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Free community breakfast Saturday open to all, aims to identify, assist homeless
January 15, 2018
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A volunteer serves a meal at a previous event. /File photo.

FRONT ROYAL – A free community breakfast will be held on  Saturday, Jan. 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the  Calvary Episcopal Church, Parish Hall (2nd St. behind Church) at 132 North Royal Ave. in town.

Linda Allen, coordinator for the event, said in a media release,  “All are welcome. We want the breakfast to be a meet-and-greet vehicle to strengthen the community, pool info on how we can identify and assist those going through a homeless experience, and get word out about the ‘Point in Time
Count,’ which is the collection of data HUD uses to allocate funds to our region.

These funds go to housing assistance, mental health services, and shelter placement. Funds are allocated by the ‘Continuum of Care,’ which doles out the money to local, approved organizations.”

The purpose of the ‘Drop-In Café’ , which operates under the nonprofit Center for Workforce Development, is to feed, listen and talk with those experiencing hardships.

Ms. Allen said that in cooperation with other organizations, the group will  “assist in submitting local and state forms to connect individuals to resources for financial help, food, and job training.”

She said the group can also assist with  resume writing, helping the homeless keep medical appointments and manage medical records,  provide
assistance in finding jobs and can provide clothing and sleeping bags, if needed.

“The short term goal is to keep people warm and dry. The long term objective is to develop a shelter for women and families as well as a thermal shelter during the winter months,” the release states.

Linda Allen said in an interview Monday morning that, “This winter has been particularly brutal.  We have homeless who are living outside and something MUST be done!”

She says that donations of items such as tents, warm socks, gloves, thermal underwear, personal care/hygiene items for men and women and gift cards (from local stores where needed items can be purchased) are currently needed and greatly appreciated.  Monetary donations are also appreciated, and tax-deductible, as the Center for Workforce Development is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

For more information, or to volunteer or arrange pick-up of a donation, contact Ms. Allen at 540-550-0110.

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Community celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday
January 11, 2018
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The community is invited to join in a community celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

Area congregations will gather at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, 115 Luray Avenue in Front Royal, to worship together in a multicultural service on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

The Reverend Edward Dawkins and the Reverend Brevetta Jordan will preach the messages.

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What is the Catholic Church Anyway – You May Be Surprised
December 15, 2017
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For the last two years, there has been a “second lung” of the Catholic Church, quietly ministering in Front Royal. Well, maybe not so quiet if you ever heard, the joyful singing at their services. What is this “second lung” as St. John Paul II called it? Why did he call for the Church to breathe with “both lungs?”

What exactly is the Catholic Church, anyway? It is a community of 24 self-governing churches, united under the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. Remember how St. Paul would write to the church in this city or that city?

As those churches developed and still others founded by the Apostles and their successors, they shared the same faith and the same sacraments but the ways of expressing that faith and celebrating the sacred liturgy differed. Thus, the Catholic Church is more that just the Western Roman Church (one lung).

The “second lung” is comprised of the Eastern Catholic Churches. The Ukrainian Catholic Church is the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Do you have to be Ukrainian to attend? No more than you have to be “Roman” to attend a Roman Catholic Church.

Meeting in the chapel of Human Life International, 4 Family Life Lane, Front Royal, VA, an enthusiastic group of families attend Divine Liturgy (Mass) in English, at SS. Joachim and Anna Ukrainian Catholic Church each Saturday at 4:00 pm.

In addition, there will be a Christmas Day Divine Liturgy at 11:30 a.m. This community is a mission of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Two priests serve the community from the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC. This will be the third Christmas Season for the new faith community, which began in the late summer of 2015.

This Byzantine Liturgy was written by St. John Chrysostom and dates to the 300’s. You will experience the fullness and universality of the Catholic Church. For other Catholics, this Divine Liturgy is the Mass and does fulfill the Sunday obligation. It’s different, it’s ancient, it’s beautiful, it’s fun. Whether you are Catholic or not, check it out. Everyone is welcome!

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The Catholic Church: A brief history and Christmas Mass schedule
December 15, 2017
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FRONT ROYAL – For the last two years, there has been a “second lung” of the Catholic Church, quietly ministering in Front Royal.

What is this “second lung” as St. John Paul II called it? Why did he call for the Church to breathe with “both lungs?”

What exactly is the Catholic Church, anyway? It is a community of 24 self-governing churches, united under the Pope, the Bishop of Rome. Remember how St. Paul would write to the church in this city or that city?

As those churches developed and still others were founded by the Apostles and their successors, they shared the same faith and the same sacraments though  the ways of expressing that faith and celebrating the sacred liturgy often differed. Thus, the Catholic Church is more that just the Western Roman Church (one lung).

The “second lung” is comprised of the Eastern Catholic Churches. The Ukrainian Catholic Church is the largest of the Eastern Catholic Churches in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church. Must one be Ukrainian to attend? No more than one must be Roman to attend a Roman Catholic Church.

Meeting in the chapel of Human Life International, at  4 Family Life Lane in Front Royal, families attend Divine Liturgy (Mass) in English, at SS. Joachim and Anna Ukrainian Catholic Church each Saturday at 4:00 p.m.

A Christmas Day Divine Liturgy is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. This community is a mission of the Archeparchy of Philadelphia. Two priests serve the community from the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, DC. This will be the third Christmas Season for the new faith community, which began in the late summer of 2015.

This Byzantine Liturgy was written by St. John Chrysostom and dates to the 300’s.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Mass.

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240th Anniversary of Valley Forge “The Crisis”
December 11, 2017
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At 10am, Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at the Front Royal Quality Inn, the Shenandoah Christian Alliance will present a program entitled “Valley Forge—The Crisis.” The program tells of the horrid suffering 240 years ago of soldiers fighting for American Independence. The speaker is the Rev. Larry Johnson, the great(x4) grandson of a Revolutionary War Soldier from North Carolina. Public is invited. RSVP Dale Carpenter at 540.225.4790.

The program allows attendees to experience a breakfast of what the soldiers had to eat and drink- “rice and liberty tea.” A regular breakfast will be served, too. The story tells of General George Washington’s Army moving into Valley Forge in the cold snowy December of 1777.  The war hung in the balance with hope dying as our Capital fell into the hands of the British and our Continental Congress members fleeing for their lives. It is now left to Washington and his “rag tag” army to save what the soldiers called our “Glorious Cause.” There were many soldiers from this area at Valley Forge.

At Valley Forge nearly 3,000 soldiers died from starvation, disease, and freezing; soldiers without shoes, clothes, or protection from the cold. This story is in their own words taken from diaries, letters, and doctors’ notes. Vivid details are revealed of the suffering, death, and determination of our patriot forefathers who fought in America’s struggle for Freedom. This history uncovers the intervention of George Washington’s “Providence.”

Larry W. Johnson is well known for his historical programs on the American Revolution from the stand point of the “common soldier.” He is a member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and past President of the Col. James Wood II Chapter serving the Northern Shenandoah Valley. He may be reached at 1.540.635.5521. www.libertyman.net. Cell 1540.454.4129.

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A night of traditional and contemporary Christmas music – December 19th
December 4, 2017
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The American Legion Community Band of Front Royal, Va. is proud to present a night of traditional and contemporary Christmas music at our annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus in Front Royal, Va.

This will be the American Legion Community Band’s 31st annual Christmas concert in Front Royal, Va. and we hope you and your family will join us. We’ll be collecting a love offering for the local C-CAP, a social services organization that has provided needy families in Front Royal and Warren County a “safety-net” of emergency food, clothing and financial assistance since 1978.

The American Legion Community Band, located in Front Royal, Va, was formed in 1986 and has been playing concerts in the area ever since. The conductors and band members are all volunteer musicians from the local area and new members are always welcome.

Front Royal is located in the northwestern corner of Virginia, 70 miles west of Washington, D.C., and is one of the many towns in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Some of its tourist attractions include Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive, the Shenandoah River and Skyline Caverns. Front Royal is also home to Randolph-Macon Academy, a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12.

The band performs at a variety of concerts and community festivals throughout the year. All performances are free and open to the public. Our repertoire is both versatile and traditional with works ranging from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for band. The band is sponsored by the Giles B. Cook Post #53 of the American Legion.

The conductors are Ed RichardsRonald Dye and Mark Malechek. All rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 7:30 – 9:00 pm in the Fulton Fine Arts Complex bandroom at Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, Va. Anyone who plays an instrument and would like to join is welcome to attend. The American Legion Community Band’s performance season extends from September through July each year with public performances both indoors and out.