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School District Hosts Kindergarten Workshop March 25, 2019

Pequea Valley School District hosted a Kindergarten Workshop on March 15 for children who will enter kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. The school district hosted 18 children, along with their families, during this event, which took place at Salisbury Elementary.

The theme of the workshop was "Vocabulary and Rhyming," and all information and activities shared with families centered around the topic. The workshop emphasized phonemic awareness and the importance of understanding sounds before reading words.

The school district will hold another workshop, with a "Numbers and Counting" theme, in April. For more information and to register, readers may visit


Military Women Plan Meeting March 25, 2019

The Blue Mountain Military Women group invites all past and present military women and their guests to the bimonthly luncheon, which will be held on Saturday, April 13, at Hoss's Steak & Sea House, 2175 White St., York.

Social time will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at noon. Attendees may order from the menu and must pay for their meal. For reservations, readers may call Kitty Smith at 717-569-9353.


CrossNet Banquet

According to Meredith Dahl, executive director of CrossNet Ministries in New Holland, the annual CrossNet spring banquet is much more than just a fundraiser. "It's a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate what God has done this past year and dream together about what we can do in the future," said Dahl.

This year's banquet will feature Ruth Graham, daughter of the late evangelist Billy Graham. She will speak at two CrossNet events in March. The organization's 18th banquet will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at Shady Maple Banquet Center, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m., and a buffet dinner will begin at 6:15 p.m. There is no cost to attend the banquet, but seating is limited and reservations are necessary to attend. Organizers recommend that reservations should be made by Monday, March 18.

On Wednesday, March 27, Graham will speak at a breakfast at the same venue. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m., and breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The breakfast will include a question-and-answer period with Graham. Meet-and-greet sponsorship opportunities are available for the breakfast. Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased at or by calling 717-355-2454.

Graham is known for her passion to tell people about God's comfort and loving acceptance. She speaks of ways to move from a place of hurt to wholeness in Christ. Graham will speak from a biblical perspective on the banquet theme of "Hope in the Darkness," while sharing her own faith journey and how it has been impacted by life's unexpected challenges.

Dahl noted that organizers of the banquet were first drawn to consider Graham when they heard her speaking at her father's funeral, which they watched online. "We were really encouraged by her story and her authenticity," recalled Dahl, who added that she feels Graham has an important message to share. "She highlighted the fact that Billy Graham was a highly respected and loved evangelist, and even his family had some difficult things happen (to them)."

Dahl shared an image that she remembered Graham discussing when she spoke at the funeral. "We appreciate that she talks about her dark times and how when she returned (from those) her dad was there with loving and open arms," said Dahl. "It was a picture for her of how God is with us." That concept aligns with the mission of CrossNet to offer help and hope in the name of Christ. "That hit home because that is what we want our message to be at CrossNet - that God's arms are open for everyone to come home," said Dahl.

In addition to Graham's talk, the evening will include an update from Dahl on the ministry with assistance from Carl Edwards, director of development and ministries. "We have some exciting videos to share," said Dahl. "One is a story of life change and the other is a program highlight video." Part of offering help and hope is making area residents aware of the needs in New Holland. "Our focus is going to be the poverty and trauma that a lot of people in our community have experienced and how we can become numb to that (fact)," explained Dahl. "We as a community have to become more informed and be open to learn how we can best address needs and empower people and see lives changed by Jesus."

CrossNet Ministries, located in three buildings on Franklin Street, has been a fixture in New Holland for more than 25 years. Currently, the ministry offers a youth center, food and nutrition center, Power Packs affiliation, and free summer lunch program, in addition to a number of community programs.

The banquet, which attracts about 1,200 area residents, will feature a buffet including a chicken dish, a beef dish, and a number of sides. A salad bar and dessert bar will also be included. The breakfast, which can accommodate 800 attendees, will also be served buffet style.

Readers who would like to learn more about CrossNet may visit

Community Events-General

Mount Joy Chamber Mixer

Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce will hold a Chamber Mixer on Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Lanco Federal Credit Union, 974 E. Main St., Mount Joy.

Reservations are required by Wednesday, March 20, by contacting Kerry at the Chamber office at When making reservations, individuals should specify how many people will attend with them.

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