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Friendship Day being celebrated

April 24, 2006

May Friendship Day, celebrating the intergenerational bonds between women, will convene Friday, May 5, at Benevola United Methodist Church, Boonsboro.

Sponsored by Church Women United, this annual ecumenical event is an opportunity to worship together, and highlight the contributions and gifts of outstanding Christian women in the community.

Events will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. ($8 by reservation only), followed by the program at 7 p.m. This year's theme, "Signs of Growth," explores the mentoring relationship portrayed in the Biblical story of Naomi and Ruth. The service seeks to discern true signs of growth that come from deeper connections and relations between generations.

Outstanding women ages 18 to 40 nominated by their churches will be honored during the program.

The service also will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fellowship of the Least Coin, a worldwide movement based on the power of prayer and willingness to set aside just the "least coin" of a country to support initiatives that promote peace and reconciliation in families, workplaces and government.

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Church Women United, founded in 1941 as an ecumenical movement involving Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women, is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year.

Reservations may be made by sending checks by Friday, April 27, to Debbie McCauley, 17730 Burnside Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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