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Saumsville Christian Church will celebrate the homecoming during the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday. A meal will follow. Sunday school starts at 10 a.m.


The Antioch Church will hold a single Sunday service at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion. The service will be followed by a snack. There will be no 8:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. services and no Sunday school. The church is located one mile west of Woodstock on Senedo Road. Information: 540-459-3661 or


A “Blessing of the Animals” service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in the parking lot of 3055 Fairview Road, Woodstock. The blessing will take place rain or shine.

Participants are encouraged to bring their pets on a leash or contained in a transport cage or they can bring a photo. Donations to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter are encouraged. Cats need clay cat litter (non-clumping), cat and kitten food and treats; for dogs, smooth peanut butter, crunchy and chewy treats for dogs, dry and wet food for dogs and puppies and toys. Also needed are laundry detergent, dryer sheets, paper towels, bleach, copier paper (white and colored), Lysol, dish soap, trash bags, sponges scrubber, Windex and towels.


Maurertown Brethren Church will celebrate Holy Communion at 6 p.m. on Sunday.


Community Mission Church of the Brethren will hold its regular worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and wake-up services at 7:00 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at 50 Coffmantown Road, Woodstock. The guest speaker will be Joe Hoyle. Special music every night.

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Christendom College celebrated its 45th anniversary with a convocation on September 17, where it honored Dr. Marianne Mount of Catholic Distance Learning University, Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, and Dr. John Bruchalski of Tepeyac OB/GYN.

Mount, president of Catholic Distance Learning University, received the college’s St. Catherine of Siena Award for distinguished service to the Church and Catholic higher education.

Defilippis is an award-winning actor, writer, producer and director who has worked to bring the lives of saints and Christ to people around the world. He was awarded the Fra Angelico Prize for Excellence in Fine Art in Service to the Beauty of the Catholic Faith.

Bruchalski, the founder of Tepeyac OB/GYN and Divine Mercy Care, received the college’s Pro Deo et Patria award for service to God and country.

The college concluded the event with a fireworks display over the college’s new Christ the King Chapel.


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