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Quilt Group To Meet September 20, 2018

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, invites everyone who enjoys quilting or wants to learn, from beginners to experts, to take part in its Monday Morning Quilt Group, which meets on the first Monday of each month at the church at 10 a.m. The next meeting will be on Oct. 1.

No sewing is done at the meetings. Instead, there is a show-and-tell of attendees' work and a problem-solving discussion on works in progress.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-927-9497.


Genealogical Society To Meet September 20, 2018

The South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society will meet at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, on Sunday, Oct. 7. A brief business meeting will begin at 2:15 p.m., and the program, "Solving Genealogical Problems With Land Plats," will immediately follow at approximately 2:30 p.m. Jerry Smith will be the presenter.

Land plats, drawing of land tracts from local land records, surveys from the Pennsylvania Land Office, or even drawings people make themselves from deeds or other documents can be helpful in unravelling genealogical mysteries. The program will show how land plats have solved real research problems, including locating unknown cemeteries, establishing family relationships, sorting out same-name individuals, and providing evidence when more traditionally used record sets are silent.

Support Groups

Celebrate Recovery Anniversary

ELANCO Celebrate Recovery, a group that represents a partnership between three area churches and CrossNet Ministries and offers a Christian perspective on a 12-step recovery program, will hold a one-year anniversary barbecue on Thursday, Sept. 20, beginning at 6 p.m.

In early 2017, leaders of three ELANCO-area churches, Bethany Grace, Weaverland, and Petra, felt called to partner to form a Celebrate Recovery group in New Holland. A year later, approximately 50 individuals are attending meetings held weekly at Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

The impact of the ministry has been felt among both volunteers and participants, but ministry leader Carol Musser wants area residents to know more about the program. "We are looking to get the word out that (Celebrate Recovery) is not just for (those struggling with) addictions," said Musser. The program offers men's and women's groups for recovery and life issues, but according to Musser, more groups are being added. "For women, we have a food group for misuse of food, and we also started a codependency group," said Musser. "On the horizon, we would love to have a men's sexual addiction group separated (from recovery)."

The barbecue celebration will include an open mic segment for testimonies. "Testimonies give people a chance to tell their stories," said Musser. "There is something about the ground leveling (that happens) during that time." Musser added that testimonies reinforce that all individuals are on a journey. "There is no hierarchy," she said. "(Instead), there is a common bond."

Assistant ministry director Karl Stoltzfus echoed Musser's thoughts, adding that the stories often bring hope and inspiration to the hearer. "Testimonies are really helpful for people to hear (because) they are real-life stories of what God has done in people's lives."

Running an effective chapter of Celebrate Recovery requires a number of volunteers. "What's really needed are greeters, people to mingle, and group leaders," said Musser, who added that she has seen volunteers reap benefits of taking part. "The astounding thing over this past year is how much (Celebrate Recovery) has impacted the volunteers," said Musser. "When folks see people come out of heavy-duty stuff and watch God work, you cannot be unchanged by it. Everyone can take away something from Celebrate Recovery that makes their lives more enjoyable and less stressful."

Stoltzfus had discovered Celebrate Recovery podcasts online before meeting Ken Reinford, one of the Petra pastors who was involved in founding the New Holland chapter. "I thought (the program) was phenomenal," said Stoltzfus, who as part of the New Holland team has seen the group function first-hand. "People who are involved in leadership have caught the vision of what Celebrate Recovery is all about," noted Stoltzfus. He sees the impact on the community as well. "(Celebrate Recovery) is not just a recovery program; it's a discipleship program. It's been about building relationships," said Stoltzfus, who has seen attendees connect to local churches to further their journeys with the Lord.

Readers who would like to know more about the ELANCO Celebrate Recovery program may call 717-587-2202 or email elancocelebraterecovery@gmail.com. For information and updates, readers may search for "ELANCO Celebrate Recovery" on Facebook.

Children's Activities

Pequea 500

Heading into turn three ... uh, year three of the Pequea 500, Doug Kauffman, director of children's outreach ministries at Pequea Baptist Church, took stock of the pinewood derby program's success. "We have had 25 to 30 participants each of the two years we have done this," noted Kauffman.

The program, which differs from other pinewood derbies in that children and their parents build the cars together at the church, located at 6062 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gap, will begin on Thursday, Sept. 20, with design night beginning at 7 p.m. The program will run for eight weeks on Thursdays. During the first four weeks, the cars will be built, and during the second four weeks, a series of races will be held to determine the ultimate winning teams and individuals. The program is scheduled to conclude on Thursday, Nov. 8.

This year, the program will be open to children age 3 through sixth grade. "We watched our kindergartners, and they were really intent about it, so we felt prekindergartners could (take part) too," said Kauffman.

During design night, the children will design their cars on paper, and then the cars will be cut for the children based on the design. "From then on, (the children) are sanding, painting, and assembling," explained Kauffman. "(The children) assemble everything, and the parents are part of that whole process."

On the fifth week, racing will begin. According to Kauffman, the first week of racing is the most exciting week of the program. "That's (when) parents and grandparents come out to watch, and the children are so excited to get their cars on the track," he said.

During weeks five, six, and seven, the children will be assigned to teams, and the teams will race against each other. "We track each week how each car is doing, and they get points for where they finish in each heat they run," explained Kauffman. "By the end of the three weeks, we know the team winners and we are bracketed for the individual championship." The individual championship will be held during the eighth week. At that final event, the individual winner will be determined and both individual and team winners will receive trophies.

Registration to take part in the program will begin Saturday, Sept. 1, at www.fbcpequea.org/kids. "We (encourage) early registration so we have enough cars ordered," said Kauffman, who added that parents may register their children through the first night of the program. A per-child registration fee is charged to cover the costs of supplies, a T-shirt, snacks, and trophies.

Readers who have questions may call the church at 717-442-4403 or email office@fbcpequea.org.

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