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Multi-faith Concert for Peace

Published October 21st

Faith communities in Frederick gather for a musical celebration for peace. On Sunday, October 21st at 4:00 pm  at Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, 15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD faith communities and singers from Hood College will join together in a musical celebration for peace.   Groups participating in this event see this concert as an opportunity to build unity and community through music. Given as a gift to our community, music heals wounds and brings peace and inspiration to our hearts. With competing voices and ideas seeming to divide us, this peaceful gathering offers fellowship and oneness for […]

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Free Salvation Army Choir Concert

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Fall Praisefest

Published October 20th

A wide variety of singers and dramatists are being assembled to lend their talents for Fall Praisefest! at Cumberland Valley Baptist Church on Oct. 20. That Saturday at 7:00 p.m. they will gather at 919 Corbett St. in South Hagerstown, midway between Wilson Boulevard and Rose Hill Cemetery.  Participants and audience members from all denominations and faiths are welcome, as long as Jesus Christ is praised for his Lordship. Singers include Billy Spence, Bob Bloomfield, 4forHim and Kristina Granados.  Other musicians and dramatists interested in being on the program should contact Pastor Ron Kline at revronk@aol.com, or at 240-500-5524.  No […]

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Free Salvation Army Choir Concert

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Family Fun Night

Published October 19th

Unity of Hagerstown is offering a Family Fun Night for parents and children, October 19, 2018 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. This event includes a free dinner for all attendees.   Following the meal, there will be puppies, crafts, corn hole, minute-to-win challenges, and more. Reservations are required to ensure enough food. Unity of Hagerstown meets at 18313 Lappans Rd., Boonsboro MD For more information contact Rev. Sandy at 240-409-5940 or sandy.boyer@gmail.com

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Seeker’s Circle Interfaith Book Club: Luther’s Jews: A Journey into Anti-Semitism

Published October 18th

Come join a discussion about the book: Luther’s Jews: A Journey into Anti-Semitism by Thomas Kaufmann,   Seeker’s Circle Book Club meets six times a year at the Washington County Free Library in downtown Hagerstown, 7:00 pm Study Room 333, reading and discussing books that describe the religious life and traditions of several of the world’s religions and current issues in interfaith dialogue. Inquiries to Gwen Skrabak, 301-797-1603. Books can be purchased online or, if available, borrowed from the library.  Download a flyer.

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published October 18th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other clergy/church leaders in discussing Bible passages for the following Sunday (week in advance).  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues.  For more info contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!  This is a casual group, so show up whenever you are able.

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Food Drop

Published October 16th

5:30-7:00 pm  Church Parking Lot This is a one-time, food “drop” for our neighborhood. Suggest you bring sturdy grocery type tote bags to carry your food/produce home. Recommended especially for those who fall within the WIC Income Guidelines – (Example: Family of 4 with income less than $40,793) For More Information Call Maryland Food Bank – Western Branch,  301-733-4002 OR Otterbein United Methodist Church,  301-739-9386 Download flyer

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Daystar Gospel Vocal Group

Published October 14th

Daystar Gospel Vocal Group will preform on Sunday October 14th at 5:00 PM at St. Paul’s Funkstown.  This is a free concert, a goodwill offering would be appreciated.  Refreshments will be served after the program

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Annual U.S.S. Cole Commemoration

Published October 12th

The annual USS Cole commemoration is Friday, October 12, at 11:30 AM in St. Mark’s Cemetery, 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD.  The public is welcome to attend.  Seaman Craig Wibberly, who is buried at St. Mark’s, was one of the first casualties in the most recent conflicts in the Middle East.  In October 2000, the USS Cole, anchored in Yemen, was rammed by a small boat full of explosives.  Two young men from Washington County were killed in the blast.  This is the 18th commemoration of this solemn and tragic event.  St. Mark’s honors the memory of Seaman Craig Wibberley […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published October 11th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other clergy/church leaders in discussing Bible passages for the following Sunday (week in advance).  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues.  For more info contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!  This is a casual group, so show up whenever you are able.

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HARC Meeting: Active Shooter & Safety in Houses of Worship

Published October 9th

In October, HARC welcomes Officer Gerard Kendle of the Hagerstown Police Department, who will be conducting a training on Active Assailants and review of common security issues within Houses of Worship.  The training is designed for clergy and staff/leaders to better understand and prepare for unexpected threats. Please feel free to invite anyone from your congregation or organization who could benefit from this information. We expect this to be a 2-hour meeting due to the length of the training.  Lunch will begin at 12:30 pm and program will start at approximately 1:00 pm. Lunch will be provided with no cost […]

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Pet Blessing

Published October 7th

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will host their annual Blessing of the Pets on Sunday, October 7, 2017 at 5:00PM in the Parish Hall. Bring your pet (on a leash or in a carrier) or a picture of your pet companion to be blessed in this short service in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the Saint who loved animals! Each pet will receive a holy blessed medal of St. Francis. A candle will be lit in memory of pets that have died in the past year. Donations of pet supplies to benefit the Washington County Humane Society will be accepted […]

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Queens of the Gospel

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Harvest Hoedown

Published October 6th

Harvest Hoedown will be held in Byron Park in Williamsport on Saturday, October 6th, from 10 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Great food, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, children’s games, silent auction, barrel ride, vendors, and live music.  Horse drawn wagon rides from 10:00 to Noon.  This event is sponsored by the Williamsport Ministerium as a fund raiser for the Williamsport Food Bank.  Free admission!  Canned food or cash donations are gratefully accepted.

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Mind-Body-Spirit Fair

Published October 6th

Unity of Hagerstown presents the third Mind Body Spirit Fair, Saturday October 6th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at St Mark’s Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Rd, Boonsboro MD 21713. There will be a variety of practitioners of healing energy to offer mini-sessions at discounted rates. Enjoy Intuitive Readings, Holistic Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Massage, Reiki, and other healing modalities offering mini-sessions and so much more!  Updates will be posted on Unity Hagerstown Facebook page. Handmade gift items will be available to take the good energy home — and healthy, yummy food and drink also available for purchase. General Admission: $5 […]

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Needy Family Fundraiser – INDOOR Yard, Soup and Sandwich Sale

Published October 6th

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Rohrersville is holding a yard sale, country ham, turkey & ham sandwiches, homemade soups and baked goods sale on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 8 am to 2 pm.  The function will be held INDOORS at Friendship Hall, located at the intersection of MD 67 and Locust Grove Road.  The building is handicapped-accessible. Furniture, children’s clothing, toys and other items will be offered at the FREE yard sale (donations are accepted).  All proceeds from this event will go the Mt. Zion Needy Family Fund. Download a flyer

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Jazz Vespers

Published October 4th

On Thursday, October 4th at 7:30 p.m. Trinity Luthran Church will continue their new adventure of Jazz Vespers.  This will be in the form of a Traditional Evening Prayer service, which makes use of chant, scripture, prayers, silence, and hymns to bring the presence of Christ into our midst as day gives way to evening.  The only difference is that this setting of the vesper service uses the warm sound of American Jazz music.  A highlight of the service is a brief teaching moment which expands on the theme of the day, blending the sacred and the secular. Invite some […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published October 4th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other clergy/church leaders in discussing Bible passages for the following Sunday (week in advance).  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues.  For more info contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!  This is a casual group, so show up whenever you are able.

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Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World

Published October 3rd

Financial Education Partnership-Washington County is pleased to announce the launch of a new program: “Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World”.  Thanks to grant funding by BB&T Bank, FEP-WC has teamed up with Otterbein United Methodist Church to offer this program which is designed to help those individuals who are genuinely wanting to get out of poverty and make changes in their lives. This is not a taught class, but a facilitated conversation over a 15- week process in which participants will be guided through a series of self-assessments to learn how to build resources and networks. We will discuss topics […]

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The Thomas Kennedy Center

Published October 3rd

Rabbi Ari Plost and Executive Director Tom Riford will speak about the new Thomas Kennedy Center and Memorial Park, which honors the legacy of the 19th century state Maryland. The Center is dedicated to the ideals of religious freedom and tolerance. Learn about the developing plans for the park and education center.

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“For Our City” Worship Gathering

Published September 30th

Event is free. This gathering is for the body of Christ to come together in worship, asking God to continue His amazing work in our community.  This will also be a time to pray together as we kick off the For Our City initiatives and series.

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Pet Blessing

Published September 30th

AN  HOUR OF FUR, FELLOWSHIP AND FUN! Each day our pets bless us with unconditional love and joy. Every year on a Sunday closest to October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, many people of faith around the world host events where animals are blessed. Haven Lutheran Church will have a pet blessing on September 30, 2-3 p.m. YOU are invited. Any pet that is safe to bring is welcome. We’ve had dogs, cats, birds, hamster, chicken and lizard. Each pet will be individually blessed and their picture taken with their owner(s). There will be treats and beverages […]

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Free Movie and Game Night

Published September 29th

Three diverse families are compelled to meet at the crosshairs of life, as Cumberland Valley Baptist Church screens A Question of Faith at Movie & Game Night Saturday, Sept. 29. The 2017 major motion picture brings together the leading family in a powerful African-American church with white and Hispanic families facing life and death situations.  Can God work good in all things and through any circumstance?  Find out when the South Hagerstown church has the free showing at 7:00 p.m.  There will be complementary popcorn and other refreshments, party games and prizes. Cumberland Valley Baptist Church is located between Wilson […]

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Crossroads Fall Fundraiser

Published September 29th

Enjoy inspiring worship and speakers and encouraging testimonies from CrossRoads residents, There will be many silent auction items to bid on and plenty of chef-prepared appetizers. Ticket price: $25 each Download a flyer. Event Agenda 2:00-3:00 pm Silent Auction • Gift cards, baskets • Sports memorabilia • And much more! 3:00-3:20 pm Special Music • Eugene Brown • Deep Waters Worship Band 3:20-4:30 pm Special Speakers • Charlie Smith, Frederick Cnty D.A. • Vernon King, Local pastor • Testimonies by the CrossRoads men • Closing remarks, Frank Shelton, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Follow these links for more information or to […]

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Preventing Domestic Violence

Published September 29th

Presentation by Rev. Sakima Romero-Chandler Sponsored by African American Historical Association of Western Maryland

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Literacy Tutor Training Workshop

Published September 29th

Can you imagine not being able to read the books you enjoy? Or not being able to read to your kids? Many people in our community can’t read at all. Tutor Training Workshop Sponsored by Literacy Council of Washington County 44 million adults in the U.S. can’t read well enough to read a story to a child. September 29 & October 6, 2018 – Literacy Council of Washington County Held at Benevola United Methodist Church, 19925 Benevola Church Rd, Boonsboro MD 9am – 3:30pm Free Workshop — Register Now Both days required for Certification. The Literacy Council teaches Basic Reading/ […]

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Believer’s Unity Walk 2018

Published September 29th

The “Believer’s Unity Walk” registration will begin at 8:00a.m. the day of the event.  Preregistration form and sponsor sheets will be available prior to the walk.  The walk will start at 10:00am after prayer.  The walk will begin at the historic site of Asbury United Methodist Church located at 155 North Jonathan Street, Hagerstown, MD  21740. (REGISTRATION IS FREE FOR SPONSORS WITH SHEETS/REFLECT SPONSORS) The purpose of the walk is for the COMMUNITY OF FAITH,  walking together, to build FAITH RELATIONSHIPS for a COMMUNITY IN UNITY. VENDORS ARE WELCOME! Vendors $25.00 a table. Individuals $15 Local Business and organizations – […]

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Autumn Glory Days – Rescheduled

Published September 29th

Autumn Glory Days will be held at Welty Church of the Brethren on Friday, September 28th & Saturday, September 29th at 13465 Greensburg Rd., corner of Welty Church Rd., Smithsburg MD.  There will be a huge yard sale (our biggest yet) at the pavilion and a food sale inside both days from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The food sale will feature country ham sandwiches, steamers, chicken corn soup, ham and bean soup, apple dumplings and homemade baked goods. Hot food will be available at 10:00 a.m. for lunch in the social hall. All proceeds will benefit the Welty Church […]

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Autumn Glory Days- Rescheduled

Published September 28th

Autumn Glory Days will be held at Welty Church of the Brethren on Friday, September 28th & Saturday, September 29th at 13465 Greensburg Rd., corner of Welty Church Rd., Smithsburg MD.  There will be a huge yard sale (our biggest yet) at the pavilion and a food sale inside both days from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The food sale will feature country ham sandwiches, steamers, chicken corn soup, ham and bean soup, apple dumplings and homemade baked goods. Hot food will be available at 10:00 a.m. for lunch in the social hall. All proceeds will benefit the Welty Church […]

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Foundations of Faith Community Parish Nursing Course

Published September 28th

Course Dates: September 28, 29 and October 26, 27, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm each day Parish Nursing course organized by Meritus Health is designed to provide the necessary knowledge and tools for professional nurses to function in the role of a faith community nurse or parish nurse in their congregation or holistic setting. A faith community nurse is a registered nurse with a current license and a mature faith commitment. He/she does not provide medical care but instead serves as a health educator, an advocate, a caring resource, a liaison with community resources, and an integrator of faith […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published September 27th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other clergy/church leaders in discussing Bible passages for the following Sunday (week in advance).  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues.  For more info contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!  This is a casual group, so show up whenever you are able.

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Safeguarding Houses of Worship

Published September 25th

Security in public spaces has become a national concern; and although Houses of Worship were once considered “sacred spaces,” even to the extent of keeping their doors open to the public, recent incidents have caused most faith leaders to re-evaluate security protocols for their locations and activities.  But it is not just incidents of violence which must be anticipated.  Many other threats, such as natural disasters – fire, floods, and tornadoes- – and incidents of vandalism, theft, or destruction of property, happen all the time.  Members become ill, can have an accident, or experience other personal safety issues.  Children can […]

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Stories in the Round: Zunny Matema

Published September 24th

Zunny Matema Monday, August 27 • 7pm Zunny Matema is a cultural activist, artist, lecturer, author, historical colonial & Civil War portrayer, storyteller, and playwright with MPT scripts to her credit. A retired MD World History teacher, she directed a high school Civil War performance company, “The Poly United States Colored Troops History Society” and performed with The Painted Gourd, Red & Black Voices traveling through the mid-Atlantic sharing the history of Native People and Africans before, during and after Columbus. As a 7th generation descendant of a woman enslaved as personal servant to Martha Washington, Matema has designed healing […]

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Global Feast for Peace

Published September 23rd

The Interfaith Coalition of Washington Co. will hold its Annual Global Feast for Peace, September 23, 2018 5 p.m.- 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Rd., Boonsboro MD (four miles from Premium Outlets, just off Sharpsburg Pike). Sharing food together in celebration of friendship and common interest is a tradition as old as the human family. The Global Feast for Peace, part of the U.N. sponsored International Day of Peace, is an evening of building community, good food, great entertainment and interfaith understanding and is celebrated worldwide. The evening begins with guest speaker Tod Rutstein facilitating a […]

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Taste of the Town

Published September 23rd

Gather a group of family, friends and co-workers and sponsor a table at our 13TH ANNUAL TASTING EVENT Don’t miss the biggest tasting event in Washington County, showcasing the talents of up to 26 artisanal local chefs! EVENT SCHEDULE: 4:45-5:00pm Arrival Time 5:00-7:00pm Tasting Time 7:00-7:30pm Prize Drawings Sponsorship Levels and Incentives: PLATINUM SPONSOR – $1000 10 event tickets for one reserved table Full-page ad in program Logo on event website and in e-newsletter Recognition on Facebook Verbal recognition at event BONUS: 60 raffle tickets if paid in full on or before August 31. GOLD SPONSOR – $750 10 event […]

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Family Fun Night

Published September 21st

Unity of Hagerstown is offering a Family Fun Night for parents and children, Sept. 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. This event will feature Japanese Flying Noodles, in which participants with chopsticks must catch noodles flying down a tube. This is a fun and long-standing tradition in Japan. Following the meal, there will be crafts, games and more. Reservations are required to ensure enough food. Unity of Hagerstown meets at 18313 Lappans Rd., Boonsboro MD For more information contact Rev. Sandy at 240-409-5940 or sandy.boyer@gmail.com 

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Seeker’s Circle Interfaith Book Club: The Soul of America by John Meacham

Published September 20th

Come join a discussion about the book: The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels by John Meacham The current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents,  and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published September 20th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other clergy/church leaders in discussing Bible passages for the following Sunday (week in advance).  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues.  For more info contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!  This is a casual group, so show up whenever you are able.

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Spiritual Care Brunch and Learn: Meditation and De-escalation

Published September 20th

Meritus Medical Center’s spiritual care department hosts monthly educational sessions for faith leaders, health care providers and members of the wider community. The meetings will be held on the third Thursday of the month, from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Topics and speakers will vary. Suggestions are welcome. There is no cost for the meeting or refreshments; however, an RSVP is required. All meetings are held in the Parish Nursing Conference Room on 1799 Howell Road in Hagerstown, MD. September 20 Speaker: Amanda Startleper Topic: Mediation and De-Escalation October Brunch & Learn will be held in conjunction with the Spiritual Care […]

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A Problem for All of Us: “Opioids”

Published September 19th

“Opioids: A Problem For All Of Us” September 19th, 7pm at First Christian Church. Topics include “Who does it affect? Who is at risk? What happens in the brain? What is Fentanyl? What is Narcan? Why is it a disease? When will our community start to address this? Where to go for help? How do we understand? How do we help?” Middle and High School aged students are encouraged to attend, Childcare will be provided birth-3rd grade. Speakers are Keisha Clopper and Deanna Bailey from ADAC and City Councilwoman Emily Keller. Download a flyer

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Kitchen Festival

Published September 15th

You are invited to a “KITCHEN FESTIVAL” Dinner – Silent Auction – Entertainment Saturday, September 15 4:30 – Silent Auction Preview 5:00 – Mason Dixon Barbershop Quartet performs, followed by serving of the meal The MEAL will consist of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, drinks and desserts. A SILENT AUCTION to be held with many wonderful items, including themed baskets. Members of the MASON DIXON BARBERSHOP QUARTET will perform before and after the meal. Tickets are now available. Checks are to be made out to John Wesley U.M.C. with a written memo “kitchen Festival”. Last day to purchase […]

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Race Relations Forum Q&A

Published September 15th

Public Input Needed! Come and Speak your Mind! Panelists: Dr. Arnold Hence, Paul Frey, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and Rev. Anne Weatherholt Moderator: Rev. Chandler Sponsored by: African American Historical Association Call 717-749-4872 or 304-261-4516 for more information.  

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Washington Goes Purple Walk

Published September 15th

Veritas United Church of Christ is hosting a community prayer walk in response to the Washington Goes Purple campaign as a unified response of Washington County’s faith communities.  An opportunity for houses of worship of all faiths to come together in one united diverse front to pray and take affirmative action to help our city to rise to her potential by confronting the issues that torment our city such as addiction and other strongholds.  Contact info@veritashagerstown.com if your faith community is interested in joining this effort as a participant or partner.

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published September 13th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other clergy/church leaders in discussing Bible passages for the following Sunday (week in advance).  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues.  For more info contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!  This is a casual group, so show up whenever you are able.

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HARC Meeting

Published September 11th

Welcome back after summer hiatus! This meeting will focus our collaborative involvement in Washington County Goes Purple and a faith response to the opioid crises. Your input is wanted! Lunch will be provided with a free-will offering basket.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, September 7.  RSVP online or by email to jackcastle48@gmail.com so we can get a head-count on food (if replying by email, please let us know of any dietary preferences/concerns).  Please know that you are welcome to come even if you forget to RSVP, but the notice does help with food estimates and seating […]

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Splash Fest

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Cinderella Shop Open for Homecoming Dances

Published September 8th

The Cinderella Shop at ZION will be open on Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 am to 1 pm for Homecoming dress shoppers. Due to the large inventory of clean, gently used dresses and the community interest in this mission, it was decided to open one Saturday, September 8, for Homecoming shoppers.   All dresses are $25 each (cash or check made out to REACH) with all proceeds going directly to REACH.  Access to the shop is via the alley at the rear of the church building. Those wishing to donate clean, gently used gowns to the shop can deliver them on September […]

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Silent Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Published September 7th

Featuring Dave Calendine, organist for the Fox Theatre, Detroit This 1923 silent film is based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel Parking at the corner of Antietam and Walnut Streets Free-will donation, $5 minimum suggested For more information: 301-733-2560 x 108

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Jazz Vespers

Published September 6th

This new adventure at Trinity Lutheran Church will be in the form of a Traditional Evening Prayer service which makes use of chant, scripture, prayers, silence, and hymns to bring the presence of Christ into our midst as day gives way to evening.  The only difference is that this setting of the vesper service uses the warm sound of American Jazz music.  A highlight of the service is a brief teaching moment which expands on the theme of the day, blending the sacred and the secular.  For this first presentation of jazz vespers, they will be joined by the resident […]

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