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Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | December 9, 2012
On Sunday at 5 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church invites those who have lost loved ones to its Blue Christmas service. Blue Christmas services speak to the hurts and emptiness of losses sensed even more keenly at a holiday. Blue Christmas services offer a meaningful time of comfort and inspiration, compassion and prayer. If you are grieving a loss of any kind, you are invited to find a time of peace at the service. If you know someone who is struggling with sadness during the holidays, invite him or her to the worship.
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by BRIAN SHAPPELL | December 20, 2004
shappell@herald-mail.com BOONSBORO - Not everyone has all happy memories during what is called "the most wonderful time of the year. " Michael Wingert, a Shippensburg, Pa., man who lost his father on Christmas Day last year, was one of about 20 at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church for Sunday evening's service dubbed "Blue Christmas. " Washington County residents were joined by guests from Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., for the one-hour service in Boonsboro.
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By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 7, 2008
BOONSBORO A grandmother was remembered for her strength. Murder and car crash victims were mourned as friends and family remembered the good times before senseless acts ended their short lives. Loss was on the minds of the 50 people gathered at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boonsboro Sunday during the first "Blue Christmas" service at the church on South Main Street. Keedysville resident Stuart Brown said his family lost a loved one this year, and said the pain never really goes away.
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December 20, 2008
Cavetown United Church of Christ, Sunday at 3 p.m., there will be a Blue Christmas service. Washington Square United Methodist Church, 538 Washington Ave., Hagerstown, Sunday at 6 p.m., a musical celebration of "Christmas, Once Upon a Miracle," will be presented. Music will be provided by the children's choir and bell choir, the senior bell choir and the adult worship choir, along with the Living Nativity. Mountain View Baptist Church, 12107 Walnut Point Road, Hagerstown, the children's Christmas program will be presented Sunday at 7 p.m. St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 30 S. Martin St., Clear Spring, a Blue Christmas worship will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday.
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By MELITA WISHARD | December 18, 2009
Disney promotion Maugansville Fire Co. has been accepted as a "Hands-On" Network Volunteer Verification Partner in the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day. " The program celebrates and inspires volunteerism. Disney is working with the Hands-On Network to connect volunteers to community needs and is thanking those who volunteer (for an eligible volunteer opportunity) by giving them a free ticket good for a one-day admission to a Walt Disney theme park. The campaign starts Jan. 1. At that time, volunteers will be able to go to a Web site that will be published in a few weeks and find volunteer opportunities at the Maugansville Fire Station.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | December 22, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - The joy of Christmas can be wrenching for people who are grieving, like Kathy King of Hagerstown, whose husband, Ken, died of colon cancer in June. With so many people around her excited about holiday plans, King said she went into the office of Denise Staub, her friend and co-worker at Middletown High School, and cried, thinking about how she'll be alone. Staub understands: Her husband, Calvin, died in August 2006, also of cancer. The women's mothers also died around the same time.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 17, 2012
Pastor Jerry Lowans looked up at a cross inside Washington Square United Methodist Church Sunday night during a Christmas cantata and referred to the tragic shooting Friday of 26 people inside an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Lowans talked about how the incident created a troubling weekend, but he said after the service that people must remember that they still can connect with God after such upsetting events. “We need to learn to look through the situation,” Lowans told about 90 people gathered for the service.
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Ellen Rowland | Around North Hagerstown | December 9, 2012
On Sunday at 5 p.m., Haven Lutheran Church invites those who have lost loved ones to its Blue Christmas service. Blue Christmas services speak to the hurts and emptiness of losses sensed even more keenly at a holiday. Blue Christmas services offer a meaningful time of comfort and inspiration, compassion and prayer. If you are grieving a loss of any kind, you are invited to find a time of peace at the service. If you know someone who is struggling with sadness during the holidays, invite him or her to the worship.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | December 21, 2011
A 62-year-old Hagerstown woman is having a difficult time this Christmas season. The woman, who would only give her first name as Vicky, said she always spent Christmas with her sister. But her sister committed suicide on Halloween. "Christmas doesn't seem like Christmas this year, because it's just too full of sadness," Vicky said following a "blue Christmas" service Wednesday night at Washington Square United Methodist Church on Washington Avenue in Hagerstown. Vicky said her sister suffered for years from depression.
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December 11, 2010
Christ Reformed UCC in Cavetown, a Blue Christmas program will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, for those struggling this holiday season. Church of Christ at Hagerstown, 10014 White Hall Road, Hagerstown, will present a children’s musical, The Plane Truth About Christmas, at 6 p.m. this Sunday. A Cry in the Wilderness Ministries, 15221 Wyndham Ave., Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., Children’s program, “A Christmas Present to the World,” at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19. The progam will be held outside.
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By MELITA WISHARD | December 18, 2009
Disney promotion Maugansville Fire Co. has been accepted as a "Hands-On" Network Volunteer Verification Partner in the "Give a Day, Get a Disney Day. " The program celebrates and inspires volunteerism. Disney is working with the Hands-On Network to connect volunteers to community needs and is thanking those who volunteer (for an eligible volunteer opportunity) by giving them a free ticket good for a one-day admission to a Walt Disney theme park. The campaign starts Jan. 1. At that time, volunteers will be able to go to a Web site that will be published in a few weeks and find volunteer opportunities at the Maugansville Fire Station.
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By CHERYL WEAVER / 301-842-0087 | December 16, 2008
Blue Christmas The Clear Spring Ministerium will hold a Blue Christmas Service Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Paul's Church. There will be refreshments and fellowship after the service. The church is on the corner of U.S. 40 and St. Paul's Church Road. Game day The Clear Spring Library will hold a Nightmare Before Christmas Teen Game Day Friday. The game uses acting and drawing skills as well as knowledge of Jack Skellington, Sally and the others to help players enter into Halloween Town's spirit of Christmas.
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