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Thanksgiving services planned in area

November 23, 2004

Mount Vernon United Church of Christ, 64 S. Main St., Keedysville, a community Thanksgiving service will begin tonight at 7.

The Lutheran folk liturgy of the lands and the seasons will be shared in word and music at the communion service. The Rev. Eleanor Doub will preach the Thanksgiving message entitled "Jesus is The Bridge."

There will be light refreshments after the service.

Bethel United Methodist Church, Main Street, Rohrersville, a Thanksgiving Eve service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, 108 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown, is hosting the 93rd annual interfaith Thanksgiving Eve service which will begin at 7 p.m.

Participating congregations include Asbury and John Wesley United Methodist, Christ's Reformed, B'nai Abraham, First Christian, Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, the Islamic Society of Western Maryland, Unitarian and Zion Reformed.

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The offering will go toward the Interfaith House of Habitat for Humanity.

St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 700 New York Ave., Martinsburg, W.Va., a Thanksgiving Eve and communion service for the community will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, a Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. will feature Pastor Ken Gibble speaking on "Thankful For ... What?" The offering will go to the Hagerstown Union Rescue Mission.

Concordia Lutheran Church, 17906 Garden Lane, Hagerstown, the Rev. James O. Murr will lead the non-communion service on Thanksgiving Eve at 7:30 p.m. His topic is "Roadblocks To Giving Thanks."

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, 1020 Maryland Ave., Hagerstown, a Halfway community Thanksgiving Eve service will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Paramount Baptist Church, 13234 Marsh Pike, Hagerstown, a Thanksgiving Eve service for the Paramount community will begin at 7 p.m.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown, Pastor Edward H. Heim will speak on "Giving Thanks" at the Thanksgiving Eve communion service, which begins at 7 p.m.

Both adult choirs will sing at the service.

Downsville Christian Church, 8641 Downsville Pike, a Thanksgiving Eve service for the Downsville area community will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The Rev. Marty Roberson will bring the Thanksgiving message, entitled "Do Not Worry."

All offerings and canned goods will go to the Williamsport Ministerium and the Williamsport Food Bank.

Hagerstown Grace Brethren Church, 837 Spruce St., Hagerstown, a candlelight Thanksgiving Eve service will be held at 7 p.m.

Sharpsburg Church of the Brethren, 123 E. Main St., there will be special music at the 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve service.

First Baptist Church, High and Washington streets, Hagerstown, a Thanksgiving Eve service for the West End will begin Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Rev. Owen Womack will be preaching. A combined community choir of the churches of the West End will provide special music.

All who attend are asked to take a nonperishable food item for the Community Food Bank at St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Main St., Smithsburg, a community Thanksgiving Eve service will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The contemporary Christian band, Captive Free, will be in concert beginning at 8:30 p.m. Sponsored by Youth Encounter, the band delivers a message of hope through music, drama, puppetry and interaction.

More information about Captive Free may be obtained by calling 800-659-6884 or by visiting their Web site at www.youthencounter.org.

Salem Reformed Church, 13182 Salem Church Road, Hagerstown, Pastor Steve Wagoner will be preaching at 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve on the topic, "Turkey Talk." Judy Kline will be liturgist.

Cedar Lawn Missionary Church, 17303 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, Lynn Munson will be guest speaker at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day services.

Bethel Assembly of God, 2010 Tavern Road, Martinsburg, W.Va., a community Thanksgiving Day worship service will begin at 10 a.m. Those who attend are to bring a can of nonperishable food.

The service is sponsored by the Berkeley County Ministerium.

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