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Women's Day Celebration planned

Hopkins United Methodist Church, 13250 Highland Road, Highland, will hold its Women's Day Celebration at 7 p.m. July 6 and 11 a.m. July 8.

The guest preacher July 6 will be the Rev. Ladelle Y. Feemster of Emory United Methodist Church, Washington.

The guest preacher July 8 will be the Rev. Stephanie Stratford of Galilee Baptist Church, Suitland.

Information: 410-531-6187.

Sacred Harp Singers to perform July 8

Christ United Methodist Church and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will present a concert by the Baltimore Sacred Harp Singers at a worship service at 10 a.m. July 8 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way.

The combined congregations will listen and practice singing in the shape note mode - a system of musical notation in which notes are printed in shapes that match their solfege syllables. The system, which has been used primarily in the South, is designed to facilitate congregational singing.

Everyone is welcome.

Information: 410-381-6329, and leave a message.

Interfaith service set at Meeting House

In celebration of Columbia's 40th birthday, the congregations at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills - Bet Aviv, Columbia Baptist Fellowship, Columbia Jewish Congregation, Columbia United Christian Church, Lutheran Church of the Living Word and St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church - will hold an interfaith service, open to everyone, at 10 a.m. Sunday.

A committee of members of the congregations has chosen prayers, hymns, songs and teachings acceptable to all the congregations. Personal testimony will be encouraged.

The Meeting House is at 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

Information: 410-730-6044.

Independence Day, musically speaking

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4100 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City, will hold its third Greater Columbia Musical Independence Day Observance at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Performing will be the Mormon Choir of Washington, Chancel Choir of Mount Pisgah AME Church, Contemporary Choir of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and instrumental ensembles.

Everyone will join in prayer and singing American hymns in commemoration of Independence Day. Admission is free.

Information: 301-483-6106.

Vacation Bible school at Friendship Baptist

Friendship Baptist Church, 1391 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, will offer a one-week sports-themed vacation Bible school from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 8-12 at the church.

Youngsters will participate in activities related to the theme "Game Day Central," a sports metaphor for a religious and moral life.

A kick-off rally, with food, games and entertainment, is planned for 6 p.m. July 8.

Drivers from the Junior Dragster League will show their race cars and talk about how life as a dragster is similar to life in Christ.

Volunteers are welcome.

Information: 410-442-5506. Registration:

Summer camp set at Bet Yeladim

Bet Yeladim Preschool and Kindergarten will offer a summer camp program for children ages 3 to 5. Storytelling, cooking, art, acting, soccer, basketball, T-ball and hands-on science activities are planned.

Applications are available at Beth Shalom Congregation, 8070 Harriet Tubman Drive and at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Drive, both in Columbia.

The summer season of week-long camps starts Monday.

Registration is also being accepted for the 2007-2008 preschool, full-day kindergarten and parent/child programs.

Information: 410-531-2091, or

Christian aerobics at two churches

Body & Soul Christian Aerobics is offering eight-week sessions of cardio and strength training set to contemporary Christian music.

A class is offered at 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Information: 410-985-7102.

A second class is offered at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at South Columbia Baptist Church.

Information: 410-381-4668.

There is a fee; a discount is available for new students.

Church seeks DVDs, CDs, book donations

Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church, 14551 Burntwoods Road, Glenwood, is collecting books, videos, compact discs, digital video discs and records for its 11th Media Sale.

Donated items can be left in or around the blue box at the parking lot-side entrance to the church, if rain is not expected.

Tax statement forms are inside the lid of the box.

If a car is parked near the door (and the door is unlocked), donations can be placed on any table inside the church.

Encyclopedias and copies of Reader's Digest or National Geographic are not accepted.

Information: Carole Kramer, 410-442-2475.

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