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Fall items available at church’s thrift shop

The women’s group of the Colonial Beach United Methodist Church have put out the winter and fall merchandise at the group’s Opp Shop. Proceeds from the thrift store support the church’s missions and programs.

The Opp Shop is at 111 Hawthorne St. in Colonial Beach and is open from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday, and will be open until 1 p.m. on Thursdays.

The store also accepts donations of clean clothes and other items. Call about donating furniture. For details, call 540/224-8600.

Hull’s Baptist Church celebrates 125 years

Hull’s Memorial Baptist Church in Stafford County will celebrate homecoming tomorrow to honor the congregation’s heritage. The church turns 125 this year.

At a 10 a.m. service on Sunday, the congregation will honor all past and interim pastors and church members who have died since the last homecoming.

The church is at 420 Enon Rd. in southern Stafford. For details, visit

Ministry offers new outreach programs

Outside the Walls Christian Ministry has some new outreach programs forming. The ministry’s youth mentorship program needs volunteers to help children of incarcerated parents and other at-risk youths. The ministry is also forming the God’s Mosaic Liturgical Empowerment Dance Program for women who have dealt with adversity. For details, call 540/720-7200.