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Deneen, Werner, Shank honored by Church Women United group

July 10, 2007

"Friends Under God's Wing" was the theme for the May Friendship Day Celebration of Church Women United in Washington County.

The program emphasized two aspects of friendship: the treasured longtime friends and the new friends one makes by intentionally reaching out to others. Intentionally reaching out, the group recognized three Outstanding Young Church Women who have made significant contributions to their church and community. Honored were: Denise Deneen, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Williamsport; Stephanie Shank, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Funkstown; and Amy S. Werner, First Christian Church, Hagerstown.

Deneen's passion at St. Andrew Presbyterian is working with children. She serves as a deacon, parish coordinator, Sunday school superintendent and teacher. She also teaches Vacation Bible School and Children's Church. Her fellow church members described her as "a very caring and compassionate unsung hero, working behind the scenes, always doing whatever needs to be done. Deneen is employed as a beautician at the J.C. Penney beauty salon.

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Shank was nominated by the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church at St. Paul's Lutheran. She serves on the congregational council, served as director of Vacation Church School, and a leader in youth ministry at the church. She operates a day care center in Funkstown.

Werner holds a degree in agricultural systems engineering and international agriculture. She worked as a livestock nutrition specialist until the birth of her third child. Most days she can be found juggling the demands of four children, and honing her creative cooking skills. At First Christian, she helped to organize and gives leadership to the MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Meals for Seniors. She assists with Vacation Bible School and Nursery. She was described by her church leaders as "an amazing young woman"

CWU was founded in 1941 as an ecumenical movement involving Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christian women in the United States and Puerto Rico. Seven denominations represented by many churches participated in the local May Friendship Celebration.

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