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Program To Discuss PTSD July 13, 2018

Lifetree Cafe is hosted at The General Sutter Inn, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, every Monday at 7 p.m. Lifetree is a weekly program that aims to foster friendly conversations about various topics and how they intersect with life and faith.

On July 23, the program will be "Wounded Warriors: When War Comes Home." It will feature a filmed interview with a military veteran who battled post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after returning home from Iraq.

The topic on July 30 will be "What's God Up To? Unwelcome Answers to Prayer."

Everyone is invited to the free community events. For more information, readers may visit, search for "Lifetree Cafe - Lititz" on Facebook, or contact Pastor Jason at 717-333-9238 or


Lifetree Cafe Sets Program July 13, 2018

Lifetree Cafe is hosted at The General Sutter Inn, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, every Monday at 7 p.m. Lifetree is a weekly program that aims to foster friendly conversations about various topics and how they intersect with life and faith.

The program on July 30 is titled "What's God Up To? Unwelcome Answers to Prayer." It features a filmed interview with Ray Norman, a World Vision director who, along with his daughter, was shot while serving in Mauritania. Participants will have an opportunity to share stories from their own lives that turned out differently than expected.

The topic on Aug. 6 will be "Family Secrets: What Mama Never Told Us."

Everyone is invited to the free community events. For more information, readers may visit, search for "Lifetree Cafe - Lititz" on Facebook, or contact Pastor Jason at 717-333-9238 or


Church Plans Community Meal July 13, 2018

Leacock Presbyterian Church, 3183 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, will offer a free hot meal to the community on Thursday, July 26. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the handicapped-accessible Smith Fellowship Hall. The menu will include sub sandwiches, pasta salad, chips, fruit salad, and dessert.

Readers may call the church at 717-687-6619 for additional information.


St. Luke's UCC Sets VBS July 13, 2018

St. Luke's United Church of Christ (UCC), 222 N. Broad Street (Route 501), Lititz, invites all children age 4 to those entering sixth grade in the fall to its vacation Bible school (VBS). Themed "Hero Central - Discovering Your Super Powers," VBS will be held from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, July 23 to 27.

Children will discover their strength in God. The evenings will include Bible study, games, music, snacks, crafts for two nights, and science for two nights. Each day will conclude with a closing celebration at 8:30 p.m. that will aim to get everyone involved in living what they have learned, and family and friends are encouraged to join.

On Friday, July 28, a potluck picnic will start at 6 p.m. Afterward, the children will present a program to show their family and friends what they learned during the week.

To register, readers may pick up a registration form in the church office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, call the church office at 717-626-7100, or visit and click on the link for the VBS.


Preschool Posts Open House July 13, 2018

Bossler Christian Preschool, 2021 Bossler Road, Elizabethtown, will hold an open house on Thursday, July 26, between 9:30 and 11 a.m. The preschool serves children ages 3 to 5, and families are invited to bring their preschooler to the open house to experience learning in a real one-room schoolhouse.

The preschool aims to teach children about the world through Bible stories, art and cooking experiences, science discoveries, music and movement activities, math, and language development.

A discount is being offered for the afternoon class, which runs from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more information, call 717-537-8192 or visit


Sunnyside To Perform Concert July 13, 2018

As part of its 70th anniversary season, Fivepointville Bible Conference will host Sunnyside, a bluegrass gospel band, on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine in the enclosed tabernacle, located in the grove to the rear of the Fivepointville Fire Company at 528 Chapel Lane, Denver.

Sunnyside, featuring Ken Cox and friends, has been singing bluegrass gospel for more than 40 years and has appeared numerous times in Fivepointville. The band performs three- and four-part harmonies to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more.

Future events will include the Hagans Family on Saturday, July 28, and a hymn sing plus the speaking ministry of Dr. Bill Finnigan on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Fivepointville Bible Conference is a 501(c)3 ministry that has served the community with Christian family music, drama performances, Bible teaching, and more since 1948.

A freewill offering will be received, and food will be available. For directions or more information, readers may call 717-445-4789.


Church Posts Visitors Sunday July 12, 2018

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 310 Pilottown Road, Peach Bottom, will hold Visitors Sunday on July 22 at 11 a.m. Members of the public is invited to visit the church.

Lunch will be available to everyone after the service.


Church Slates Community Meal July 12, 2018

Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike North, Willow Street, invites the public to a community meal in the church's fellowship hall on Tuesday, July 24, at 5:30 p.m.

The menu will include chicken legs and thighs, corn on the cob, tossed salads, desserts and beverages.


Hope's Closet To Offer Items July 12, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hope's Closet will hold its semiannual bag sale; there will be a set price per bag for all women's, men's and children's clothing in July. The sale will not include shoes, accessories and jeans.

Shoppers may browse a variety of women's tops, shorts, capris, slacks, dresses, skirts and light jackets, including many plus-size items. Men's shirts, shorts, and slacks will be available. Sales will be offered on men's shoes.

In addition to clothing, the children's area will include books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items. Attendees may enter a giveaway drawing for the Hello Summer basket, which includes gift items and a gift card.

For more information, readers may call 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or visit


Church Plans Bible School July 12, 2018

Salem United Methodist Church, 140 N. Penn St., Manheim, will host its annual vacation Bible school (VBS) from Sunday to Thursday, July 29 to Aug. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The theme will be "Rolling River Rampage." Children age 3 through those who have completed fourth grade may participate.

Preregistration is preferred. Children who are preregistered will receive free school supplies each night they attend. Registration forms are available by visiting the Welcome Center of the church, searching for "Salem United Methodist Church Manheim, PA" on Facebook, or visiting Registration forms may be returned to the church or emailed to


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet July 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "When to Consider a Nursing Home."


Church Posts Free Breakfast July 12, 2018

Florin Church of the Brethren, 815 Bruce Ave., Mount Joy, will offer a free breakfast from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 21. The community is invited. A wide variety of breakfast foods will be offered.

Plenty of free parking will be available at the lower end of the parking lot, and individuals should enter through the double glass doors under the drive-through. Reservations are not required. Readers with questions may call 717-653-1202, ext. 2.


Informal Jazzy Worship Posted July 12, 2018

Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, will present an informal worship featuring jazzy arrangements of favorite hymns at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, in the sanctuary. Soloists and instrumentalists will also participate, and the Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker will offer a meditation. Casual dress is encouraged.

Following the hour-long service, food trucks from Upohar Ethnic Cuisines, a Lancaster-based social impact restaurant and caterer that serves global fare, and Soul Burrito will be on-site for anyone who would like to purchase dinner. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating on the front lawn or choose indoor seating in the fellowship hall. A variety of lawn games for people of all ages will be available to play.

For directions or more information, readers may call the church office at 717-533-9667 or visit


The Lord's Lunch Celebrates Anniversary July 12, 2018

The Lord's Lunch, which is offered at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main St., New Freedom, is celebrating seven years of serving free lunches made from scratch.

The lunches are offered every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anyone who is hungry or who wants to socialize is welcome to attend.

For more information, readers may email or call 717-235-2315.


From Lancaster County To The World July 11, 2018

Ministry Reaches Out With Visual Bible Lessons

On a corner in Akron, where Main Street and Route 272 intersect, a small building is home to Bible Visuals International (BVI). The organization, which was founded nearly 60 years ago by area resident Helen Odenwelder, meets needs around the world for visual teaching materials about God.

Tom Luttmann, executive director of BVI, explained that the organization has endeavored to bring the Bible to children and adults in three ways. "We have visualized Bible lessons, which we are updating with a colorization process; visualized biographies of missionaries and other Christians from different eras, and visualized songs for children to sing and (take part in) worship together," said Luttmann.

BVI held its 59th anniversary banquet, with a gathering of nearly 300 attendees, on May 10. Tim Keesee, executive director with Frontline Missions International, served as keynote speaker. Frontline is an organization known for taking the Gospel into difficult regions of the world.

The choice of Keesee as speaker was appropriate, as BVI began when Odenwelder was directing Child Evangelism Fellowship outreaches and searching for a publishing ministry to supply the needs of local clubs. "(BVI) started supplying local needs for Bible clubs that were hosted in people's backyards," explained Luttmann. "It's a ministry that grew in scope with Helen's vision to supply materials not just locally but internationally."

Updating materials that were created some years ago has been an important goal for BVI. Luttmann explained how help in accomplishing that feat is being provided by Sam Gunti, who runs large Bible camps - reaching as many as 18,000 children in a camp - in India. BVI had worked with Gunti to translate and print materials for his gatherings, and Gunti decided to return the favor. During a visit to BVI a few years ago, Gunti brought a thumb drive of updated BVI materials in full color. "It would have cost us quite a bit (to update those materials, so Gunti's gift) has provided a good foundation," Luttmann noted.

Locally, BVI has worked with Bible2School, a Manheim-based mentorship program that offers free, weekly Bible elective classes for public school students in several Lancaster County school districts. "(Bible2School) is growing, and they needed more visuals to go with their curriculum," said Luttmann. "It would be an expensive process (for Bible2School) to have new illustrations put together, (so) we looked through our curriculum and found visuals that would match their lessons."

Luttmann said BVI is in the process of transforming offerings to give more options to those who need them. "We have great resources, but they don't have to be in just (one) format," Luttmann said. "There's a new generation of children and ministry workers who know more about technology, and they are looking for resources they can download or put on a tablet." BVI is working to make resources available digitally and as downloads, and Luttmann is excited to see where the materials are being utilized. "There are huge opportunities in technology to get resources to ministry partners." In addition to special licensing agreements that allow for the use of materials by others, Luttmann described another opportunity that came through an online retailer that offers on-demand printing so that individuals in other countries can have copies of BVI materials printed closer to home.

Gordon Denlinger, who serves as treasurer for the organization, called BVI a hidden gem and noted that volunteers are needed to serve the organization in a variety of capacities. "It doesn't get any better than helping children see Jesus and come to know Him in a faith way," he said. "We want to make sure the Gospel is being presented."

BVI, a nonprofit organization located at 650 Main St., Akron, is overseen by a nine-member board. Readers who would like to know more about the organization may visit or call 717-859-1131.


Church Sets "Shipwrecked" VBS July 11, 2018

Pleasant View Brethren in Christ Church, 434 E. Lancaster St., Red Lion, will host a "Shipwrecked" vacation Bible school (VBS) from Sunday to Thursday, July 22 to 26, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. The VBS is open to prekindergartners age 4 through children in sixth grade. It will include music, Bible lessons, games, crafts, and snacks.

To preregister, readers may email


Cowboy Church Plans Service July 11, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will be held on Sunday, July 22, at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue.

The children's program will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the worship service at 6 p.m. led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys For Christ chaplain. The service will include music, Scripture, and Holy Communion. A potluck dinner, s'mores, and a campfire will follow the service. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share.


Sunnyside To Perform Concert July 11, 2018

Bethel United Methodist Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host the bluegrass gospel group Sunnyside on Sunday, July 22, at 7 p.m.

Following the program, refreshments will be available and guests will be able to meet the members of Sunnyside. A freewill offering will be accepted for Sunnyside's music ministry.

The program will be outside, weather permitting, so attendees should bring lawn chairs. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will take place in the church sanctuary.

For more information, readers may call 717-246-1539 or 717-927-9380.


YCSWA Posts Recycling News July 11, 2018

The recent free tire disposal program sponsored by the York County Solid Waste Authority (YCSWA) resulted in the proper disposal of 4.67 tons of tires. Fifty-one York County residents delivered 375 tires to the York County Resource Recovery Center where they were safely processed to produce power.

This program was an outgrowth of the YCSWA's participation in and support of Keep York Beautiful and its efforts to prevent and eliminate illegal dumping. Removing waste tires from communities helps clean up illegal dumpsites and reduces the spread of West Nile virus by eliminating potential mosquito breeding sources.

Residents can and should place old tires out with their regular garbage. This special tire acceptance program was held to raise awareness that tires should be properly disposed of as household waste and to help prevent illegal dumping of tires. Tires collected at the curb with regular garbage must be off the rim and may not exceed 32" in diameter. Residents should contact their waste hauler for specifics on how many tires can be placed out with each pick-up.

The YCSWA facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, reuse, recycling and resource recovery. The YCSWA is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township and conducts a year-round free litter disposal program to encourage York County residents, organizations, civic groups, schools, and neighborhoods to clean up litter and illegal dumpsites. Waste collected in clean-up programs can be disposed of free of charge at the York County Resource Recovery Center. Preregistration is required. For more information about the free litter program, readers may call the YCSWA at 717-845-1066.

Residents interested in helping to clean up an illegal dumpsite should contact Tom Smith at Keep York Beautiful at 717-840-2375 or Keep York Beautiful can assist with providing free gloves, bags, and safety vests.


Centennial Church Posts Schedule July 11, 2018

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, has posted its schedule of events.

On Sunday, July 22, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion. All are welcome to join Tancredi during education hour at 10:45 a.m. for a discussion of the Scripture readings.

During the education hour on Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 26, participants will discuss the forthcoming ELCA social statement on "Women and Social Justice." Feedback from the discussion will be forwarded to the ELCA as it prepares its formal statement on the subject.

Information about church is available at or by emailing

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