Around North Hagerstown
10:21 PM EST, 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.
Haven Lutheran Church is at 1035 Haven Road in Hagerstown
The sounds of Christmas will ring out with the St. James Brass Quintet and the Haven Lutheran Church Senior Choir Saturday at 5 p.m. at Haven Lutheran Church.
The yearly concert will feature Christmas carols and old-time favorites.
As attendees leave the concert, they will be treated to the warm glow of the luminarias at Rest Haven Cemetery next door.
Light refreshments will be served following the concert.
For more information, call 301-733-5056.
Losses for the week totaled 20 3/4 pounds for TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 0077.
Barb Trumpower and JoAnn M. were the best TOPS losers. The best KOPS (Keep Off Pounds Sensibly) losers were Joan Gilbert and Dorothy Smith.
The no-no snack for the week is snack crackers.
Deloris Hays won the ha-ha prize.
Team No. 4, The Mighty Warriors, won in the weekly team weight-loss challenge with total combined losses of seven pounds.
The hats, gloves and mittens collection ended with a total of 246 items to be distributed to local elementary schools.
The annual Christmas party will be today. There will be no meetings on Dec. 24 and 31. There will be weigh-ins from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on those days.
The group meets Mondays at First Christian Church, 1345 Potomac Ave. in Hagerstown.
For more information, call Patsy P. at 301-582-2292 or Patsy M. at 301-842-3615.
New Year’s Eve
Ring in 2013 with the local variety band Spectrum at Morris Frock Post 42 American Legion on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. to dance the night away.
Dinner is available to members and guests with advance reservations prior to the dance.
Tickets cost $20 per person and the event is open to the public.
The event will include party favors, champagne at midnight and continental breakfast. For more information, call 301-797-9281 or send an email to MDSpectrum@aol.com.
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