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Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | July 3, 2012
St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Big Pool will hold a homemade ice cream festival   Saturday, July 14, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person.  In addition to ice cream, hot dogs, steamers and a cake walk will be available.  Teacher to lead library program Dream big at the Leonard P. Snyder Memorial Library in Clear Spring.  Science teacher Jeff Byard will lead science experiments at the library from July 10...
September 11, 2012
"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at The Church of Christ in the Great Valley, 7306 Wheeler Road in Boonsboro.  For more information, call 301-799-9174.
February 7, 2012
The children's division of Washington Square United Methodist Church will sell doughnuts on Shrove Tuesday, Feb. 21. The doughnuts cost $2.50 per dozen. Place orders by calling the church office at 301-739-2653 or Patsy Weigand at 301-790-3510. Orders must be placed on or before Monday, Feb. 20. The church is at 538 Washington Ave. in Hagerstown, next to Western Enterprise Fire Co. Proceeds will go to the children and youth for their church camp at Camp Manidokan in the summer.
November 7, 2011
John Wesley United Methodist Church will hold a bazaar and yard sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is at 129 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. The event will include crafts, homemade soups, used books and yard sale items. For more information, call 717-597-1841.
January 18, 2012
John Wesley United Methodist Church, at 129 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, will host a cabin fever picnic Saturday, Jan. 28, from noon to 4 p.m. It will include bingo, beanbag toss, miniature golf, spoon races, a sing-along, door prizes and other activities. The menu includes burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, chips, beverage and a sundae bar. Tickets cost $8 for adults and $4 for those ages 4 to 12. Those younger than 4 will be admitted free. The public is invited.
November 1, 2011
St. Paul's United Methodist Church will host a day of free giveaways at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at  the church, 66 Clopper Ave., Smithsburg. There will be free hotdogs and popcorn.  Samaritan's Feet will give away 500 free pairs of sneakers with registration beginning at 9 a.m.  Smithsburg Food Pantry will be open from 9 a.m. to noon. There are no income guidelines for the event. For more information, call 301-824-3141.
By DAN DEARTH | | October 15, 2012
A Washington County food cooperative and a church near Boonsboro have formed a partnership to help each other grow. George Snyder, pastor of the Church at the Crossroads, said his congregation recently opened its doors to the Valley Co-op to give the blossoming organization more room to store and distribute food. “From what I've heard, they've grown in leaps and bounds,” Snyder said. “The co-op is a good way to advertise the church. It's a good partnership. It doesn't put us out and it gives them a better place.” Co-op volunteer Susan Simonson said the group has grown from six members in 2010 to 150 members today.
March 7, 2012
A free student financial aid workshop will be Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Gateway Ministries, 11017 Kemps Mill Road in Williamsport. The workshop is for all high school students, parents and older adults. The event will be held in the family center area of Gateway Ministries. For more information, go to or send an email to
August 26, 2012
St. Mark's Episcopal Church was about 15 years old as a parish when the Battle of Antietam took place a scant five miles to the south. Troops rushed along the roads near the church, and after the battle, the wounded were brought to the church for sanctuary.  The church was closed for two months after the battle, a short period of time when compared to most houses of worship in the area. Services resumed in December 1862, and the church is still in use for services on Sundays and Wednesdays.  As part of the weekend commemoration involving events observing the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, St. Mark's is offering a service of prayer and remembrance, using the evening prayer service from 1862, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.
February 12, 2012
An electrical problem led to The Living Room church in Martinsburg being filled with smoke before Sunday services began, said Fire Capt. Denny Carter with the Bedington Volunteer Fire Department. The call for smoke in the 50 Monroe St. church came in at 7:11 a.m. Sunday, according to Berkeley County Emergency Services. There was no fire, Carter said. There was only one person at the church at the time, and no one was injured, Carter said. The church is in the former Bon-Ton building.
Darylene Mowen | Around Smithsburg & Robinwood | September 10, 2013
Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, 22514 Cavetown Church Road, invites the public to a vesper service on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. behind the parsonage. The service will include hymn-singing, listening to music, enjoying a campfire, making s'mores and toasting  marshmallows. Bring a lawn chair, bring neighbors, friends and relatives. The congregation wants to introduce the public to the church and the warmth of its fellowship. 'Variety' music series slated at Pen Mar Park Pen Mar Park 2013 Summer Music Series presents, “Variety” on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 240-313-2807.
September 9, 2013
Scott Thomas, 46, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at his home. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Berkeley Springs, and Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Union Chapel United Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs. The service will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the church.
Cheryl Weaver | Around Clear Spring | September 9, 2013
Park Head Church will has scheduled a ham and chicken pot pie dinner on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. at the fellowship hall behind Park Head Church on U.S. Route 40 in Big Pool. This will be the last pot pie dinner until next year Menu includes pot pie, applesauce, cole slaw, dessert and drink. Cost is by donation. For more information, call 301-842-2649. Come and enjoy great food and fellowship. Clear Spring High School Class of 1960 to meet The Clear Spring High School class of 1960 will be meeting for a luncheon at Ron's Deli in Hagerstown on Saturday, Sept.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | September 9, 2013
The Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro is hosting its first “Run for God” 5K and one-mile children's fun run Saturday, Oct. 12. The races tie into both an ongoing Bible study and the church's WayFest. The festival features food, children's games and bands. Funds will be raised for Waynesboro Human & Community Services, Pregnancy Ministries Inc., New Hope Shelter, Waynesboro Area YMCA children's programs, and Young Life. Sarah Stains is one of the volunteers organizing the events.
Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | September 5, 2013
There will be a concert given by Daystar, a gospel singing group, Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mount Zion Church, 14336 Greencastle Pile in Cearfoss. Refreshments will be served.  A goodwill offering will be collected for the singers. Also, there will be a basket in front of the church to donate to cemetery maintenance. For more information, call 301-791-0413. Senior Connection to meet Tuesday The Cearfoss Senior Connection will meet Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Broadfording Church of the Brethren Fellowship, 14010 Greencastle Pike.
Harry Nogle | Around Sharpsburg & Keedysville | August 29, 2013
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 209 W. Main St. in Sharpsburg, will hold a pork and sauerkraut dinner Saturday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the church parish hall. The menu will also include mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with ham, coleslaw, roll, dessert and drink. The meal costs $10 for adults and $5 for those ages 10 and younger. For tickets, call Judy Shaw at 301-432-0061. Sharpsburg church plans yard sale Christ Reformed UCC in Sharpsburg will hold a yard sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 7215 Sharpsburg Pike, four miles north of Sharpsburg.
August 28, 2013
Nick Brandenburg of Boy Scout Troop 10 of Hagerstown recently completed his Eagle Scout project. As a result, the children of Christ Lutheran Church will have a fenced playground. Spread Your Wings Learning Center, a preschool program at the church, will also use the playground. Nick researched fence construction, obtained permits and approvals, collected funds and planned and built the fence with the help of members of Troop 10, students from North Hagerstown High School and his family.
August 27, 2013
Darryl McKay Church, 47, of Hedgesville, W.Va., died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Martinsburg. Burial will be private.
August 21, 2013
Wilma Kay Gregory, 59, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at her home while under the care of Hospice of the Panhandle. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Berkeley Springs, and Saturday one hour before the service at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Berkeley Springs. The service will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the church. Burial will be private.
August 20, 2013
“I'm reading in Monday's Mail Call about 'I'm having a problem with these different churches around the area having meals for homeless, and the people with money go and eat and don't even give a donation.' They also ... complain that they don't like what they had for the meal that night. I think this is ridiculous. They should card them and make sure they are who they are and ... I just think it's ridiculous that people with money would take advantage of a situation like that.” - Funkstown “How nice to see two of my wonderful former teachers in the paper, giving a scholarship award.
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