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Religion: Special services

November 27, 2009

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 9 Maple Ave., Smithsburg, a celebration of the new ministry of the Rev. Sandra Kline-Mortimer as vicar of Maryland is Sunday at 3 p.m. The Right Rev. John L. Rabb, bishop suffragan of Maryland, will preside. A reception follows.

Unity of Hagerstown kicks off a shoe drive Sunday at 11 a.m. by inviting everyone to wear a pair of shoes to give away and spend the rest of the day barefoot to feel how it is to be without a pair of shoes. Shoes must be clean and in good condition. Collected Shoes will be delivered to Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing shoes for everyone. Cash donations will be accepted to help defray shipping costs and to purchase new shoes for children. Guest speaker Ailleen Geraghty will share poetry and thoughts on Awakening to Life. Meets at the Civil Air Patrol Building, behind Nicks Airport Inn on Pennsylavania Avenue in Hagerstown. Call Sandy at 304-279-6854 or send e-mail to unityhagerstown@live.com.

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Harbaugh Church in Midvale near Waynesboro, Pa., the Waynesboro Historical Society will host its annual Christmas candlelight service at 3 p.m. Sunday. Music will be provided by the Rouzerville United Methodist Church youth handbell choir with musical highlights by 7 Mile Road, a contemporary Christian band from Gettysburg, Pa.

The Rev. Louis Nyiri and the Rev. Candace Veon-Nyiri, both from Gettysburg Presbyterian Church, will lead the service. Call the historical society at 717-762-1747.

Maugansville Bible Brethren Church, 17904 Binkley Ave., a Christmas Dessert Theater will be Dec. 5 and 6 at 7 nightly. The musical titled "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." There will be other dramatic sketches performed by the A.C.T.S. drama ministry.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro, the Feast of St. Nicholas will be Sunday, Dec. 6, at the 7:45, 9 and 11 a.m. worship services. Following each service, the youth group will host an Alternative Gift Giving Fair in the Parish Hall. The fair is an opportunity to shop for those friends and family who "have everything" already. Various local and national charities will be represented at the fair. Shoppers will be able to make a donation to the charity of their choice in honor of someone and receive a card telling them which charity will benefit from the gift. There will also be an exhibit of 75 statues of St. Nicholas collected over a 30-year period by the Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt, rector of St. Mark's.

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