Around Hancock

June 17, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Way to go, Patsy

For 34 years, she has been a school bus driver in and around Hancock.

With the close of school this month, Patsy Moats has retired from the duties she executed so faithfully for so long.

Patsy says she has thoroughly enjoyed all of her years of service and will miss the children greatly.

She plans to serve as an occasional substitute driver during the coming school year.

Patsy, we salute you.

VBS starts Monday

Hancock United Methodist Church hosts its annual Vacation Bible school beginning Monday evening.

Classes meet nightly through Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church at 170 W. Main St.

This year's VBS is titled "CAMP E.D.G.E." and features Bible stories through an adventure camp theme.

Crafts, songs, games and snacks will highlight each evening.

Participants will help prepare for a July mission trip by the church to Pikeville, Ky.


Care boxes will be assembled for this effort.

VBS students will also be asked to donate new or gently used backpacks for an outreach project.

To sign up for Bible school, call the church at 301-678-6440.

Breakfast in the Park

It's time for another Breakfast in the Park in Hancock Saturday morning.

Members of the local James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge are the hosts for this one. Serving hours are 7 to 10 a.m. in the Lions Pavilion at Widmeyer Park. Breakfast costs $6 for adults, $3 for those ages 6 to 12, and is free for those 5 and younger. The menu features hotcakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, juice and hot coffee or tea.

Masons gather

And, by the way, Sunday is the day for the Hancock Masons and their spouses to worship together at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church.

The service begins at 10 a.m. and includes tributes to St. John the Evangelist and St. John the Baptist, both special figures in Masonry. After the services, the church hosts all worshippers and guests for a Sunday dinner.

Camp to open

It's last call to sign young people up for Adventures in Friendship.

The 13th annual installment of the weeklong day camp kicks off Monday morning in the Parish Hall of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets.

Co-sponsored by St. Thomas' and the Interfaith Service Coalition, the camp teaches important life and safety skills to young people ages 9 to 14.

An array of guest instructors from the Tri-State area spend time with the campers.

Breakfast and lunch are provided each day, and there is a graduation ceremony to close out the week Friday afternoon.

Grants and donations make this program possible each year, so there is no charge to the participants.

However, information forms and parental permission slips are needed.

To register your son or daughter, contact Debbie Cohill at 301-678-6605 or call the Rev. Allan Weatherholt at St. Thomas' at 301-678-6569.

Special day

Father's Day falls this Sunday. You will note many ads by area restaurants offering some great dinner specials to mark the occasion. Why not accompany Dad to church services this Sunday?

Then afterwards, make sure he enjoys a delicious meal - either out somewhere or on the grill at home - some family hugs and some time to relax and just be Dad.

It's a day to thank Dad for all the love and support he gives all year long. Happy Father's Day to all.

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