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Hughes is new pastor at Greencastle church

November 04, 2006

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Pastor James Earl Hughes' biggest challenge is getting to know the congregation of his new church and the community of Greencastle.

Hughes is the new minister at Grace United Church of Christ on Baltimore Street.

Having served as a minister for 16 years, Hughes and his wife of 23 years, Diane, moved to Greencastle from Berlin, Pa., the beginning of October. They have four children and two grandchildren and hope to retire in Greencastle.

Hughes preaches from the Gospel and keeps his sermons simple. He describes himself as a down-to-earth "blue collar" minister.

He credits his sense of humor for taking the edge off and helping people to be more comfortable. He listens before he speaks, and his door is always open. Psalm 121 is his favorite Bible verse and from where he gets his strength.

Worship services are held every Sunday at 10:35 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

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The church celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1998 and has many programs and activities to offer.

For more information, contact the church office at 717-597-2983.

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