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December 04, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Basket bingo set for Sunday

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church is sponsoring a basket bingo Sunday at the Hancock Fire Hall on Fulton Street.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and bingo begins at 2.

All baskets will be filled, and there will be food for sale.

The first 100 people to buy advance tickets will receive a free ceramic Longaberger loaf pan.

Tickets are available from the church office at 301-678-6569 or from Cathy Hoopengardner at 301-678-5546. All proceeds benefit the church's Capital Improvements fund.

Christmas event was well attended

The Town Hall/Community Center was packed last Saturday for the annual Christmas tree lighting.

The Hancock High School Panthers Band entertained the crowd with a variety of Christmas carols and seasonal music.

Mayor Dan Murphy welcomed the overflow crowd and led the pledge of allegiance.

The Rev. Anne Weatherholt presented a story about the symbols of Christmas, using hands-on demonstrations of each decoration.


The local Brownie troop assisted the crowd as it moved outside and lit candles before singing "Silent Night," and watching while the tree was lit.

After a spirited rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the jolly old elf arrived aboard the Hancock Fire Co.'s hook-and-ladder truck with sirens shrilling and lights flashing.

The children went inside and lined up to visit with Santa, and enjoyed refreshments furnished by Weaver's Restaurant.

It was the largest crowd ever for this local event.

Luminaria event takes place Dec. 13

Put Saturday, Dec. 13, on your calendar and plan to come to Hancock for the 14th annual luminaria display at the High Street churchyards.

Although not on the grand scale of the Antietam Battlefield illumination, the Hancock display features about 2,500 lights spread across the adjoining cemeteries owned by St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church and Hancock Presbyterian Church.

Volunteers from the three churches, including a number of young people, begin assembling the candles and bags in the morning.

The afternoon is spent lighting all the candles.

The public is invited to drive through the churchyards beginning at dusk, about 5:30 p.m. The display is free.

Boy Scout Troop 15 handles the cleanup.

Christmas for Others swinging into high gear

Christmas for Others, the ecumenical effort by Hancock area churches to assist needy households at holiday time, is in high gear.

Formal registration has been completed, but coordinator Debbie Murphy said if there are additions to the list, those residents should stop by the office of the Interfaith Service Coalition, 116 W. High St., or call 301-678-6605.

Meanwhile, church members who are purchasing toys for needy children are reminded that Sunday is the deadline to return those toys to your house of worship.

Churchgoers have until Sunday, Dec. 14, to donate coats and canned food for this ministry.

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