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Women in northcentral Pa. join a worldwide initiative this Friday, known as World Community Day. Focusing on the message of global peace and justice, women of faith are called to reach beyond their Christian denomination to brothers and sisters who are Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, or practicing other faiths. The idea is that through mutual respect, we all can create an inclusive community that is just, caring, and supportive--a move from ecumenical to “interfaith,” according to the United Churches of Lycoming County.

Held locally, World Community Day of Service for Church Women United of Lycoming County will be held Friday, Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. at, Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine Street, Williamsport.

Church Women United of Lycoming County are seeking a $4 donation to fill the Christmas stockings for the 1,125+ nursing home residents in Lycoming County. Coordinators 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. 

Fifty gift bags are also prepared 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. Different cultures, family traditions, and religious practices provide gifts that can be shared with one another.

The invitation to honor and rejoice in the differences that unite us in new ways, and in the courageous resolve to love all neighbors as a way to peace. 

Refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall following the celebration.

The filling of the Christmas stockings will be on Monday, Nov. 18 at Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport, at 9 a.m.

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