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May 24, 2023

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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.

Muslim (Koran) Prayer

You alone we serve: to You alone we come  for aid.

Guide us in the straight path, the path of those whom you have blessed,

Not of those against whom there is displeasure

Nor of those who go astray

Reverend Valerie T. Wills

HARC received $30,000 Reparations Grant from Episcopal Diocese

A huge thank you to the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland for investing $30,000 of their Reparation Grant fund in two of HARC's racial Justice initiatives - the Washington County Black Professionals Network and the Equity in Education Scholarship. We are extremely grateful for the Episcopal Diocese’ support of these efforts to foster diverse teachers and economic prosperity for African Americans in Washington County, MD. Photo: Father Todd Young and Tania Anderson represent HARC's board and Racial Justice Team to accept the award.

"Putting Religious Traditions and Values into Practice with Jonathan and Ashlee Harris and Father Todd Young"

For the first half, Rabbi Mark is joined by fellow Hagerstown Area Religious Council members Rev. Jonathan Harris and Ashlee Harris of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They talk names and assumptions about members of their faith as well as their community and charity work. You can find out about volunteer opportunities at https://www.justserve.org/. The second half features a chat with another HARC member, Father Todd Young of St. John’s Episcopal Church. They discuss the openness of the Episcopal Church and how Father Todd navigates their message in the modern world.  Listen to the podcast. Listen to The Interfaith Roundtable Saturday mornings on 98.9 FM/AM 1490 WARK or catch the podcasts here.

HARC Hike for Hunger & Hope - June 10

4K, 10K & half marathon walk/hike/run: Saturday, June 10 at Shepherd's Spring Camp & Retreat Center

Participants can look forward to scenic views, water & Gatorade refills along the way, a delicious lunch and fellowship, and supporting a great cause. Prizes for top fundraising teams and individuals, nature & bird scavenger hunts, and more. All proceeds benefit HARC and the MIcah's Backpack program. More info. Flyer, Sponsorship Form, Bulletin Inserts. Questions? Contact director@harccoalition.org or 301-842-4272.

Good Shepherd Ministries space available

The Good Shepherd Ministries is looking to utilize their spacious building, more fully. The building has a large sanctuary, a fully equipped kitchen, large recreational space, multiple children’s education rooms, and 2 nurseries. Please reach out to discuss leasing options if there is any way they could work with your ministry, church, or childcare organization! Contact 304-481-4627 or sarahcatmartins@gmail.comPhotos.

Free Folding Chairs

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, located at 601 Washington Avenue in Hagerstown, has over 100 Samsonite padded metal folding chairs free on a first-come, first-served request(s). Please contact the church office at 301.733.7550 if you are interested in any or all of the chairs.

Summer VBS & Children's activities calendars UPDATED! (more activities wanted)

HARC is once again working with area congregations and children's organizations to compile a monthly (June-August) calendar of free and low-cost VBS & summer activities for children and families. You can find the most recently updated versions of the calendars HERE Note that the June calendar has been updated. We want to include your program(s) in updated editions! Please send information to Charlotte at harcnewsflash@gmail.com as soon as possible. Please include date(s), times, location, a brief description, ages served, and how to sign up.

Volunteers for Downtown Events Needed

Volunteering is an excellent way to learn more about all of Downtown Hagerstown's programming, connect with staff and volunteers, and to give back to your community. If you would like to volunteer a few hours of your time at an upcoming event, sign up here: https://www.mainstreethagerstown.org/volunteer. All volunteers 18 and older will receive a gift card to a downtown restaurant.


Free Youth Mental Health First Aid Program - May 25

Thursday, May 25, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Brook Lane Community Room

13121 Brook Lane, Hagerstown

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an 8 hour program designed to teach adults how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions related challenge or crisis. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD) and eating disorders. Learn more or REGISTER. Contact curt.miller@brooklane.org, 301-733-0331 x1228 for more info. Webpage. Adult Mental Health First Aid will also be offered on June 23. Learn more

Financial Literacy Class - May 25

Thursday, May 25, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Washington County Free Library

100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

There are two options offered monthly, one via Zoom and one at the library downtown. This month's class offered at the library is "Earn It, Plan It, Keep It at 2 pm. They will talk about creating and maintaining a spending plan, Money values & habits. And participants creating their spending plans Please contact Ladetra if you have questions or to sign up at 301-733-2371 x105 or Ladetra@reachofwc.org. Flyer.

Family Fun Night - May 31

Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Hagerstown Church of the Nazarene

141 N. Edgewood Drive, Hagerstown

Food Trucks, Uplifting Music, Inflatables, Dunk Tank, Carnival & Yard Games, Face Painting and More! Questions call the church at 301-797-4524 or visit their website: hagerstownnaz.org.

HARC Interfaith "No Book" Book Club - June 4 (RSVP by June 1)

Sunday, June 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

In person at a private residence


Is there a book that has inspired you? the Interfaith Team of HARC is offering “Print & Potluck,” a book club with NO REQUIRED READING! We’ll gather outdoors at a private home in the Hagerstown area, and share what book—prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction—has inspired us individually. A book that has moved us to think, learn, feel, relax, or do. Come with or without the actual book (but with title and author), and with finger food to share. RSVP by June 1 to director@harccoalition.org or 301-842-4272 to receive host's name and address. Flyer

Sound Bath - June 7

Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 pm

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

18313 Lappans Rd., Boonsboro MD

Relax and renew with guided meditation, crystal singing bowls, drumming, Native American flute, and other beautiful sound healing instruments. Relax, heal, clear, and release energy, connect more deeply with your own inner knowing, and embody more of your truth with SABRINA MADSEN. Bring a yoga mat, blankets, and whatever you need to lay comfortably to relax and receive sound healing. Chairs will be available. $20 (First Wednesday every month.) For more info unityhagerstown@live.com,

Unity of Hagerstown Website. 240-409-5940.

Free Play Hard Live Clean Event & Vendors Wanted - June 9

Friday, June 9, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Hagerstown Fairgrounds Park

351 N. Cleveland Avenue, Hagerstown

The Hagerstown Area Police Athletic League (PAL) is hosting their next Play Hard Live Clean event in partnership with the Washington County Health Department and is open to Washington County students and their families. School aged youth that pledge to be drug, tobacco and alcohol free will be eligible to receive a full skateboard (while supplies last) and other items that they will get to design on-site. Special guest speaker and the folks from the Skate-Everything School from NYC will be on hand to do lessons and provide education. WCHD will also be doing a vape take-back that day, open to all ages. Will you join them as a vendor? Vendors will be set-up on the hockey rink and are asked to arrive no later than 4:00 pm. Please bring your own table, chairs, and pop-up tents. Food and drinks will be provided. This event is FREE to the public, so please, no sales. Raffles and giveaways are encouraged. Click here to register. Flyer.

Women's Club 12th House and Garden Tour - June 10

Friday, June 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Women's Club

31 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown

This event supports the mission of the Women's Club Foundation to provide safe, affordable housing for women of limited means. Featuring Eight Washington County Homes and Gardens. Tours include "Connie's Cottage", "Sukey's Garden", "Holzapfel House", "Bowman House - Boonsboro Pottery", "Sweetbriar Bungalow". "The Women's Club", "Oakstone", and "Brightwood". Website for more house, parking and ticket information. Tickets are $35 before June 1. $40 June 1-10 at the Women's Club. Also available online at www.womensclubhagerstown.org.301-379-0870. Flyer.

Presentation: “Lessons for Today from Thomas Kennedy - June 11

Sunday, June 11, 2:00 pm

B'nai Abraham Synagogue

55 E. Baltimore Street, Hagerstown

Thomas B. Riford, Assistant Secretary, Marketing, Tourism & The Arts, Maryland Department of Commerce, Former Executive Director, The Thomas Kennedy Center presents "Thomas Kennedy's Fight For Religious Liberty And Inclusiveness: Lessons For Today". $18 admission. For more information call (301)733-5039. Website / Program List.

Save the Date! Juneteenth events in Hagerstown - June 16-17

Friday, June 16 & Saturday, June 17

University Plaze, Library and more!

HARC is partnering with the Doleman Black Heritage Museum (event leader), Washington County Library, The City of Hagerstown, and many other organizations to celebrate Juneteenth! Friday will include education and music. Saturday there will be a Believer's Unity Walk at 10:00 am, HARC will have a table from 10-3 with 5 houses of worship hosting for an hour, there will be programs and children's games and activities throughout the area. Mark your calendar and please join in the celebration! Have something for the HARC table? Contact Kathy Powderly at 301-842-4272 / director@harccoalition.org. Volunteers are wanted to help with the children's area to oversee and assist teaching and encouraging children in the various play stations, including teaching hopscotch, Chinese jump rope, etc. Contact Wendi Perry at wendiperry2012@gmail.com

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.

Kathy Powderly          
Executive Director
David Brechbiel
News Flash Editor
P.O. Box 1158
Hagerstown, MD 21740
(301) 842 4272
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