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Zion blesses chaplain stole bound for Afghanistan

CHARLES TOWN — The life of a U.S. Army chaplain in Afghanistan is filled with hardships. The chaplains make memorials for fallen soldiers in makeshift tents and preside over services and communion sometimes offered in outdoor rooms or no room at all. They comfort the ill and dying and offer one-on-one counseling. In combat zones, […]

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Youth rally to feature former NFL player: The Youth Ministry of Asbury United Methodist Church in Charles Town will be having a youth rally starting at 7 p.m. on May 5. The featured speaker will be former Denver Bronco safety Steve Fitzhugh. Known as “the chaplain of the pros,” Fitzhugh speaks to thousands of youth […]

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Feeding students: The Caring Cupboard, begun in August to provide needy Jefferson County schoolchildren with shelf-stable foods on weekends, operates from the back entryway of Shepherdstown Lutheran Church’s parish house.
The church is seeking food and monetary donations, which may be dropped off at the Parish House, 110 N. King St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. […]

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The siren’s song

On occasion, usually in an urban setting (for some unknown reason), I speak in the manner of Garrison Kiellor’s Norwegian rural Minnesota characters. This is especially easy for me having spent much time visiting the Norwegian colony at Griggstown, N.J. One early spring day, Stephanie and I were aboard the Metro train near Falls Church, […]

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‘No perfect people allowed’

CHARLES TOWN – A favorite motto of Harvest Pointe Community Church is “saved to serve.” Founded in 2001 by two families, the church had as its original mission to accept and welcome all — the lonely, the hurting, the depressed and the needy — in a casual and seeker-friendly atmosphere. Contemporary worship music — complete […]

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For Christians, Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter, is the most sacred of times. During this week, Christians commemorate the sufferings, death and resurrection of Jesus. How they enter into this commemoration varies a bit from denomination to denomination, but primarily it is ritual to recall what Jesus did. Pastors […]

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Lenten fish fry: The Friday fish fry at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town wraps up this week. Members of the church’s Knights of Columbus volunteer to serve fried fish, fries, green beans and rolls from 5 to 8 p.m. The church is at 49 Crosswinds Drive. The meals provide operating funds for the […]

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Thrift event: Trinity Episcopal Church Thrift Shop at 104 S. Church St., Shepherdstown, offers its “Fill a Bag Sale” Thursday through March 31. For details, call 304-876-6990. Iraq anecdotes: Beth Pyles, a former lawyer and a minister in southern West Virginia, will speak at 9 a.m. Saturday in the fellowship hall of the Shepherdstown Presbyterian […]

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Lenten tradition

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Lenten tradition

Members of St. James Catholic Church, including (above, from left) Christian Samuelson, Syd Smith, and Jack Capriolo and serve up fried fish, french fries, green beans and rolls to hungry parishioners and members of the public on Friday evening. The fundraiser meals, held on Fridays during Lent at the church at 49 Crosswinds Drive in […]

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On the road again

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On the road again

The cover story of National Geographic for March features “The Journey of the Apostles,” focusing on St. Thomas, St. Mark and St. Mary Magdalene. However, it also offers a thumbnail sketch of the journeys of all the apostles, as detailed in the New Testament’s “Acts of the Apostles” and other early Christian literature. It makes […]

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