Thanksgiving services, dinners scheduled

November 24, 2008


o Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, 14010 Greencastle Pike, Pastor Len Smith will speak on "The Great Meal" at the 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Eve service. The offering goes the Hagerstown Rescue Mission; nonperishable food donations go to the Clear Spring Food Bank.

o Christ's Lutheran Church, 216 N. Cleveland Ave., Hagerstown, Thanksgiving Eve service is at 7 p.m.

o St. Paul's Church, 14106 National Pike, Clear Spring, the Clear Spring Ministerium will hold the annual Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m.

o Bethel United Methodist Church, Rohrersville, a community Thanksgiving Eve service is at 7 p.m.

o New Beginning Community Church, Dual Highway and Beaver Creek Road, Hagerstown, a Thanksgiving Eve service is at 7 p.m.

o Salem United Methodist Church, 25 S. Main St., Keedysville, the community Thanksgiving service is today at 7 p.m. Pastor Delancy Catlett of Mount Vernon Reformed UCC will preach.

o St. Paul Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St., Sharpsburg, the community Thanksgiving Eve service is at 7 p.m. The Rev. Karen Erskine-Valentine of Holy Trinity Lutheran will preach.


o Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Main St., Smithsburg, the community Thanksgiving Eve service sponsored by the Smithsburg Area Church Association (SACA) is at 7:30 p.m. It will feature a hymn sing with music by area choirs, including a presentation by the Smithsburg High School Choir. Food items for the area food bank will be accepted and an offering will be received for the Helping Hands funds of SACA. A reception will follow.

o Longmeadow Church of the Brethren is hosting this year's Paramount Community Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. The churches participating with Longmeadow are Hebron Mennonite, Paramount Baptist and Paramount Brethren in Christ.

o Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St., the Hancock Community Thanksgiving Eve service is at 7:30 p.m. Hosting the 2008 observance is the Rev. Duane Jensen, pastor of Hancock UMC, who will deliver the message. Clergy from participating congregations will help lead the service. Worshippers are invited to bring canned or boxed foods for the yearly Christmas for Others effort to help local needy households.

o The Presbyterian Church, corner of North Prospect and West Washington streets, will host Hagerstown's Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. Started in 1911, this tradition of a community Thanksgiving Eve service began when the churches of downtown Hagerstown joined to celebrate and give thanks for God's blessings. Over the years, the number of participating congregations has grown to include those outside of downtown. Beginning after the events of 9/11, the service now includes faith communities other than those of a Judeo-Christian heritage. Using a specially designed service of thanksgiving that reflects America's spiritual heritage, worshippers gather on the eve of the holiday to worship and provide a witness of unity as the interfaith community of Hagerstown. Sponsored by the Hagerstown Area Religious Council, those who attend are asked to bring an offering of cash or food staples, to be gathered and given to Food Resources Inc. For more information, call 301-739-6337.

o First Baptist Church, 15 High St., Hagerstown, the West End-area churches will hold their annual combined Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 p.m. Pastor Jerry Lowans of West Hagerstown United Methodist parish will speak. Combined choirs will present an anthem. Participating churches include Asbury UMC, St. Mark's Lutheran, St. Matthew's UMC, Grace UMC, Washington Square UMC, First Baptist and The Salvation Army. Light refreshments will follow.

o Winchester Avenue Christian Church, Stephen Street at Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, the community Thanksgiving Day service begins at 10 a.m. The Rev. Rufus Burton will speak. Attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food for C-CAP.


o The Salvation Army, at 534 W. Franklin St., is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner today at from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will feature traditional favorites for anyone wanting a holiday meal.

o BOONSBORO -- A Thanksgiving Day dinner will be served from noon to 4 p.m. at Boonsboro Bible Church, 6741 Old National Pike. The public is welcome. For more information, call 301-432-6154 or 240-818-8469.

o WILLIAMSPORT -- Word of Life Outreach Ministries at 15251 Falling Waters Road will open its doors Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for anyone wanting to share a holiday meal and good company. At the same time, those who attend will be encouraged to take a coat or a pair of boots as a free gift from the church. There will be clothing for men, women and children. To get to the church, turn onto Spielman Road off Md. 68, go 1/2 mile to Falling Waters Road. The church is 2 miles ahead on the left. For more information, call 301-223-5223 or 301-992-0828.

o MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- St. Joseph Catholic Church, Martinsburg, a community Thanksgiving Day dinner will be served at the parish school at 110 E. Stephen St. from noon to 4 p.m. For more information or to arrange for food delivery, call 304-267-4893.

o LEMASTERS, Pa. -- The Mark and Jayne Metcalfe family will host its fifth annual community Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lemasters Community Center. Volunteers are needed to help at the potato-peeling party on Wednesday night, and reservations are requested as soon as possible by calling 717-328-2366.

o WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Waynesboro Area Human Services will provide a free dinner at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, 43 S. Church St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Volunteers are welcome. For more information, call 717-762-6941.

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