First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ellicott City will hold four Christmas Eve worship services tomorrow. The first service will begin at 5 p.m. and will be geared to families with young children. The church's two youngest choirs, the Cherubs and the Choristers, will sing, and the Youth Choir and Youth Handchime Choir will lead worship. A puppet troupe, the Christian Critters, also will perform.

The following three services will be traditional services of lessons and carols. At 7 p.m. the Dove Choir and the Jubilate Handbell Choir will lead worship. The Senior Choir will lead the 9 and 11 p.m. services. The church is at Chatham and Frederick roads. For more information, call 410-465-2977.


Beth Shalom Congregation of Columbia will hold a discussion of the millennium at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Rabbi Susan Grossman will lead the group in a dialogue on the political, social and religious impact of the millennium on Israel and the U.S. Jewish community. The synagogue is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane. For more information, call 401-531-5115.


First Baptist Church of Guilford in Columbia will hold a New Year's Eve worship service at Howard High School at 10 p.m. Music by the church choir will be featured. The high school is at 8700 Old Annapolis Rd. in Ellicott City. For more information, call the church at 410-792-7096 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or go online to and click on WATCHNIGHT.

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