January 13, 2021
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.
Baha'i Prayer for Peace 
Be generous in prosperity, and thankful in adversity.
Be fair in thy judgment, and guarded in thy speech.
Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness, and a home to the stranger.
Be eyes to the blind, and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.
Be a breath of life to the body of humankind, a dew to the soil of the human heart, and a
fruit upon the tree of humility. 

Interfaith Mission Service
Hagerstown Hope Center undertaking $700K renovation
By Alexis Fitzpatrick
The Herald-Mail

"The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission is working on a kitchen and dining area expansion project expected to cost more than $700,000. The faith-based organization is open 365 days a year, providing 42,000 meals annually to those in need in the community. It also functions as a food bank and provides a variety of other services, including drug and alcohol programs and a shelter for homeless men." Read more.
With vaccines on the horizon, faith leaders could play a crucial role in promoting their use
By  Jack Jenkins
Religion News Service

"When a physician working for biopharmaceutical company Moderna pushed a shot into the arm of Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld this past July as part of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine trial, the Orthodox Jewish leader offered up a blessing of gratitude. Then he posted a video of the moment on TikTok. 'I say a blessing to God for this moment — for taking a shot that can help save people’s lives,' Herzfeld says in the video, which has been viewed nearly 390,000 times on the viral video website.'” Read more.
Registration open for Interfaith Winter Retreat - February 6
Saturday, February 6, 9 am - 4:30 pm
via ZOOM

The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County invites you to our annual winter retreat. The theme is “Revealing the Light within: Writing as a Spiritual Practice,led by Leah Rampy. Join and explore the practice of spiritual writing, a gentle and creative way to tap into our interior knowing. Register on Eventbrite: Go to Interfaith Winter Retreat Tickets, Sat, Feb 6, 2021 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite. Cost is $20.00 for the day. For more information, contact Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 or elpoling1@gmail.com  (If you prefer, you can also register directly with Ed.) Flyer.
Interfaith Calendar for January 14 - 20
One of the initiatives of the Interfaith Coalition is a weekly Interfaith calendar - a listing of upcoming events and commemorations from religions around the world. The listing is for the week ahead -- Thursday to the following Wednesday -. to raise awareness of what's going on with practices of the various faiths. For suggestions or additional input, contact Ed Poling at elpoling1@gmail.com. Calendar
Support Our COVID Heroes

When the pandemic first started, Meritus hospital staff received much support and kindness from our community. Now COVID numbers are higher than ever in the community as well as in our hospital.  If you are interested in providing meals to the nursing staff during these challenging times you can donate directly to the Help Our Heroes Fund or, if you wish to purchase meals (by providing funds or thorough a local restaurant), please contact Amanda Shaw to coordinate the donation. She can be reached at Amanda.shaw@meritushealth.com or call 301-790-8827. Unfortunately, Meritus cannot accept any homemade items. For more information, please contact Amanda or Jeanette Brill at Jeanette.Brill@meritushealth.com or call 301-790-8296
"Living Well" Chronic Disease Self Management Program begins January 20
Wednesdays' January 20th – February 24th, 1 – 3:30 pm
From the safety of your home via Zoom

"Living Well" is a FREE 6-week, Chronic Disease Self Management, Program that provides adults who have long-lasting health problems such as arthritis, cancer, respiratory conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease with the tools they need to help them take charge of their health and live active and enjoyable lives. It is a lively, fun, & interactive research based workshop. A supportive environment will help participants learn and connect with others who are managing chronic health conditions. For more information or to register for an upcoming workshop, please call: 301-790-0275 ext.242. Flyer.
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.
Wendi Perry               
Executive Director                    
Hagerstown Area Religious Council
P.O. Box 1158
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 842 4272