The 12 Gifts of Christmas: Day Two

The second gift on our list is one that is universally beloved by all: spaghetti sauce! There’s nothing better than sitting down to dinner with a plate filled with hot spaghetti topped off with that delicious sauce.

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We are always in need of spaghetti sauce, especially for our food bag program. In every food bag we put simple, easy, and delicious foods that are generally loved by everyone. And spaghetti easily falls into that category. Spaghetti is a quick but nourishing meal that busy families, or families with limited cooking background, can make without a lot of fuss or time.

But our kitchen also loves using spaghetti sauce for various meals for our residents and community guests so we go through spaghetti sauce quite frequently.

Any donation of spaghetti sauce is welcome but we do ask for 24 oz jars so they can easily fit into a food bag. No matter the brand or the flavoring of the sauce – we’ll use it! And if you’re feeling extra Italian at the grocery store and want to pick up some boxes of spaghetti then we most certainly will gladly accept those as well!

To donate please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. Or just swing by and drop off any donations to our office between 8am – 5pm M-F. And please help us by spreading our Christmas wish list to all your friends, family, co-workers, church, civic group or scout troops.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Our Pantry Needs You!

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35

Since our beginning in 1955, one of our missions was to make sure that the hungry in Hagerstown had a welcomed place to eat. As our society has changed and economic troubles have hurt families, our mission to feed the less fortunate has changed from not just serving a hot plate of food but also making sure that families had food in their own cupboards to help them get through the month.

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Our pantry is looking a little too similar to Old Mother Hubbard’s these days. To be honest, it’s becoming a little difficult to keep our food bags filled with a nice variety of food.

Please consider helping us keep our pantry full for all of our daily guests, our residents and all our neighbors who need food bags for their homes.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, why not pick up a few of these items and drop them off? Or your church, Sunday School class, workplace, school, civic club, Boy/Girl scout troop or neighborhood could host a food drive to collect some of these much needed items.

Please help us fight hunger and hopelessness in Hagerstown!

PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED:
  • Macaroni & cheese boxed dinners
  • Hamburger Helper or similar boxed dinners
  • Spaghettios, Ravioli, or similar heat & serve pasta
  • Creamy peanut butter (15-16 oz. jars please)
  • Cans of soup (all varieties and sizes – except no cream soup please)
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Tuna (5 oz. cans please)
  • Any canned meat (Spam, chicken, potted meat, etc.)
  • Rice A Roni (all varieties)
  • Pork ‘n Beans
  • Spaghetti (1 lb. pkg)
  • Spaghetti sauce (cans or jars 24-26 oz.)

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Thank you for helping us feed our city! We appreciate your commitment to following God’s call to help take care of the poor and less fortunate in our community. For more information about our food program or to talk to someone about food drives or other ways you can help, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.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

Special Easter Performance

Easter is just around the corner and we are so excited to celebrate the resurrection of Christ!

And we’d love for you to join us in the celebration!

On Saturday, April 7th, the choir of Maranatha Brethren Church will be performing a beautiful Easter Cantata “Hallelujah Praise the Lamb”.

Following the performance there will be a free spaghetti dinner.

Invite your friends, family and neighbors for a wonderful night of music, food and celebration of the resurrection of Jesus!

Join us on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 6:45pm at the Trinity Center at The Hope Center. For more info, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.