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Christmas for Others starting second phase

November 15, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The program Christmas for Others is in its second phase now that registration has closed.

The food, toy and clothing drives are beginning, and members of local churches are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items with them to the community Thanksgiving Eve service next week (see below).

In addition, names for the toy sponsors will be available soon, as the toys are due Sunday, Dec. 9.

Thanksgiving Eve service set for Wednesday, Nov. 21

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, a community Thanksgiving Eve service will be held at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s host church is St. Peter’s Catholic, 16 E. High St., and its pastor, the Rev. Jack Lombardi, is organizing the service and will deliver the homily.

Other local clergy will join him in leading this ecumenical worship, and anyone who would like to sing at the offertory is invited to come and rehearse one hour before the service.

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The yearly event is sponsored by the Greater Hancock Church Council, and the offering supports the Good Samaritan Fund, which assists transients and the homeless.

Parish retreat to be held Dec. 8

St. Peter’s Catholic Church will hold an Advent parish retreat titled “Advent Stillness and Peace: With Mary and the Saints in God’s Presence.”

The retreat will focus on meditation and deeper prayer.

The date is Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at the church on East High Street.

The retreat is based on part four of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for praying and meditation, reading the Bible meditatively and for Mass (“Lectio Divina”).

Luminaria display to light cemeteries

The annual luminarias display in the three historic High Street cemeteries is set for Saturday, Dec. 8.

Volunteers are needed to prepare the luminarias and should report to the cemetery area behind St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m.

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church is the principal sponsor of the event, with assistance from St. Peter’s and from Hancock Presbyterian Church.

About 2,500 luminarias light the gravesites in the three cemeteries in tribute to those buried there and as a special part of the Advent-Christmas season.

Hancock Boy Scout Troop 15 provides cleanup for the project the next day.

Variety show takes place Friday

The variety show “There’s No Business Like Show Business” takes place Friday at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center in Town Hall, 126 W. High St.

The event is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council and will include light refreshments.

Admission is by donation to the Arts Council’s continued work in the community.

Movie day planned at library

On Saturday, the Hancock Free Library is showing a family movie, “Madagascar 3,”  from 3 to 5 p.m.
To register, call 301-678-5300.

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