Church in Keedysville welcomes pets to service

December 23, 2011|Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville

Mount Vernon Reformed United Church of Christ in Keedysville invites the community to a Christmas Eve service for family, friends, neighbors and their pets.

The service will be Saturday. The church doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the service begins at 5 p.m.

 The church staff asks that pets be on a leash or in a pet carrier, and under the owner's complete control.

Each dog and cat will receive an animal goody bag and a holiday scarf to celebrate the season. Refreshments will be served following the service.

For more information, call the Rev. Delancy Catlett, pastor, at 717-977-4232 or Leslie Hart at 301-797-6290.

The church is at 64 S. Main St. in Keedysville.

Legion auxiliary hosts senior citizens dinner  

Antietam Unit 236, American Legion Auxiliary, hosted the annual Sharpsburg senior citizens Christmas dinner Dec. 18 at Potomac Valley Fire Hall in Dargan.

Guests enjoyed a homemade ham and turkey dinner "with all the trimmings," received a gift, homemade table favors, oranges and a calendar.

The Rev. Kenney Johnson offered grace before the meal. Master of ceremonies, Legionnaire Joe Eichelberger, entertained guests with jokes and stories and those in attendance enjoyed music and singing by the one-armed guitar player, Johnson, banjo player Dennis McKinney and a singing performance by Jack Koch.

The unit hosted the dinner, but it was an American Legion family event, since the men of the post and Sons of the American Legion provided the turkeys and helped cook and clean up.

 As families gather together to celebrate Christmas, keep in thought, prayer and deed those military families who have someone serving in the armed forces who will not be home for Christmas to celebrate with their families.

Girl Scouts collect items to send to troops

Junior Girl Scout Troop 40709 from Keedysville, led by Suzi Taylor, recently collected supplies for the troops in Afghanistan, as well as Christmas gifts for a local family in need.  

The supplies will be sent in care of Maj. Chase Burnett, from the Sharpsburg area, who is part of the 29th Infantry Division of the Maryland National Guard. The 29th Division was deployed Nov. 11 to join the International Security Assistance Force to help train the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. 

The girls collected everything from toothpaste to children's winter hats and gloves to give to Burnett and his men to give to the Afghan children.

The girls who participated were Madison Tarmon, Autumn Butts, Lily Bohlander, Madeline Goldstein, Pip Videtti, Morgan Gumm, Peyton Blood, Allison Grimm, Avery Poffenberger, Kylie Talbert, Leslie Taylor, Sarah Roll, Helen Leadingham, Kayla Aufdem-Brinke, Erika Roberts, Eliza Poffenberger, Elizabeth Confrancesco, Maggie Curtis and Sophie Burnett.

Zumba fitness classes to start

Zumba fitness classes will be offered at St. Mark's Parish Hall, Lappans Road, Boonsboro.

The 13-week session begins in January.

For more information, call Anita Bender at 301-393-0884.

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