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May 05, 2004

Thursday forum to address spirituality


Don Evason, retired hospital chaplain and spiritual director, will explore how people experience God in their daily lives Thursday at 6 p.m. at a carry-in meal and forum at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.

The event is sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County.

All are invited to contribute to and share in a meal, and then gather in small groups around the table to talk about experiences with God. The evening will close with an open time of prayer and worship.

The forum will focus on spiritualities: What is it like when we give thanks at mealtime? How does God come to us as we carry out our everyday responsibilities at home, school and work? In what ways do we each experience God?

For more information, call the Rev. Ed Poling at 301-733-3565 or Dr. Shahab Siddiqui at 301-791-2510.

Task force members are from the Washington County Council of Churches, the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, Congregation B'Nai Abraham and others interested in interfaith dialogue.

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REACH seeks items for June 12 auctions


As the June 12 fund-raising auction approaches, REACH Caregivers is seeking collectibles, goods and services, gift certificates and more to be auctioned off at the second annual event via silent and live auctions.

Held at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave., Hagerstown, doors open at 6 p.m. and the silent auction begins at 7 p.m. There will be a dessert and beverage table.

All items will be put on display and the donors will be recognized for their generosity. All donors will receive a complimentary business card-size ad in the auction program if REACH receives the auction item donation form and ad by June 1.

All proceeds will benefit REACH volunteer outreach programs, which include 24-hour crisis intervention, a cold-weather shelter for the homeless and Faith in Action caregiving.

The price of a ticket is a donation of an item to the auction.

REACH stands for Religious Effort to Assist and Care for the Homeless.

For more information, call 301-733-2371.

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