6:54 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
“Embracing Our Oneness” was the theme of Church Women United in Washington County’s annual meeting and human rights celebration Sept. 24 at Washington Square United Methodist Church in Hagerstown.
The three individuals honored were Thelma Brewer, Marybelle Hose and the Rev. Edward L. Poling.
The Valiant Women Award was presented to Brewer and Hose, who have given service to their church and community and who live the gospel message in their everyday life.
Poling was honored with the Human Rights Award.
Brewer is a member and active elder at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ.
Her involvement is through the Christian Heirs Class and the Shepherds Group.
She assists with communion, transportation for members who no longer drive and keeps in contact with shut-ins.
For many years she was in charge of the kitchen ministry and is known for her famous “chicken corn soup,” which is sold as a fundraiser for missions.
Brewer’s involvement with Church Women United has been as an area representative, coordinator for World Day of Prayer services, coordinator of celebrations and coordinator of World Community Day celebration.
Hose is a member of Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren.
The title that best fits her activities is Ecumenical Lady. Hose served as secretary at Zion Lutheran Church for 29 years while a member at Rehoboth United Methodist Church.
During that time, she served as secretary for Washington County Council of Churches.
Her leadership activities include: Youth Church School at Rehoboth; and United Methodist Women at the local and district levels.
For years, she has been active with the Christian Share Group and hosted senior citizens in her home for lunch and devotionals.
Hose serves as coordinator of ecumenical development with Church Women United in Washington County and as secretary of the Maryland state unit.
The Human Rights Award is rooted in the work of Eleanor Roosevelt, a U.S. delegate to the United Nationals General Assembly and chair of the committee that formalized this planet’s first declaration of universal human rights.
As Church Women United in Washington County looked at leaders in the community who have worked to build a more peaceful and just community, it selected Poling, pastor of Hagerstown Church of the Brethren.
Poling was recognized for his leadership with Interfaith Coalition of Washington County.
His interest in justice and human rights grows out of the peace position of his church.
He said that he has discovered that helping to create the space for people of different faiths to come together for dialogue is a vital need in the community and throughout the country.
Poling said he covets the many rich relationships with people of different faith traditions as together they help to promote peace, respect and compassion in the local community.
Church Women United presented the honorees with a certificate and a lapel pin.
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