May is Mental Health Month

Published April 28, 2017

Brook Lane is offering a church bulletin insert.  The insert shares information about mental health and the Chaplain Program.  The bulletin insert can be downloaded in color or black and white from their website under “current events” or you can go directly to page at .  Thanks for considering this for one of the worship days in May.

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St. John’s Shelter seeks live-in caretaker

Published April 18, 2017

The St. John’s Shelter, a short-term shelter designed as a “halfway house” between homelessness and being in a home, is looking for live-in caretaker. This position requires physical labor to prep units for new tenants, clean units upon tenant departure, general maintenance functions, problem-solving, good communication skills, and a calm demeanor. The caretaker will live on site in the shelter.  They will be provided a 3-room apartment (unit 16-2).  Heat, electricity, local telephone, and internet service are also provided.  The caretaker is required to be on site every day, but they may have part-time employment elsewhere, providing they return to […]

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Safe Housing Initiative

Published April 11, 2017

The Washington County Maryland project is a collaboration of several groups: Celebrate Recovery, Knights of Malta, Kairos Prison Ministry in Maryland, Street Reentry of Maryland, and Gatekeepers. The faith-based organizations got together recently to share a common observation: Returning citizens leaving prison with a strong resolve to lead a productive life face a great hurdle if they do not have SAFE HOUSING in a welcoming community. The experience of Gatekeepers is instructive.  This organization was started three years ago by a released inmate.  Gatekeepers provides a life-skills program called “Business of Living.”  Over 200 men and women have come through […]

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Mark Schoberg wins Houses of Worship Tour photo contest

Published March 24, 2017

Mark Schoberg of Waynesboro, Pa., won the photo contest held in conjunction with the Holiday Tour of Historic Houses of Worship, which took place Dec. 26 at 16 places of worship, as well as the Miller House, in downtown Hagerstown. His photo, called “Architecture to Altar,” was taken at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown. The contest, in partnership with and support from the Washington County Arts Council, was a way to promote the 2017 tour and featured photos taken during the 2016 event. The winning picture will be used to create posters and promotional materials for the December tour. A […]

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Seeking Choir Director / Pianist

Published March 22, 2017

Brownsville church of the Brethren is looking for a Church Choir Director/Pianist Forward resume and references to:

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Bikes for the World

Published March 21, 2017

Otterbein United Methodist Church is once again collecting bikes and sewing machines to donate to Bikes for the World. The bikes will go to developing countries where they will help adults and children get to work, school, health services and more.  Sewing machines will help provide an income for a struggling family. Can your congregation help collect bicycles and sewing machines for this ministry?  Or at least publicize this collection to members?  See and post the Flyer.  If you are willing to help collect or have questions, please contact Cindy Brown or Mike Johnston.

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“Bowl for Kids’ Sake” faith community challenge

Published March 21, 2017

The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) have an amazing ministry of mentoring that changes lives and blesses children, family and the community. Each year their major fundraiser is a “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” Event. This year it  is on Sunday, April 23rd. Big Brothers Big Sisters would  like to invite faith communities to have some fun for a good cause. In a nutshell: Your team captain(s) call BBBS to reserve either ten-pin or duckpin lanes for any hour between 11 am – 5 pm.  Each bowler on the team is asked to get a minimum total pledge of $30 and […]

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Bester Community of Hope releases 2016 annual report

Published March 10, 2017

Bester Community of Hope just released their annual report. Much important work has been done in this community over the past year. Thank you to the congregations in the Bester area that have contributed to this work by participating in programs and activities, connecting with one another, sharing their own programs for the community calendar, or simply spreading information. Praying for another blessed year of working together with BCOH to strengthen families and community. Thanks and blessings to Keith Fanjoy, Kerry Fair, and all of the dedicated staff at BCOH for their hard work and caring hearts.  2016  represented our […]

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17 Students from SPAIN Looking for Host Families

Published February 16, 2017

June 29th – July 26th The Hagerstown and neighboring communities will be hosting a group of students from Spain in July.  Coordinator Jean Yurek has hosted students in the past and is thrilled to be bringing this wonderful cultural exchange opportunity to her community again this year!  She is currently looking for volunteer families to host students all or part of the time frame of June 29-July 26. Host families come in all shapes and sizes, including: – Families with small children – Young couples – Families where both adults work – Single parents What does it take to qualify […]

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Phone-in Bible Study

Published February 14, 2017

Every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:00 pm Call in-number: (563) 999-2090: Access Code 750605 Are you seeking an opportunity to dig into scripture and discuss your faith with other Christians? Do you find you’re short on time and unable to consistently make a bible study or small group? Is travel an issue? Family Life Ministries is offering a weekly Bible study conference call-in. All are welcome! Join us as you can from home or on the go. Questions? Contact Rev. Joe or Rev. Sakima Chandler,

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