September 30th, 2011

The pastors of eight mountaintop churches in Cascade and Sabillasville, Maryland and Blue Ridge Summit and Fairfield, Pennsylvania will host an old-fashion community harvest celebration on October 23, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Ritchie Community Center in Cascade, Maryland.

The purpose of the celebration is to recall the many wonderful memories of times gone-by when most churches held festivals in the fall to celebrate the bounty of the harvest and give thanks for the gift of life. This gathering brings the mountaintop communities together to share in a celebratory program of great music, a time of praise and testimony for God’s goodness to us and great tasting seasonal pies. The music planned for the program covers a broad range of appeal, to include bluegrass, traditional and contemporary worship style music. And, a showcase of pies will be available for everyone to enjoy with lemonade and hot apple cider. The public is invited to join in this celebration for an afternoon of fellowship, great music and fabulous food.

This will be the third combined community churches event for 2011. The first two events were the June Mountaintop Heritage Day’s Community Worship Service and the recent Remembrance Service on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. T hese experiences have brought people together and provided an opportunity for the people of the community to interact and get to know one another. The pastors desire to see an even greater sense of community and connectedness among all who live here on the mountaintop. This old-fashion community harvest celebration is another opportunity for our friends and neighbors to interact with one another and have fun, enjoy fellowship, good music and great food at the same time.

The pastors and churches involved are Pastor Janet Comings, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and St. John’s United Church of Christ, Sabillasville; Pastor Richard Daughtridge, Jacob’s Church, Fairfield; Pastor Arietta Grimmett, “Life Changing Ministries” of the Church of God of Prophecy, Sabillasville; Pastor William Hammann, Hawley Memorial Presbyterian Church, Blue Ridge Summit; Pastor Mark Hosler, Germantown Church of God, Cascade; Father Robert Malagesi, St. Rita Catholic Church, Blue Ridge Summit; Pastor Sandy Price, St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Cascade; and Pastor Warren Rice, Living Word Church, Blue Ridge Summit.

The Fort Ritchie Community Center, the One Mountain Foundation and the Sons of the American Legion Post #239 are assisting in support of this celebratory program.


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