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Faith leaders urge all to welcome strangers, refugees
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President Donald Trump’s order banning refugees from seven Muslim countries was countered by the voices of faith leaders who reminded followers that “a Middle Eastern refugee savior taught us to love the foreigner like we love ourselves.” The Rev. Omar Hamid Al-Rikabi, pastor of First United...

Church opens doors to hope
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At Mt. Zion UMC in Bel Air, they never underestimate the power of God acting through one person. When Joshua Cooney was younger, his mother, Terri, worried that he needed friends to spend time with and care about. Joshua has special needs. In 2009, she collected a small group of people at her...

Women’s edition of Bible offers new light
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Beth Bingham began to see Hagar of the Old Testament in a new way after studying The CEB Women’s Bible. Suddenly she wasn’t just the servant who bore Abraham a child when his wife Sarah couldn’t. She was, essentially, the Bible’s first single mom — one who had to leave the house because tensions...

Rev. Richard Earl Nowers
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The Rev. Richard Earl Nowers, 88, a retired Elder, died Jan. 23, 2017, at his residence in Edgewater. A Memorial Service was held Jan. 28, at Saint Andrew's of Annapolis UMC. Richard Earl Nowers was born April 29, 1929, in Reading, Pa., and raised in Allentown, Pa., where he graduated from the...

Rev. Richard Broome, Jr.
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Rev. Richard C. Broome Jr., 66, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died Jan. 21, 2017.The Rev. Rebecca Vardiman officiated at a service Jan. 27, at Centre Street UMC. District Superintendents Edgardo Rivera, Frederick District, and Conrad Link, Cumberland-Hagerstown District, participated. He was born Aug...