Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category
On Wednesday night, I stopped by Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Greenbelt Road and took photos of members decorating the church for Christmas.
Sign for Holy Cross Lutheran Church by Greenbelt Road
On Saturday, November 17, Greenbelt’s Mishkan Torah Synagogue celebrated the 80th birthday of its long-time member Frank Pearlman and the City of Greenbelt’s 75 anniversary with an evening gala program. The title of event was “Frank & Greenbelt, Aging With Grace,” and it was attended by members of the synagogue, the City Council, and Greenbelt residents.
Saul Oresky (center) leads the Havdalah service which is a Jewish ceremony marking the end of Shabbat and is performed on Saturday night. Holding the Havdalah candle on the left is Rachel White Greenfield and on the right is Jeffrey Rosen, tonight’s master of ceremonies.
Inside the Greenbelt Co-op, next to the Bank of America ATM machine is a green bin for “Food Pantry Donations.” Where will the donations go and what will be done to them? Last week I had a chance to find out.
“Food Pantry Donations: Please donate unopened, non-refrigerated food items here for distribution to less fortunate Greenbelt families in need of a helping hand. Thank you!”
Pro-life prayer vigils have been held on the sidewalk in front of Metropolitan Family Planning Clinic on Greenbelt Road for many years.
The clinic is in Berwyn Heights, across Greenbelt Road from Beltway Plaza Mall.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is a Pentecostal Christian denomination based in Nigeria and is led by Enoch Adeboye (General Overseer). In recent years, the church has been expanding rapidly in the United States and is now at many locations in Maryland including Bowie, Silver Spring, and Baltimore. The Greenbelt church is called RCCG Restoration Center, and the group started meeting in 2010 in Eleanor Roosevelt High School. They now meet every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for worship service in Old Greenbelt Theater followed by fellowship hour at the church’s fellowship hall above the Greenbelt Federal Credit Union. The third Sunday of the month is casual Sunday and when the weather is nice, the group meets outside at Roosevelt Center Mall. These pictures are from an outdoor praise service on August 26.
The podium is set directly in front of the Mother and Child statue.
Pastor Dan Hamlin has led the Greenbelt Community Church for 28 years. He is retiring this year. On Sunday June 17, he gave his last sermon at the Community Church, and a week later, on June 24, the church held a special tribute service in honor of him.
Shortly after new residents moved into Greenbelt in 1937, interdenominational Protestant services were held in the Center School. This Greenbelt Community Church building at Hillside and Crescent Roads was dedicated in 1951, and the church is affiliated with the United Church of Christ.
Good Friday is observed by Christians on the Friday before Easter Sunday, and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. In the Roman Catholic Church, today’s service is titled “The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord,” and it consists of three parts: Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and Holy Communion. The following photos are taken at Saint Hugh of Grenoble Church in Greenbelt, Maryland.
It is a silent entrance on Good Friday, without cross, candles or songs.
Palm Sunday is the start of Holy Week and it commemorates Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The event is described in all four Gospels, and it is said that an enthusiastic crowd laid down palm branches at Jesus’s feet as he entered the city. On Palm Sunday, palm leaves are distributed and blessed, processions are usually held, and the story of the final week of Jesus’s life is read from the Gospels. The following is an account of the blessing of the palms at Saint Hugh of Grenoble Church in Greenbelt.
Acolytes holding candles and a cross decorated with palm leaves stand by Crescent Road at the entrance to St Hugh School.
Purim is a Jewish holiday that falls between late February and late March. It commemorates the triumph of the Jewish people over evil Haman in ancient Persia. The Jews were led by the brave Mordechai and helped by Queen Esther, and the story is told in the biblical book of Esther. At Purim, the Book of Esther (the Megillah) is read aloud, triangular pastries called Hamantaschen (“Haman’s pockets”) are eaten, and there are usually costume parties. Another tradition is to stage a Purim spiel (“shpil means ‘game’ or ‘(stage) play’ in Yiddish”— Wikipedia) that tells the Purim story. On March 3, I attended a Purim spiel at Greenbelt’s Mishkan Torah Synagogue.
Mishkan Torah’s Purim spiel “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Purim” was written by Jeffrey Rosen, directed by David Herschler and first performed 1987. There are close to 20 musical numbers, and they borrow from popular Broadway, opera, Gilbert and Sullivan and rock ‘n’ roll tunes. 25 years later, Rosen has updated some of pieces and Herschler is once again the director. In this photo, the full cast except Haman sings the opening number, “Purim Spiel Tonight.” Pictured here is Mordechai played by Bret Goldstein.