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Living Stones Plans Pig Roast, Yard Sale June 22, 2017

Living Stones Vineyard Church, 2292 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom, will host a pig roast and community yard sale on Saturday, July 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event has been coordinated by David and Evelma Plastino, who held a similar event last summer.

"We had such a good turnout last year," Evelma remarked.

Based on the previous event, a few updates have been made. A small fee has been set for participation in the yard sale, and tables may be set up in the front yard this year. Sellers' vehicles will be parked in the lot at the rear of the church. Reservations are not required, and vendors may arrive as early as 5:30 a.m. to set up, Evelma said.

"If anybody wants to come earlier, I'll be here," David added. He plans to spend all night roasting a pig. Pulled pork sandwiches, finger foods, and bottled water will be available free of charge beginning at 11 a.m.

The proceeds from table rentals will fund Living Stones' Harvest Party, which will be held in the fall. Evelma will divide the proceeds from her yard sale table between Living Stones and the Kirby-Smith Believers Relay For Life team.

"God blesses us so well," she said. "This is our way of giving back to the church."

Evelma related that several years ago, she experienced difficult financial circumstances and the church provided assistance. Her situation has greatly improved since then, and she has become a Christian.

"I'm forgiven, so I give," Evelma explained. She noted that she enjoys connecting with other people and helping those in need. "The best part (of last year's event) is that people came up and asked for prayer," she said.

The pork roast and yard sale will be held rain or shine, and everyone is welcome. Guests are also invited to visit Living Stones on Sunday mornings. A Sunday school class for adults meets at 9 a.m., and worship services run from 10:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Readers who would like more information may call the church at 717-983-0131.


Community Invited To Pack Meals June 22, 2017

Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, will kick off its Summer Sundays on July 2 with 10,000 Meals Sunday.

The event will begin with worship and Communion at both 10 a.m. services. Immediately afterward, volunteers of all ages will convene in the church lobby for about an hour to package 10,000 nutritional meals for hungry families around the world through the Rise Against Hunger relief program.

This will be the third time Highland has joined to fight against international hunger through the program. In 2015, its 10,000 meals helped families in Sierra Leone. In 2016, Haitian families benefited from Highland's efforts.

Community members are invited to join in the family-oriented project. To register, visit


Summer Sundays To Continue June 22, 2017

Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, will continue its Summer Sundays with Sunday, Sunday, Sundae! on July 9.

Following two family-friendly services at 10 a.m., there will be an ice cream sundae-making celebration to mark the return of the Rev. Dr. Roger Rabey, Highland's senior pastor, who was on a sabbatical respite during May and June. There will be no children's Sunday school on July 9, as children and youths will take part in the contemporary worship service.


"Knowing Christ" VBS Planned June 22, 2017

The Newberrytown Church of God, 2825 Old Trail Road, York Haven, together with Child Evangelism Fellowship, will hold a vacation Bible school (VBS), "Knowing Christ," from Monday to Friday, July 17 to 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Children age 3 through fifth grade may attend.

Participants will learn from the Bible why Jesus is called the Good Shepherd, the Bread of Life, the Resurrection and the Life, and the Light of the World. The VBS will include games, snacks, art, songs, and prizes.

To register, call the church office at 717-938-1597 or 724-630-0676 or email or


Columbia UMC To Offer Summer Day Camp June 22, 2017

Games, science experiments, Bible stories, crafts, music, a field trip, and special guests will all be in the mix for the 17th annual Columbia United Methodist Church (UMC) summer day camp scheduled for Monday to Friday, July 31 to Aug. 4. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Glatfelter Park pavilion, 1249 Lancaster Ave., Columbia.

Children entering first through sixth grades are invited to attend. Interested individuals may call 717-684-2356 to register by Thursday, July 13. A daily lunch and snack will be included in the minimal fee that is charged for camp.

Columbia UMC pastor Tom Grubbs said that this year campers will learn about how God created them special and that they all are valuable in God's eyes and can make an impact in the world. The opening program each morning will involve singing songs and hearing what the Bible has to say about how special each individual is to God. Next, the children will be divided into small groups that are led by an adult and a junior helper as they rotate to different activity stations.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, campers will take a field trip to learn more about being inventors, and on Aug. 4, Lisa Landis and Fred "Phredd" McNaughton from WJTL's Kids Cookie Break will visit to lead songs and play games with campers. The Kids Cookie Break car will also be on-site.

According to Grubbs, the Columbia UMC summer day camp began 17 years ago and the number of children and volunteers has continued to increase each year. The first two years of day camp were organized by professional staff from Gretna Glen, but after that, members of Columbia UMC began leading the camp themselves at the Glatfelter pavilion. "A unique aspect of our camp is that when campers become seventh- to 12th-graders, they can come back to camp as junior shepherds who help the adult staff," Grubbs said. "Many campers return from year to year to help after they become too old to be campers."

More than 80 children attended the day camp last summer, which was led by approximately 25 volunteers. The volunteers are trained in the church's child protection policy, as well as having all necessary state clearances to work with children.

Grubbs stated that the annual summer day camp is an essential part of how the congregation at Columbia UMC accomplishes its vision of "taking Christ to the community." The heart behind the camp is for children to leave knowing that God loves them and wants to have a relationship with them, said Grubbs.

Columbia UMC is located at 510 Walnut St. and holds weekly Sunday worship with a praise service at 9 a.m., Sunday school at 10:05 a.m., and a traditional service at 11 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, readers may visit


Marietta Community Chapel To Host Just For Kicks June 22, 2017

Summer break is in full swing, and that means members of Marietta Community Chapel are preparing for another fun-filled season of Just for Kicks. The program is designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade and will include a mix of soccer, crafts, and other activities.

Just for Kicks will take place at Marietta Community Chapel, 1125 River Road, Marietta, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays, July 10 through Aug. 7. Interested families may register children by calling 717-426-4584 or emailing Required registration information includes each child's name and age, as well as a phone number and email address. Parents and guardians will be required to sign a liability waiver at the first scheduled evening. There is no cost to participate. To guarantee a space, organizers advise registering in advance, but a limited number of spaces may be available on the first evening for walk-ins.

Organizer Deb Sauder said that participants will make T-shirts on the first night, which they will be encouraged to wear to Just for Kicks in the following weeks.

Program instructors will be youths and adults from Marietta Community Chapel. Heidi Newswanger, who is an Eastern University senior majoring in early childhood education, will lead the crafts. Jeremy Newswanger, will oversee the children on the soccer field. Jeremy plays soccer at Houghton College, where he is a sophomore. LaRie Miller will organize story time - a new addition for this year's program.

After children sign in at 6:30 p.m., they can choose the activity they would like to do. Soccer, crafts, lawn games, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles are just a few of the options. "We also love to add water games on extra hot evenings," Sauder noted. Halfway through the evening, the group will take a break for a snack and a story before returning to activities until parents arrive for pickup at 8 p.m.

Marietta Community Chapel holds Sunday worship services at 9:30 a.m. Children's programming includes a Kidz for Christ program for 3-year-olds to second-graders at 10 a.m. and for third- through fifth-graders at 10:40 a.m. For more details, readers may visit


Church To Welcome Senior Pastor June 22, 2017

Dillsburg Brethren in Christ Church, 18 E. Harrisburg St., has announced that senior pastor Rob Douglass will begin serving on Sunday, July 2, with an installation service led by bishop Ken Hoke.

Douglass spent his earlier years in the region. He and his wife, Chris, and their three children, planned to relocate to Dillsburg from Findlay, Ohio, where he had served as a professor of theology at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. His previous experience also includes 15 years pastoring churches in the Brethren in Christ and other denominations.

The vision of Dillsburg BIC is to see the release of hope and healing in Dillsburg and around the world. Sunday worship services start at 10:15 a.m., with coffee and tea served at 10 a.m. in the lobby. During the service, a staffed nursery and worship experience are available for children. For more information, readers may visit or call the church office at 717-432-3847.


Church Plans Bible School June 22, 2017

Forest Hills Mennonite Church, 100 Quarry Road, Leola, will host a vacation Bible school (VBS) for children age 3 through those who have completed grade five. The VBS will take place from Sunday, July 23, through Thursday, July 27. Each session will begin at 6:15 p.m. and conclude at 8:15 p.m. All children in the community are invited to participate.

The theme will be "Maker Fun Factory - Created by God, Built for a Purpose." Interactive stations will encourage the children's creativity and reinforce one Bible point each day. The VBS will also feature Bible memory verses, crafts, snacks and recreation time.

The VBS will conclude with a closing program and refreshments on July 27 at 8 p.m. The celebration is open to all VBS children, their parents and everyone in the Forest Hills community. Attendees will hear about the children's experiences during the VBS.

For more information or to preregister children, readers may contact the church at 717-656-6227 or Registration forms may also be completed Registrations received by Friday, July 7, will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.


Olivet UMC To Welcome New Pastor June 21, 2017

Olivet United Methodist Church (UMC) in Coatesville will welcome Johnson Dodla as its new pastor during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 2. A luncheon will be held after the service in the church's McKinney Hall. The community is invited to attend both the service and the welcome reception.

Dodla is from Exton UMC, where he served as lead pastor since July 1, 2011, when Exton UMC was formed from the merger of Crossroads UMC and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Dodla had been serving as lead pastor at Crossroads UMC at the time of the merger.

As in the UMC tradition, Dodla was assigned to lead the congregation at Olivet UMC. "I love the appointment system. The church belongs to the people and not necessarily the pastor," he said. "The ministries that are carried on need to be driven by the body (of the church). It is not solely based on one leader."

Dodla grew up in India and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in theology from both Trinity Christian College and Hindustan Bible College. He began his ministerial work as a youth and outreach coordinator at Centenary Methodist Church in India.

In 2000, Dodla moved to England, where he served as a youth and community worker at St. John's Anglican Church. After one year in that position, he moved to Pennsylvania to work with The Pittsburgh Project, a Christian organization for inner-city at-risk youths.

While in Pittsburgh, Dodla met his future wife, Christyn, who lived in Downingtown. He eventually made the move to the area, where the couple married and had four children: Samara 9; Elijah, 7; Annika, 4; and Josiah, 3.

Dodla said he is excited to lead Olivet UMC, which is celebrating 200 years of Methodism in the Coatesville area. The church was founded in 1817 and, in 1885, it moved to its current location at Third and Chestnut streets.

"My immediate goal is to get to know the people and the community," Dodla stated, noting that visitors are especially welcome to meet him and view the sanctuary, which features magnificent stained glass windows and ornate woodwork. "We are intentional in knowing that not everyone is coming to the worship service with the same experiences. (You will feel comfortable) if you were part of the church for the past 80 years or it's your first time at the church," he said.

His goals also include establishing a recovery ministry for those who suffer from addictions. "I also want to engage in community partnerships," he added. "There is so much good that is happening in Coatesville, and we need to bring our resources together (to) have a bigger impact."

Dodla said that pastoring a church in an inner-city environment has both differences and similarities to leading a church in the suburbs. "What is similar is that we are all broken and in need of God's grace," he said. "What is different is that each and every community has its own set of challenges and needs. The work of the church is to determine what those needs are and address them."

Dodla said he would like Olivet UMC to be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to worship God. "(I envision a church) where the economically advantaged and the disadvantaged, the white, the brown and the black would all come to worship together," he stated. "That is my vision for the city - (that) we would do ministry in a way where all (people) can sing and praise God together."

Olivet UMC is located at 310 E. Chestnut St., Coatesville. The Sunday worship service is held at 10 a.m. and is preceded by Sunday school for adults from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday school for children takes place during the worship service, and nursery care for infants and toddlers is offered from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.

For more information, readers may call 610-384-5828 or visit or


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