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Around Hancock

June 22, 2006

Summer rolls into a small town

Yes the dog-panting, tongue lolling, side heaving, hot-foot, red faced, sweat-drenched, hazy, lazy, egg cooking (shall I go on?) days are here.

It's time to kick back, slow up, stroll, swim, sun, and quench thirst with the H2O of days where time turns slower, as if melting rather than running.

Small town life patterns like the tropics, with a hiatus in midday when, instead of pushing muscle outside, we take shelter in front of cool indoor breezes artificially created. Then, as evening falls, porch swings and lawn chairs accept our weight, gently bending as we ease forth, testing to see if our skin simmers or soothes.

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Visitors arrive each weekend to test the Rail Trail with bicycle wheel and hiking boot, testing also the local cuisine served up simple and hot at a reasonable price. The nights are still quiet, as the late summer cicadas have not yet wriggled from their crusty carapace to serenade. Families plan picnics for the Fourth, and the parade of boats begins on the slow Potomac. Ah summer!

Church bids farewell to pastor

The good folks at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Hancock surprised their Pastor, The Rev. Joseph J. Cosgrove, with a farewell celebration in his honor last Saturday afternoon!

In a parish hall packed with well-wishers, a stunned, but still jovial Father Joe and all present were treated to a home-cooked spaghetti dinner, garlic bread, salad, and, for dessert, two beautifully-decorated cakes. Effective in July, Father Joe has been reassigned by the Archdiocese to The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Edgewater, Md.

During his six years in Hancock, Father Cosgrove built admirably upon the legacy of his predecessor, the late Father George W. Glick.

It was Father Joe who opened St. Peter's doors to the entire community for a very meaningful ecumenical service on the evening of one of our nation's darkest days, Sept. 11, 2001.

Father Joe served faithfully on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Service Coalition and was active in the ministries of the Greater Hancock Church Council. Always open, inclusive and welcoming, Father Joe embraced everyone within his church's reach. He put people at ease with his jokes and good humor.

He was a good neighbor to all, and especially so to those next door at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. During Father Joe's years here, the two congregations grew closer and shared in a number of special worship events and ministries, including Stations of the Cross, All Souls' Day, Memorial Day and the annual Advent Luminaries Display.

Father Joe's last Sunday in Hancock will be July 2. We will miss you, Father, but we wish you God's abundant blessings in your new ministry among the folks in Edgewater.

Episcopalians plan gathering

Episcopalians from throughout Washington County and beyond will be in Hancock this Sunday afternoon, June 25, for a large and special Regional Confirmation service at St. Thomas' Church.

Coming from Baltimore to conduct the service will be The Right Rev. John L. Rabb, Assistant Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Clergy from several congregations will present young people and adults who will make a special commitment of faith before the Bishop. The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, The Rev. Steven McCarty and Seminary Intern Anjel Scarborough, have been teaching a confirmation class at St. Thomas' since late February and have eight Hancock area persons to bring before Bishop Rabb for this special moment. The service begins in the historic parish church at 4 p.m., with the congregation hosting all honored guests for dinner and fellowship following. Visitors are always welcome.

Vacation Bible School to get under way

Get ready for some summer fun at Vacation Bible School at Hancock United Methodist Church.

Registration begins at 6 p.m. this Sunday evening, June 25, and classes will be held Sunday through Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. On Thursday, there will be a light supper at 6 p.m., served by the Methodist men, followed by the closing program at 8:30 in the sanctuary. Parents and guests will be welcome.

The theme this year is "The Incredible Race." Come and meet Otto, the mascot, and Mel, then it's on to High Performance Crafts, Full Throttle Fun-n-Games, Pit Stop snacks and Trackside Praises.

There will be a race-car display, "the Buick Mobile." An old car, donated by J&S Salvage, will be the canvas for the youngsters to paint during the week, until it looks like a race car. Each participant will receive a picture with the car at the end of the week. You are needed on the crew to ensure a good race! So be there when the flag drops! Marsha Dyer is this year's VBS director. Her co-director is Kristie Stotler, and Scott and Terry True will serve as children's ministers.

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