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Live Nativity

Published December 15th

Experience the true meaning of Christmas at an outdoor Live Nativity complete with adorable farm animals at Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Rd., Smithsburg, MD on Saturday, December 15 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Refreshments will be served inside. Free. For more information including weather-related cancellations, call 301-824-3941 or visit the church’s Facebook page or website. Download a flyer for all December Activities

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Christmas Concert and Luminaries

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Family Fun Night

Published December 14th

Unity of Hagerstown is offering a Family Fun Night for parents and children, December 14, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30. Enjoy a night out with your family-free! Parents and kids are invited to join them for a night off-let them do the cooking and the clean-up, while you sit back and relax-all for FREE! They’ll have plenty of activities geared for children of all ages. Here’s what there’ll be- Dinner for parents and children, served 5:30-6 p.m., Make a Christmas present and more Christmas goodies!!! In order to ensure enough food- Registration requested by emailing sandy.boyer@gmail.com with number and age of […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published December 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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Advent Musical Celebration

Published December 13th

“Greencastle Antrim High School” Enjoy a musical presentation followed by a light luncheon.  Prepare your hearts and your minds for the celebration of Christmas.  The event is free.  A free-will offering for the luncheon will be gratefully accepted.  Download a flyer. RSVP for the luncheon: 301-733-0391

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HARC & Interfaith Meeting: Being Muslim in Washington County

Published December 11th

12:30-2:00 pm In December HARC joins with our own Interfaith Coalition forapanel discussion with several members of the Islamic Society of Washington County about what it’s like to be Muslim living in our community. What are the challenges? What are the stereotypes? What are the phobias? How can we strengthen our relationships to build a stronger community? The panel will include Dr. Kalim Ahmed, President of the Islamic Society of Western Maryland and two others from his congregation. Lunch will be provided by St. John’s Episcopal Church with a free-will offering basket.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by […]

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Lessons and Carols for the Advent Season

Published December 9th

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church presents a celebration of Lessons and Carols for the Advent Season on Sunday, December 9 at the 9 AM and 11 AM services. Advent is a season of preparation for Christmastide, and lasts from December 2 – 23.  Blue hangings are used to honor the Virgin Mary. The 9 AM service is child-friendly and involves the children in setting up the Christmas Crèche, complete with Mary and Joseph, animals, shepherds, sheep and cows, and the wise men in the windows, on their way to the manger.  Only Baby Jesus is missing, to be put in place […]

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Glory to God: A Messiah Community Sing

Published December 8th

Join the chorus with a community sing-along of Handel’s Messiah. Music will be available to borrow so you can join the fun. Enjoy singing with a professional orchestra and soloists. Whether you love to sing or just enjoy listening to beautiful music, this is the Christmas event for you! Free admission a free-will offering will be collected.

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Cookie Walk

Published December 8th

Trinity  Lutheran Church Boonsboro is baking  cookies and other sweet treats to prepare for your Christmas season.  Let them do the baking for you, all homemade items.  They are asking for a donation of $5.00 per Baker’s Dozen.  The place is 64 South Main Boonsboro, Saturday Dec. 8, 10 to 3pm.   Hope to see you there.  All proceeds, 100%, are for Micah’s Backpack!

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Breakfast with Santa

Published December 8th

Come and eat breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will be served from 9 till 11am, but Santa will be there from 9 am until noon.  Bring the children for good food and fun.  

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Old Tyme Christmas Craft Show

Published December 7th

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  St. Paul’s is having the Annual Funkstown, “Old Tyme Christmas Craft Show” (among other activities).  Their Fellowship Hall will be filled to capacity with many Vendors displaying their Crafts.  Their Bazaar Bunch is participating also.  The Lutheran Lunch Counter will be open.  Make this a must stop during the many events of the evening.

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Fahrney Keedy Fundraiser for Pastoral Care Ministries

Published December 7th

A holiday dinner fundraiser supporting the ministries of Chaplain Twyla Rowe to the residents at Fahrney-Keedy Senior Living Community is being held, Friday, December 7. A delicious three-course meal will be served during two seatings 5:30 and 7:00 in the Fahrney-Keedy main dining room. Barbara Ingram School for the Arts will be performing holiday music for your enjoyment, and Santa Claus will be making an appearance. Tickets can be purchased for $50 per plate from Rebecca Musser, (301) 671-5024, Director of Community Engagement. Sponsorships are also being accepted at a variety of levels. Sponsors will be recognized at the event […]

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Working with Children/Adolescents after Suicide or Overdose Loss

Published December 7th

The number of overdose and suicide deaths in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The grief associated with these traumatic losses can have a devastating impact on family members left behind. The developmental age of children impacted by such a loss presents unique challenges for mental health therapists. This training will discuss current grief theory and provide strategies and techniques for helping bereaved youth navigate the grieving process. Therapists will learn specific age-appropriate approaches to use for helping young clients give voice to their feelings and learn healthy ways to cope and flourish. CLICK BELOW to get more information […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published December 6th

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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Advent Musical Celebration

Published December 6th

“Our Community Listens and Sings Together” Enjoy a musical presentation followed by a light luncheon.  Prepare your hearts and your minds for the celebration of Christmas.  The event is free.  A free-will offering for the luncheon will be gratefully accepted.  Download a flyer. RSVP for the luncheon: 301-733-0391

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“The First Christmas” Presentation

Published December 1st

Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Rd., Smithsburg, MD, will present “THE FIRST CHRISTMAS – A Journey That Will Bring the Bible Story to Life!” on Saturday, December 1. Guides will lead small groups on “journeys” approximately every 15 minutes between 6:00 & 8:00 PM to see live action scenes portraying the Christmas story. Enjoy light refreshments before the journey. This event is totally indoors and totally FREE! For more information, call 301-824-3941 or find Welty Church of the Brethren on Facebook or their website. Download a flyer here.

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Lutheran Lunch Counter

Published December 1st

Homemade Soups, Sandwiches, Desserts and Drinks will be on the Menu. You can eat in or carry out.  Pints and Quarts of soup will be available.  Proceeds from this Event will support the Security Camera System for St. Paul’s. Time 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 1, 2018, Saturday, January 5, 2019, Saturday, February 2, 2019, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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Nashville Recording Duo in Concert

Published November 30th

Nashville singers Ernie & Jason Couch are bringing an exciting mixture of 20th-Century Gospel classics and originals to Hagerstown.  The duo will be in concert at Cumberland Valley Baptist Church at 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 30. This father-son team has been traveling the road for almost three decades, presenting a professional evening of music. Besides a Grammy nomination and a number of songs in the gospel charts both here and abroad, Ernie and Jason have recorded with such greats as George Beverly Shea, Jake Hess, George Jones, Petra, James Earl Jones, Patti Page and Dallas Holm. Cumberland Valley Baptist Church […]

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Seeker’s Circle Interfaith Book Club: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Published November 29th

Rescheduled! Come join a discussion about the book: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr 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 November 29th

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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Soup and Sandwich and Indoor Yard Sale

Published November 24th

Asbury United Methodist is hosting an indoor yard sale from 9 am – 3 pm.  Vendors will be able to purchase a table for $15.  Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Chicken Noodle Soup or Vegetable Soup will be available for $4.

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Breakfast with Santa

Published November 24th

8:00 AM to 11:00AM.  All ages are invited, enjoy having Breakfast with Santa and giving him your list.  Start the Christmas Season with Santa, invite your neighbors and enjoy a Breakfast Buffet consisting of – Scrambled eggs, Bacon, Hash Browns, Sausage Gravy and Biscuits, French Toasts Sticks, Mini Donuts, Juice and Coffee.  Goodwill donations accepted. Everyone welcome.

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Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service

Published November 21st

All are Welcome to join Mt. Nebo UMC  for a Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service  

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Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off

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Transgender Day of Remembrance gathering

Published November 20th

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR), which occurs annually on November 20, is a day to remember those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia (the hatred or fear of transgender and gender non-conforming people), and a community effort to bring attention to the continued violence endured by the transgender community, and ultimately to help bring an end to this violence and misunderstanding. Meet at The Public Square in Hagerstown for this event from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  New Light Metropolitan Community Church is a Co-sponsor.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance City Proclamation

Published November 20th

Transgender Day of Remembrance City Proclamation is at 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM on November 20. City Hall. New Light Metropolitan Community Church is a co-sponsor.  

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Homemade Thanksgiving Pie and Lemon Cheesecake Sale

Published November 20th

The Service and Outreach Commission of St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding their 3rd annual Thanksgiving Pie and Lemon Cheesecake Sale in November. The following homemade pies can be purchased baked or frozen for baking later. Apple, Pumpkin pies –  $12 each Apple-Cranberry-Walnut, Cherry, Mincemeat, Pecan-Cream Cheese pies $15 each Lemon Cheesecake   $25 each All pies and cheesecakes are nine inches in diameter.  Pie crusts, pies and cheesecakes are made freshly in their kitchen November 19-21.  Pick-up will be November 20-21. Orders can be made by calling Bruce Massey at 240-675-4498.   Pre-payment is required.

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Valor Hour Connection Event

Published November 20th

You are invited to attend the next Valor Hour Connection event scheduled for Tuesday, November 20, 2018, from 8:00 – 9:00 am.  The purpose is to get the word out into the community about their work so more people can learn about their programs and services. You will also learn more about their new strategic partnership with Potomac Case Management Services and how this joint effort will greatly impact our community. You won’t be asked to make any financial contribution to Valor, but they will call you soon after the event to ask you for your advice and feedback. They […]

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HARC Community Thanksgiving Service

Published November 18th

O Come and be Thankful!! The Hagerstown Area Community Thanksgiving Service An ecumenical, interfaith service of thanks sponsored by the Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) and hosted this year by John Wesley United Methodist Church. This service is free and open to the public as we express our commonality in giving thanks. A free will offering will be taken. There will be a combined choir anthem with the rehearsal beginning at 5:30 p.m. – all vocalists welcome! Download flyer.  

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Bob Sima in Concert

Published November 18th

Unity of Hagerstown presents Bob Sima in concert on November 18th during celebration service at 11:00 and a Thanksgiving potluck and concert at 1:00.  Through the medium of melody and message, Sima leads listeners to an expanded consciousness, deeper sense of connection, and inner peace and purpose. His music bridges daily life and soul consciousness, the eternal with the now. He delivers instantly accessible songs that take up residence and resonance in your soul. When Sima opens his mouth to sing, what emerges is far beyond the human sounds of his warm and soulful voice. It’s a call, a remembrance, a soft and steady […]

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Service

Published November 18th

New Light Metropolitan Community Church invites you to join them for their Transgender Day of Remembrance Service, Sunday, November 18th beginning at 10:30 AM.    

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Free Community Thanksgiving Meal

Published November 17th

Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church will host a Free Community Meal on Saturday, November 17th from 5-7pm. As this is the month for giving thanks, they will be serving a Thanksgiving Feast.  The menu includes turkey, stuffing balls, mashed potatoes, green beans, sauerkraut, gravy, cranberry sauce, desserts and drinks.  Bring your family, friends, neighbors…anyone you can think of. Join them for a time of giving thanks, some fun and some fellowship!   Mt. Nebo is located at 134 S. Main Street in Boonsboro, MD.  This event is held in their Family Life Center, which is handicapped accessible from the street entrance […]

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National Day of Prayer Regional Meeting

Published November 17th

Mark your calendars! Plan to join others on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. for the Maryland National Day of Prayer Regional Meeting for Western and Central Counties. If you live/work outside these counties, you are welcome to attend also. This is an informational program designed to equip, inspire, and encourage your participation for the 68th National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The NDP Leadership will introduce the 2019 theme, share reflections on the 7 areas of influence for which we pray, and share the vision for Maryland NDP. Information will be presented on topics such […]

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Christmas Dinner Theatre

Published November 16th

The Potomac Playmakers will be presenting “Harvey”.  A Pulitzer Prize winning Comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, a perfect gentlemen, and his best friend – a Pooka who is a six foot tall invisible rabbit.  Come and join us to see what happens when Elwood’s sister tries to have him committed.  Dinner will be served 6:00 PM (doors open at 5:30) Show 7:00 PM.  Tickets are on sale after the Worship Service.  For Reservations or Information call Charlotte 301-733-2678.

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Family Fun Night

Published November 16th

Unity of Hagerstown is offering a Family Fun Night for parents and children, November 16, 2018. Enjoy a night out with your family-free! Parents and kids are invited to join in for a night off. Let Unity do the cooking and the clean-up, while you sit back and relax-all for FREE! They’ll have plenty of activities geared for children of all ages. Here’s what there will be- Pancake Dinner for parents and children, served 5:30-6 p.m., Followed by fun for the whole family- Games! Puppies! (if available) Crafts and an Explorer’s Corner- see what things look like up close! In […]

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Seeker’s Circle Interfaith Book Club: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

Published November 15th

Come join a discussion about the book: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr   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 November 15th

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: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders

Published November 15th

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. November 15 Speaker: Gary Weidman, LCS-C Topic: Understanding and TreatingnAnxiety Disorders, i.e. “Panic Attacks”. RSVP to 301-790-8296 or Jeanette.Brill@meritushealth.com Download a flyer

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Narcan/Naloxone training

Published November 14th

First Christian Church will offer Narcan/Naloxone training, in partnership with the Washington County Health Department, on November 14th at 5:30pm at 1345 Potomac Ave in Hagerstown. All are welcome to attend. Please RSVP at 301-733-0144 or diannaplotner@fcchagerstown.org. Participants will receive a 4mg dose of Naloxone to carry in case you encounter someone in an active overdose.

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Valor Hour Connection Event

Published November 13th

You are invited to attend the next Valor Hour Connection event scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, 2018, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.  The purpose is to get the word out into the community about their work so more people can learn about their programs and services. You will also learn more about their new strategic partnership with Potomac Case Management Services and how this joint effort will greatly impact our community. You won’t be asked to make any financial contribution to Valor, but they will call you soon after the event to ask you for your advice and feedback. They […]

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HARC Meeting: Coping with Stress during the Holidays

Published November 13th

In November, HARC welcomes Fred Nastri, licensed therapist with Brook Lane, who will speak about coping with stress during the holidays and ministering to others who are facing stress or grief during this time. Lunch will be provided by Hagerstown Church of the Brethren with a free will offering.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, November 9.  RSVP online or by email to jackcastle48@gmail.com so we can get a head-count (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 […]

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Service to Mark 100th Anniversary of WWI Armistice

Published November 11th

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lappans marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I on Veteran’s Day Sunday, November 11.  All three worship services at 7:45, 9 and 11 AM, will include World War I-era hymns and poems, along with scripture appointed for the day.  At 10 AM there will be a sing-along of popular World War I-era songs in the Fellowship Center; followed—at 11:00—with a tolling of the bell in the historic church, accompanied by the organ playing an elegy, including taps.  St. Mark’s, located at 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD, 21713, welcomes the entire community […]

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Movie Night – “Hagerstown 1941”

Published November 10th

Take a journey back in time to experience local history in a remarkable film, Hagerstown 1941 – which captures daily life in Hagerstown and Washington County during the Spring of 1941.  See local citizens, schools, churches, business leaders, musicians, youth groups – and maybe your friends, relatives, or yourself in the movies!  Admission is free. For details contact the Church Office at (301) 739-7244.  Download a flyer.

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Bus Trip – “Sister Act”

Published November 10th

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.  “Sister Act” is a feel good musical comedy.  The bus will leave the church parking lot 9:30 AM.  The Buffet Brunch is 11:45 AM and Showtime 1:15 PM.  The cost is $99.00 per person.  Includes transportation, brunch, show, driver gratuity and cash bingo prizes.  Seats will go quickly, reserve your spot with a $45.00 deposit.  Balance will be due Nov. 5, 2018.  For information or reservations call Charlotte Miller 301-733-2678.

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Auction Fundraiser

Published November 10th

Heritage Academy will host its annual live and silent auction fundraiser on November 10th from 9 am – 12 pm. Preview items from 8 – 9 am. They have a large array of goods to bid on just in time for the holidays! Lunch will be available for purchase. Heritage Academy is located at 12215 Walnut Point West in Hagerstown.  Email info@heritage-academy.net with questions.

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Holiday Festival and Indoor Yard Sale

Published November 10th

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church hosts the annual Holiday Festival and Indoor Yard Sale on Saturday, November 10 from 7 AM – 1 PM.  This festive event features a variety of homemade crafts, homemade preserves and pickles (all locally sourced!), homemade soup, bake table, and a separate holiday decoration room.  The yard sale includes household goods and furniture.  Steamers, hotdogs, soup, and Country Ham Sandwiches will be served for take-out.  Various vendors will offer special gifts for the holiday season. The Festival proceeds benefit St. Mark’s mission and ministry.  The sales and dining areas are fully accessible.  Ample parking is located […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published November 8th

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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Potter’s Bowl

Published November 4th

Please come to the Potter’s Bowl this year and support the work of the Community Free Clinic. The Clinic’s mission is to serve low income people that have limited accessibility to medical care. More recently, the Clinic has become a major provider of services to at risk youth providing information and supportive services to them to help in making healthy decisions about their bodies. Here is a link to their website: https://mycommunityfreeclinic.org At the Potter’s Bowl, you can have a great time with friends, enjoy 13 different homemade soups and other yummy foods and go home with a beautiful bowl […]

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Celebration of 25 Years in Ministry

Published November 4th

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church celebrates the ministry of the Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt, on Sunday, November 4, 2018, marking her 25th Anniversary as their Rector. The Church hosts an Open House from 3-5 PM in the Fellowship Center, where friends can greet Anne and her family and enjoy light refreshments. A festive Evensong takes place at 5 PM in the Historic Church. Seating is limited in the Church, so plan to arrive by 4:45 PM. The service will include special music and remarks from the Senior Warden, Phil Post. Following the service, there will be a light supper in the […]

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Special Interfaith Gathering

Published November 4th

Theme: “What I Wish Other People Knew About My Faith” Speakers: Rabbi Scott Sperling (Reform Judaism) Hussein Rashwan (Islam) Charlotte Harmon (The Baha’i Faith) Tim Harrast (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) Everyone is welcome.  They plan to have reserved seating for Rabbis, Pastors, Ministers and other faith community leaders.  Those interested can email DavidColes@LDSPublicAffairs.org to make reservations.  Refreshments will be served after the program.

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