Maranatha Brethren Kicks Off our Easter Celebrations!

On Friday, March 23rd, the choir from Maranatha Brethren Church performed their Easter cantata, Blessed Redeemer by David T. Clydesdale and directed by Pastor Dan Thornton.

Every month Maranatha Brethren hosts an evening chapel service for our community guests but twice a year they bring their Christmas and Easter cantatas for an even bigger evening of music and celebration.

Following the spring cantata, Maranatha served up a delicious dinner of homemade soup which was perfect for such a cold evening! Along with the soup was a wide assortment of baked goods and sweets to make every sweet tooth in the room happy.

Our guests had a lovely evening kicking off our Easter week celebration. We’re so thankful for Sue Thornton and Christa Bloom who organize the meal and set up the facility each time, along with the other awesome folks from Maranatha for always providing such a wonderful, festive evening for our community guests each year.

If you’re looking for a place to worship and celebrate Easter this weekend then why not check out Maranatha Brethren Church? It’s located at 19835 Scott Hill Drive just off of Jefferson Boulevard in Hagerstown. Go to http://www.maranathagbc.net to learn more about the church, various programs and to get service times for Easter weekend.

And if your church, choir, or youth group would like to get involved like Maranatha then let us know! Call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. And go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com to learn more about upcoming events and the many other programs, services and ministries at The Hope Center.

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My, My What a Spring It Was!

Summer has officially arrived! We love those long, hazy and hot days of summer. The smell of grilling out, the taste of a cold glass of lemonade and the chance to cool off by taking a dip in the pool are some of the things we like the best about this season. But we also love hosting hundreds of kids each summer at Camp Wild, our free summer day camp for kids in Hagerstown.

But before we kickoff Camp Wild season at The Hope Center, we want to take a moment to look back at Spring 2017.

From our 3rd annual Rock the Run 5k, to Easter celebrations, to Soup Line parties and more, our spring was loaded with activities.

We started celebrating random “National Holidays” with our Soup Line guests. On any given day we would include our guests in a “holiday” of sorts which could include prizes and a themed meal. There’s so much negativity and hurt in the world today so we wanted to have some fun with our guests and bring smiles to their faces as they celebrate such days as Oreo Day, Strawberry Day and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day.

But of all the springtime celebrations, of course nothing can compare to the importance of Easter. And this Easter we had so much going on! We hosted everything from a Wildside Youth party complete with a huge Easter Egg Hunt, to our Auxiliary bake sale, Easter celebration with our staff, residents and guests and an Easter cantata performance by the choir from Maranatha Brethren Church with a delicious meal too! Easter is obviously so important to our ministry because it is the basis for the change and hope that we offer at The Hope Center. The power of Christ’s resurrection is what makes all this change possible. So we make sure that our residents and guests understand how important this celebration is to the power of hope.

As soon as Easter was over we were tying our running shoes for our 3rd annual Rock the Run: A Race for Hope presented by Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe. Each year our race gets better and better as we see so many new faces. But with all the new faces, we’re so thrilled to see so many participants returning to support The Hope Center. From our sponsors, to our volunteers and participants, our race this year was an overwhelming success! And we’ll be hosting it again in April, 2018 so plan to join us. Learn more about the race at http://www.rocktherunhagerstown.com.

And just this past weekend the awesome folks at Germantown Church of God hosted our residents for an evening of fellowship and great food! The people at the church have been hosting this picnic for years upon years and it’s an activity that our men genuinely love. We were so thrilled to have some of our staff join our men as we mixed and mingled with the people from Germantown Church of God. In fact, our very own Sue (she’s the voice you hear every time you call The Hope Center) is wife to Mark, the pastor of Germantown Church of God. We’re so thankful that the church continues to provide this evening of relaxation and fellowship for our men.

So as we bid farewell to yet another spring, we excitedly look forward to what God has in store for this summer. Camp Wild is just weeks away and things here are focused on making sure that our campers have another safe, fun and action-packed experience this year. Keep up-to-date on Camp Wild by visiting http://www.campwildusa.com. If you’re interested in volunteering or donating supplies for Camp Wild 2017 then call us at 301.739.1165.

We want to thank each of you who have prayed for us, supported us and volunteered with us thus far in 2017. We couldn’t do all that we do without the loving support of each of you. Your gifts, time and talents do not go unnoticed by our staff or our Heavenly Father. Thank you for caring and sharing and investing so much in the lives of so many! We look forward to all the great things in store for the rest of the year!

If you would like to learn more about all the different ways that The Hope Center is working in our area then go to http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com. Thinking about volunteering? Great! We’ve got the information you need at http://www.volunteerhagerstown.com.

 

Maranatha Celebrates the Season

Every Christmas the choir from Maranatha Brethren Church helps our guests celebrate the season of hope by performing their Christmas cantata and providing a special meal.

This year the choir performed ‘Journey of Christmas’. The choir featured several soloists and a quartet who all worked together to provide all of our evening guests with a wonderful reminder of why we celebrate this holiday.

Following the performance, the choir and others from the church served everyone in attendance a delicious homemade Christmas meal complete with cookies for dessert.

We want to thank Dan Thornton, pastor and choir director at Maranatha, Sue & Krista, who worked all day making food for the dinner and all of the choir and other church members who came to be a part of this evening for our guests.

If you are looking for a church to attend this Christmas, check out Maranatha Brethren Church at 19835 Scott Hill Dr in Hagerstown. Maranatha will be hosting a Christmas Eve service this Saturday at 7pm as well as a Christmas morning service at 10:30am on Sunday. For more information about Maranatha please call 301.733.1717 or go to http://www.maranathagbc.net.

Maranatha Easter Cantata

On Saturday, April 7, the Trinity Center came alive with music!

Maranatha Brethren Church performed their beautiful Easter cantata, “Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb”. The cantata, directed by Pastor Dan Thornton, featured several solos, was enjoyed by all in attendance.

Tim (L), along with sidekick Derrick (r), worked hard to prepare all the food for the evening meal

Following the cantata, Maranatha served a delicious spaghetti dinner. Everyone performing in the cantata also served the meal.

This event was definitely a crowd pleaser! In addition to our residents, this event was open to anyone who wanted a great show and a wonderful dinner. We were so happy to have many people in the community join us. We are so thankful that Maranatha performed their cantata and served a delicious dinner for everyone. It was a fantastic evening and a wonderful way to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

*Quick Fact: Three Board members and two staff members were a part of this Easter Cantata! We are so thankful to see Hope Center Board members & staff serving the Lord in the local church as well!

Maranatha Brethren has been a very faithful partner of The Hope Center. Maranatha is one of the area churches that hosts a monthly evening chapel service. They’ve also been faithful by financially supporting the ministry as well as hosting several food drives.

Maranatha Brethren Church is located at 19835 Scott Hill Dr (off of Jefferson Blvd in Hagerstown). Sunday School for all ages begins at 9:45am followed by the morning worship service at 10:55am. For more info about Maranatha Brethren and their ministries, call 301.733.1717 or check them out online at www.maranathagbc.net.

For more pictures of the event, check out our facebook page. www.facebook.com/hopecenterhagerstown