February 17, 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.
Iroquois Prayer of Gratitude
We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with waters.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicine for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters, the beans and the squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the wind, which moving the air has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun, that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in whom is embodied all goodness, and who directs all things for the good of his children.

Dream of 3 faiths worshipping in one building meets reality in Berlin
By Ken Chitwood
Religion News Service

Three religions. One building.
The concept could be profoundly simple or particularly complex. For Berlin’s “House of One,” it’s turning out to be a bit of both. Dubbed “the world’s first churmosqagogue” by one Reddit user, the House of One — “the world’s first hybrid church-mosque-synagogue” — will break ground in Berlin on May 27, 2021. By then, it will have been a project 12 years in the making, at an expected cost of at least 47.2 million euro ($57.2). Read more.
Black History Month: The Heroic Legacy of Maryland's Josiah Henson
By Michelle Queen
Montgomery Community Media

"Rev. Josiah Henson was born into slavery in Charles County, Maryland around 1789. He was sold to his mother’s owner, Isaac Riley, who had a 3,500 acre plantation in what is now North Bethesda. Henson lived on the Riley plantation from 1795 until 1830. While enslaved on the Riley plantation, Henson married, had children and saved money to buy his freedom from Riley. Then in 1830, Henson escaped to Canada with his wife and children after Riley cheated Henson of his savings and threatened to sell him to another slave holder." Learn more.
Local Management Board/Community Action Council seeking space
Anticipating an enormous number of families facing homelessness when the COVID-19 eviction moratorium is lifted, the Local Management Board of Washington County (LMB)and the Washington County Community Action Council (CAC) have begun planning to help keep families in homes. CAC is where people go first usually, but the need to increase staff while maintaining social distancing may create a problem. 
One potential solution to the problem is establishing temporary sites at houses of worship throughout the city of Hagerstown where clients can be counseled by CAC staff and supporting social service agencies. If your congregation is willing to consider using your building for the CAC to meet with clients, or if you have space that can be used for temporary housing for families that have been evicted, please contact Pastor Dennis Whitmore, LMB representative for the faith community, at pastordennis@hilltopcf.com.
Free Farmer's Market - February 20
Saturday, February 20, & 27, 10 am until supplies run out  (volunteers are needed at 8 am to help offload the truck)
Gateway Ministries
11017 Kemps Mill Road, Williamsport

Food will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis to those in need in our community. There are no income restrictions on the food giveaway. This event is made possible through the USDA's Farmers to Family Food Box Program. Every family receives 15 lbs of produce, 5 lbs of meat, 5 lbs of dairy and 1 gallon of milk.  Anyone from your church or ministry interested in volunteering or with questions should contact Patty Mays at 304-279-5181. Flyer.
Interfaith Calendar for February 18 - 24
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
Ash Wednesday Services Scheduled - February 17
Saint John's Episcopal Church, 101 South Prospect Street, Hagerstown will have several brief Ash Wednesday services in their parking lot -- weather permitting. Services are scheduled for 10 am, Noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. The services will be held in the lower parking lot which can be accessed from either Walnut or Antietam Streets. Cars are to be parked every-other space, and the imposition of ashes will be done by vehicle groups. Masks are required. The congregation of St. John's invites you to join then as they begin the holy season of Lent.
There is still time to reigster! Brunch and Learn - February 18
Thursday, February 18, 8:30 - 10 am
via Zoom

This month the Meritus Brunch and Learn program will be having an honest and open conversation about the pros and cons of taking the COVID-19 vaccine and the role that faith communities and other community stakeholders can play in spreading hope and fostering health in Washington County and beyond. Also, physicians and residents from Meritus Health, Inc. are willing to speak to community faith leaders during the Brunch & Learn and in or to their respective congregations during the month of February at times and days convenient to them. More details to come. RSVP to 301-790-8296 or jeanette.brill@meritushealth.com  by NOON on February 17, 2021
Classical Guitarists Perform in Virtual Recital - February 21
Candice Mowbray and Danny Webber will perform tango-inspired music by Argentinian composer Maximo Diego Pujol, ethereal works by American musician Ralph Towner, and evocative compositions by Brazilian guitarist/pianist Egberto Gismontias, well as the duo’s transcription of Duke Ellington’s Fleurette Africaine. The premiere can be viewed at Facebook.com/stjohnshagerstown, (a link to the recital will be posted) or after the premiere on the church’s website (www.stjohnshagerstown.org) under the FB & Worship tab (Click link for Classical Guitarists recital).
Valor Crisis & Training Center March Training Schedules
Valor Crisis and Training Center, 324 East Antietam Street, Suite 104, Hagerstown, is open to men and women 16 years old and above. Registration is preferred, however walk-ins are welcome for their live classes.  Schedule. Several classes are now available online which allows you to participate using your computer, tablet, or mobile device. If you have been wanting to take these classes, now you can do so from the comfort of your own home.   Click HERE to register. Please make sure you let Valor know if you will be joining in person or remotely. Once you register, you will receive an email confirmation receipt. Those registering for remote classes will also receive an email with an invitation and link to the ZOOM meeting platform.  For more information, please call (240) 329-9387 or email info@thevalorcenter.org.
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Barbara Hamilton              
News Flash volunteer                   
Hagerstown Area Religious Council
P.O. Box 1158
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 842 4272