Holy Week activities planned in town

April 21, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

HANCOCK — Christian churches in the Hancock area are observing Holy Week in preparation for Easter on Sunday.

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church observes Maundy Thursday with a soup and salad supper at 6:30 p.m. followed by a service at 7:30 p.m. Its custom is to strip the church of all ornamentation and hold a prayer vigil until midnight.  

On Good Friday, churches will gather together at 10:30 a.m. for the annual Ecumenical Crosswalk, a procession with prayers around the community. The crosswalk begins at Widmeyer Park and ends on Church Hill at St. Thomas’ and St. Peter’s churches.  

At noon, St. Thomas’ hosts a Liturgy for Good Friday with guest preacher the Rev. Steven L. McCarty.  
The Hancock Assembly of God presents the Easter cantata titled “No More Night” on Good Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Easter at 11 a.m. The church is at 431 N. Pennsylvania Ave.  


On Saturday, children are invited to an Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. at the St. Thomas’ Parish Hall, Church and High streets.  

The community Easter egg hunt, postponed from last Saturday, will be held Saturday in Widmeyer Park at 2 p.m.  

On Easter day, attend the church of your choice to celebrate the Resurrection.

Elementary to present ‘Hancock’s Got Talent’

The Hancock Elementary School PTA invites you to “Hancock’s Got Talent,” a fun, entertaining evening for families.

The teachers, staff and students are ready to display their talents again this year.  The event takes place in the Hancock High School auditorium Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. It is open to the public. Admission is by donation.  

There will be a basket raffle fundraiser taking place that evening.  All 13 baskets will be on display, and tickets will be on sale. Tickets cost $1 for one; $5 for six; or $20 for 25. The drawing will take place at the end of the show. Baskets are valued from $40 to more than $100. Proceeds benefit the PTA.

Walk planned

If you have not yet signed up for the Child Abuse Prevention Walk, to be held Saturday, April 30, there is still time. Local citizens have teamed up with the Hancock Police Department to sponsor this event.

According to officials, several hundred people have already registered to walk along the Rail Trail that day, to raise money for child abuse prevention.

The walk is in memory of two local children who lost their lives due to abuse. The walk begins at 9 a.m.
Contact Police Chief T. J. Buskirk at 301-331-7091 if you wish to sign up.

Historical society to have speaker

The Hancock Historical Society will meet Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room. Guest speaker will be Champ Zunbrun, former park manager of Green Ridge State Forest, who will talk about “Historical Happenings West of Hancock.” Refreshments will be served following the talk.

Birding field trip planned on canal

If you prefer something outdoors, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society will sponsor a birding field trip along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Sunday, May 1. There is no fee and no registration.

The trip is led by local bird expert Sandy Sagalkin of Sharpsburg. Meet at 9 a.m. in the parking lot of the new Park Service Visitors Center overlooking Lock 52 (439 E. Main St. — look for the Park Service signs). For more information, call Peter Smith at 304-876-1139.

Retreat planned

“Blessed or Stressed? Living a Holy Life in Today’s Challenging World” is the theme for a retreat to be led by the Rev. Jack Lomardi, pastor of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hancock, June 17 to 19, at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md.

In today’s fast-paced world how can we lead Christ-centered lives?

Registration is limited.

For more information, call St. Peter’s at 301-678-6339 or email

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