January 12, 2022
Blessings to you,
This is your weekly HARC e-newsletter, with news on faith community events and other useful information. Please forward it on to anyone else who might be interested. If you would like to get something into the News Flash, please email harcnewsflash@gmail.com by Tuesday at 10 a.m. each week. For a full list of upcoming faith community events, visit http://harccoalition.org/events/.  FAQ sheet for submitting news for this newsletter.
An Islamic prayer - Jelaluddin Rumi
Your prayer should be :

       “Break the legs of what I want to happen.
          Humiliate my desire.
          Eat me like candy.
          It’s Spring, and finally
          I have no will."
Interfaith Calendar
A weekly listing of upcoming events and commemorations from religions around the world by the Interfaith Coalition.
By Rev. Don Stevenson

"Ecumenism is about dialogue and cooperation between different branches of the same religion. Nearly fifty years ago I moved to this area after a few years of ministry and grad school in the South. Eager to experience the new in this region of the country one of the first groups that I came to know was the WCCC. As the new pastor at Paramount Baptist Church, I was delighted to find and be a part of an ecumenical group that had interest in connecting with other variations of Christianity." Read more.
"Why I Voted For the Atheist President of Harvard’s Chaplain Group"
By Pete Williamson
Christianity Today

"Last week, The New York Times ran a provocative piece  stating that the new president of the Harvard Chaplains is an atheist. Greg Epstein was elected unanimously last spring by his fellow Harvard chaplains. I am one of the people who voted for him. For seven years, I have worked at Harvard as an evangelical campus minister employed by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). I believe the Bible is authoritative and entirely trustworthy as God’s Word. I believe that Jesus alone is the way of salvation, and that no one comes to the Father except through him. So why would I vote for an atheist to lead the Harvard Chaplains?" Read more.
HARC Annual Meeting & 75th Anniversary Celebration
Thanks to all who participated in yesterday's Annual Meeting and 75th Anniversary Celebration! If you missed it and want to check it out, here's the recording.

Our 2021 Annual Report is now available! Download your copy today: HARC 2021 Annual Report
Today! Poor People's Campaign Western Region Organizing Meeting
Wednesday, January 12, 7 - 8:30 pm
via Zoom (Info will be sent when you RSVP)

Join members to debrief the recent statewide Field Hearing and start the plan to mobilize the Western Region to the June 18, 2022 Mass Poor People's & Low-Wage Workers' Assembly and Moral March on Washington. RSVP
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with Jonathan Street Community & Coffee - January 17
Monday, January 17, 11:00 am - 12:45 pm
Robert W. Johnson Community Center
109 W. North Ave., Hagerstown

The Robert W. Johnson Community Center is happy to partner with Preservation Maryland Neighborhood Design Center for a day of community & coffee provided by Cannon Coffee. What better way to honor the legacy of MLK and our local history than to come together as a community & walk our streets. Flyer with more info. HARC encourages participation in this event. What a great opportunity to get to know our community better!
Tuesday, January 18, 12 noon - 1 pm

Meritus Spiritual Care Services, in coordination with the Cultural Diversity Committee, are hosting a lunch & learn series to increase awareness of different cultures and traditions of our patients. These events will include a brief presentation followed up with a Q&A session. Pastor Darin Mency will speak on this day honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. HARC encourages participation in this event with this highly regarded speaker.
Thank you, Barbara Hamilton!
The staff and board of HARC want to say a huge THANK YOU to volunteer Barbara Hamilton. She has been compiling the HARC News Flash faithfully and skillfully for the last four years. Chances are, if you sent something in to be posted, it was Barbara who did it, thoughtfully placing news and events into a format that was attractive, easy to read, and contained all of the important info - even if she had to dig for it or find a picture. She also sought out interesting and educational news to share with all of us. She made sure your voices were heard and you learned of important community information. This was her last week doing the News Flash. Thank you so much for your service, Barbara! Barbara has included a thank you note to you, News Flash readers, at the bottom of this edition.
Maryland Food Bank, Western Branch seeks CDL Class A Driver/Loader
The Maryland Food Bank, Western Branch is looking for a full-time, mission-minded CDL Class A Driver/Loader to help with deliveries, pick-ups and loading/unloading of food products in the Western Region, with a home base of the Western Branch in Hagerstown. See job description for a full list of requirements and duties. The most important qualification for all Maryland Food Bank employees is their commitment to its mission: “Feeding people, strengthening communities, and ending hunger for more Marylanders.” Job description Link to apply
Scholarships available - apply today!
Do you know any graduating high school students in Washington County, MD? If so, make sure they check out all the scholarship opportunities available through Community Foundation of Washington County! Just click here for a listing. Deadline to apply is April 1st. Please note that while most scholarships are for graduating high school students, there is a Washington Goes Purple scholarship for non-traditional college applicants who are not current HS students.Other scholarships are also available for nontraditional students.
Volunteer tutors needed for literacy training
The Literacy Council is looking for volunteer tutors! Tutors need not have any teaching nor education xperience. They'll teach you enough to get started in their free Zoom training sessions currently scheduled in January, February, and March. Prospective tutors do need to be patient, culturally sensitive, dedicated, and to have 2 - 3 free hours per week to plan, attend, and travel to a student.  Please contact the office for more information!!  office@literacyofwashco.org or 301-739-4208. Flyer.
Volunteers wanted for Sleep In Heavenly Peace bed build - January 13 - 22
Saturday, January 22, 8 am to 12 noon
SHP Hagerstown Warehouse
87 West Lee Street, Hagerstown

Sleep in Heavenly Peace needs volunteers on January 22 to build beds to fulfill their mission that "No child sleeps on the floor in our town". Help is also needed on January 13 from 5 - 8 pm to unload lumber (15 volunteers). Lumber for the build will be pre-cut on January 20 from 4:30 - 7:30 pm (10 volunteers - currently all slots filled). To sign up for any (or all!) of these events please click here to be taken to Signup Genius.
January is National Mentoring Month
January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters Washington County invites you to Join the Village empowering young people in our community. Please click here to begin your journey.
Interfaith Winter Retreat POSTPONED
The Interfaith Winter Retreat originally scheduled for February 5 has been postponed due to the surge in COVID-19 infections in our community. it will be rescheduled at a later date and time when we can hold it safely in person.  Questions: contact Ed at elpoling1@gmail.com or 301-766-9005.
A unique opportunity for a Korean-speaking person
Western Maryland Hospital Center has a unique ministry. Residents and patients come from all cultures and language groups. They need people who are fluent in Korean to visit two of the residents. If you or someone you know is fluent in Korean, please have them call Chaplain Bower at 301-745-4285.
Thank you
It has been a privilege and a joy to work with the HARC community to assemble the News Flash for the last 4 years. Thank you to all the people who provided input and guidance. Thank you to the readers who sent encouraging feedback and suggestions for new articles and improvements to the e-newsletter. I look forward to seeing you at future HARC meetings and events.

Barbara Hamilton
We hope this News Flash is helpful to you. Please contact us if you know someone we should add to the email list or if you would like to be removed.

Kathy Powderly          
Executive Director                  
Hagerstown Area Religious Council
P.O. Box 1158
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 842 4272