N.C.

Seventeen high school students and three adults from First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ellicott City are to return tomorrow from a workweek in Wilmington, N.C., organized by Group Workcamps Foundation, which sponsors summer mission trips and outreach camps for youth.

The students planned to spend the week building and helping to maintain the homes of people in need. The group was also to participate in Bible study, religious services, games and other camp activities.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church is at 3604 Chatham Road.

Information: 410-465-2977.

Woodstock church plans pasta dinner

Granite Presbyterian Church, 10637 Old Court Road, Woodstock, will sponsor a pasta dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 29 in the church social hall.

The menu will offer a choice of chicken Alfredo with linguine or meatballs and spaghetti. Included are salad, dessert, a beverage and bread and butter.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $11 at the door. Children ages 6 to 11 will pay $5, and those younger will dine for free.

Information: 410-461-5349.

Basketball camp at Chapelgate

Chapelgate Christian Academy will offer a basketball camp for boys in grades nine through 12 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 14-18.

The cost is $75. Registration forms are available at the school or online at

Information: Frick Frierson, 410-442-5888.

Free Torah classes for women

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering a free Torah class for women, led by Rebbetzin Chanie Baron, at noon Wednesdays. Beginners and advanced students are welcome, and mothers are invited to bring their children.

A study group meets at 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays to discuss the Tanya, the classic late 18th-century work on Jewish mysticism by Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi.

A group meets at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays to study the Talmud, the oral interpretation of the Torah. The current topic is Tractate Brachos, which deals with the origins of Jewish prayer over food.

Classes are free; registration is not required.

Information: 410-740-2424.

Journeys releases liturgical book

Journeys Community has published a book, Seeking the Spirit: How to Create a Community of Seekers. The book describes the history of the Columbia group and its nontraditional liturgy, which draws on many cultures and faith traditions and includes readings, music and film clips from sources such as Mother Teresa, Thich Nhat Hanh and Stevie Wonder.

Journeys Community meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House Life-Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-6079.

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