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“How do I ????” Tech help for everyone

Published February 16th

10 am – 2 pm by appointment In the Boyd Cook Room of the church Fellowship Center Tech expert and Episcopal Deacon the Rev. Kirk DeVore will offer tech help.  He will meet participants by appointment to answer questions, offer assistance and help unscramble various issues on all types of digital devices.  He can also offer advice on network, IT, and other communication technical issues.  Please call Kirk at 301-992-8536 to make an appointment.  Help is $20 per person with $5 going to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as a donation. For more information about the church and directions call 301-582-0417 […]

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All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast

Published February 16th

Saturdays February 16 and March 16, 2019 from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM (If the county snow emergency plan is in effect the day of the breakfast, it will be postponed to the following Saturday.) For more information:  301-432-4046  or http://www.salemcommunity.org or http://www.facebook.com/salemumc Menu Pancakes Farm Fresh Scrambled Eggs Local Sausage Sausage Gravy Toast Juice, Coffee and Tea Adults: $7.00 Children Ages 6-10: $5.00 5-Under: No Charge Download flyer

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Journey of Freedom in America: African Americans in World War I

Published February 15th

Voices from the Earth Black Chautauqua Group makes its third appearance at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church during Black History Month. On Friday evening, February 15 from 7 – 9 PM in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Center, VFTE will present “Journey of Freedom in America: African Americans in World War I,” featuring “An evening with Edith Wharton and Coralie Franklin Cook.” Questions, answers, and conversation will follow the presentation allowing for an in depth look at the complex issues of race, class, gender, and education in the Great War. A companion reader with essays by the scholars will be provided in […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published February 14th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other pastors in this small group ministry.  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues and building supportive relationships.  This is a casual group, so come whenever you are able.  For more information contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!

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HARC Meeting: Dr. Boyd Michael, Superintendent of Schools for Washington County

Published February 12th

HARC kicks of our 2019 vision of “Enough for our Children” with guest speaker Dr. Boyd Michael, Superintendent of Schools for Washington County.  Dr. Michael will talk about the changing needs and challenges of our children in Washington County.  We look forward to learning from his 39 years of experience in teaching and administration with Washington County Public Schools.  This will be a time to consider what more we might do as a faith community to ensure our children have “enough” to thrive. Lunch will be provided by First Christian Church with a free-will offering basket.  If you plan to […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published February 7th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other pastors in this small group ministry.  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues and building supportive relationships.  This is a casual group, so come whenever you are able.  For more information contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!

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Narcan/Naloxone Training

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Woven Green Sound Healing Concert

Published February 3rd

Unity of Hagerstown presents Woven Green in a Sound Healing Concert, February 3rd, 2019.  Woven Green is an award-winning, singer-songwriter, husband and wife team dedicated to affecting positive change through their music. The multi-instrumentalist duo performs a range of musical offerings from ambient soundscape journeys to concerts featuring their signature blend of folk, rock, world, and new age music infused with the power and poetry of a modern sage. Their music,  which include the sounds of crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, native flutes and drums, nature sounds, vocal toning, wind gong, and stringed instruments, invites listeners to embark upon the […]

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Lutheran Lunch Counter

Published February 2nd

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, February 2, 2019, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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Prosperity Plus III: Living “Full Spectrum” Wealth

Published February 2nd

Unity of Hagerstown presents Prosperity Plus III: Living “Full Spectrum” Wealth. This program is a catalyst to: Learn a proven method to create new financial energy and resources Attract more abundance, effortlessly Discover available wealth that you don’t even know you have Release financial blocks and embrace a life of more ease and flow Uncover hidden assets and create the life of your dreams This seven week, video-based, tithing program begins Feb. 2, 2019 from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. and was developed by Mary Morrissey. Morrissey has been an International Speaker, Best-Selling Author, CEO Consultant, Visionary, Empowerment Specialist, Speaker, and […]

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Interfaith Winter Retreat

Published February 2nd

Theme: “Turning Toward Compassion: Conversations of Hope in Troubled Times.”  Religious and spiritual traditions teach the importance of compassion.  And yet in times fraught with anger and division, we can all too easily lose touch with that deep heart connection that unites us with others and our deepest selves.  In this retreat, we’ll return to compassion – sharing our experiences, exploring our traditions, and reclaiming ways to keep the flame of compassion alive within.  We’ll draw upon our own interior wisdom and touch on what experts and sages have to offer as we collectively seek a greater understanding of the […]

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Jazz Vespers

Published January 31st

Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown will present Evening Prayer with Jazz music on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m.  This month’s theme is the Baptism of our Lord and what that means to us.  The service is free, informal, and is followed by a wine and cheese reception.  For additional information, please call Trinity Lutheran Church at 301-733-2878.

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published January 31st

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other pastors in this small group ministry.  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues and building supportive relationships.  This is a casual group, so come whenever you are able.  For more information contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!

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Exploring Celtic Spirituality

Published January 27th

Spirituality, that is, our approach to life, can take many forms.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church offers two identical sessions exploring Celtic Spirituality. One session takes place on Thursday, January 24th from 9:30-12:00 noon. The same program will be repeated on Sunday, January 27th from 4:00-6:00pm. Both sessions take place in the Boyd Cook room of the St. Mark’s Fellowship Center located at 18311 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD. St. Mark’s parish intern, Kathleen Smith-Jones, has practiced Celtic Spirituality for many years and will be offering a time for listening, discussion and quiet reflection. Light refreshments will be offered. The sessions are […]

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published January 24th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other pastors in this small group ministry.  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues and building supportive relationships.  This is a casual group, so come whenever you are able.  For more information contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!

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Exploring Celtic Spirituality

Published January 24th

Spirituality, that is, our approach to life, can take many forms.  St. Mark’s Episcopal Church offers two identical sessions exploring Celtic Spirituality. One session takes place on Thursday, January 24th from 9:30-12:00 noon. The same program will be repeated on Sunday, January 27th from 4:00-6:00pm. Both sessions take place in the Boyd Cook room of the St. Mark’s Fellowship Center located at 18311 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD. St. Mark’s parish intern, Kathleen Smith-Jones, has practiced Celtic Spirituality for many years and will be offering a time for listening, discussion and quiet reflection. Light refreshments will be offered. The sessions are […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presentation

Published January 21st

The Spiritual Care Department at Meritus Medical Center would like to invite you to attend this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day presentation. When:                  Monday, January 21, 2018 Time:                     12:00 to 1:00 pm Where:                 Robinwood, Suite 122B Speaker:              Dr. Noel Brathwaite, Director of the Maryland Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities Topic:                    Health Equity and the Community Engagement Debate This service will explore gaps between community engagement and health equity. Outcomes  Explore two prevailing concepts Identify existing gaps Delineate cost effective  solutions For more information or to RSVP, contact Jeanette Brill at […]

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Biblical Storytelling Workshop

Published January 21st

Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center is hosting a Biblical Storytelling Workshop on Monday, January 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Rev. Robert Alley, Church of the Brethren minister, will engage participants in learning and telling a biblical story and familiarize them with resources for further study in and attention to biblical storytelling.  Cost is $50. Lunch included. For more information, call Judith Clister at 302-223-8193. See flyer.

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Family Fun Night

Published January 18th

Unity of Hagerstown and St. Mark’s Episcopal will be offering a Free Family Fun Night for parents and children, January 18 at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. This event will feature a simple dinner served from 5:30 p.m.-6 p.m., followed by crafts, games and more. Reservations are required to ensure enough food.  The event will be held at 18313 Lappans Rd., Boonsboro MD, just four miles down Sharpsburg Pike, past the outlets.  For more information or to make reservations, contact Rev. Sandy at 240-409-5940 or sandy.boyer@gmail.com Please identify number of children attending when reserving your place.

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Seeker’s Circle Interfaith Book Club: The Importance of Living

Published January 17th

Come join a discussion about the book: The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang   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 January 17th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other pastors in this small group ministry.  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues and building supportive relationships.  This is a casual group, so come whenever you are able.  For more information contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!

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The Vision Workshop

Published January 13th

Unity of Hagerstown presents “The Vision Workshop” January 13, 12:45- 2:45 p.m., to start 2019 with ways to accelerate your living the life of your dreams. In 1853, Henry David Thoreau wrote a famous essay called “Walden,” in which he included a hidden code for prosperous living. During this dynamic Vision Workshop you will unlock the code so that you can harness your life’s purpose and the prosperity you deserve! Participants will learn: Two essential keys for tuning into your purpose. A 5-point test for determining whether your dream is right for you. Simple thinking-strategies that will guard you from […]

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Free Movie – I Can Only Imagine

Published January 12th

On Saturday, January 12 at 6:00PM, Movie Night at Zion Reformed Church will feature the film I Can Only Imagine in the Chapel Room Theater.  I Can Only Imagine has touched millions of people around the world, with the inspiring true story behind the Christian band “MercyMe”, and music that brings hope to so many with the power of true love and forgiveness.  Bring your friends to the movie and enjoy refreshments and snacks (popcorn, candy and a “potato bar”).  Admission is free.  Call 301-739-7244 for information. Download a flyer

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published January 10th

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other pastors in this small group ministry.  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues and building supportive relationships.  This is a casual group, so come whenever you are able.  For more information contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!

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HARC Annual Meeting

Published January 8th

January is HARC’s annual members’ meeting.  We will vote to approve the 2019 budget and a slate of officers for the upcoming two year term, review the year that has just ended, and look ahead to priorities and focus for 2019.  Members, please attend if you can.  Non-members are always welcome to join us. Lunch will be provided by Otterbein United Methodist Church with a free-will offering basket.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, January 4.  RSVP online or by email to jackcastle48@gmail.com so we can get a head-count (if replying by email, please let us know […]

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Lutheran Lunch Counter

Published January 5th

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, January 5, 2019, Saturday, February 2, 2019, Saturday, March 2, 2019.

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published January 3rd

Every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 p.m. Join other pastors in this small group ministry.  Great opportunity for digging into scripture with colleagues and building supportive relationships.  This is a casual group, so come whenever you are able.  For more information contact Rev. Kyle Powderly at pastorcht@myactv.net or 301-991-5526 or just show up!

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Donut Drop and Free Movie Night – Incredibles 2

Published December 31st

“Incredibles 2” Plan to join thousands of local citizens in downtown Hagerstown for the annual “Donut Drop” on New Year’s Eve from 5-7 p.m. Directly after the drop, come watch the movie “Incredibles 2” at Bridge of Life. Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen  is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches […]

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2018 Nationwide Vigils and Events to End Gun Violence

Published December 27th

RESCHEDULED Open or download pdf version of flyer here.

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Historic Houses of Worship Tour

Published December 26th

3:00-7:00 p.m. (Snow date December 27). This annual event is FREE and open to the public. REGISTER NOW to save check-in time   A wonderful opportunity to see the interiors of historic downtown Hagerstown houses of worship.  Learn about the architecture and ecumenical heritage from docents and guides.  Music, refreshments and local art will be featured at some locations. This is a self-guided walking/driving tour and can be started and ended at the house of worship of your choice.  Parking is available at individual houses of worship in their lots and/or along the nearby streets as permitted. The 4th annual […]

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Christmas Eve Service: “Sensory Friendly”

Published December 24th

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is offering a Christmas Eve service at 7 PM in the St. Mark’s Fellowship Center, especially designed to be sensory friendly and welcoming for persons with disabilities.  The service will include the Christmas story, simple carols, and the assembly of the Christmas Crèche made out of wooden figures.  It will last 40 minutes.  The lights and sound will be low, the room has an open floor plan to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, and the story will be told in simple language that can be enjoyed by all.  This is a “unified” service that can accommodate anyone, […]

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Christmas Eve Services at Mt. Nebo

Published December 24th

Christmas Eve Services Dec. 24 7:00pm Family Service 10:30pm Pre –Service Music 11:00pm Candlelight Service See attached flyer for additional events and information

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Christmas Eve Services at Zion Reformed UCC

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Christmas on the Square

Published December 24th

Bridge of Life is once again partnering with other churches to serve our community with a Christmas Eve turkey dinner and fun for the whole family. Activities start at 4:00 pm with caroling and hot chocolate outside on the square. The community meal will begin at 4:30 pm. Kids can join in a craft after the meal. There will be a Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Download a flyer here

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Bible Study for Pastors

Published December 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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Blue Christmas Service

Published December 19th

Wednesday, Dec. 19 Blue Christmas Service at 7:00pm See attached flyer for additional events and information

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Blue Christmas Service

Published December 19th

Blue? Yes, blue as in the blues.  As in “I am feeling blue.” Not everyone is up and cheery for the Christmas holidays.  Dealing with the death of a loved one, facing life after divorce or separation, coping with the loss of a job, living with cancer or some other dis-ease that puts a question mark over the future, and a number of other human situations make parties and joviality painful for many people in our congregations and communities.  There is a growing attentiveness to the needs of people who are blue at Christmas.  Come and join Washington Square UMC […]

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Sweet and Treats Open House

Published December 18th

December 18, 2018, from 11 am-3 pm Hosted by Valor Ministries Cookies plus hot and cold drinks will be served Staff from Valor and Potomac Case Management Services will be on-hand to answer questions about our new partnership and give tours of the EM Tobias Family Center. Please join us as we celebrate this joyous holiday season! Download a flyer For more information, please visit www.thevalorcenter.org/events 

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Holiday Concert

Published December 16th

Welty Church of the Brethren, 13465 Greensburg Rd., Smithsburg, MD, will be hosting an inspirational holiday acoustic concert by “Touchdown Sunset” on Sunday, December 16 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. “Touchdown Sunset” is a dynamic Praise and Worship Band from the Brownsville Church of the Brethren. Experience the joy of the season at this free event. For more information including weather-related cancellations, call 301-824-3941 or visit the church’s Facebook page or website. Download a flyer of December events

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Christmas Church Tour

Published December 16th

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lappans, will host an open house of the Historic Church, Sunday, December 16, from 1-5 PM, along with other South County Churches. Dr. Emilie Amt, Historian, author, and faculty member of Hood College, will be on hand to give tours including information about the African American History of St. Mark’s.  The balcony, once used as a slave gallery and now restored as a place of prayer and pilgrimage; and the historic cemetery, featuring the graves of African American Ancestors, will be open for viewing.  Dr. Amt will provide interpretive materials and displays including the original Parish […]

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Christmas Events at Mt. Nebo

Published December 16th

Join Mt. Nebo for the following events on Sunday, Dec. 16. Sunday, Dec. 16 Children’s Christmas Program: “Tails from the Manger” during the 9:00am Contemporary Worship Continental breakfast between services in the FLC Traditional Worship at 10:45am  Christmas Open House: Sunday, Dec. 16, 1-5pm See attached flyer for additional events and information

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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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