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Community Book Drive: collecting books August 1 – September 20

Published July 18, 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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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 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.  Visit the HARC Facebook page or Character Counts Facebook page to post your acts, 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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New Pastor at John Wesley United Methodist Church

Published June 2, 2017

John Wesley United Methodist Church will welcome Reverend Kathleen O’Hern as our new pastor on July 1st. Reverand Patrick Ricker will be  retiring at that time. Pastor O’Hern graduated from SUNY Geneseo in Geneseo, NY with a BS in Early Childhood and Special Education and a Masters of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education from Princeton Theological Seminary. Before coming to John Wesley, Pastor O’Hern served as Minister for Discipleship & Mission at Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester New York. In addition to preaching she worked with youth and children’s ministries as well as adult Sunday […]

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Need a pianist/organist/worship leader on Sundays?

Published May 30, 2017

Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church has a missionary from Brazil who is a very talented musician and is available on Sundays.  Any churches seeking a pianist/organist/worship leader for hire or for fill-in, please contact Pastor Cesar Grassiotto at grassiottopastor@gmail.com.

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CPE Chaplain Residency Track

Published May 30, 2017

Meritus currently has positions open for the following: A 12-month three-unit residency track in which paid CPE Chaplain Residents complete over 900 hours of spiritual and emotional support for staff, patients and their family members at Meritus Health, along with 300 hours of didactics (seminar, workshops).  The units are as follows: 1. Fall (September to December), 2.  Winter (January to April), and 3.  Summer (May to August). The successful completion of the requirements of the unit would grant residents three units of CPE.  Residents are assigned to clinical areas and are trained to respond to emergent needs throughout the hospital, and […]

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church opens a “Blessing Box” ministry

Published May 23, 2017

On Sunday, May 21, St. Mark’s opened a new ministry for those who may need a little extra help making ends meet.  The “Blessing Box” is a large cupboard on the front porch of the St. Mark’s Parish Hall containing all sorts of items:  food, cleaning supplies, toiletries, baby supplies and personal items.  It is “open” 24/7 for anyone who wishes to stop by to take a few items.  It is also open for anyone who may have donations and not know where to take them. The concept of the “Blessing Box” came from an NBC news report about similar […]

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