For most Christians around the world, this is “Holy Week.” This time which leads to Easter is not just a regular week, but a period of special days with specific scripture readings and particular worship services. Together, they observe and retell the central story of the Christian faith, that Jesus Christ died, was buried and rose from the dead, so that new life could come from death.
This new life is expressed in the way that followers of Jesus are inspired to help others and to show caring for their communities. In Hancock and in many small towns and communities, Christians come together on Good Friday, crossing over their differences, to walk in the streets and pray for the whole community.
Members of our local churches will gather in Widmeyer Park at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, then walk the streets of Hancock, pausing several times to read and sing and to pray for our town leaders, our fire and rescue companies, local merchants and our elderly in the Monterey House.
Walking up Church Hill, the group will complete its “Cross Walk” at St. Thomas’ Episcopal and St. Peter’s Catholic churches with a brief meditation and time of prayer.
If you see them, pause for a moment. If you wish, join them in prayer. Recognize the unity of the faith that brings them together. Thank them for walking our streets. Appreciate their witness in our small town, knowing that they represent so many others who help those in need and give hope that things do indeed get better.
Band boosters plan sandwich sale
When I went up to the high school to vote on Tuesday, the band boosters had a great refreshment table set up in the lobby. As I left, I paused to chat with them. (My husband bought cookies!) Susan Knable, this year’s band boosters president, sent me an email to remind me that their upcoming sandwich sale runs April 11-19. Ham, turkey and beef sandwiches are all available.
Pittman’s Market has been a great supporter of this fundraising effort. Please place your order with Susan by e-mailing email@example.com.
Camp Joy project offers home repairs
Camp Joy returns to Hancock again this summer to offer free home repairs to low-income, elderly and disabled citizens.
Youths and adults from various churches volunteer to help in our community and surrounding area. The scope of work includes scraping, painting, caulking, deck repair, cleanup and wheelchair ramps.
If you need work done on your home, contact Hancock United Methodist Church at 301-678-6440 or pick up an application at the Church, the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store or Town Hall. Applications are accepted until May 28.
Spaghetti dinner will aid local student
A fundraiser is planned to help Hancock resident Hannah Creek, a political science student at Shippensburg University, who will be studying abroad this fall through the school. Her travels will take her to Italy, Belgium, Greece and Spain.
On Saturday, April 14, consider attending a spaghetti dinner at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Church and High Streets. Serving hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. The price is $7 for adults and $5 for children. All proceeds will help Hannah with her study trip.
Check out service times for Easter weekend
As we move into the Easter weekend, consider attending services on Easter Day at one of our fine churches in and around Hancock. Call or go online for service times, or check ads in this newspaper. Have a Happy Easter, everyone!