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September 27, 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.

African American Spiritual Prayer

Precious Lord, take my hand

Lead me on. Let me stand.

I am tired.  I am weak.  I am worn.

Through the storm,

Through the night,

Lead me on to the light.

Take my hand, precious Lord

And lead me home.

Reverend Valerie T. Wills

13,036 Books Collected with Community Book Drive!

After a month and a half of collecting books for the Community Book Drive, the effort culminated with the Day of Caring book sorting. A group of 40+ volunteers sorted, counted, and boxed 13,036 books! Around 3,000 in the birth-5 age range received stickers with reading tips. These books will be distributed to children ages birth-5 at the Community Book Warehouse, and all the other books went to the United Way's Books United program to distribute throughout the community as needed, with a focus on vulnerable youths and adults. Read More

How Are Christians Learning to Share Their Faith?

Barna Group

"Barna data shows that many Christians feel a calling to share their faith. In fact, half of practicing Christians (52% of those who attend church at least monthly and say their faith is important to them) strongly agree they personally have a responsibility to tell others about their religious beliefs. Can churches equip people for more fruitful conversations about faith? This article—an excerpt from the sixth issue in our Spiritually Open series—offers a glimpse at what churches are currently doing and which practices might be effective." Read more.

Seeking a part-time Office and Communications Support Associate

Christ’s Reformed Church United Church of Christ, Hagerstown, MD, is seeking an Office and Communications Support Associate (15-20hrs). The Associate will be responsible for the daily running of the Church office to include preparation for Sunday mornings and additional functions of the church. For any questions or to apply with Cover letter and resume, contact Rev. Norville at reverend.norville@gmail.com by October 7. Info Flyer.

Expanding need for funds and furnishings for refugee families

Recently, there has been an influx of refugee families in Washington County and no one to help them outside of the Refugee Welcome Network (RWN). We need funds, furnishings and food for all of them to stabilize them while we work with them toward self-sufficiency. Just in the last two weeks, the RWN settled two new families into housing with a third currently waiting for housing and help. Read more and see our list of needs. Donate funds.

Seeking Contemporary Music Director

Saint Ann Catholic Church, Hagerstown is seeking candidates to serve as part-time Associate Director of Music Ministry to provide leadership, coordination, and accompaniment of the “High Places” contemporary ensemble at the 9:00 am Sunday Mass. If interested, please apply through the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s website, archbalt.org. Click on careers at the top of the page and search for this position title. If you have any questions, please email church@stannchurch.com

Financial Classes - September 27, 28

Financial Literacy Class -

Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Online Class (Contact for the Link)

Landlord/Tenants Experience -

Thursday, September 28, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Washington County Free Library (or online option)

100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

Financial classes are being held Online and at the Washington County Free Library. Please share with anyone who may benefit from one or both classes. Contact Ladetra Robinson for info and register, ladetra@reachofwc.org, 301-733-2371 X105. Financial Literacy Flyer / Landlord/Tenants Experience Flyer.

Minister of Music Installation - September 29

Friday, September 29, 7:00 pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

101 S. Prospect Street, Hagerstown

Celebrate the Feast of Saint Michael and All Angels and the Installation of St. John's Episcopal Church new Minister of Music John Sabine. Rite 1 Festival Eucharist With a Festive Reception following. See Flyer.

Free Diaper Giveaway - September 30 (Corrected Address)

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Potomac Community Services

324 E. Antietam Street, Hagerstown

Free Diaper Giveaway. Free diapers and wipes available while supplies last. Sponsored by The Hagerstown Dream Center. www.HagerstownDreamCenter.com

Pet Blessing - September 30

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

St. Mark's Lutheran Church

601 Washington Avenue, Hagerstown

St. Mark's Lutheran Church will conduct "Blessing of the Pets" on St. Mark's parking lot, located directly across the street from the Washington Avenue entrance (parking lot is adjacent to Girls Inc.). Please bring your pets under restraint or in a pet carrier for a special blessing. Contact the church office at 301.733.7550 with any questions.

Pet Blessing - October 1

Sunday, October 1, 4:00 pm

Saint John's Episcopal Church

101 S. Prospect, Hagerstown

On October 1, Saint John's Episcopal Church will hold a pet blessing on the front lawn area of the church. Everyone is invited to bring their pets of all shapes, sizes, and legs (or lack thereof) for a blessing as we commemorate Saint Francis, who is the patron saint of the environment and animals. In case of rain, the blessing will be held in the church. Please ensure all animals are properly restrained. Church Website.

Taste of the Town - October 1

Sunday, October 1, 5:00 pm

Maryland Theatre

37 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

Please join Reach for their 18th annual tasting event to benefit Reach of Washington County! Tickets can be purchased individually or by table. Learn more and purchase ticketsEvent Schedule and Sponsorship InformationFlyer.

Sacred Listening Circles - Starting October 3

First Tuesdays, October 3 thru May

Hebron Mennonite Church

13315 Highlane Street, Hagerstown

Hebron Mennonite Church will be offering a program of Sacred Listening Circles. These monthly gatherings are a form of Group Spiritual Direction. Small groups will meet together for contemplative prayer and personal sharing. It is a process where small group members gather regularly to support one another in an ongoing responsiveness to God in all of life, based on the belief that in Christ, God enters our pain and joy. Circles will be facilitated by Ed Poling, retired Church of the Brethren minister and spiritual director, and Rebecca Rothenhoeffer, trained lay leader in the United Methodist Church. Both have been trained by the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC. For more information and a brochure, contact Ed (phone: 301-766-9005 or email: elpoling1@gmail.com

Coat Drive - Now - October 7

Coat Giveaway Saturday, October 7, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

John Wesley UMC

129 N. Potomac Street, Hagerstown

John Wesley UMC is collecting winter clothing items for the Homeless. New or used coats, gloves, clothes, shoes, boots, hats, scarfs, hand warmers, long johns are needed. They also need snacks and various items like brown paper bags, water, chips, crackers, snacks. They need volunteers to assist serving the homeless. Monetary donations and items can dropped off at JWUMC. Checks can be made out to John Wesley UMC . Questions? Contact Larry at Larry3271@gmail.com or 301-788-4672. or Karen at jw-umc.org or 301-733-0391 9 am to 2 pm Monday through Friday. Flyer

Believer's Unity Walk - October 7

Saturday, October 7, 9:30 am

Asbury United Methodist Church

155 N. Johnathan Street, Hagerstown

For the Community! The Believer's Unity Walk. Walk begins at Asbury Unity Methodist Church. Gathering: 9:30 am; Prayer Start: 10:15 am. For any organization, business, family, house of faith, non-profit, school, team individual. For Sponsor Sheets: 240-468-6883. Donations/sponsorships of the host, Asbury United Methodist Church, are appreciated, but not necessary. Support goes to help with repairs on this historical church.

Mind Body Spirit Fair - October 7

Saturday, October 7, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Unity of Hagerstown, Meeting at St. Mark's Fellowship Hall

18313 Lappans Rd., Boonsboro MD

A celebration featuring a variety of exhibitors to enhance our overall wellbeing. Enjoy intuitive readings, massage, Reiki, and other healing modalities offering mini-sessions at reduced cost. $5 Suggested Donation (Includes FREE dynamic workshops). Lovingly handcrafted items and inspired jewelry to bring good energy home and healthy, yummy food and drink available for purchase. Information: 240-409-5940, www.unityhagerstown.org

HARC Book Club - October 15 - RSVP - October 12

Sunday, October 15, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Unity of Hagerstown (at St. Mark’s Episcopal)

18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, MD

Bring your book recommendation. Is there a book you’ve read that’s inspired you? The Interfaith Team of the Hagerstown Area Religious Council (HARC) is offering “Print & Potluck,” a book club with NO REQUIRED READING! They’ll gather for light refreshments and share what book—prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction, faith-based or secular—has inspired them individually. A book that has moved them 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. Inspire others to read your book and come away with a new list of books you might want to read! Please RSVP by Thursday, October 12 to communicator07@yahoo.com or call 301-842-4272. Updated Flyer.

Save the Date! HARC Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 19, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Trinity Lutheran Church

15 Randolph Ave., Hagerstown (at Potomac St.)

Please join us for this unique and uplifting interfaith service. We invite all members of the community to come together in giving thanks! You are invited to stay for a reception following the service. Faith Leaders: Please arrive at 3:30 pm dressed in your traditional liturgical attire, if applicable, to prepare for the service. Community Choir: Anyone who would like to participate in a community choir for this service, please arrive at 3:00 for a rehearsal prior to the service. Let us know if you would like the music in advance. A free will offering will be taken of shelf-stable food for a local food pantry or monetary donations (checks made payable to HARC). Flyer to share

Save the Date! 2023 Potter's Bowl - November 19

Sunday, November 19, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

The Elks Club

11063 Robinwood Drive Hagerstown

Be part of this Unique Experience! MC for the Evening-Tom Riford. Benefiting the Community Free Clinic. $50 Per Ticket. Choose (and keep) your own Hand Crafted Artisan Soup Bowl Assorted Soups, Breads, Vegetable's. Assorted Fruit, Desserts, and Drinks. Raffles, Live Auction. Cash Bar Available. For Tickets & Information Call Community Free Clinic (301) 733-9234 or EventBrite. More info@mycommunityfreeclinlc.org / Flyer.

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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