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Do you have any questions or comments about our various programs & ministries?

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  • Tel: 301.739.1114 (Hagerstown)
  • Tel: 717.263.9345 (Chambersburg)

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  • Tel: 301.739.1165

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Volunteer Info

 

Our Loss is Heaven’s Gain

It is with profound sadness that we are writing this. Our friend, and former Thrift Store manager, AJ Imbach, went home to be with the Lord this past week.

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AJ and his wife, Jayne, were with us only briefly. AJ accepted the call to become the manager of our Hagerstown & Chambersburg stores in the summer of 2013.

He came with fresh ideas and an excitement for this new phase of ministry in his life. He was going to help bring some much needed change to our stores and would have the opportunity to build relationships with the men in our program who work at the stores.

AJ and Jayne were following God’s plan which brought them all the way across the country from Oregon. Both AJ & Jayne were a breathe of fresh air at The Hope Center.

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Their joy of life and overall positive outlook showed the love of God in them. They were passionate about reaching others for Christ and doing their part to help bring real hope and change to broken and hurting lives.

Unfortunately in early fall AJ was diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. They were hoping to stay at The Hope Center for a while as he dealt with his disease but it progressed much quicker than expected and the doctors suggested they might want to return to Oregon to be with family & friends.

Jayne helped AJ adjust to his condition and worked hard to make him comfortable as his body dealt with ALS. And through it all, both AJ & Jayne remained faithful to the Lord and confident in His will and plan.

AJ left his earthly life surrounded by his family. And as we weep here on earth for our loss, we can only imagine the magnificent celebration in heaven for their gain!

We wish we could see AJ’s big smile again, and we have confidence that we will see it as each of us are welcomed into eternity. We’re sure Jesus greeted AJ with a big ole, “well done”!

AJ & Jayne left a lasting impact on the staff and guests at The Hope Center. Their excitement and joy was contagious and their optimism and confidence in God’s perfect plan was inspiring.

We thank God for the opportunity to have met and worked with these two wonderful people. Our thoughts and prayers are for Jayne and the family & friends in Oregon who are left behind.

While we may not understand God’s plan through all of this, we know that His plan is perfect and greater than our minds can ever understand.

Please pray for Jayne as she begins a new chapter in her life. It’s going to be difficult but we know that she is an amazing woman who has a close and deep relationship with an amazing Savior. Please pray for her healing and her new journey.

And please remember to pray for the thousands of families across this nation who are dealing with loved ones suffering from ALS and other terrible diseases. Life is so precious and so many people are hurting and only God can provide the true peace and hope that we all need.

If you have any questions about AJ & Jayne, please call 301.739.1165, email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net or mail us at P.O. Box 685, Hagerstown, MD 21741.

If you don’t have the peace of Christ in your life and are desperate to experience the joy that AJ had, please contact us immediately so we can talk to you about the greatest relationship you will ever know with Jesus. As long as you’re still breathing, it’s never too late. God doesn’t care about your past, He is ready to change your future. Don’t wait to prepare for eternity.

 

 

“Give a Ride Home”: Bikers Ride for the Homeless

Calling all bikers! Grab your bike, your friends, and get ready to ride for a great cause!

Inviting all area bikers to join us for an 80 mile ride for the homeless.

The ride departs at 10am on Saturday, May 31st at M&S Harley in Chambersburg. Registration is from 8:45 – 10am at M&S Harley.]

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Join fellow bikers as we ride through Boonsboro to Harpers Ferry and return through Sharpsburg. We will be breaking for lunch at area restaurants.

This is a fun opportunity to take your love of cruising on your bike and doing something good for the community while fellowshipping with others on the ride.

The cost is $20/rider and $10/passenger. When you register at M&S Harley in Chambersburg, please select The Hope Center/Hagerstown Rescue Mission as the beneficiary of your ride.

Money donated helps provide housing for homeless men including warm showers and new toiletries for each guest, as well as a hot meal for the homeless and other guests in our community who are hungry among the many other ministries and programs at The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission.  For more info on ministries and program at The Hope Center, please go to http://www.hagerstownrescue.org.

Please spread the word and invite your friends & family to join the ride for the homeless and donate to The Hope Center/Hagerstown Rescue Mission.

We are so thankful to be a part of this ministry opportunity. We appreciate King Street Church in Chambersburg for recognizing the value of the work done at The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission and for supporting us in this fundraiser.

If you’re looking for a church to attend, check out King Street Church at 162 East King Street in Chambersburg. You can learn more and discover ways to get plugged in at http://www.kingstreetchurch.com.

 

A Sad Goodbye: Leaving a Legacy of Great Faith

Every now and again God sends people into your life who just make an instant impact. Sometimes these people are for the good and other times it’s for the bad.

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When God brought AJ Imbach and his wife, Jayne, to Hagerstown from Oregon, we had no idea how quickly we would love having them around. These two made such an incredible impact on so many, from staff, to guests, to customers, AJ & Jayne were a welcomed pair to The Hope Center family.

AJ was hired to be the manager of our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg. He brought with him not only experience, but a passion to serve the Lord and a kindness very rarely seen in this world.

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As soon as AJ started his ministry, he fit right in. And his wife, Jayne, became a fixture at The Hope Center too. She was always volunteering and helping in various ways around the ministry. Her smile and love of people was infectious.

But it wasn’t easy for them to just move across the country. They were leaving family, friends, and a good job in Portland, Oregon. It was very hard for Jayne but she believed, as AJ did, that this was God’s calling and she obeyed.

AJ was a wonderful addition to The Hope Center family. His leadership in our stores was well received by all the staff.  He lead by example and his goal as manager was to create a working environment where the staff could excel in their jobs. He quickly jumped in, coming up with new ideas and creative ways to get shoppers into our stores.

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Approximately a month after he began managing the stores AJ experienced some physical symptoms that he had never felt before and he found a primary care physician who referred him to a neurologist.

After many tests, the neurologist made an initial diagnosis of ALS but referred AJ to Johns Hopkins for a second opinion.

In early January AJ received confirmation from Johns Hopkins that it was ALS. All his doctors agreed that AJ and Jayne should return to their home in Portland, OR where they would have a large support system of family and friends to help Jayne provide the care AJ will need as the disease progresses.

AJ and Jayne felt the call from God to come to Hagerstown, and they struggled with having to make a decision to stay or return to Portland.  AJ called his job here at The Hope Center “my dream job.”  He loved what he was doing and he was loved by our Hope Center family.

Throughout this entire ordeal AJ and Jayne did not waver in their faith and trust in God.  They have returned to Portland and AJ is receiving care from a doctor who specializes in ALS.  AJ believes that God is trustworthy, and he stands on God’s Word that says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:13

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We are grateful that God allowed our paths to cross and although AJ and Jayne were only here for a short time they touched many lives and their faith and trust in God made a huge impact on everyone they came in contact with.

This situation reminds us that our lives on earth are fleeting, like a vapor in the wind, but the impact of our service to God and the kindness, compassion and joy of following Christ is what will live on.

AJ & Jayne definitely have left a legacy here. Even though they are all the way across the country, their joy & faithfulness is still here as an example to all of us how to trust God through the good times and the bad.

Please join us in praying for both of these amazing people. We, along with every person who has come in contact with AJ & Jayne, don’t understand why this is happening. But God knows. And He cares. And we know that through all of these trials, AJ & Jayne will continue to praise God and impact lives for Him.

AJ & Jayne, thank you so much for your service, but more importantly, your friendship. You both will always be a part of The Hope Center family!

Urgent Need!

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that people are shopping our thrift stores and finding some very good buys in our furniture department!

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The bad news is we are in urgent need of gently used furniture donations.  Beds, mattresses & box springs, couches, chairs, dining sets, tables, bookcases, etc.  We will gladly accept all donations of furniture in good condition.

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As you start to dream about spring or prepare to clean out your house, consider donating your used furniture and household items to The Hope Center. When you donate, these items are placed in our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg for neighbors on a tight budget. Your used furniture could be just the thing that another family needs to get back on their feet.

Donations are accepted at our Hagerstown Thrift Store during regular store hours Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM. The Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on the corner of Church and Walnut Streets in Hagerstown. The drop-off location for furniture is located at the backside of the store close to the Trinity Center in the central parking lot.

If you are unable to bring your furniture to our Hagerstown Thrift Store, we will gladly come to get it for you! To make arrangements for our donation truck to stop by your house, call 301-739-1165. For any other inquiries, please call us or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank you for donating your furniture and household items to The Hope Center. All proceeds generated from Thrift Store sales help to underwrite the programs and services provided at The Hope Center.

Genesis Fellowship VBS Helps to Sow the Seeds

On Thursday, June 27th, a group from Genesis Fellowship spent the morning helping Wildside Youth make some final preparations for this year’s Camp Wild program.

Six adults and nine young people volunteered several hours of their day painting, cleaning and setting up three different stations & activity areas for Camp Wild.

But the VBS group from Genesis Fellowship didn’t come just to pitch in. They came to teach their students about the importance of helping ministries and missions groups who spread the Gospel all over the world, including right here in Hagerstown. Pastor Steve Fretz wanted the young people to learn to serve in their own backyard as well as learning to serve people overseas.

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Pastor Fretz says, “we recognize that our society has become very ‘self’ oriented – people spend their time pursuing what they like or want or desire, or what they think will make them more comfortable, etc. This has led to an entire generation of people and their children who care more for their own comforts and conveniences than they do for others. Genesis Fellowship has embraced the biblical ideal that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ calls His disciples to display His life and His Gospel in both word and deed … for the Father’s glory.”

 At Genesis Fellowship, they believe that their VBS ministry is a great opportunity to reach out to their own community and share the Gospel of Christ with the neighborhood children and their families.

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Since their VBS program is a “seed-planting” ministry in their neighborhood, they take time during their VBS to teach the children about the importance of sharing Jesus with others also. This year’s missions emphasis told the children about the millions of kids in India who are working as slaves. Booklets in their language were personalized by every child at VBS, and then sent to the children in India.

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But the leaders at Genesis Fellowship didn’t stop with just educating the kids about foreign missions. Pastor Fretz said that in addition to “recognizing the global need for evangelism and ministry, Genesis Fellowship also believes we live in a mission field that is close to home.” They wanted the children to understand that there is a world just outside of their own doors where children live each day without ever knowing of Christ or how much God loves them.

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The desire to teach the children about the need to reach the community is how Genesis Fellowship got involved with Camp Wild.

Camp Wild is a program that helps to “sow the seeds” in the hearts of hundreds of children in Hagerstown. Many of these kids are not exposed to the life-changing message of Jesus so this may be one of the only times that some of these kids hear the Gospel. But we all know that once a seed is planted, the Holy Spirit can do miraculous things!

So by helping Camp Wild, the students from Genesis Fellowships VBS program are helping to plant seeds in the hearts of so many local kids. This opportunity of service is not only beneficial for Camp Wild but also for the VBS students who learn that the world does not center around them and that God has called them to help reach the lost, even in their own backyard, for Him. This service to God can help impact their city which could ultimately help change the world.

We are so thankful for the students and leaders of Genesis Fellowship for volunteering at Camp Wild. But we’re not just thankful for their physical service to our youth ministry. We’re thankful that they have such a heart for people that they desire to teach the next generation the importance of winning people, whether old or young, to Christ. They understand the needs of local ministries and they see the mission field, here at home, so clearly.

We hope that the students who helped that day will continue to have a heart for children both here and overseas.

If you are looking for a church with a strong emphasis on missions, please check out Genesis Fellowship in Chambersburg, PA. To learn more about this church go to www.genesisfellowshipchurch.org.

Now Hiring!

now-hiringWe are currently hiring a manager for our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg. Please read through the job description & qualifications. If you are interested in the position please contact us immediately. Contact information is located at the bottom of this post.

This position is full-time, 40 hours a week, Monday – Saturday. There are no evening hours or Sunday hours.

Purpose and responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Manage, monitor and evaluate the daily operations of the Hagerstown and Chambersburg Thrift Stores
  • Ensure compliance with established policies and procedures
  • Ensure a reasonable financial return on store items
  • Ensure donated items are displayed so they are attractive, neat and orderly
  • Manage and serve as lead worker to subordinate store personnel and volunteers
  • Ensure accountability and security of all store items and funds (including credit information)
  • Plan, supervise and participate in the layout and display of store merchandise

Qualifications:

  • Must be born again believer in Jesus Christ and maintain a lifestyle above reproach
  • Must have 2 years experience in retail management and merchandising (Thrift Store experience preferred)
  • Must have at least 1 year supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of retail store management
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective customer relations
  • Ability to evaluate overall store operations in order to detect deficiencies and implement appropriate corrective action
  • Must have experience with credit card transactions, the operation of cash registers and excellence in handling money
  • Must be a person of integrity, good character and discreet
  • Must agree with Four States Christian Missions, Inc. statement of faith

To learn more about this position or to talk to someone about applying, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. To apply, please stop by our Administrative office Mon-Fri between 8:30am-4:30pm. Our Administrative office is located in the building across the parking lot from our Hagerstown Thrift Store. The parking lot is located off of Church Street between Walnut & Prospect Streets.