Students Use Music to Inspire Hope

Hopeful Hearts (2)On Saturday, October 21st, some very talented young people took the stage at Bridge of Life Church in downtown Hagerstown for a special fundraiser to benefit The Hope Center.

These young people are all members of Youth For Christ at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts located downtown. Organized by the students in the club, this fundraiser, a first for the group, was designed to use their musical gifts and talents to entertain and inspire the audience while also raising money to help meet the needs of people in the community. Performing various songs like Go Light Your World, Heart of Worship, and It Is Well, the vocalists and instrumentalists put on a beautiful show celebrating the hope and power of our incredible God.

For the finale of the show, our residents, who are a part of our Foundations Life DSC_0075 (2)Recovery program, joined the students on stage to perform Victory in Jesus. What a touching moment to see so many people performing together in different stages of life singing about the victory they’ve each experienced through their relationship with Christ. This is exactly what hope is all about and it was a beautiful reminder that evening.

Following the concert, refreshments were served and the audience could mix and mingle with the students who performed in the show.

We want to thank the students in the Youth For Christ Club at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts for putting together such a wonderful evening of music and hope. These young people have been given a true gift from God and it’s so exciting to see them use their talents to help others. We are so appreciative of their heart to help others and so humbled that we were able to be a part of this event. Thank you to each of these incredible students and to everyone who helped them put on such a wonderful show!

To learn more about all the various programs, services and outreach ministries to our community at The Hope Center please visit http://www.hagerstownhopecenter.com.

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Country Ham Sandwich Sale Starts Now!

It’s that time of year! The air is getting crisp, the leaves are changing and our taste buds are salivating for one thing and one thing only: country ham sandwiches!

Our Ladies’ Auxiliary is hosting their fall country ham sandwich sale from now until October 10th and will be ready for pick-up on October 16th.

Sandwiches are $3 each and proceeds from the sale of the sandwiches help to fund the various programs, ministries and special events at The Hope Center.

To place orders, please call 301.790.3843 or 301.739.1165.

Ham Sandwich Fall

And now that we’re well into fall, that means that Christmas is just around the corner and our Ladies’ Auxiliary is gearing up for their annual Christmas Bazaar fundraiser!

The Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar will be held on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7th from 9am – 2pm in the Trinity Center.

You’ll find great items like decorations, stocking stuffers, crafts, jewelry, quilts, dishes and more. In addition to all the Christmas and holiday items for sale, our ladies will also have their famous lunch stand and bake sale in the Trinity Center too. You can purchase homemade soups, sandwiches, pies, cookies and so many other delicious baked goods.

Mark your calendar now and make our Ladies’ Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar one of your holiday traditions!

Christmas Bazaar

Happy Birthday!

We love celebrating birthdays!

One of our residents, Mark, celebrated his birthday in October, along with our Executive Director, Sonny Shank.

Mark first came to The Hope Center in March 2012. He has tried two previous times to defeat his alcohol addictions.He is a man of quiet demeanor and very intelligent. Unfortunately, his quietness has led to a quiet self-destruction. This is how he came to The Hope Center with the added plea of his parents, “please help our son.”
Mark ZieglerMark has been doing a great job in our Foundations Life Recovery program this time. He’s much more focused and determined to get the victory. He is easy to get along with and causes no problems whatsoever. Yet even here his quietness can harm him if he focuses on outward behavior and not inward transformation. He is proud to profess Christ as his Savior and is currently working hard to honor God with his life.
In about seven months Mark will graduate from the program. Today, he has made it farther than the previous two times he was in the program. Pray that he walks out of here a truly changed man who never needs to return for help, but instead may offer help and bring much glory to God.
We asked Mark to give us a brief testimony about what brought him to The Hope Center. These are his words:
“I came to The Hope Center in March of 2012 at the urging of my friends and family because my drinking was ruining my life.  I would drink to fill a void in my life that was created because of introvert tendencies.  I would rather “hide behind a bottle” than find other activities with people.  The Hope Center has given me opportunities to socialize with others and learn God’s Word.  After hearing other people’s experiences and testimonies it has made me realize I’m not alone and I can overcome alcoholism.  I can get involved in church activities and increase my social circle.  I have been saved, but I want to practice in my life what I have heard preached from God’s Word.  I keep many verses close at hand to use when I need them. Hopefully, this third time in the program will be my last, although I would love to visit The Hope Center after I graduate.”
Please pray for Mark as he nears completion of his recovery in our Foundations Life Recovery program. These next few months are important because many men feel that they are as good as can be and leave early only to fall back into the same traps and lifestyles that ruined them in the first place. Pray that Mark will stay focused on God and the goal of total transformation and recovery. And pray that Mark will use his life experiences to help reach others for Christ. He’s truly an amazing man who has a lot to offer. Pray that he allows God to fully use him for His glory.
Mark’s festive birthday cake was provided by our good friend, Stormy. Thank you so much Stormy for another delicious cake!
DSC_0150Mark wasn’t the only one celebrating his birthday last month at The Hope Center. Our Executive Director, Sonny Shank, also celebrated his birthday.
The staff and residents hosted a special birthday lunch for Mr. Shank in the dining room at The Hope Center. Everyone had a great time coming together to celebrate the man that God has chosen to lead this ministry.
We’re so thankful for Mr. Shank and all he does for this ministry. Please continue to pray for him as he works tirelessly to lead this ministry.

 

 

Let the Wildside Season Begin!

Now that Camp Wild is over and school is back in session, it’s time to get ready for all the fun that Wildside has to offer!

The Wildside action begins this Sunday, September 2nd, with the first Sunday Night Wild of the new season! Sunday Night Wild is held Sunday evenings from 7pm-8pm in the Sanctuary at Wildside.

Sunday Night Wild is a free evening service geared just for kids ages 5-12! Join us for singing, dancing, playing games, eating snacks and most importantly, learning about Jesus! If your children have friends who don’t normally go to church, this is a great event to have them bring those friends to hear about Jesus in a very safe and fun atmosphere. Sunday Night Wild starts this weekend with the series, The Code.

In addition to Sunday Night Wild, Wildside will kick-off their monthly parties with a Back-to-School (B2S) bash on Tuesday, September  25th from 4:30pm-6:30pm in the Trinity Center. This free after-school party is for kids ages 5-12. There will be games, food, fun and prizes. Kids will also have a chance to learn more about Jesus! If you have kids that would be interested in attending the B2S party, please call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com.

The Back-to-School party is just the beginning. There will be a fun party each month throughout the rest of 2012! Fall-o-Ween will be in October, It’s a Wildside Thanksgiving is in November and Twas the Party B’fo Christmas in December. Go ahead and mark your calendars now!

If you’re looking for a great ministry to supplement your children’s spiritual education then check out the various events at Wildside. The goal of Wildside is to raise up a generation of young people that loves Jesus and wants to change the world for Him!

If you have a heart for children and want to serve God in a very dynamic and exciting atmosphere then please prayerfully consider joining the Wildside team! You can help to change lives for Christ by giving a little of your time each week to build relationships with kids that will help them grow closer to Jesus!

For more info about all things Wildside, please go to www.wildsideyouth.com. You can also call 301.739.1165 or email info@wildsideyouth.com.