Around Jonathan Street

May 01, 2008|By MADGE MILES / 301-791-7647

Annual neighborhood cleanup is Saturday

The annual C-SAFE neighborhood beautification cleanup of the Jonathan Street neighborhood will be Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The event will be held rain or shine.

The group plans to meet at the Head Start parking lot at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on North Avenue for a light breakfast, perform some acts of kindness, then enjoy lunch after all of the hard work.

So bring your gloves, lots of energy and get ready to clean.

For more information, contact Carolyn Brooks at 301-739-3290 or e-mail

Note: As in the past, this event will be canceled if there is an electrical storm.

Blossom School signup begins

Registration for the next session of the Blossom School of Etiquette will be held May 5 to 9.

You can register at the Memorial Recreation Center from 6 to 7 each night or by calling 240-520-5676. You can also call Memorial Rec at 301-790-0203 to register and ask questions.


The next class begins Monday, May 12.

And for the community, the school is having a yard sale at Memorial Recreation Center on May 10 at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot and all proceeds will go to the Blossom School of Etiquette.

They will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.

Pastor given fond farewell

How many ways can you show your pastor how much you appreciate them?

How many times can you say "thank you" for all they have done?

How do you begin to let your pastor know the blessings they have bestowed upon you with their encouragement, love and kind spirit?

Well, the congregation at Second Christian Church tried to do just that as they bid a fond farewell to Pastor Rose Ann Duckett for her 21 years of service.

Duckett was thanked not only by her congregation, but by neighboring churches and the community.

Some of Second Christian Church's tributes to Duckett came from Anna White on behalf of the the Pastors Aid Society; Cheryl Worthy, Sunday School; Jean Everett, Christian Woman's Fellowship; and Charlotte Mosby, Ushers.

She also received many individual baskets filled with tokens of love.

With more than 125 people in attendance, Duckett said she couldn't help but to feel all of the love that was bestowed upon her.

She also received blessings from other colleagues in the ministry including the Rev. Peter Brown, Ebenezer A.M.E.; the Rev. Haru Carter, Zion Baptist Church; the Rev. Franklin Gordon, Greater Campher (Waynesboro, Pa.); the Rev. Fred Harris, First Disciples of Christ; and the Rev. L. Grubbs, Disciples of Christ, Washington, D.C.

The program was a true tribute to all of Duckett's hard work and love of the Lord. She will truly be missed by all!

And the organizer/Chairperson of this event, Ms. Agnes Jackson, wanted to thank all who made this day such a blessing for Duckett. She said the food from Leiter's Catering was scrumptious as always and that she could not have done it with out the help of her committee.

New pastor follows Rev. Duckett

Now this new pastor would have some hard shoes to fill if it was not for the fact that her mentor was none other than the person to whose shoes she had to fill!

That's right, former Pastor Duckett prepared for her retirement by ensuring that the congregation would not miss a step. Before she left, Pastor Duckett led and guided the way for the Rev. Jacqueline Dixon to take her rightful place as the new pastor of Second Christian Church.

Pastor Dixon assisted Pastor Duckett as an evangelist and has been under her tutelage since 1989. Dixon has given the sermon on every fifth Sunday at the church. Now she is ready to continue in feeding the Word to the congregation while preparing the church to go beyond its doors. And while the congregation may be small in numbers, they have a lot of heart and love for the community.

Dixon says she plans to revisit some of the programs, initiate a few new ones and continue to build on the existing ones.

She is ready to start her new beginning in ministry and with the help of the congregation will continue to do great things for the Lord!

Dixon said she also wants the church to maintain its "Friendliest Church in Hagers-town" reputation that is has acquired. She said that Rev. Duckett planted the seed, now she hopes to water it and watch how God will make it grow.

She invites the community to come and worship on Sundays at 10 a.m., Bible study on Mondays (6:30 p.m.) and at the Woman's Ministry on Saturdays (9 a.m.)

The installation service for Pastor Dixon is being planned Sunday and will be an all-day service.

Pastor Dixon, who is currently in college in Williamsboro as well as working on her bachelor of arts in theology at Team Work Internal Bible College, has already received a B.A. from Shepherd University.

Glenn Miller Orchestra to play here May 27

Mark your calendars to join the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County on Tuesday, May 27, as it presents the Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown.

Many young people may not remember, but the mature folks will remember this popular big band. So mark your calendars and get ready to go down memory lane with some swing time jazz!

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