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Bowl-A-Thon for Youth set for Jan. 21

Howard County Hadassah will hold a Bowl-A-Thon for Youth from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 21 at Columbia Brunswick bowling alley, 7100 Carved Stone Road, Columbia.

Participants must pledge a donation ($50 for adults; $36 for children). Shoe rental and snacks are included. Prizes will be awarded to top bowlers and to those with the highest pledges or donations. It is not necessary to bowl or attend to participate.

Information: 301-890-0279, or

Healing Mass sched uled for today

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will offer a Healing Mass at 7:30 p.m. today.

A Christmas Open House, celebrating the feast of the Epiphany, "Little Christmas," with the friars, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The shrine's first floor and manor house will be opened for visitors to see the Christmas creche and decorations, and have refreshments in the Papal Dining Room.

An evening prayer for world peace will be offered at 5 p.m.

The shrine will hold an open house for seniors from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Mass will be celebrated at noon, and carols will be sung at the creche. Light refreshments will be served. A tour of the shrine, which is decorated for the Christmas season, will be available.

A Christian Unity Service, including prayer for Christian unity among churches, is scheduled for 5 p.m. Jan. 13. And a Healing Mass will be offered at 3 p.m. Jan. 20.

Information: 410-531-2800.

King-Heschel inter faith service set

In a tribute to the interfaith community, Beth Shalom Congregation will hold its 11th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Interfaith Service at 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

Rabbi Susan Grossman and Cantor Richard Walters will welcome members of the Celebration Church of Columbia and neighbors from Locust United Methodist Church on Martin Road in Columbia. The choirs of both congregations will join Beth Shalom's choir in providing music for the service. The Rev. Robbie Davis, senior pastor of Celebration Church, will speak.

Elected officials, including members of the state legislature, and the Howard County Office of Human Rights, are expected to attend.

King and Heschel are honored each year for their work together in the civil rights movement.

Beth Shalom is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-531-5115.

Hospital seeks spirit ual-care volunteers

Volunteers are needed to provide spiritual care for patients at Howard County General Hospital.

The hospital's pastoral care department is offering a 16-week training program, which begins March 11. Participants will be asked to volunteer for at least a year.

The registration deadline is Feb. 22.

Information: Jack Dunlavey, 410-740-7898.

Howard County General Hospital is a 219-bed, not-for-profit facility that treats many conditions and provides neonatal, oncological, outpatient and critical care.

Journeys Communi ty gathers Sundays

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual group, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, to explore spirituality using music, video, reflection and meditation.

Information: 410-730-6079.

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