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Spirit Of Giving Luncheon Supports NSC January 16, 2018

The annual Spirit of Giving Luncheon benefiting Oxford Neighborhood Services Center (NSC) was held on Jan. 15 at the Penn's Grove Middle School. Scheduled to correspond with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the event is designed to focus on community service.

"We gather together to participate in the world's oldest ritual - to break bread together in community prayer," said Oxford Education Foundation director Raymond Fischer in the invocation before the meal.

This year's featured speaker was Chuck Holt, president and CEO of The Factory Ministries of Paradise. "It was refreshing to walk into a school where numerous people from the community have gathered for the purpose of making this community a better place. People are excited to be a part of something bigger than themselves," he said after the meal, noting that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a perfect time for the luncheon. "What a better day to have an event like that than on a day when we honor someone who stood and gave his life to address inequality."

Holt told the audience that he follows three principles, the first of which is that everyone's journey matters. "If you really believe that, it changes everything," he said.

Secondly, he said, everyone, regardless of any background or economic position, is on the same journey. "I might be a little bit farther along. That's not because I'm greater than anyone; it's because someone helped me along," Holt said.

The final principle, said Holt, is that "the journey has to be rooted in the context of significant relationships." "Every single one of us has been impacted in some way by someone," Hold said. "If I really expect significant things to happen in people's lives, I have to be willing to have significant relationships."

The Spirit of Giving Luncheon was attended by NSC supporters from across the community as well as elected officials, including Chester County Commissioner Terence Farrell and state Rep. John Lawrence. State Sen. Andy Dinniman delivered a proclamation from the state Senate commemorating NSC and its good work.

"I think what creates a healthy community is when every single person in a community says, 'I can't do everything, but I can do something,' said Holt. "I encourage everybody to walk out your door ... and say, 'What can I do to make a difference? How can I help?' We all can't do it all, but we all can do one thing. The bottom line is we need to rally around individuals and families that have needs."

According to event host James McLeod, who founded the Spirit of Giving Luncheon in 1990 with his late wife, Mary, the fundraiser is important to NSC at this time of year, particularly in the very cold winter. "Their financial resources are stretched thin on a regular basis, then add in the wintertime," he said, adding, "It's only fitting we would honor an organization like Neighborhood Services Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Day."

NSC provides services to an average of 800 households each month. For more information about the organization, readers may visit, email or call 610-932-8557.

Community Service

Grange Plans Fundraiser January 16, 2018

Chester Valley Grange, 3295 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern, will offer homemade soups and hoagies on Saturday, Feb. 3. Pickup will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. All orders must be preordered by Friday, Jan. 26.

Soups include chicken corn, potato, hearty sausage, vegetable chowder, and chicken noodle. Hoagie varieties are Italian, turkey, ham, tuna, and egg salad. The hoagies will include lettuce, onions, tomatoes, sweet or hot peppers, and mayonnaise or oil. Trays of homemade cupcakes, brownies, and cookies are also available.

Orders may be placed by emailing or calling 610-913-0606. All proceeds will benefit the Grange's community service projects.


CASA Information Session

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lancaster County is seeking volunteer advocates. The trained volunteers are empowered by the courts to represent the best interests of abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children in court.

Information sessions have been set for Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. at CASA, 53 N. Duke St., Suite 218, Lancaster; Tuesday, Feb. 20, at noon at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 750 Greenfield Road, Lancaster; and Tuesday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at the LGH Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster. Attendees of the March 20 session may use the main entrance by the flagpoles; the meeting will take place in the Well Spring Library on the second floor.

The sessions are free and open to the public and will last no more than 60 minutes. Registration is required by calling 717-208-3280 or emailing For details, visit

Clubs/Senior Centers

Public Breakfast

Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will hold a public breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 18. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

The cost of breakfast will include pancakes, chipped beef, home fries, scrambled eggs, breakfast casserole, toast, and beverages. For more details, readers may call 717-993-3488. Proceeds will benefit the senior center.

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