November 30, 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

Holy Oneness,
Your manifestations are many.
My eyes are only human.
Another's prayer may seem different when in truth it also is a reaching out of holiness.
Speak gently that I may listen.
Beloved! Be a part of all who reach together into shared blessedness.
Shalom, dear hearts.  
Amen and Blessed Be.
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 December 1 - 7 .

The interfaith calendar is compiled weekly by Rev. Ed Poling - thank you! Do you read this calendar? He would like to know. If you find the calendar useful and would like for it to continue, please email Ed at to let him know.
"How to talk to kids about antisemitism"
By Jeffrey Salkin / Martini Judaism
Religious News Service (RNS)

“Rabbi — this thing about Kanye … ”That was how the conversation started in my seventh grade class in synagogue a few weeks ago. It had not been my lesson plan, but it turned out to be a necessary conversation. How do we talk to kids about antisemitism? First, let’s stop using the term 'antisemitism.” It’s too complicated. (A kid asked me: “What is Semitism?”) Call it what it is: Jew-hatred." Read more...
"Building Your Stewardship Team"
By Ann A. Michel
Lewis Center

"Who’s responsible in your church for cultivating generosity and encouraging people to give? In many churches the job officially belongs to the finance committee. But finance committees have many other responsibilities and are often populated with people more skilled in financial management than fundraising." Read more.
HARC Meeting: The Season for Nonviolence - December 13 - RSVP December 9
Tuesday, December 13, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Congregation B'Nai Abraham
53 E. Baltimore Street, Hagerstown

At HARC’s December meeting, Rev. Sandy Boyer will introduce the international Season for Nonviolence. The official Season for Nonviolence begins by marking the anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 and ends on the April 4 anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Between are 64 days of practice of the principles of Gandhi and King to bring about peace in our world today. Learn more and receive practical materials and ideas to implement nonviolent practice in your congregation, organization, and individual lives. Lunch is provided by B'Nai Abraham with a free-will offering.  Please RSVP here by Friday, December 9 at noon so we can get a head count for lunch.
English & More seeks Volunteers and Volunteer Manager
English & More provides free ESL tutoring (class or one-on-one) via Zoom or in-person, GED prep and citizen test prep in Washington County and beyond. Since the pandemic, all lessons have been via Zoom and many volunteers were lost. There is a great need for services in our community, and English & More is looking to grow again! A volunteer manager is wanted to guide in-person tutors at their Hagerstown location, and volunteer tutors are wanted for both in-person and online tutoring (your preference), with training provided. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about yourself as well as other cultures! In just one hour, you can make someone smile and help them have a better life. Contact Virginia Wilson at for more information. 
Go for Bold - Join the Movement!
Check out your newest opportunity to join in the Healthy Washington County "Go for Bold" movement and help you get through the holiday season and all of the meals and goodies that come with it. Learn more and sign up HERE. Use the weight tracker, find nutrition resources and tips for getting through the holidays, as well as resources for mental health, chronic conditions, and more.
CIRCLES Volunteer Information Gatherings - December 6, 8, 10, 11
December 6 at 6 pm, Dec 8 at 12 noon, Dec 10 at 9:30, or Dec 11 at 3 pm (choose one)
Community Action Council (CAC)
117 Summit Ave., Hagerstown

Join CAC for one of these dates to learn more about rewarding volunteer opportunities with CIRCLES Washington County, MD. This program strives to bring the community together to help people get out of poverty, while getting rid of the barriers that keep people in poverty. Learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities through enjoyable conversation, refreshments, and answering your questions. Please RSVP to Flyer with more info
Full Moon Sound Bath - December 7
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7:00 pm
Unity of Hagerstown (meeting at St. Mark's Episcopal)
18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD

Unity welcomes Sabrina Madsen back for this full moon sound bath, aligning with the energy and beauty of the moon, with guided meditation, crystal singing bowls, drumming, Native American flute, other beautiful sound healing instrument. Relax, heal, clear & release energy, connect more deeply with your own inner knowing, and embody more of your truth. Bring Yoga mats and blankets; whatever would make you feel comfortable to relax and receive sound healing; chairs are also available. $20 payable at door. More information: or call 240-409-5940.
Handel’s Messiah - Christmas Section - December 8
Thursday, December 8, 7:00 pm
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
15 Randolph Avenue, Hagerstown
Hagerstown Choral Arts and The Barbara Ingram School for the Fine Arts will present Handel’s Messiah - Christmas Section with an audience sing-a-long of the choruses! For more information contact Rev. Gregory P. Shook, (301) 733-2878, ext 206.
34th Annual Christmas Concert - December 10
Saturday, December 10, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Haven Lutheran Church
1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown
Come enjoy and relax with the music of Christmas featuring the Hub City Brass Quintet and Haven Lutheran Church Senior Choir. Light refreshments to follow As you leave the church you will be amazed at the luminary display at Rest Haven Cemetery, A great way to enrich your Holiday experience. If you have any questions, you may contact Pam O’Connor at or by calling 301-964-3286.
Annual Advent/Christmas Drive Through - December 16
Friday, December 16, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
1525 Oak Hill Avenue, Hagerstown
(Enter off of Oak Hill Avenue by the Goretti Gym)

Christmas will be here before you know it! St. Ann is hosting their 3rd Annual Advent/Christmas Drive Thru Event for the community. Their drive thru event will have the nativity scene and Advent wreath with giveaways along with Photo Opportunity and Hot Chocolate Stations! Flyer.
Virtual Fundraiser - Red Lipstick Red Tie Challenge - Through December 23
The Doleman Black Heritage Museum has invited the community to join them in their first virtual fundraising attempt. The goal is $15,000 for necessary operational funds for staffing and to offset the cost associated with the expansion of exhibits and preservation of the collection. For a minimum $10 donation, you can upload a picture directly to the DBHMs Facebook page or email it to Ms. Janice Kelsh at of yourself in either Red Lipstick Red Tie in support of DBHM. Then challenge your family, friends, and loved ones to do the same for their minimum of a $10 donation. Press Release.
HARC's Interfaith Book Club resumes in January
January 12, 19 & 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
via Zoom

In January, we'll discuss "The Book of Joy" by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. These two holy men have survived more than fifty years of exile and the soul-crushing violence of oppression. Despite their hardships — or, as they would say, because of them — they are two of the most joyful people on the planet. With this book they answer the question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering? This month's book club is facilitated by Rev. Sandy Boyer, HARC Interfaith Coordinator. For a Zoom link, contact director@harccoalition.orgHouses of worship: consider gathering interested members in person to join via one computer to include those who don't use Zoom and add to the fellowship. Flyer with more info 
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Kathy Powderly          
Executive Director
David Brechbiel
News Flash Editor
P.O. Box 1158
Hagerstown, MD 21740
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