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80 Turn out for Purple Prayer Walk

Published September 18, 2018

Approximately 80 people turned out Saturday morning for the Washington Goes Purple Prayer Walk.  The purpose of the event was to unite clergy and faith community members in prayer and action around the opioid epidemic, as well as other issues that plague our city such as poverty, incarceration, and general hopelessness. Participants began and closed the event with inter-faith worship services at University Plaza in downtown Hagerstown, including speakers from different faith traditions, Councilwoman Emily Keller, Rob Zellner speaking from the perspective of recovery, and Keisha Clopper speaking as an addictions counselor for youths. Four groups set out in different […]

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Gospel Quartet Available for Church Functions

Published September 18, 2018

4forHim Gospel barbershop quartet is available to entertain at church functions across the Tri-state area.  Together for several years, they come from a variety of backgrounds and musical experiences, but they are united by a love for Jesus.  They also like to mix doo-wop songs such as In the Still of the Night with Gospel standards such as Have a Little Talk with Jesus and Amazing Grace.  Lead Dan Footen and bass Ron Kline are from Hagerstown, tenor Doug Logan is from Smithsburg, and baritone Darren Homontowski hails from Williamsport.  To inquire about engaging 4forHim at your event, email Ron […]

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Sacred Listening Circles (Group Spiritual Direction)

Published September 11, 2018

Sacred Listening Circles Two programs of group spiritual companionship are being offered in our community for this coming year.  Rev. Ed Poling, a retired pastor and trained spiritual director, is offering this program of deepening spirituality in two formats. Clergy program on the first Monday morning of the month at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center from October 1 to May 6. Lay program on the first Tuesday evening of the month at Haven Lutheran Church, Hagerstown from October 2 to May 7. Sacred Listening Circles is a small group experience that gathers for prayer, faith-sharing and listening to the Spirit.  […]

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Hardy Hikers enjoy HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope

Published September 11, 2018

The weather didn’t put a damper on the fun at the 6th annual HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope, held Saturday, September 8 at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Retreat Center and the C&O Canal towpath.  A great group of hardy hikers and runners donned with smiles and rain ponchos came out to support the event and get in some exercise.  “I’d rather have cool and rainy than last weekend’s hot and humid temps,” said one participant.  Others agreed it was a nice day for a walk: bug-free and and a lovely green setting.  Blessings from above kept much of the rain […]

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#ForOurCity 2018 Update

Published September 3, 2018

#ForOurCity 2018 kicks off in one month with the #ForOurCity Worship Gathering at Tri-State Fellowship, September 30, 6:30 pm.  God is #ForOurCity and the church must be #ForOurCity.  This campaign will kick off with a time of corporate worship and prayer #ForOurCity. Please find attached  the #ForOurCity 2018 handout so that you get a brief overview of what is coming.  Click here to download the handout. If you would like to sign your church up as a participating church, please email Pastor Bill Wyand at pastor@broadfording.com and he will get you connected with all of the #ForOurCity resources very soon.  

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Church Secretary Position Available

Published August 31, 2018

CHURCH SECRETARY, part time, M-F, 9 am – 1:00 pm Must be proficient with Word, Publisher, Outlook and Excel. Experience with Word Press, Ignite and Power Church a plus. Good communicator. Self-motivated. E.O.E. Send resume by 9/12 via email to havenoffice@havenlc.org or fax 301-733-8725 or mail to S. Nelson, c/o Haven Lutheran Church, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown MD 21742

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REACH Seeks Cold Weather Shelter Administrator

Published August 27, 2018

The primary function of this position is administrative and focuses on the needs of the shelter volunteers. Duties and Responsibilities: • Work closely with shelter manager on all facets of shelter operation • Ensure CWS calendar is filled each year • Update shelter policies and procedures on an ongoing basis • Train CWS volunteers with particular emphasis on the coordinators • Facilitate Thursday night shelter coordinator meetings • Shop for needed supplies • Ensure all shelter volunteers are trained as appropriate • Be available for on call support of shelter manager • Responsible for all Service Point data input regarding […]

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CASA Inc. Critical Needs

Published August 16, 2018

On February 21, 1977, a man was charged with the murder of his 25 year old wife.  Prior to her death, Imogene Knode begged for help publicly to end the nightmare she’d been living since her separation from her husband five month earlier.  She had written a letter to the editor of the Hagerstown paper and received help from the city police ten days after the letter was published.  This is the event that finally raised public awareness in Washington County of the critical need for temporary shelter in the area. With this in mind, CASA, Citizens Sheltering and Assisting […]

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Community Book Drive: collecting books August 1 – September 12

Published August 15, 2018

The 7th Annual Community Book Drive will take place between August 1st and September 12th, culminating in the Book Sorting at FedEx on September 20th, the United Way’s Day of Caring.  The 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. Last year more than 14,000 books were collected and used to set up the new Community Book Warehouse, which is distributing them to community organizations, schools and individuals to get them into the hands of vulnerable children. Everyone can collect books! […]

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Rehoboth UMC Seeks Ministries Coordinator

Published August 14, 2018

Rehoboth United Methodist Church located in Williamsport, Maryland is currently seeking a full-time Ministries Coordinator to support the ongoing growth and evolution of the church’s vision and mission with a heavy emphasis in developing relational connections.  Focus areas will include recruiting, leading, growing and connecting individuals in various ways such as ministry, spiritual formation, technology, communication, pastoral care and worship.  Detailed essential duties listed below. In summary, the Ministries Coordinator will work with the senior pastor and staff in order to make disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world through the ministry and missions of Rehoboth United Methodist […]

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