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Church Posts Schedule August 23, 2017

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

On Sunday, Sept. 3, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message from pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Jaime Frazier, the church's new coordinator of faith development, will be installed during the worship service on Sunday, Sept. 10. Frazier will provide youth and family enrichment opportunities with the purpose of bringing the message of Christ's love into the lives of Centennial's children, youths, and adults.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, Rally Day will kick off the fall programs and will include the dedication of the new church sign. A pancake breakfast will follow the worship service.

The church will hold a blood drive on Monday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 7 p.m.

All men are invited to a men's breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. Food and coffee will be available, and there will be time for topical conversation.

Registration is now open for crafters to reserve tables for the church's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11. Registration forms are available by contacting the church office.

Information about the church is available by visiting www.centenniallutheran.org or by emailing info@centenniallutheran.org.

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Church Sets Bible Study August 23, 2017

Bethany Felton United Methodist Church, 41 High St., Felton, will begin a Bible study, "Jonah Bible and Spiritual Adventure," on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m.

The class will use ancient Bible study methods to discover the spiritual truths in the narrative. Following each chapter, there will be discussion on the spiritual lessons. There is a fee for the workbooks.

To register and for more information, readers may contact 717-244-4162 or joy@bethanyfelton.one.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items August 23, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be fall clothing for men, women and children, including men's and women's dressy and casual slacks, pants and jeans in all sizes, available at special savings. Household and decorative items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more. Children's games, books, and toys will be available.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers may register to win a "Welcome Fall" gift basket.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Awana Clubs To Begin Program Year August 23, 2017

The Awana Clubs of Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 151 Donerville Road, Lancaster, will begin their 36th year of programs on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Participation is open to all area children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The Bible-based Awana program, which features games, Bible study and a variety of activities, will take place each Wednesday through April from 7 to 8:40 p.m. This year, children will also have special opportunities to participate in regional games, quizzing events, an annual Grand Prix and a variety of special theme nights. They will also have the opportunity to earn special individual awards through Bible memorization.

The clubs will again participate in special projects to collect canned goods for the Water Street Mission. They will participate in a Global Outreach effort to help children in other countries participate in Awana clubs. Last year, club members from Faith Bible raised $17,000 to support 1,700 children in the Middle East and North Africa.

This year, special parent visitation nights will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The Faith Bible Awana staff consists of approximately 80 trained and certified volunteers. The staff is led by associate pastor Neil Franklin, commander emeritus Barry Kauffman and Dianne Kauffman. Individual club directors include Heidi Gifford, Michele Ruhl, Becky Palmisano, Jim Lawson and Wayne Manley. Game directors are Rick Grimm, Rob Lockhart and Jack Lewis.

Additional information is available by calling the church office at 717-285-1900 or visiting www.fbfawana.com.

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Local Church Sets Craft Class August 23, 2017

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York will hold its fourth craft class on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.

Participants will create a quart jar scarecrow consisting of a quart jar, burlap, elastic, flower raffia, and more. A small fee will be charged for supplies.

To register, readers may call the church office at 717-252-4412 by Saturday, Sept. 16, to ensure that enough supplies are provided.

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Church To Host Musical Duo August 23, 2017

St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, will host a performance by Ron and Eileen Druck on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 10:15 a.m. The Drucks share the Gospel through Southern and country gospel music.

For more information, call pastor Martha Boyer at 717-858-2991.

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Cowboy Church Posts Service August 23, 2017

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project will be held on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue.

The children's program will begin at 5:30 p.m. The praise and worship service will follow at 6 p.m. and will be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. The service will include singing and Scripture.

A potluck dinner will follow the service, and attendees may bring a dish to share. Attendees may also make s'mores around a campfire.

Also, Sept. 3 will be the last day that item donations will be accepted for the Children's Home of York. A complete wish list is available by visiting www.childrenshomeofyork.org and clicking on Support and then Wish List.

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Church To Host "Goliath" Series August 23, 2017

Red Lion Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, will begin a new worship and education series, "Goliath Must Fall," on Sunday, Sept. 17. The series will be discussed during worship services at 9 and 11:15 a.m., as well as the adult Spiritual Growth Group that meets at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may visit www.redlionzion.com or contact Joan Alley at 717-244-2585 or churchoffice@redlionzionumc.org.

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Clothing Drive August 23, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-2343.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.

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Service To Honor 9/11 Anniversary August 23, 2017

The congregation at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Columbia will host a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance to honor the 16th anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, Sept. 10. The community is invited to attend the service, which will begin at 9 a.m. in Locust Street Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

The service will begin with a procession led by the Catholic War Veterans Post 1305 color guard. Members of various community organizations will march in the procession, including individuals from the Columbia Borough Police Department, the Columbia Borough Fire Department, and veterans groups, along with community leaders and emergency first responders.

"What we want to do in this event is to join as many people from the community as can come to honor people who have stood up to defend and protect our country in all sorts of circumstances and across many generations," stated event organizer Gene Merrell. "Mayor (Leo) Lutz has been a pillar in supporting this (event), and he shows up every year."

During the service, there will be a moment of silence to acknowledge those whose lives were lost in the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Patriotic music will be part of the service, including the playing of taps by a trumpeter. Merrell said there will potentially be a second trumpeter stationed by the war memorial at the corner of Locust Street Park to echo the playing of taps.

Pastor Skip Nizinski will deliver a prayer and brief message. A freewill offering will be received to benefit the Columbia Food Bank.

Following the service, everyone is invited to enjoy a picnic lunch served at the park free of charge at approximately 10 a.m. "All of our neighbors are welcome to have lunch with us," said Merrell.

This will mark the eighth year that St. Paul's has hosted a remembrance service in the park for the community. Merrell emphasized the importance of acknowledging and expressing gratitude for those who are serving or have served their nation. Veterans, active-duty members of the military, and emergency responders are encouraged to attend the service dressed in uniform or wearing a hat or something else signifying which branch or group they serve or have served in.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church is located at 555 Locust St., Columbia. Everyone is invited to attend weekly Sunday worship services at 9 a.m. Children's Sunday school is offered at 9:15 a.m.

For more information on the 9/11 Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance, readers may call 717-764-4746.

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Food Waste Weekend Set August 23, 2017

Food Waste Weekend educates clergy about the issue of food waste, and then gives them the tools they need to share the issue with their congregation. The program was developed by AmpleHarvest.org - the unique nationwide nonprofit that is eliminating food waste and hunger by linking 42 million American home gardeners to local food pantries.

Each year the United States wastes 133 billion pounds of food or 40 percent of food produced. At the same time, 1 in 6 Americans does not know where their next meal will come from.

The second annual Food Waste Weekend will take place from Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10. This is a global invitation and opportunity for the faith community to learn about and address the waste of food during the weekend's religious services. Free information about food waste, faith-specific sample sermons, newsletter bulletins and more are available to clergy who sign up at www.foodwasteweekend.org.

Food Waste Weekend was launched in 2016 to help the faith community shift its focus from feeding the hungry to ending hunger. Clergy are urged to mark Sept. 8 to 10 on their calendars to give sermons on the waste of food and further discussions about how reducing food waste can help congregations follow their faith traditions, save money at the grocery store, and help improve the health of both themselves and the planet. Food waste sermons can be given at any date, the resources will remain online and freely available. In addition, all congregants can learn more about what they can do personally at www.foodwasteweekend.org/me.

Through AmpleHarvest.org, the key beneficiaries of Food Waste Weekend will be food pantries nationwide that will receive food, especially locally grown food, that otherwise would have been lost to waste. For more information, readers may visit www.ampleharvest.org/presskit or call 267-536-9880.

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D.A.W.G.S. Club To Kick Off Season August 23, 2017

The Dynamic And Wiggly God Seekers (D.A.W.G.S.) Kids Club and Youth Group at Geyers United Methodist Church, 1605 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown, will kick off its new season on Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Children age 3 through middle school are invited to attend.

The goal of the club is to bring the love of Jesus to children through creative and fun activities, including Bible stories, music videos, crafts, cooking activities, games, science, skits, and sports. Special events and theme nights will also be offered, and a snack is served each night.

The D.A.W.G.S. Club meets most Wednesdays through April. Everyone who attends receives a free club T-shirt.

Preregistration is not required. For more information, readers may contact Kathy Menear at 717-930-4454 or karenkathy@comcast.net.

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Community Meals Posted August 23, 2017

The public is invited to enjoy meals that are offered in the New Holland and ELANCO area at several venues throughout the month.

A meal is offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 276 W. Main St., New Holland. A meal is held on the second Wednesday of every other month (January, March, May, July, September, and November) from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Weaverland Mennonite Church, 210 Weaverland Valley Road, East Earl.

On the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., a meal is served at New Holland United Methodist Church, 120 W. Main St., New Holland. CrossNet Youth Center, 100 W. Franklin St., New Holland, is the site of a meal on the fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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School Opens Registration August 22, 2017

Temple Beth Israel, 2090 Hollywood Drive, York, is currently accepting registration for students in kindergarten through 10th grade. Music education will highlight the Religious School offerings. School will begin on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Families of students in kindergarten through second grade need not be temple members. The Reform Jewish congregation operates the religious education program for Jewish youths in York County.

For more information, readers may call principal Elizabeth Arbittier or Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan at 717-843-2676 or visit www.tbiyork.org.

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Two GriefShare Series Planned August 22, 2017

Two weekly GriefShare series will be offered this fall at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom. GriefShare will begin with an orientation/information session on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. and again on Friday, Sept. 1, at 10:30 a.m. GriefShare is a 13-week Christ-centered grief support group.

The evening and morning series will continue from Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8, through Thursday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 8, except during Thanksgiving week. The series aims to help participants find healing through the video, discussion group, and workbook exercises based on Bible passages.

There is a nominal fee for the guidebook. Readers are asked to contact Judy Newberger at 717-235-2156, ext. 214, or jnewberger@sjbnf.org for more details, including the exact location on the church campus.

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Special Blessing Service Planned August 22, 2017

Pleasureville United Methodist Church, 2606 N. Sherman St., York, will offer a blessing of the backpacks on Sunday, Sept. 10, at the 9 and 11:11 a.m. services. All students, from prekindergarten through college, as well as adult students and teachers, are invited to bring their backpacks or tote bags to church services on Sept. 10 for a blessing and prayer over the school year.

The public is invited to attend. For details, contact the church office at 717-757-3216 or pleasurevilleumc@outlook.com or visit www.pleasurevilleumc.com.

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Church Plans Yard Sale August 22, 2017

St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown, is accepting vendors for its annual yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available for rent are 10-by-10-foot spaces, with a limited number of tables available to rent for an additional fee.

The event will be held rain or shine. Preregistration is encouraged, but registrations will be available on the day of the event if spaces are still available.

For more information or to preregister, contact the church office at 717-244-2090.

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First Responder Blessing Slated August 22, 2017

Holy Infant Parish, 535 Conewago Creek Road, Manchester, will celebrate all first responders with a special blessing and prayer service on Friday, Sept. 29, in appreciation of their service and to pray for their safety. This event will be held outside the church near the flagpole at 5:30 p.m.

All first responders and members of the community are invited to participate. For details, contact Becky Papa at 717-266-5286 or holyinfantparish@gmail.com.

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Church Members Complete Mission Trip August 21, 2017

Thirteen team members from Harmony Grove Community Church of Dover recently made a short-term missions trip to Word of Life Institute, a youth ministry located in Ontario, Canada.

Service projects included repurposing a large room to be used as a student lounge, painting, kitchen cleanup, replacing roofs, installing windows, and working on an obstacle course. Team members included Curtis Cooper, pastor Jim Crosley, Tina Crull, Walt Diehl, Randy Guiler, Gary Lucas, Larry Mellott, Jacob Rode, Scott Rode, Deb Weir, Greg Weir, Jim Weir and Trish Wisotzkey.

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Mom's House Gala Will Focus On Empowerment August 21, 2017

The second annual fundraising gala to benefit Mom's House of Lancaster has been titled "An Evening of Empowerment." The event will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at 6 p.m. at Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, and will include dinner and live and silent auctions. An optional social will be held on the veranda following the gala for adults age 21 and older.

To highlight the event's theme, three past program participants will share how Mom's House empowered them to break the cycle of poverty through child care, support, and resources. A recent graduate, a person who graduated in 2008, and an individual whose daughter is now in college are slated to speak.

Executive director Sara Johns, who moved from the board of directors to the head of the organization in February 2015, also has a story of empowerment. Johns became a mother at 17 and had planned to quit school, but a tour of Mom's House changed the direction of her life.

"You can be successful by getting an education," Johns recalled hearing on the tour.

The program offered by Mom's House today is similar to the one that enabled Johns to continue to attend high school. Mom's House provides child care for infants as young as 6 weeks through preschool-age at no cost to single parents. The parents are required to be enrolled in school full time, achieve good grades, and invest three hours of service each week at Mom's House. One of those hours can be fulfilled by attending a life skills workshop.

"We try to have them do things they generally need in their everyday lives (for their service hours)," Johns explained. That includes cleaning the facility at 415 S. Queen St., Lancaster, disinfecting toys, and even writing thank-you letters to donors. "The moms really enjoy making that connection," Johns said of the letter-writing task.

Currently, Mom's House serves 21 families, and 25 additional families are on the waiting list. The proceeds from the gala will help toward reaching a goal of hiring a new staff person so that an additional eight families can be added to the active clientele. A new or expanded facility may also be in the organization's future. Discussing possible locations, Johns pointed out a common misconception about Mom's House: that its services are restricted to Lancaster city residents.

"(When it started), it was strictly city-based, but we are blessed with a philanthropic community, so now families (in need) have more transportation options," Johns said. "A lot of families we serve are coming from rural areas."

Proceeds from the gala represent a significant portion of the Mom's House budget, said treasurer and gala committee chair Dan Massey. Last year's inaugural event, which celebrated the organization's 25th anniversary, attracted between 120 and 130 attendees, more than the 100 organizers had hoped for.

"We'd love to have 200 (this year)," Massey remarked.

"We would like to attract some businesses (that) would like to be community supporters," added board member and gala committee member Jean Good.

Sponsorships in a wide range of price points are available for businesses and individuals, and the committee is accepting donations of items for the auctions. The committee is planning to feature six significant items or packages in the live auction and 50 or more lots in the silent auction. Current donations include a high-end necklace from a local jeweler, a custom Renaissance-style family portrait painted by a regional artist, and gift cards and certificates.

To learn more about the gala, schedule a donation, or purchase tickets by the deadline of Friday, Sept. 1, readers may visit www.momshouselancaster.org/2017gala.

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