Going Wild for Juice!

Before you know it we’ll be halfway through July already!

And since it’s July that means it’s Camp Wild time!! But, just like everything else, Camp Wild 2020 is gonna be a little different. There will be special socially distant activities planned for kids who register for Camp Wild as well as occasional small group activities. To learn more about Camp Wild 2020 please visit campwildusa.com.

Even though campers won’t be in person each day of their camp week, we’re still making sure each camper has fun activities to do PLUS we’re delivering lunch each day of the week to campers who are registered!

Item of the Month-001For our July ‘Pantry Item of the Month’ we’re requesting donations of any kind of juice boxes or pouches. These juice boxes will be included in each lunch delivered to campers daily at their house. We are not at all particular in a specific brand or flavor so grab whatever you like to donate!

Also this month we’re requesting new pillows to use in our overnight homeless shelter and for the men who are residents in our Foundations Life Recovery program. These new pillows will be used solely for the purpose of our housing ministries and will not be sold in our Thrift Stores.

If you’d like to donate juice boxes or new pillows please drop them off to our Shelter Need-001Administrative Offices during business hours M-F. If you are unable to donate during business hours please call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at info@hagerstownhopecenter.com to figure out a time that works for you.

If shopping online through retailers like AmazonSmile (learn more about Amazon Smile by visiting http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com) please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 as the delivery address.

Thank you for caring and sharing with your community! We thank God for all of His blessings, including being surrounded and supported by such a generous community. Thank you so much for all the love and support you provide our ministry and your neighbors in need!

To learn more about all our programs and services, including kids programs and our shelter programs, please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Thrift Stores & Donation Center – New Hours

We’re heading into summer and as the days continue to get longer so are our operating hours at our two Thrift Stores and our Donation Center!

Starting Monday, June 15th, the new hours are:

  • Hagerstown Thrift Store – MON – SAT 9am – 4:30pm. Our Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on our central parking lot at 215 W. Church St. For more info on our Hagerstown location please call 301.739.1114
  • Chambersburg Thrift Store – MON – SAT 9am – 4pm. Our Chambersburg Thrift Store is conveniently located in downtown Chambersburg at 64 S. Main St. For info about our Chambersburg store please call 717.263.9345
  • Donation Center – MON – SAT 9am – 4pm. Our Donation Center is located at the back of our central parking lot at 215 W. Church St. in Hagerstown. Please note that our Donation Center is now open on Monday’s.

Our Hagerstown & Chambersburg Thrift Stores continue to operate at 50% capacity at this time. Please remember to wear a mask when shopping in our stores and please observe proper social distancing when possible.

Our donation truck program is still suspended. Once we resume operation we will be sure to post on our website and social media. We are still in the process of hiring a truck driver. If you, or someone you know, is looking for part time work please contact us by calling 301.739.1165 or emailing info@hagerstownhopecenter.com. Go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com to learn more about the truck driver position.

June Updates and Reopenings!

Happy June! With the arrival of this new month comes the reopening of our Chambersburg Thrift Store!

Our Chambersburg Thrift Store is located at 64 S. Main St and is now open Mon – Sat 9am COVID re THRIFT HOURS Cburg-001– 3:30pm. Like our Hagerstown location, our Chambersburg store is open at 50% capacity and masks must be worn in the store. At this time the Chambersburg Thrift Store can not accept any donations. If you’d like to donate your gently used items please bring them to our donation drop dock located in our central parking lot at 215 W. Church Street in Hagerstown. For more info about our Donation Center during COVID-19 please visit https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/reopening

In addition to our Chambersburg Thrift Store reopening we’re happy to announce that our Hagerstown Thrift Store hours have changed! Our Hagerstown location is now open Mon – Sat 9am – 4pm. If you have any questions about our Thrift Store please call us at 301.739.1114.

Also, we’re currently hiring! We’re in the process of hiring a part-time truck driver. The Truck Driver 1-001truck driver must have a clean driving record and also be able to carry potentially heavy items at times. If you’d like to apply please send your resume to P.O. Box 685, Hagerstown, MD 21741 or email it to info@hagerstownhopecenter.com. For more info about the truck driver position please call 301.739.1165.

As things continue to open and change we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop! Be sure to follow us on Facebook (hopecenterhagerstown) to stay connected to everything that’s happening at The Hope Center!

Woohoo We’re REOPENING!

At 9:30 this morning we reopened our Hagerstown Thrift Store almost 2 months to the day that we closed it. We’re so happy to be back and we’ve missed all of you so much! COVID-19 re THRIFT info card-001Please note that our Thrift Store will be open with adjusted hours from 9:30am – 4pm Mon – Sat and our Chambersburg Thrift Store is still currently closed. After this initial reopening time we will return to our normal schedule at our Hagerstown location. For the safety of our staff and other customers, a mask must be worn when shopping at our Thrift Store along with practicing safe social distancing.

And at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday, May 19th) our Donation Center will reopen for donation of your gently used items! We know many of you have been busy cleaning out closets, COVID-19 re DONATE info card_2-001basements, garages, and reorganizing your house during the stay-at-home order so we’re very excited to see all the wonderful treasures you’ve bagged and boxed for donation! Before donating please take a minute to read over our list of items we generally can & cannot accept for donation by clicking this link: https://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com/in-kind-gifts

Until further notice our Donation Center will be open Tues – Sat 9am – 2pm. We do ask that upon arrival at the donation dock that you please stay in your car. Our dock attendants are happy remove your donated items for you. Also if you’re interacting with our staff please remember to wear a mask.

We’re not sure what tomorrow will look like so please be patient with us as there may be a backup for donating items. And remember, our donation dock will be open the rest of the week so you can always stop by another day to drop off your items! As of this time we are not operating our donation truck for at home pickup of donated items. We are sorry for any inconvenience and we’ll be sure to update you once we are able to start scheduling pickups again.

If you have any questions or concerns about our Donation Center or our Hagerstown Thrift Store please call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at info@hagerstownhopecenter.com.

 

April Showers… bring May’s Pantry Item of the Month!

We’ve successfully made it through April! With the new month comes the hope of warmer, sunnier weather and the opportunity to start getting out and experiencing our world a little more.

The new month also brings a new pantry need – BOXED DINNERS. Boxed dinners are a staple item in our food bags. From boxes of pasta salad, to Hamburger Helper, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, stuffing mixes, and more, the boxed dinner is an important part of our food bags.

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To donate please drop off at our Administrative Office during business hours (M-F 8:15 – 11:30am and 12:15-2pm). Our office closes at 2pm for visitors but we do have staff working until 4pm. To drop off between 2 – 4pm please call our office so we can be prepared. Our offices are located on our central parking lot located at 215 W. Church St. in Hagerstown.

If you’d like to order food online please use 125 N. Prospect St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 as our delivery address. And remember, when shopping at Amazon be sure to use AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) for your orders. When you shop from AmazonSmile Amazon will donate a portion of the proceeds to The Hope Center! For more info about AmazonSmile please email us at info@hagerstownhopecenter.com

Thank you to each of you for all you’ve been doing to help us help others during this pandemic. Your support and love during this has definitely helped us stay encouraged and hopeful. It’s in times like this that we truly see the best in people and we thank God for each of you.

If you or your family are in need of grocery assistance please call our office at 301.739.1165 during business hours (M-F 8:15-11:30am and 12:15-4pm) to schedule an appointment for a food bag. We are happy to help provide you with some food but we ask that you please schedule an appointment so we can make sure we have a food bag prepared. For more info on our food programs and how we can help during the COVID-19 crisis please call or email us at info@hagerstownhopecenter.com

COVID-19 Update: Food Assistance for All!

In these unprecedented times we’re all dealing with a lot of issues. During this health crisis and time of economic hardship we want to make sure that no one is food insecure and feeding your family should not be a worry to deal with. God has provided us with very generous supporters, friends, and partners in the community who’ve helped make sure we have plenty of food to help feed those in need.

We are now supplying food bags to any individuals and families in need in our community. We will be waiving the required food bank card supplied by the Washington County Food Bank during this time. We understand the need to feed yourself and your family and we want to help as much as we can.

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To receive a food bag we ask that you call our Administrative Office at 301.739.1165 during office hours to set up an appointment time to receive a food bag. We are asking that you make an appointment so we can make sure to have a food bag prepared for your arrival. We will even walk the food bag to your car to help protect you and your family.

When calling, we will simply ask for your name and address. No financial information will be needed. When you arrive to receive your food bag we will ask for an ID to verify.

It’s quick and easy and will hopefully help to alleviate the stress of feeding your family during this time.

The food bag program is during office hours only which are Mon – Fri 8:15am – 11:30am and 12:15pm – 4pm. Please only call during these hours to schedule an appointment for a food bag. Also, food bag distribution will only take place during office hours. We will continue to hand out food bags while supplies last.

And remember, our daily meals are still being served and free for anyone and everyone in the community. We’ve adjusted how meals are served in order to protect all of our guests and staff from the potential spread of coronavirus. If you or anyone you know is in need of a delicious hot meal please join us each day of the week for a free meal. Our Soup Line and evening meal are now meeting in the Trinity Center which is located at the back of our parking lot (215 W. Church St) behind our Thrift Store. No appointment is needed for any meals served and all ages are welcome to dine with us.

For more information on all our food service programs or to learn more about how we’re fighting COVID-19 together please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Again, to schedule an appointment for a food bag please call 301.739.1165 Mon – Fri 8:15am – 11:30am and 12:15pm – 4pm.

Grab a Plate…

For safety reasons in response to COVID-19 we have stopped using our plates, glasses, and silverware. We are currently only using disposable dinner plates, 8 oz. cups, and plasticware. Any donation of any of these products would be an wonderful blessing.

 

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To donate please drop off to our Administrative Office during business hours or call 301.739.1165 to talk to someone about drop off.

If ordering from Amazon (or AmazonSmile) please use 125 N. Prospect St, Hagerstown, MD 21740 for the delivery address.

Please help us get the word out by sharing this with your social circle. Thank you so much for caring and sharing – especially during this pandemic. We appreciate each of you and your commitment to partnering with us to help the disadvantaged in this crisis.

For more info on how we’re helping during COVID-19 please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

Embracing the Hope of Easter in These Uncertain Times

by John Miller

JohnMiller (2)Easter is a time to embrace our need and celebrate God’s provision! Our need is to be forgiven of sin, God’s provision was to give us the Savior Who would not only offer us pardon by His death on the cross but also Victorious Life by His resurrection from the dead! Jesus Christ is God’s answer to our “virus” of sin.

During these uncertain days of COVID-19, we’re reminded about how fragile life is and how mortal we are. One little microscopic life form has brought planet earth to a standstill. By a simple inhale in the wrong place at the wrong time, we can become the next victim. Hearts are anxious and lives are in upheaval because of this invasion of what has been called “the invisible enemy”. Our prayers go out to all who are affected by this in any way, some more than others. And we applaud all who are on the front lines working to provide healthcare and supplies to hospitals, stores, postal services, feeding programs such as The Hope Center, banks, and every facet of service that is engaged in this war.

As bad as this pandemic is, sin is much worse than any coronavirus. COVID-19 can take a life, but sin can take a soul. The enemy of our souls invaded the human race all the way back in the Garden of Eden. Sin entered our spiritual lungs and began to suffocate the Life of God out of our lives. Mankind no longer breathed the fresh Presence of God. Over the years, old testament sacrifices were made that served as foreshadows of a future Sacrifice on a hill called Calvary but could not take away sin or provide us with a new nature. Jesus is the “Lamb of God Who takes away the sin of the world” and implants within us a new nature by being born-again, born spiritually.

When Jesus died on the cross as the perfect, sinless “Lamb of God” He did so to provide atonement. The word “atonement” can be better understood as “at” “one” “ment”. God and man had become divided through sin (much like social distancing). God and man could not enjoy the fellowship they once had due to the “sin virus”, so distance was put between us until Jesus came to live a perfect life for us and then offer His life as a sacrifice, much like a blood transfusion, to give us life and restore us to “at” “one” “ment” with God = Atonement! His sacrifice is enough for a full payment of our sins!

But, that’s not the end. When Jesus said “It is finished” while hanging on the cross, it was only getting started! Did God accept Jesus’ offering as a sufficient remedy for our sin virus? During the old testament days, when God wanted to show that He had accepted a person’s offering, He’d raise it up by some spectacular fashion, such as with Cain & Abel in Genesis 4, Gideon in Judges 6, and Elijah in 1 Kings 18. It wasn’t enough just to offer a sacrifice. Would God accept it? Was it good enough?

If God saw that Jesus’ offering was sufficient, then He will raise Him up! Romans 1:4 tells us in no uncertain terms that “Jesus was declared to be the Son of God with power, by the resurrection from the dead.” God raised up Jesus to say to the world: “YES! JESUS IS ENOUGH! MY SON DID IT. I ACCEPT HIS SACRIFICE IN PLACE OF YOURS!” Had Jesus only died on the cross without a resurrection, then we’d have to conclude that God did not see it as sufficient, but HE DID! And He proved it!

You see friends, we deserved to die on that old rugged cross! We do not deserve to go to Heaven. But if we will simply place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, all is forgiven. Jesus Christ is the only remedy for this sin-virus that runs rampant in the human race. Just as COVID-19 has invaded the planet, sin has invaded the human race. The only vaccine is Jesus. And to accept Him as Savior means so much more than just getting a “vaccination” or “ticket to Heaven”. It’s about relationship.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior? Has there been a time in your life when you know you were born-again and that you and God have been restored to “at” “one” “ment” through the Atonement of Jesus?

If not, why not today? Right there, call on Jesus to rescue you from the virus of sin that threatens to take your soul. Turn from sin and look to Jesus in full repentance from sin and open arms to receive Him into your life.

We’d like to encourage you in your faith, especially if you just asked Jesus into your life. Will you let us know? Contact The Hope Center to let them know about your decision to follow Jesus!

HAPPY RESURRECTION DAY! JESUS IS ALIVE!

To talk to someone at The Hope Center please call us at 301.739.1165 or email us at info@hagerstownhopecenter.com. Learn more about The Hope Center, our response to COVID-19, and all the programs & services we offer the community free of charge by visiting http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

John & Melissa Miller are familiar faces around The Hope Center. As former pastor at Faith Christian Fellowship, John & Melissa would help with evening chapel services and have both ministered in various ways to our residents and guests at The Hope Center in the past. Currently they are the V.P. of Operations/Missionaries for Churches in Missions. To learn more about the Millers go to http://www.johnandmelissamiller.com or visit http://www.churchesinmissions.org.

Once Upon a Time…

Good Friday 1I love a good story. I mean, we all do, right? Stories entertain us. They ignite our imagination or pull at our heart strings. They encourage us or motivate us. They teach us lessons or bring the past to life. We all love a good tale as old as time. The excitement of that ‘once upon a time’ and the contentment of ‘happily ever after’.

A good story is what we all need now. It’s what we’re all longing for. An escape from the reality of this pandemic. A way to shelter ourselves from the death and fear surrounding us. A story to put our mind and heart at ease and remind us that things will be ok again.

As a kid in church I loved when my Sunday School teacher would use the felt board to tell Bible stories. I secretly always wanted to own one so I could tell the stories myself. Those visuals helped to bring those stories to life and live inside our minds.

But also as a child in church there was another medium used to tell stories: songs. We all remember Father Abraham and Deep and Wide. Classics in Sunday Schools across the country. But for me, there was one song as a kid that I’ve always loved. I can’t sing it for you as you read this but I’m sure you’re familiar with it too and your brain will instantly jump right back into this song and you might even bust out loud singing. It goes like this:

“I heard an old, old story, how a Savior came from glory

how He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me

I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood’s atoning

then I repented of my sins and won the victory

Oh victory in Jesus, my Savior forever

He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood

He loved me ‘ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him

He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.”

What a story! So powerful, so encouraging, so timely. And that’s another thing about a successful story — timing.

We tell stories to help in situations. A story isn’t only as good as its content or subject matter but as when the story is told and how it will change the person or group who hears the story.

And that’s what makes this all so significant. In the darkest time of this pandemic comes Easter. The most powerful, life-altering, history changing, good vs evil story known to humankind. Easter! In our most challenging days arrives the most encouraging story.

It’s got darkness and despair. A world falling apart and desperate for help. It’s got loneliness and heartache. Bad decisions and bad motives. It’s got fear and death. And it’s got an ending to end all stories.

This timing didn’t surprise God. It’s a message for us. It’s a reminder that He is still here even when we feel so isolated and scared. It’s His story of hope. It’s His story of victory. It’s His story of love. And it’s His story of our ‘happily ever after’.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed with the news and images we see and hear constantly. It’s easy to be unnerved by closed businesses and empty parks. It’s understandable to feel alone. Imagine the disciples and family watching as Jesus was paraded down the road broken, humiliated, carrying His cross. Imagine as they watched Him hang on that cross desperate for air. Imagine as they watched Him breathe His last breath. Imagine the fear they felt as the stone was rolled in front of that tomb.

I imagine that you, like the rest of us, are experiencing the same types of feelings now.

In fact this morning was especially hard on me. There’s only so much of the darkness and evil in the world that I can take before the feeling of hopelessness takes over. But in that minute when my desperate heart cried out to God to intervene He put a song on my lips. “I heard an old, old story…”

Victory in Jesus! If that isn’t the ‘happily ever after’ the world needs now then I don’t know what else to say. In the darkest point in our lives, is a holiday celebrating the most powerful and victorious story ever told!

God knows our fear and our pain — He’s gone through it. God knows our loneliness — He’s been there. God knows our heartache as loved ones die — He’s experienced it. And God knows the hope of victory — because He’s already won it.

Sure, this Easter is gonna be strange and different for us but in no way is COVID-19 changing the message of hope. In no way is the virus rewriting the ending of the story. In no way does the fallen world win.

There’s victory in Jesus! And now more than ever the world needs to hear this story…now. This is the story of life. The story of victory. The story of HOPE.

May you and your family have a safe and HAPPY EASTER!

 

Rock the Run 5K – UPDATE

As you know all large gatherings and activities are currently cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 safety measures.

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That, unfortunately, includes our upcoming Rock the Run 5K on April 25th, 2020. We have officially cancelled our 2020 5K. We tried to find a date later this year to try to host it but we were unable to find one suitable.

But we are excited to announce that we have already booked Fairgrounds Park for our 2021 5K!

Mark your calendars and join us on April 24th, 2021 for the return of Rock the Run: Pirates vs Princess! Keep up-to-date on all things Rock the Run 5K by visiting rocktherunhagerstown.com.

If you had already registered for our upcoming 5K please go to runsignup.com and log in for your refund options. Thank you for participating in our 2020 5K and we hope to see you in 2021!

Also, we want to thank all of our sponsors for being a part of our 2020 Rock the Run 5K:

TITLE SPONSOR:

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Inc. (potatorolls.com)

PLATINUM SPONSORS:

J&B Bridals (jbbridals.com)

Laurel Walker/Realty Results (glockergroup.com)

GOLD SPONSORS:

Serafini Financial Group (serafinifinancial.com)

Lidl Hagerstown (lidl.com)

Saunders Tax & Accounting (saunderstax.com)

Racine MultiSports (racinemultisports.com)

SILVER SPONSORS:

Life Saving Solutions (lifesavingsolutions.com)

Colonial Distinctions, LLC

Graphics Universal (graphicsuniversal.com)

BRONZE SPONSORS:

Ziparoos (ziparoos.biz)

MILE MARKER SPONSOR:

Burkholder’s Flooring America (burkholdersflooringamerica.com)