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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 7, 2012
When the church now known as Salem Reformed Church began 265 years ago this month, the church building served not only as a place of worship, but as a school and fort, Pastor Stephen Wagoner said. Built a few years before the start of the French and Indian War, the original log cabin church had catwalks and rifle slits to defend against Indian raids, Wagoner said this past week. “Salem's first pastor's wife slept in a tree some nights, for fear of Indian raids,” Wagoner told parishioners during his Sunday sermon.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | October 1, 2012
As Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church's congregation held a rededication ceremony Sunday for its downtown Boonsboro church, which was damaged in a fire 16 months ago, the Rev. Reinold Schlak reminded the parishioners what's truly important. “It's not the building. It's what the building does. It's what the people in the building do,” said Schlak, assistant to the bishop of the Delaware-Maryland Synod and a guest speaker who gave the sermon during the rededication service. After the Chartes Cathedral in France had its sixth fire, around 1200, the community excitedly rebuilt the church, Schlak said.
NEWS
July 25, 2012
Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown is holding a series of free community healing forums this summer. The community is invited. The schedule is as follows: • Wednesday, July 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - “Suicide Survivors.” Eileen Stanzione will discuss grief, loss, guilt and regrets as normal reactions after someone you love or care about “completes” suicide. Available resources will be shared. • Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. - “Understanding and Coping with Depression in the Congregation and in Ministry.” James K. Childerston will give an overview of the types of depression people experience, including symptoms, causes and treatment.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
The Rev. J. Carl Gregg has become the new full-time minister at The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick. Gregg, 34, began office hours this week and will preach for the first time Sunday. Gregg joins the congregation and local community with his wife, Magin, a native of Baltimore and a graduate student at Goucher College.  Gregg's interests include Stages of Faith development for children, youth and adults; facilitating firsthand religious experiences; and fostering consensus-building decision-making processes.
NEWS
March 30, 2012
Concordia Lutheran Church , Be Our Guest Breakfast at 11:45 a.m. Sunday. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Lappans , the congregation will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Food Lion's parking lot and walk in silence to the church. The walk is about one mile. If weather conditions are extreme, call 301-213-1406 to see if the walk is canceled. Go to www.stmarkslappans.org . Sharpsburg main street churches , the congregations will process to the square from their houses of worship beginning at 9:30 a.m. In the square, they will sing hymns, read the Palm Sunday gospel lesson and bless the palm branches.
LIFESTYLE
March 28, 2012
Members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church plan to walk in silence to church on Palm Sunday to celebrate Christ's walk and entrance into Jerusalem. The congregation plans to begin its walk at the Food Lion parking Lot on Sharpsburg Pike.  The walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with a short prayer, and the group will walk approximately one mile to the church on Lappans Road. The walk will take approximately 55 minutes and will be concluded at the steps of St. Mark's. Parish Hall. The following guidelines are provided: Prepare your body prior to the walk with food and liquids sufficient to sustain you for a one-hour walk.  Wear comfortable layered clothes, a hat and walking shoes appropriate for the weather conditions.
NEWS
By JANET HEIM | janeth@herald-mail.com | December 7, 2011
A local church's involvement in Operation Christmas Child's Pack A Shoebox program is proof that size doesn't matter to children in need. The nationwide effort involves filling shoeboxes with a variety of gifts, praying for the child who will receive the gift, and then delivering the boxes to the closest drop-off location, where they are distributed to needy children overseas ranging in age from 2 to 14 years old. Some of the gifts suggested include...
NEWS
By DAVE MCMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 21, 2011
Stacks of clothing sat on tables that extended down a long hallway. There was clothing in several other areas of the Hagerstown Church of Christ, including near an entranceway where apparel was folded in stacked containers whose drawers people could open to reach them. The clothing was free to anyone who wanted to stop by the church between 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tanya Burnham, a member of the church's congregation who attended the giveaway Sunday, said some people with children stopped by after the giveaway started.
NEWS
MAEGAN CLEARWOOD | maegan.clearwood@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2011
The 15th anniversary of the Washington County Parish Nursing Program Thursday was a celebration of thousands of blood-pressure tests, hundreds of health fairs and events — and innumerable prayers. More than 50 congregations and more than 100 nurse volunteers are involved in the county program, parish nurse Coordinator Wendy Zimmerman said. Parish nurses — many of whom are either retired or work elsewhere in addition to doing volunteer work — integrate spirituality with health care among their congregations.
NEWS
May 25, 2011
The Maryland Food Bank's Pantry on the Go program was giving away food to those in need Tuesday. The giveaway was in an alley off East Baltimore Street between South Locust Street and South Potomac Street. "Hunger really flies under the radar in our community, and the need is very great," said Dan Greenwald, president of the B'nai Abraham Congregation Synagogue. "This program re-emphasizes how important it is during these difficult times to make sure everyone is taken care of. " The synagogue coordinated the event in conjunction with Locust Point, the neighborhood where the giveaway took place.
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