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Religion: Special services

April 30, 2010

Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center, 16869 Taylor's Landing Road, Sharpsburg, Interfaith Retreat Day sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition of Washington County will be today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event theme is Awakening the Heart with workshop and retreat leader, Rashid Revicki, a musician, artist and educator from Central Pennsylvania who has been involved with meditation practices and the dances of universal peace.

Suggested cost is $32. Includes continental breakfast and lunch. No one will be turned away based on the ability to pay.

Emmanuel Chapel, Smithsburg, a 2 p.m. service today will commemorate Pastor Jonathan Lay's 50 years in the ministry and 30 years Emmanuel has been in its current building. A dinner will follow.

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Greenbrier Baptist Church, U.S. 40, Boonsboro, the Rev. Royce Williams will lead revival services beginning Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and May 3 to 7 nightly at 7. Music by The Men in Black.

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Hancock, will celebrate its 175th anniversary Sunday. As the high point of a full year of festivities, the parish will welcome the Right Rev. Eugene T. Sutton, Episcopal Bishop of Maryland, to preside at the 4 p.m. celebration, which will include communion and confirmation.

The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, rector of St. Thomas', will assist Sutton along with the Rev. Anne O. Weatherholt and the Rev. Steven L. McCarty. Neighboring clergy will take part.

The Rev. Edward C. Chapman, rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, will preach the anniversary sermon.

St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 9 Maple Ave., Smithsburg, Sunday, the Right Rev. John Rabb will dedicate The Hermitage, a retreat center in the Benedictine tradition in a 4 p.m. ceremony at the former rectory.

First Christian Church, 12A St. Paul St., Boonsboro, The Promised Land Quartet will be in concert Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., a pork and sauerkraut dinner will be Saturday, May 8, from 3 to 6 p.m., eat-in and carry-out. Adult tickets cost $8, children's tickets 6 to 10 cost $4, and $2 for children 3 to 5 years old. Under 3 eat free.

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