Help the Salvation Army reach more children this Christmas

Published November 21, 2017

Christmas has started at The Salvation Army and once again they need volunteers. They will need volunteers to assist them with the Angel Tree at the mall and to help with the distribution book, which consists of the volunteer writing down the angel tree number with the information of the person taking the tag so they know which angel tags have been returned and which tags which are still with the sponsors. The more volunteers, the better. Last year there were over 600 children not sponsored, so Salvation Army is seeking new locations. Their wish is to have more churches […]

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Thanksgiving and Christmas community meals

Published November 14, 2017

The following Thanksgiving and Christmas community meals will be offered in 2017:   Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners

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Free Organ Available for Church or Non-profit

Published November 9, 2017

Gulbransen Pacemaker organ available for a church or a non-profit 501-c-3 organization. It has two manuals with foot pedals and is in excellent condition. There is also a bench. Contact: Sandy Shepherd 301-739-8835

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Good Roots – Furniture Ministry Launch

Published November 2, 2017

First Christian Church is launching a Good Roots – Furniture Ministry in partnership with The Judy Center.  The Judy Center is located at the Ruth Ann Munroe Primary School under the leadership of Kathy Kerns, Coordinator and works with various families and situations. When Kathy identifies a family who has moved from a hotel room or other location to more permanent housing, the family is usually not able to afford furniture.  They are hoping to supply the basics through your donations.  They are accepting:  kitchen tables & chairs, twin bed frames, dressers, book cases, and miscellaneous furniture pieces.  Twin mattresses […]

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Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th – 18th Centuries

Published October 31, 2017

The Museum of Fine Arts -Washington County is pleased to present Painted Pages: Illuminated Manuscripts, 13th – 18th Centuries, which features more than thirty-five works drawn from Christian, Persian, Jewish, and classical traditions. Works include – medieval Bibles, prayer books, psalters, Books of Hours, choir books, missals, breviaries, and lectionaries, all of which are drawn from the collection of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. Examples of materials such as parchment, vellum, gold leaf, and minerals that were used by artists are on display in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on view from November 4, 2017 through January […]

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Donations needed for Holiday Festival

Published October 21, 2017

The Fahrney-Keedy Holiday Festival will be on Friday, December 8, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Once again, they will be having a silent auction of themed baskets for your holiday shopping to raise money for the Pastoral Care Ministries program, which provides spiritual care for the residents at their facility. Refreshments will be served. Santa will be there too. They are accepting donated filled baskets for their silent auction. If you or your congregation would like to donate a basket, you can call Chaplain Twyla at (301) 671-5008, or you can bring it to the front desk at the main […]

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Job Opportunity –  Cold Weather Shelter Overnight Staff 

Published October 7, 2017

Job Description The Cold Weather Shelter overnight staff person will provide the sense and physical presence of a secure environment for the shelter guests and volunteers during the overnight hours from 11pm to 7am. Cold Weather Shelter Overnight Staff will perform the following duties: Work in cooperation with the shelter manager and the case manager to provide consistency for the shelter guests. Maintaining order and safety in the shelter overnight. Seek to prevent violence, excessive noise and other infractions of rules. Regularly patrol the sleeping areas and rest rooms. Make sure all door areas are closed securely. Control access to […]

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Nearly 14,000 books collected through Community Book Drive

Published October 3, 2017

On September 28, 2017 the nearly two-month long 6th Annual Community Book Drive culminated in the Day of Caring book sorting day.  More than 35 volunteers came together at the FedEx Ground warehouse on the United Way’s Day of Caring to sort, sticker, count and re-box more than 13,000 books for children’s literacy efforts.  Books have continued to roll in since then, with nearly 14,000 expected in total. Books will be distributed to vulnerable children throughout Washington County, Maryland through elementary schools and numerous organizations that work with children. 57 organizations, businesses, and houses of faith collected books for the […]

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Sacred Listening Circles

Published September 4, 2017

Two opportunities for spiritual deepening are being offered this coming fall for clergy and laypersons at two venues in Washington County. Sacred Listening Circles are experiences with prayerful silence, faith-sharing and discernment that meet monthly in a small-group, covenantal setting. These eight-month programs (October to May) are facilitated by Rev. Ed Poling, a retired Church of the Brethren pastor and spiritual director. Clergy Group — Meeting at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, Sharpsburg, on the first Monday morning of each month, (October 2, 2017–May 7, 2018). For more information download here. Lay Group — Meeting at Haven Lutheran Church, Hagerstown on the […]

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Community Book Drive: collecting books August 1 – September 20

Published August 30, 2017

The 6th Annual Community Book Drive is coordinated by Hagerstown Area Religious Council, United Way of Washington County, Hagerstown Rotary Club, the Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC), and FedEx Ground. Collected books will be sorted during the United Way’s annual Day of Caring on September 28th and distributed to at-risk children in Washington County to enhance our efforts to improve literacy rates. Last year more than 14,000 children’s books were collected and distributed to 30+ community organizations and schools to get them into the hands of at-risk children.  More than 50 businesses, organizations, and houses of faith participated in the […]

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