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Religion: Speakers and Topics - April 23

April 23, 2011

Benevola United Methodist Church, Boonsboro, a sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m. followed by breakfast. At the 9 a.m. service, Pastor John Dean will preach on the topic, The Morning News. The New Creation Choir will sing.

Blair's Valley First Church of God, Sunday at 10:45 a.m., there will be a drama and choir presentation, The Debt. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. An Easter sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m. on the front steps of the church.

Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, Pastor Len Smith will speak at the 7 a.m. sunrise service on the topic, Overjoyed. Smith's topic at the 10:15 a.m. service will be, By The Sea. The children will present the mini-musical, Alive Forever. Gene Detrow will be worship leader. Wednesday programs at 6:45 p.m.

Brownsville Church of the Brethren, Pastor Alan Smith will speak on Missing! at the sunrise service this Sunday at 7 a.m. A continental breakfast will follow the service. Smith's topic at the 10:45 a.m. service will be, No Longer the Same. Worship leader will be Esther Kidwell. Children's activities are offered. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Calvary United Methodist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., the Rev. Al Clipp will bring the meditation, Shake It Up!, at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services this Sunday.

Christ Community Church, Pastor Rich Carr will share the message, The Risen Savior is Calling You, at the 9:30 a.m. praise and worship service this Sunday.

Christ Lutheran Church, there will be a combined service at 10:15 a.m. with communion. A Sunday school presentation and children's egg hunt will be at 9 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 9 a.m.

Christ's Reformed Church UCC, a sunrise service will begin at 6 a.m. this Sunday in the Aspiring to Serve Community Center, fifth floor. The Rev. Gregg R. Meserole, senior minister, will speak this Sunday at the 9:30 a.m. service on the topic, Amazing News! The Rev. Becky Hoover will be liturgist. Church school begins at 11 a.m.

Christ Reformed Church, UCC, Shepherdstown, W.Va., the Rev. Ronald Grubb will preach on the topic, If You think the Easter Event is Befuddling, Imagine Having Been There!, at the 11 a.m. communion service.

Christ Reformed UCC in Cavetown, an Easter "Sonrise" service will be at 6 a.m. this Sunday. Breakfast will follow. The Rev. Carol Hallman will preach this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. communion service on the topic, Risen.

Christian Science Society, the topic Sunday at 10:30 a.m. will be Probation After Death. Sunday school for young people up to age 20 meets at 10:30 a.m. during worship.

Church of Christ at Hagerstown, Gerrard Fess will give the message, I Have Seen the Lord, at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. A "Sonrise" service will begin at 6:45 a.m. Bible classes for all ages begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible study begins at 7 p.m. For transportation, call 301-733-5244.

Church of Christ in the Great Valley, Boonsboro, Paul Toothman will speak Sunday at the "Sonrise" service at 7 a.m. and the worship service at 10 a.m. on He is Risen.

Church of the Holy Trinity UCC, Halfway, the Rev. Timothy Leighton will preach on the topic, Where is Jesus Now?, at the 10:45 a.m. worship Sunday. Adult Bible study is at 9:30 a.m.

Concordia Lutheran Church, the Rev. Emil Gretarsson will lead the 7 a.m. "Sonrise" service and the 10 a.m. Easter celebration service this Sunday on the topic, A Man of his Word. Communion will be served at both services. Sunday school will meet briefly after the early service, followed by breakfast and an egg hunt.

Cornerstone Community Church, Pastor Harald Bjerga will speak on the topic, There's an App for That ..., at the 10:15 a.m. service Sunday. Activities include a  give-a-way of two iPod Touches and an Easter egg hunt for children. Adult Bible class and children's Sunday school at 9 a.m. Cornerstone Student Ministries meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Covenant Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Renee L. Mackey will lead the 10 a.m. service Sunday. The topic will be Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!

A Cry in the Wilderness Ministries, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., an Easter Sunday service will be at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Pastor Steve Burdette's sermon will be, It's not About the Rabbit! An Easter egg hunt will follow the service. Call 717-794-0141.

Cutting Edge Ministries, Pastor Brett McKoy will speak on the topic, If Your Life Stinks ... We Have a Pew for You, at the 10:30 a.m. service this Sunday. Youth Sunday school meets during the service. At the 9:30 a.m. the Discipleship class meets. Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pastor Harvey Swanger's topic Prayer Connection will continue. Prayer from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Pastor Swanger will speak on Seeking His Face at 7 p.m. Thursday. Raven House Food Distribution is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays.

Downsville Christian Church, the Rev. Craig Jones will lead the 10 a.m. service this Sunday on the topic, I Have Seen the Lord. Mary Jones will be worship leader, and Pat Boward will give the children's message.

Downsville Church of the Brethren, Sunday at 10:35 a.m., Pastor Wilkie Nunn will speak on the topic, A Violent Earthquake. Eleanor Smith will be worship leader. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

Emmanuel Baptist Temple, Pastor Larry Aikens' sermon topic will be, The Ascension of Christ, this Sunday at 11 a.m. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m. The adult choir and drama team will present the Easter cantata, Forgiven Forever, at the Sunday evening service at 6 p.m. Aikens' sermon title will be, The Intercessory Ministry of Christ. Wednesday activities are at 7 p.m.

Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Pastor Randy Reid will lead the 9:30 a.m. service on the topic, Jesus is Alive — Is He Alive in You? Sunday school is at 10:45 a.m. A sunrise service will be at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast. Go to www.emmanuelumc-hagerstown.org.

First Baptist Church, Pastor Thom Smith will speak on the topic, He Must be Lifted Up!, at the 11 a.m. service Sunday. The senior choir will give a choral presentation. A sunrise service will be at 7 a.m., preceded by breakfast and Sunday school.

First Christian Church, the Rev. Benjamin C. Manning will speak on the topic, Victory Day, this Sunday at the 8 a.m. service with baptisms and 11 a.m. service. There will be a special children's message with puppets.

Germantown Church of God, Cascade, Pastor Mark Hosler will speak Sunday at the 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. services on the topic, Don't be Alarmed. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Children's church meets at 10:30 a.m. Hosler's sermon topic for the 6:30 a.m. sunrise service will be, It is Finished.

Grace Bible Church, Greencastle, Pa., Pastor Greg Kell will speak at 7 a.m. sunrise service on the topic, The Stone Was Rolled Away. Pastor Herman Fisler will speak on, Resurrection Truth, at the 9:30 a.m. service this Sunday.

Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, Pa., an Easter cantata titled, Because We Believe, be presented at 7 p.m. today. A sunrise service will be held on church property at 5803 Tick Ridge Road, followed by breakfast in the church fellowship hall. Pastor Larry Weber will speak at the 10:40 a.m. service Sunday on the topic, Don't be Alarmed. Christian education at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday 606 gathering meal at 6:06 p.m. with Bible study, prayer, Route 636 Explorers for children at 6:36 p.m., teen club at 7 p.m.

Greenbrier Baptist Church, Boonsboro, a resurrection Sunday service will be at 11 a.m.

Grossnickle Church of the Brethren, Myersville, at Sunday's 10:30 a.m. worship service, Pastor Tim Ritchey Martin will speak on the topic, He is Risen. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, Pastor Ed Poling's message will be, Raised with Christ, at the informal contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. and the 11 a.m. traditional service. The Temple Choir will sing. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m.

Harvest Life Ministries a Word of Faith Church, Middletown, Md., an Easter egg hunt will follow the service this Sunday.

Haven Lutheran Church, Pastor Linda Alessandri will preach from Matthew 28:1-10 Sunday at the traditional worship with communion at 9:30 a.m. A sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. in Rest Haven Cemetery. An Easter egg hunt will be at 11 a.m.

Hilltop Christian Fellowship, Clear Spring, coffee and fellowship and class at 8:15 a.m. features the topic, Biblical Eldership: They Smell Like Sheep. Senior pastor, Dennis Whitmore, will conduct the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday on the topic, Easter. Death is Only the Beginning. Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m. Bible study Wednesday at 7 p.m. on the topic, Revelation.

John Wesley United Methodist Church, the Rev. Richard Jewell will lead the 10:30 a.m. worship service this Sunday on the topic, A Reliable Witness? Adult and children's Sunday school is at 9 a.m. Just Kids' Church meets at 10:30 a.m.

Long Meadow Church of the Brethren, the Paramount Community "Sonrise" service will be at 6:45 a.m. this Sunday. Marilyn Henderson will speak on, Illumination. Easter worship will begin at 10 a.m. Pastor Paul N. Leatherman III will give the sermon, Empty. www.i4weather.net/lcb.html.

Locust Valley Bible Church, Middletown, Md. Joshua Toole will preach at the 6:30 a.m. Easter sunrise service this Sunday. Breakfast will follow the service. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by the morning worship service at 10:30 a.m. An evening service will be at 7 p.m.

Manor Church of the Brethren, community Easter sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m. this Sunday. Pastors and choirs from the "country" churches of the Williamsport Ministerium will participate. Brian Moore will preach on the topic, Wash Your Face and Change Your Clothes. Breakfast will follow the service. Pastor Joy Zepp will speak on the topic, Jesus: The Resurrection and the Life! this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service. Zepp will also give a children's story. Craig Hood will be worship leader. The Manor Choir will sing and the Manor Puppets will bring a special message. Sunday school starts at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible study begins at 6 p.m.

Maranatha Brethren Church, a sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. this Sunday. Easter worship is at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Dan Thornton will bring the message, Jesus, First at the Finish Line. The Easter cantata, Because We Believe, will be presented at 7 p.m. this Sunday. Today, kids Easter celebration at 10 a.m. for ages 3 through sixth grade. Easter story, puppets, egg hunt and more. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

Marlowe Assembly of God, Falling Waters, W.Va., Pastor Norm Gloeckler will preach at the 8:30 a.m. resurrection service this Sunday. Pastor Jim Lloyd will preach at the 10:30 a.m. Easter celebration service.

Maugansville Bible Brethren Church, Maugansville, special Easter program including special music, dramas and preaching will begin at 10 a.m. this Sunday.

Mercersburg Mennonite Church, Mercersburg, Pa., will hold an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. this Sunday. Breakfast will follow the service. Services will also be at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. this Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, a sunrise service will begin at 6:45 a.m., followed by breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Contemporary worship will be at 8:30 a.m. and the traditional worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Robert Brennan  Jr. will speak on the topic, The Crib, The Cross, and the Cave. Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m.

Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, Pastor Allen Reed will speak at the 10:30 a.m. communion service this Sunday on the topic, Earthquake + Empty Tomb = Risen Jesus.

Mount Vernon Reformed United Church of Christ, Keedysville, will offer a "dogs and cats welcome" Easter service at 10:45 a.m. this Sunday. There will be special Easter music. Call 717-977-4232.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church, Rohrersville, there will be an Easter sunrise at 6:45 a.m. and breakfast at 7 a.m. The Rev. Blaine Fightner will speak on the topic, He Is! at the 8:45 a.m. service this Sunday. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m.

North Side Mennonite Church, Pastor Gary Zook will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday on the topic, The Greatest Sign of Love. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday evening Bible study for ages 3 to adult is at 7 p.m.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, the Rev. Stephen Robison will lead the 8:15 and 11 a.m. traditional services and the 9:45 informal service this Sunday with the topic, Breaking Up is Hard to Do. Communion will be celebrated at all services. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

Otterbein United Methodist Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., a sunrise service will be at 6 a.m. at the Orchard House, W.Va. 45. Pastor Mark C. Mooney will speak at the 8:30 a.m. praise and worship contemporary service and the 10:50 a.m. traditional service on the topic, Alive!, this Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

Park Road Bible Church, Pastor Steve Byrd will speak at the 10:45 a.m. service. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Evening worship is at 6 p.m. Wednesday prayer meeting and Bible study at 7 p.m.

Pinesburg Baptist Church, Williamsport, a sunrise service will begin at 7:30 a.m. this Sunday. Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. followed by a morning service at 11 a.m. featuring a message about the death of the cross. Keith Clever and Just Family will provide music. There will be an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. today, weather permitting.

Potomac Charge, United Methodist churches of Big Pool, sunrise service at Fort Frederick State Park at 6:15 a.m., followed by breakfast at Mount Carmel. Sunday's worship title is It is a Big Deal ... But God's Not Mad. Services are at 8:50 a.m. at Mount Carmel; St. Paul's service begins at 10 a.m.; Park Head worships at 11 a.m.

Ringgold Church of Christ, Ringgold, Don Conley, senior pastor, will speak at the 8, 9:20 and 11 a.m. services Sunday on the topic, You will be with Me In Paradise, in the sermon series, Final Words. Sunday school at 9:20 and 11 a.m. Wednesday activities from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, Pastor Mike Henning will deliver the message, Resurrection Sunday, at the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. communion services this Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

St. James Brethren Church, Pastor Brian Moore's topic Sunday at the 8 and 10:30 a.m. services is Why Are You Weeping? Sunday school at 9:15 a.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Boyd will speak Sunday at the 8 and 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. communion services on the topic, Resurrection Glory. The parish choir and instrumentalists will provide music at the second service. At 11:30 a.m. there will be an Easter egg hunt for children. Service of healing and communion will be at 12:10 p.m. Thursday.

St. John's Lutheran Church, Pastor Edward Heim will lead the 8 and 11 a.m. communion services. His topic will be Pulled into God's Action. 9/Alive contemporary worship is at 9 a.m. Music at 8 a.m. will be by St. John's Men's Choir and Caden and Landon Conrad, 9/Alive service will be by The New Spirit Praise Band and St. John's Youth's Choir, and 11 a.m. will feature St. John's children and senior choirs. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m. Mid-Week Joy will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the worship center with teaching time with Heim.

St. John's Lutheran Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., this Sunday, a sunrise service with communion will be celebrated at 6:30 a.m. Breakfast and activities for young children will be at 8:15 a.m. A festival service with communion begins at 10 a.m. Pastor James D. Riley will speak on the topic, Two Stories. Bible study is at 1 p.m. Wednesdays.

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, a communion service will begin at 8:45 a.m. this Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m.

St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, Pastor Jerry L. Lowans will speak on the topic, Turning the World Upside Down, at the 9:30 a.m. service. Gwen Pangborn will be guest musician. The adult choir will sing. There is no Sunday school.

St. Paul's Free Lutheran Church of Leitersburg, Pastor Terry Culler will bring the message, Risen for Whom?, at the 10:30 a.m. festival service this Sunday. A sunrise communion service will be at 7 a.m. Culler will preach on the topic, Risen Indeed! The men of the congregration will serve breakfast at 8 a.m. There will be an Easter egg hunt for children and a special Sunday school class for adults at 9:15 a.m.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Clear Spring, Pastor Allen Reed will lead the sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Reed will speak on the topic, Earthquake + Empty Tomb = Risen Jesus at the 8:15 a.m. communion service. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Funkstown, a sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. and a traditional service will be at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday. An Easter breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Pastor Mike Louia will preach on the Risen Christ and there will be communion at both services. Children ages 2 to 12 are invited to an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m. today.

St. Paul's Reformed Church, east of Clear Spring, Pastor John Toms will deliver the sermon, Have You Seen Him?, at 11 a.m. this Sunday. Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Keedysville, a holy communion service will begin at 10:45 a.m. this Sunday. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. There will be a sunrise service at 7 a.m.

St. Peter's (Beard's) Lutheran Church, the Rev. David C. Baker will speak on the topic, Not the End at the 6:30 a.m. sunrise service. Communion will be celebrated. Breakfast will follow at 7:30 a.m. Baker will speak on Tears of Joy at the 9:15 a.m. communion service.

Salem Lutheran Church, Bakersville, an Easter sunrise service will begin at 7 a.m. followed by breakfast and Easter egg hunt. The Rev. John Torrence will speak on the topic, Rolled Away, at the 10:30 a.m. service. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m.

Salem Reformed Church, Pastor Stephen Wagoner will speak at the 9:30 a.m. service Sunday on the topic, Tearing the Temple Veil. Terry Sharer will be liturgist, and Jennifer Burger will give the children's message. Church school is at 10:40 a.m. A sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m.

The Salvation Army, Easter sunrise service will begin at 7:15 a.m., followed by breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school and Easter egg hunt starts at 9:45 a.m. Easter morning worship will be at 10:45 a.m.

Sharpsburg area, ecumenical sunrise Easter service will begin at 6:15 a.m. in the observation room of Antietam Battlefield's visitors center. The Rev. Delancy Catlett will bring the message. There will be special music.

Sharpsburg Church of the Brethren, the Rev. Jim Peyton's message will be, Who Rolled Away the Stone? at the 10 a.m. service Sunday. Carmen Canfield will be worship leader. Children's Sunday school is at 10:30 a.m. and adults meet at 11:15 a.m.

Shiloh United Methodist Church, Hagerstown, a sunrise communion service will begin at 6:30 a.m. this Sunday. The topic will be, The Resurrection. A traditional Easter celebration will begin at 9:15 a.m. The adult choir will sing a cantata, A Risen Savior. The sermon topic will be, An Empty Tomb.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, the Rev. Eric Norgard will preach and preside this Sunday at the 9 a.m. praise service and 11 a.m. festival communion service this Sunday. The topic will be, The Joy Advantage. An Easter breakfast will be at 9:30 a.m.

Trinity Reformed UCC, Boonsboro, the Rev. Don Stevenson will deliver the sermon this Sunday on the topic The Easter Ambush. A sunrise service will begin at 8 a.m. and a worship service at 10:30 a.m.

Tri-State Fellowship, Easter celebration at 9 a.m. Pastor Randy Buchman will lead the service on the topic, Celebrating the Resurrection of Christ. Special Easter lessons will be offered for children in preschool through fourth grade.

Unity of Hagerstown, Civil Air Patrol building, Hagerstown, a meditative sunrise service will be at 6 a.m., call 304-279-6854 for directions. A potluck breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by a showing of the movie, "Jesus Christ Superstar." The celebration service will be at 11 a.m.

Valley Assembly of God, Is Christ Relevant in 2011? will be the topic for the 8 a.m. sunrise service. The sermon topic for this Sunday at the 10 a.m. service will be The Lord is Risen Indeed. Wednesday oasis service at 7 p.m.

Van Lear Brethren in Christ Church, Williamsport, Pastor Mike Stine will speak on the topic, He is Risen, at the 10 a.m. service this Sunday.

Washington Square United Methodist Church, Pastor Jerry L. Lowans will lead the 11 a.m. Sunday service on the topic, Turning the World Upside Down. The children's vocal and bell choirs and the adult vocal and bell choirs will provide music. A time of hymn singing precedes the service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. A "Sonrise" service will be held in the parking lot at 7 a.m. with the praise band Prevenient Grace. If it rains, the service will be in the church's social hall. The topic will be, He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed.

The Way Station, Waynesboro, Pa., Sharon Hock will sing original songs at 7 p.m. today. Free. Food.

Welty Church of the Brethren, Greensburg, Pastor Michael Manthos will speak on the topic, Going the Distance, Sunday at the 10:45 a.m. service. Easter devotions will be at 9:15 a.m., followed by breakfast at 9:30 a.m.

West End Baptist Chapel, Pastor Shane Wilt's message will be, Do You Really Believe? at the 9 and 11 a.m. services this Sunday.

Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, the Rev. Kevin Munroe will speak at the 11 a.m. communion service on the topic, I Have Seen the Lord. Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. A service of the flower cross will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the front of the flower cross on North Potomac Street. A sunrise service will begin at 6:30 a.m. on the fifth floor of the Aspiring to Serve Building, 140 W. Franklin St., downtown Hagerstown. Munroe will speak at the joint service with Zion Reformed UCC, Christ's Reformed UCC and Church of the Holy Trinity UCC.

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