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Pine Street United Methodist Church will host the World Community Day Service for Church Women United on Friday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m. at, 441 Pine Street, Williamsport.

This year World Community Day focuses on global peace and justice. As women of faith we have a responsibility to reach beyond Christian denominations to brothers and sisters who are Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and many others. It is a move from ecumenical to having an interfaith orientation. Through mutual respect we can create an inclusive community that is just, caring and supportive.

This is the time to bring in the $4 donation we use to fill the Christmas stockings for the 1,125+ nursing home residents in Lycoming County. We purchase items in bulk for uniformity and economy. The stockings will include a pen, notebook, hand cream, emery board, tissues, comb and a Christmas card. We also prepare 50 gift bags for children who have mothers in the State Correctional Institute at Muncy.

World Community Day began in 1943 from discussions at meetings of denominational presidents and executive secretaries asking that a day be set aside for the study of peace by church women. Although we come with different cultures, family traditions and religious practices, those differences provide gifts that we can share with one another.

Join us as we honor and rejoice in those differences that will unite us in new ways and courageously resolve to love all our neighbors as a way to peace. “The time is Now!” Refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall following the celebration.

The filling of the Christmas stockings will be on Monday, November 18th at Pine Street UMC, Williamsport at 9:00am. Thanks to everyone who will be working on this project. (Parking permits will be available at the church.)