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Thank You from Uganda!

Thank You from Uganda!

I want to say thank you from every lady and young girl who received their very first bra in Uganda. This church alone gave over 300 bras. Another 250 or more came with other team members. We gave bras to 3 different villages. One older lady was so happy she found 3 to fit her. She put all 3 on and left one side of her shirt down the rest of the day, she was so proud to show the world her new under garments. I have never seen so much joy......

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Rally honors drug victims, survivors

Area fatal overdose victims were honored with a Walk of Hope and prayer at the end of the fourth annual Addicted to Hope Rally outside Handley High School on Saturday. EVAN GOODENOW/The Winchester Star Facebook Twitter Email Print Save WINCHESTER — As blues guitarist David Roy played Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” in memory of fatal overdose victims at the fourth annual Addicted to Hope Rally on Saturday at Handley High School, Caleb Comer was wearing a memorial T-shirt honoring his first cousin Desirae Lynn-Miller. Lynn-Miller, a 34-year-old mother of five from......

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Competition showcases artistic talent, personal strength

WINCHESTER — Howard Gray said he’s grateful for finding sobriety in 1980 “because at least I got to enjoy the ’70s in full.” The Ashburn native got a huge laugh from those who packed the house Saturday night at the third annual Recovery’s Got Talent in the Winchester Medical Center Conference Center on Amherst Street. Gray opened the talent competition with an acoustic performance of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page,” a fitting song for an evening designed to celebrate the many talents of people who have overcome life-threatening addictions to alcohol and drugs.......

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Tournament touts the advantages of clean living

WINCHESTER — As the Winchester area continues to battle a deadly opioid crisis, the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition is emphasizing the importance of avoiding the pitfalls of addiction. To spread that message, the coalition and Grace Downtown of Winchester church sponsored a Play for Prevention basketball tournament Sunday at James Wood High School. Seven teams comprised of student athletes, police and court officials, people in recovery and those who support the cause battled it out in a single-elimination tournament for bragging rights and to promote a substance-free lifestyle. Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland watched from......

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'There's a lot of love' in church's monthly meals

WINCHESTER — Zack Taylor has spent nearly a fourth of his life serving meals to the less fortunate. The Evendale Elementary School student, who is just a few weeks shy of turning 10, has been volunteering with his church, Grace Downtown of Winchester, since he was 7. “If people can’t help themselves, we should help them,” Zack said. Grace Downtown started serving monthly community meals shortly after it was founded in August 2015. On Friday, the church’s monthly meal was provided to residents and guests of Winchester Rescue Mission‘s homeless shelter at 435 N. Cameron......

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Amid drug crisis, spiritual first responders hit the streets

Sidewalk prayers near shoot-up spots. Sunday sermons in the back of a bar. Pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. Funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis, often leaving the pulpit to minister on the streets. They can be reverends, rabbis, priests or pastors. Though their faiths differ, they invariably approach people with addiction as equals. No Bible-thumping, no blaming. Quite a few are in recovery themselves. Despite some signs of a slowdown, the nation’s all-time deadliest......

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