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November 19, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Christmas for Others

By the close of the final day of registration, 76 families (including 90 children) and 34 singles in the Hancock area signed up for assistance through Christmas for Others. The holiday outreach program is sponsored by the Greater Hancock Church Council. The program offers toys for children, clothing, coats, a box of food and a children's Christmas party featuring homemade cookies, the Christmas story, a craft and a visit from St. Nicholas. Local churches and businesses provide most of the toys and food, and volunteers are needed to pack the boxes. If you would like to help, contact Debbie Murphy at 301-678-5338.

Shopping contest

The Hancock Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a shopping contest aimed at promoting local businesses during the holiday season. Participants receive a card to be initialed by shop owners or managers each time a customer visits. Filled cards may be deposited later and prizes will be awarded when cards are drawn after Jan. 6. The contest runs through Dec. 30.


Hometown Christmas

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, at 126 W. High St., will be the site of a Hometown Christmas Craft and Vendor Show. Spaces measuring 8 feet by 8 feet and 6 feet by 6 feet are available to local crafters and vendors. No commercial food or used items, please. For rates and more information, call 301-678-6937 or send e-mail to

Ham potpie dinner

The Panther Band is holding a ham potpie dinner Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Hancock Middle-Senior High School cafeteria.

Thanksgiving Eve service

A community Thanksgiving Eve service will be Wednesday at Hancock Presbyterian Church, 17 E. Main St., next to The Lockhouse Restaurant. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be led by the clergy of the Greater Hancock Church Council. The Rev. Carol Davis, host pastor, will deliver the sermon. The offering supports the Good Samaritan Fund, which helps transients who are traveling through Hancock and need a night's lodging or a meal. Please bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Christmas for Others program. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. If you enjoy singing, come a little early and join the "pickup choir."

Thanksgiving services

Two Hancock churches will offer services on Thanksgiving Day. The Rev. Jack Lombardi will celebrate Mass at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., at 10 a.m. Next door at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, at Church and High streets, the Rev. Allan Weatherholt and the Rev. Steven McCarty will officiate at a 10 a.m. service of Holy Communion featuring traditional Thanksgiving hymns, scriptures and prayers. The guest organist will be Daniel Weatherholt, minister of music at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans.

Thanksgiving blessing

Here is a lovely Thanksgiving blessing that comes from the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C:

Most gracious God, who provides the food that sustains our lives: We praise you for the beauty of this land and offer our hearty thanks for the return of seedtime and harvest, for the increase of the ground, the gathering in of its fruits, and for all other blessings bestowed upon your people. Bless, O Lord, these gifts to our use and us to your service that, ever mindful of the needs of others, we may be bold to do your will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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