June 29, 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 am each week. For a full list of upcoming faith community events, visit http://harccoalition.org/events/..  FAQ sheet for submitting news for this newsletter.
Interfaith Prayer
Within our human existence
We cluster together:
Like with like, color with color, belief with belief.
Today, may we open instead to our glorious uniqueness-es.
Build in me, Holy One, an openness to my sisters and brothers.
May Holy Living begin step by step, each of us open to the other.  Amen
May it be so.
Courtesy of Reverend Valerie T. Wills
Interfaith Calendar
A weekly listing of upcoming events and commemorations from religions around the world by the Interfaith Coalition. Calendar for June 30 to July 6.
Youth Ministry by Any Other Name
By Kenda Creasy Dean
Lewis Center for Church Leadership

"A few years ago, I was speaking at a large youth ministry conference in England, talking about youth in churches, when a young woman cornered me on a break. “Why are you always talking about ‘the church?’” she asked. “Youth aren’t in the church.” Suddenly I remembered where I was. As much as Americans gripe about our dwindling church attendance, our membership statistics would make European Christians weep for joy. The young woman was right, at least about England: only 1% of British young adults attend the Church of England, and 70% of British young people say they have no religion at all." Read more.
$5,000 needed to help fund a scholarship for a teacher-to-be
Our Equity in Education team of WCPS, HARC, Rise Up Hagerstown and the WCPS Education Foundation held interviews this week of candidates for the Equity in Education Scholarship. This scholarship is to financially and emotionally support and connect people of color who want to become teachers with their educational goals. The candidates blew us away with their dedication to teaching, strength, and desire to make a difference in the lives of children and in our community. Our team really would like to fund FOUR of the candidates we interviewed as they believe each of them will be a great asset to our schools. To fund all four we need $5,000 more within the next week. Can your congregation help? Can you help as an individual? If so, please contact Kathy at 301-942-4272 or director@harccoalition.org.
July & August Children's VBS & Activities Calendars
Children's VBS & activities calendars are now available for July August. Please share with anyone who may be interested. We can still add new listings to the August calendar - email Charlotte at harcnewsflash@gmail.com.
New Location for Walking2Wellness
Every Wednesday, 12:00 pm
ARCC Building
Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown

Walking2Wellness event has been moved to a new location due to the weather. They now meet at the ARCC Building at Hagerstown Community College. Flyer.
Time and Location Change! Movie Matinee - July 16
Saturday, July 16, 3:00 pm
Zion Reformed UCC Chapel
201 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

Zion Reformed UCC will be showing Disney’s award-winning movie Encanto in their Chapel. There will be snacks, popcorn, and more. Contact them for more information at 301-739-7244 / zionrucc@myactv.net. / Flyer.
Save the Date! An Evening of Musical Worship with National Christian Choir - July 24
Sunday, July 24 - 6:00 pm
Saint Ann Catholic Church

Saint Ann Catholic Church and The National Christian Choir presents an evening of musical worship! Admission is free. Seating will be available beginning at 5:00 pm. The Choir is an auditioned choir of 100+ members whose mission is “to glorify God through a unique ministry of music which draws people into a new and deeper relationship with Him.” Singers come from over 100 different churches within a 5-state region surrounding and including Washington DC. Flyer.
Save the Date! Back to School Block Party - August 13
Saturday, August 13, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Zion Reformed UCC
201 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

Zion Reformed UCC will be hosting a Back to School Block Party in their parking lot, Join them for lots of fun, food, and games. All the kids that attend will receive a bag full of school supplies. Contact them for more information at 301-739-7244 / zionrucc@myactv.net.
Election Volunteers Needed
The W.C. Board of Elections needs over 200 additional volunteers to assist with the upcoming Primary and General Elections. Each Election Worker is provided with training that is comprehensive, well done, and understandable. Stipends are paid for the training and the days you work. This year they have two Early Voting sites AND ALL their regular voting sites. To volunteer for Election Judge positions, go to the Wash. Co. Elections website THEY NEED YOU NOW!!
Hot Weather Health Issues & Concerns
Extreme heat can lead to serious health issues. While anyone can be a victim of heat-related illness, highest risk groups include people under age 5 or over age 65, people with chronic illnesses, people taking certain medications, and those who are exercising or working outdoors. Please post and share this FLYER about prevention and detection of health related illnesses.
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Kathy Powderly          
Executive Director
David Brechbiel
News Flash Editor
P.O. Box 1158
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 842 4272