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Help the Salvation Army reach more children this Christmas

Published September 4, 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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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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Seeking donations of school supplies

Published August 10, 2017

Cumberland Valley Baptist Church is seeking donations of school supplies to disseminate to South Hagerstown families when it holds its Family Fun Day Saturday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  The church will have a moon-bounce and other games set up on its campus at 919 Corbett St., located midway between Wilson Blvd. and Rose Hill Cemetery.  They are also offering hot dogs, snow cones and cotton candy as well as face painting, all free of charge.  In addition, a parent can sign for some complementary school supplies. To help families get their kids off to a great start this […]

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Historic Gates Reopened

Published August 1, 2017

On Sunday July 23, the people of St. Mark’s rededicated the historic gates along Lappans Road.  First built in 1922, the two stone pillars and iron gate had gradually deteriorated and were in danger of collapsing.  Stonemason Dan Shaffer was contacted to perform the work.  Shaffer is well-known for his work on various historic sites in the area.  St. Mark’s is on the National Register of Historic Sites and it was very important for the work to be done as a restoration, not just a rebuild.   The metal gates were removed, straightened and repainted.  The pillars were torn down to […]

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Organist and Choir Director Wanted

Published July 6, 2017

Haven Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, Maryland is seeking a part-time Organist and Choir Director. Responsibilities include selecting and playing organ/keyboard music for one Sunday morning service, as well as other seasonal services and community programs. Directing adult vocal choir and supervising bell choir, chimes choir and praise team. Knowledge of liturgies and a variety of church music genres. The congregation is passionate about the music ministry and is looking for creative ways to reach the community through their programs. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit a cover letter and resume before July 19 by email to havenoffice@havenlc.org or by mail […]

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100 Days of Kindness

Published June 28, 2017

HARC and Character Counts of Washington County are partnering to promote 100 Days/Acts of Kindness in Washington County from June 22 – September 30. It’s easy to participate!  Just do one act of kindness each day – it can be as simple as smiling at someone and saying “hello.” See the “Top 40 Random Acts of Kindness” flyer for ideas. We’d love for you to share your acts of kindness with us.  Post your acts of kindness on social media using #hubcityacts or email kathy.harc@gmail.com.

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Church seeks building in City of Hagerstown

Published June 20, 2017

The Light of the World Church, based in Frederick, is seeking to purchase a church building in Hagerstown for a new church plant.  Will consider all options as long as it is inside city limits.  If interested, please contact Reynaldo Andrade at 307-920-1057.

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Statement of Peace has 500+ signatures!

Published June 20, 2017

The Statement of Peace is a covenant toward kind and peaceful interactions with one another brought to the Washington County community by Dr. Salih V. Yumlu, HARC and the Interfaith Coalition in February 2016. Since then more than 500 people have signed this document agreeing to live out the statement to the best of their abilities.  We encourage anyone of any faith or no faith to sign the document and live out its purpose.  In a time of deep divisions and uncivilized discourse, this is an opportunity to create unity, peace, respectful dialogue, and kindness. Will you enter with us […]

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Organist Needed

Published June 16, 2017

Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church in Brownsville is in need of an organist for one weekly Sunday service at 11 AM, and three or four evening services per year. This might be a good opportunity for someone who plays an early service at another church. For more information, please contact the Rev. Tom Hudson at 301-616-3967.

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