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March 26, 2013

Pa. churches plan special Easter services this weekend

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will present special services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

From noon to 3 p.m. March 29, area pastors and musicians will present “The Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ from the Cross” in 25-minute segments at Central Presbyterian Church on the Memorial Square in Chambersburg.

Worshippers are welcome to come and go at any time during the three-hour service.

The Rev. Guy Camp is coordinating the service.

On March 31, a community Easter sunrise service will be held at John Wesley AME Zion Church, 155 W. Catherine St. in Chambersburg. The speaker will be the Rev. Rosanna Johnson, pastor of Kingdom Life Empowerment Center Church.

The Rev. Renata M. Harper, associate pastor of John Wesley AME Zion Church, will be the worship leader.

Music will be provided by a community choir under the direction of Brother Marcel Coates. The service is being coordinated by the Rev. Lois Waters, pastor of Unity in Christ Church.

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The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. Refreshments will be served after the service.

For further information, contact Camp at 717-593-9616 or Waters at 717-352-3851 or 717-264-6108.

Annual Holocaust memorial set for April 7

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The 35th annual Holocaust memorial service sponsored by the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will be held Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. at Congregation Sons of Israel Synagogue, 209 E. King St., Chambersburg.

The event will be led by Rabbi Jill Hackell of Congregation Sons of Israel.

Speakers include: Holocaust survivor Elfreth Schmidt; the Rev. Glen Schultz, pastor emeritus of St. John’s United Church of Christ, who helped to liberate Dachau Concentration Camp; student Jessica Middleberg; and author Judy Walters.

The interfaith service will include hymns and scripture as well as poems and memorial readings presented by area clergy and laypersons. Hackell will offer prayers for the departed and oversee the lighting of memorial candles for those who perished in the Holocaust.

Children and young people from area congregations will light candles.

Special music and songs from the Jewish tradition, some composed during the Holocaust, will be sung by area ministers and the congregation. Dave Wenerd will serve as director of music.

Joining with the United Churches as co-sponsors are the Evangelical Fellowship of Cumberland Valley, the Chambersburg Ministerium, and the Chambersburg Ministerial Alliance.

The service will be followed by a reception in the social hall of the synagogue.

The service and reception are open to the public.

New animal shelter building to be dedicated on April 4

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the new shelter at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at 5051 Letterkenny Road West.

Light refreshments will be served and tours of the facility will be given until 6 p.m.

For more information, call 717-263-5791 or visit cvas-pets.org.

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