September 21, 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 by Tuesday at 10 am each week. For a full list of upcoming faith community events, visit  FAQ sheet for submitting news for this newsletter.
Interfaith Prayer
Assembled for worship, may we be of One Heart.
May our words be open and welcoming…
May our hearts expand to embrace the world….
May the anger and dismay which seep into our hearts find comfort in the awareness of the sacredness of each other.
May Holiness be the gift we offer to You…and to ourselves in whatever words we know.
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 September 22 - 28.
Interfaith Progressive Dinner held on September 11
To commemorate 9-11 and celebrate the International Day of Peace, the Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) held an Interfaith Progressive Dinner on Sunday, September 11. With the theme “From Lament to Hope,” the dinner was held at four different houses of worship, with each providing a brief program. Read more.
Little churches still matter, says Martha’s Vineyard pastor of church that took in migrants
Religion News Service

"The Rev. Vincent “Chip” Seadale was at a denominational meeting in North Carolina when he got a call that something was brewing on Martha’s Vineyard. The call was from a counselor who sometimes attends St. Andrew’s, the small Episcopal church Seadale pastors in Edgartown, Massachusetts, a popular island tourist destination. She had just learned that about 50 migrants from Venezuela had landed at the airport on Wednesday and needed help." Read more.
2022 Legacy Award for Black Excellence
This award is intended to support educational costs & programming for African American, Washington County Residents, who demonstrate leadership qualities. Requirements: Applicants must have graduated from high school and be currently enrolled in a college or a technical program. Deadline to apply is October 31. Apply online at the Community Foundation's website.
Going Beyond Simulcast with Priscilla Shirer - September 24
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am
Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene
141 N. Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown

Join thousands of women across the globe in this one-day event where you'll experience whole-hearted teaching straight from God's Word, worship and prayer to inspire and challenge you to listen for His voice in your life. Information and registration ($18.00). Church office 301-797-4524
2nd Annual Recovery Picnic - September 24
Saturday, September 24, 12:00 - 3:00 pm
Hagerstown City Park, North Pavilion

ROSC and Washington County Health Department presents the 2nd Annual Recovery Picnic. Food * Music * Games * Raffle Prizes. Everyone is Welcome! This is a Free Event! Food will be offered until gone. Flyer.
Color in Freedom, Journey along the Underground Railroad - reception September 25
Sunday, September 25, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
401 Museum Drive, Hagerstown

Join the MFA for a meet-the-artist reception! Free and open to the public. Noted contemporary artist Joseph Holston brings his pictorial power and vision to create a powerfully imagined journey along the Underground Railroad. The exhibit features more than 50 paintings, etchings, and drawings that evoke the courage and tenacity of enslaved peoples struggling toward freedom. Exhibit is on view Sept. 23, 2022 - Jan 14, 2023. 
Unity Walk - October 1
Saturday, October 1, gather 10:30 am, walk begins 11 am
Asbury UMC
155 N. Jonathan Street, Hagerstown

Invitees: All faith institutions, families, elected and non-elected officials, businesses, social clubs - everyone. Route: 155 N. Jonathan Street, to Charles Street, to Potomac Street, to Franklin Street, and back to Historic Asbury United Methodist Church or 1817. Recognition Awards, Vendor space is free in limited area. Vendors welcome, awards, assistance advocates, welcome. RSVP to Troy Gandy, 301-800-1790.
Family Learning Parties - Start October 4 (Deadline September 27)
4 Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18 and 25, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
St. John's Episcopal Church (Building behind church) corner of Antietam & Walnut St., Hagerstown

This is a fun, interactive program for families and their 3-4 year old children to build social & emotional skills. Learning, fun and dinner provided for the whole family. Interactive, hands-on, activities that promote young children's development of school readiness skills. Parents are their child's first teacher, and this will help make everyday moments meaningful opportunities to learn. Register by September 27 to or call 301-766-8683. Learning Parties use the Ready at Five curriculum and are offered in partnership with the Judy Center, HARC, ECAC, and Bester Community of Hope. Flyer to share
Reach Taste of the Town - October 2
Sunday, October 2 at 5:00 pm
Green Grove Gardens
1032 Buchanan Trail E, Greencastle, PA

Enjoy this 17th annual tasting event to benefit Reach of Washington County! 16 participating food vendors lined up. Tickets can be purchased individually or by table up through the day before the event while seats last. Sponsorships are welcome until September 26.  Learn more and purchase tickets.
Sacred Listening Circles - Thursdays starting October 6
Thursdays, October 6 thru May
Hebron Mennonite Church
13315 Highlane Street, Hagerstown

Hebron Mennonite Church will be offering a program of group spiritual direction and invites your participation. Through monthly small groups (4-6 persons per group), participants will gather to pray and share with one another where they have sensed the presence of God in their lives. The small group serves as a spiritual director/companion in listening and helping each person discern their spiritual path. For more info and a brochure, contact Ed Poling at 301-766-9005 or .Read more.
Habitat Dinner & Auction - October 7 (Deadline September 26)
Friday, October 7, 5:00 - 9:00 pm
Cortland Mansion
19411 Cortland Dr., Hagerstown 

For 29 years, Habitat for Humanity’s Annual Dinner Auction has raised funds to support programs, such as new home construction and critical repairs throughout Washington County, MD. Enjoy this fun event and help provide decent homes with affordable mortgages to individuals and families right here in our community. Ticket deadline is September 26.  Learn more and purchase tickets
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Kathy Powderly          
Executive Director
David Brechbiel
News Flash Editor
P.O. Box 1158
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 842 4272