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Churches plan services as war looms

March 19, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

As President Bush's 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam Hussein looms, several Hagerstown area churches are urging people to gather in Hagerstown's Public Square tonight to pray for peace.

"The ecumenical candlelight prayer vigil will begin at 8 p.m.," said Pastor Ed Poling of the Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

Sponsored by The Interfaith Coalition of Washington County, the vigil is for people of all faiths throughout Washington County to join in prayer and a search for peace, he said.

  • Poling said his church, which is located at Washington and Mulberry streets, will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. today for prayer.

  • Faith Christian Fellowship, at 16726 Lappans Road, Williamsport, will host a 7 p.m. prayer meeting tonight, Pastor John Miller said.

    "We will be open for those who want to pray for our president and for our troops," Miller said.

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  • Christ's Reformed Church, 130 W. Franklin St., Hagerstown, will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday for private prayers.


  • There will be noon prayers and worship services Thursday and Friday.

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