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6 new ministers to be installed

The Columbia Center for Spiritual Living will install six newly licensed ministers at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia.

The nondenominational center, formerly known as The Columbia Church of Religious Science, honors diversity and endorses the idea of a variety of paths to spiritual experience, said Heather Wandell, vice president of the church board.

"We've been here since 1983 and even before that," said the church's senior minister, the Rev. Nancy Stepp. The church's affiliation has not changed, she said, but the new name better expresses its mission.

"We are a loving community sharing spiritual principles that transform lives, and that's who we really are," Stepp said.

The Columbia Center is affiliated with Religious Science International of Spokane, Wash. The organization's doctrine is based on the teachings of Ernest Holmes, author of the 1926 book The Science of Mind. Holmes was influenced by the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and also drew on the teachings of Buddhism, Confucianism and Christianity, Stepp said.

"What we really believe in is that God is everywhere and in everything; God is in you, God is in me, Stepp said. "Since we are God created, we also have the power to create, with God, our life experience. We believe in the power of affirmative prayer," she said.

The new ministers - Lee Blaisdell, Annette Cameron, Murriel Crawford, Kathy Jordan, Gary Leard and Jenna Wexler - will speak to the congregation a few times during the year and create their own projects and ministries, Wandell said.

The group of six ministers has been licensed by Religious Science International. The qualification required about eight years of training, said Stepp, their primary teacher. The group was also taught by the Rev. Gussie Scardina, the church's assistant minister, and others, Stepp said.

Information: 410-750-8559 or visit

Muslim group plans picnic, food drive

The Howard County Muslim Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will hold its sixth annual food drive and picnic at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Meadowbrook Park in Ellicott City.

Those who wish to participate in the picnic are asked to take a donation of nonperishable food for the hungry.

Information: Irfan Malik, 410-750-2739.

Rabbi to speak about diversity

Rabbi Sonya Starr of the Columbia Jewish Congregation will speak about "The Changing Face of the Progressive American Jewish Community: Embracing Diversity and the New Realities," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Kittleman Room (ELB 100) at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The event, sponsored by the Howard Community College Jewish Student Union, is part of the group's "Lunch and Learn" series. Lunch will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations are requested. Information: Sue Bard, 410-772-4887 or e-mail,

Lutheran Village program Sept. 13

The Prime Time Society, an informal group for those ages 60 and older affiliated with First Evangelical Lutheran and St. John's Episcopal churches in Ellicott City, will sponsor a presentation on "The Lutheran Village at Miller's Grant," a 50-acre site in Ellicott City to be developed as a nonprofit, faith-based Lutheran retirement community.

Speakers will include Geary Milliken, president and chief executive officer of Carroll Lutheran Village, and Steve Stewart, director of marketing.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 13 in the Fellowship Center at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road.

Everyone is welcome. Those who attend can take a bag lunch. The church will provide desserts and beverages.

The Prime Time Society meets quarterly for devotions, a program and lunch. Reservations are not required.

Information: 301-596-5460.

Jewish Family Fun Fest set Sept. 9

The third annual Howard County Jewish Family Fun Fest - with roving entertainment, family relay events, a teen klezmer band, a Moon Bounce, crafts and a firetruck - will be held from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The cost is $10 a family through today; $15 a family from tomorrow and at the door. There could be an extra charge for some events.

Food, including ice cream and dinner, will be sold.

The festival is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Howard County, the Parent Resource Place of Jewish Family Services in Howard County, and area Jewish schools and synagogues.

Information: Helaine Brenner, 410-730-4976, Ext. 118, or

Rental space open at flea mart

Space is available to rent at the flea market sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at the church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia.

The rain date is Sept. 29.

The cost is $8 a space; $13 for two; $18 for three; and $23 for four. Five spaces cost $28.

Information: 410-953-8381.

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