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Church Posts Sermon Series November 15, 2018

Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, invites the community to attend a four-week Sunday sermon series from Dec. 2 to 23. The series, titled "The Star: A Journey to Christmas," is based on the Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace.

Recalling the star that signaled birth of a Savior, the church recognizes the need for illumination, clarification, guidance, and healing. The series is designed to help attendees focus on the story of God's redeeming love.

Cookies and cocoa and lighting of the Advent wreath will be featured.

For more information on the services or the church, readers may visit or call the church office at 717-626-2710.


Neighbors Group To Meet November 15, 2018

Women of all ages and preschool children are invited to attend Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Colleen Haldeman will speak about "The Jesus-Centered Life," including encountering Jesus and knowing Him for who He really is.

Haldeman, married to Barry, is a mother and a grandmother. She lives in the Manheim area and is a member of New Beginnings Fellowship, which meets at the Teen Central building in Manheim. She has been a speaker for this group for 30 years.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Readers may contact Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information and a copy of this year's schedule.


Church Plans Community Meal November 15, 2018

Willow Street Church, 2723 Willow Street Pike North, Willow Street, will offer a community meal on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Everyone is invited to attend. The menu will include ham and beans, fruit, and dessert. For more details, readers may call 717-464-3462.


Boehm's Chapel To Host Advent Service November 15, 2018

Boehm's Chapel Society will commemorate the start of the Christmas season by holding its annual Advent service on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at the historic Boehm's Chapel, 13 W. Boehm's Road, Willow Street. Executive director Dolores Myers noted that the service time has been changed from the traditional vespers.

"(We scheduled it) so everyone can be home before dark," she explained.

The service will take the form of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Boehm's Chapel Society members and friends will read the Scriptures that foretell and retell the story of Jesus Christ's birth. Joanne Swords-Wang will lead the music, performing solos on harp and accompanying congregational singing on keyboard.

"The congregation can participate. Most people like to sing traditional carols," Myers remarked. "It's a great way to kick off the season."

Swords-Wang has been involved with music practically her entire life. She played cello in school and studied piano for many years. Swords-Wang worked as a pianist and organist at Boehm's United Methodist Church (UMC), which grew out of the chapel. She now serves Saint Paul's UMC in Mountville and Ebenezer Evangelical Congregational Church in Brownstown. Singing opera was a hobby that led her to the harp. While performing with the Lancaster Opera Workshop in the mid-1990s, Swords-Wang had the opportunity to observe Jane Brye's skill at the strings.

"She played her harp so beautifully," Swords-Wang recalled.

Interested in the instrument, Swords-Wang purchased a kit and built a harp herself with some assistance from her father. Once it was successfully assembled, she took lessons from Brye's sister, Rebekah Kauffmann Weaver. Ever since that first year of lessons, Swords-Wang has been in demand at weddings and on other special occasions. This will be the second time she has performed for the chapel's Advent service, and she is looking forward to playing in the 1791 structure, which will be minimally decorated with holly, ivy, and candles.

"It's stark and echoey, and it has great acoustics," Swords-Wang commented.

"Early Methodist services were pretty plain," Myers pointed out. "The Mennonites were a big influence here."

The public is welcome to attend the Advent service free of charge, but donations will be accepted. The doors to the chapel will open at 2 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-872-4133.


Wesley Bazaar Expands To Two Locations November 15, 2018

The annual Christmas craft bazaar hosted by Wesley Church has expanded to two locations. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, and at Colerain Church, 1923 Noble Road, Kirkwood.

"The Wesley Church location is full, and since Colerain Church has just recently become a part of Wesley, it was decided to see if any vendors on the wait list would like to sell their items at the Colerain Church location, which is only 2 miles south of Wesley Church," coordinator Bonnie Aukamp explained.

The bazaar at Colerain will be a smaller version of the one at Wesley. Breakfast and lunch foods will be available at both sites, and vendors at both locations will sell sweets and treats as well. Between the two venues, shoppers will be able to buy wooden toys and other items, health and beauty supplies, candles, painted signs, wreaths, handcrafted jewelry and hair pieces, artwork and photography, seasonal and home decor, pet items, and knitted, crocheted, or sewn goods, along with much more.

One of the vendor booths at Wesley has been reserved by The A-Team. The group meets at Wesley on two Thursdays a month and on Sunday mornings. It offers a safe place where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can socialize, have fun, and grow spiritually. Special needs coordinator Tami Shaub noted that the group is still planning what all it will sell at the bazaar, but popcorn, cookie gift plates, and crafts are on the confirmed list.

"This opportunity just came up, so we are still trying to figure it all out," Shaub said.

Proceeds from the Christmas craft bazaar will go to Wesley Church's discretionary fund. For more information about Wesley Church, readers may visit, call the church at 717-786-8322, or email


Fischel To Present Program November 15, 2018

Dr. Jack Fischel will present "U.S., Great Britain, Israel, and the Holocaust" on Monday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m. at Congregation Degel Israel, 1120 Columbia Ave., Lancaster.

Fischel is an emeritus professor of history at Millersville Unviersity and a visiting professor of humanities at Messiah College. He has authored nine books on the Holocaust and has written hundreds of articles on the Holocaust, Israel, and other aspects of Jewish life and history.

The presentation is open to the public. For more information or to register, readers may email or call 717-402-1012.


Annual Bazaar Will Now Include Vendors November 15, 2018

A number of women, incluing pastor Carlene Wolf, from Washington Boro United Methodist Church (UMC), 1964 Water St., Washington Boro, are known as the congregation's mission and nurture committee.

"We organize events and fundraisers that support our local and foreign missions and support the church and our local community," said committee member Lori Gee.

"The other thing you can identify these women as is the best cooks in Washington Boro, and I don't live in Washington Boro," Wolf said with a laugh.

The committee members, along with other members of the church, will focus their talents on preparing baked goods, soups, and other foods for the church's annual Christmas bazaar. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the kitchen will offer breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, beef barbecue, grilled cheese sandwiches, and freshly fried cinnamon breadsticks. Soup varieties will include chicken corn, beef vegetable, French onion, and tomato prepared following a recipe from a Civil War-era cookbook. The soups may be purchased in small quantities or in quarts. Preorders for quarts of soup will be appreciated, and folks may contact committee member Tabetha Young at 717-341-7783 or to place orders.

The baked goods table is slated to include buckeye candy, sweet breads, pies, cookies, fudge, and more.

"You never know what people will bring," observed committee member Petra King.

The bazaar itself will look a bit different than it has in previous years.

"We're trying something new this year," committee member Diana Boswa remarked. "Rather than asking people to donate things (to sell), we're bringing in vendors."

The vendors will sell crafts, jewelry, cookware and other kitchen supplies, clothing, books, totes, and handbags. There will also be a white elephant table.

Santa Claus will visit the bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will pose for photos and give children candy canes and small gifts.

Proceeds from the bazaar will go to the congregation's general missions efforts.

The community is also invited to attend the Washington Boro UMC's Advent festival on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m. Originally, the festival was started as a celebration while church members worked together to decorate the sanctuary and other parts of the building for Christmas. Now that a church member has claimed that task, all that remains of the festival is the celebration. Thus, on Nov. 24, festival attendees may partake of a baked potato bar and make a Christmas craft. There is no charge to attend, but folks are asked to register by calling the church at 717-684-9309 or emailing Wolf at

Other holiday events on the congregation's calendar include a children's Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m.; Christmas caroling at area homes and health care facilities on Sunday, Dec. 16, at a time to be announced; and a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. All are welcome to participate. Folks may also attend Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. and worship services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. A nursery is available.

"We have a lot of fun when we do stuff. We're a fun and friendly church," Boswa said. "We're small, but when there's a need, we pull together to meet that need."

To learn more about the church, readers may visit


Benefit Concert Slated November 15, 2018

CFPT Ministry Promotions and the Good News Cafe are collaborating to present the "An Evening of Thanks" annual praise and worship benefit concert on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. at Swatara Church of God, 4860 Lindle Road, Harrisburg.

This year's performance will feature Unified in Worship, an ensemble of artists and musicians. The master of ceremonies will be Selara R. Mann Jr., along with presenter Stephon Guyton.

The admission fee will be a new, unwrapped toy. All items collected will be donated to the Bethesda Mission Women's and Children Shelter, Shalom House and the Young Women's Empowerment Academy, for distribution to women and families with children for the upcoming holiday season.

The concert is open to the public, and doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, readers may call 717-233-4223 or visit Exacting Truth on Facebook.


Lifetree Cafe Program Posted November 15, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will discuss how to heal from childhood trauma on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

The program is titled "Overcoming Childhood Pain: Facing Unresolved Family Issues." It will feature a filmed interview with Delisa Mayer, a woman whose family took part in an ill-fated university study during her childhood. The outcome of that study - which introduced a newborn chimpanzee into the family and asked them to raise it as a human child - shaped Mayer's childhood and led to her parents' divorce. Participants will discover key steps to help recover from the scars of past experiences.

Admission is free. For details, contact 717-473-9115 or


Night To Shine Meeting Slated November 15, 2018

GBC Lancaster will hold a Night to Shine volunteer meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church, 54 N. Penryn Road. Night to Shine is a prom experience for teenagers and adults with special needs sponsored in part by the Tim Tebow Foundation. The meeting will provide information on how to get involved with Night to Shine.

For more information, readers may contact Joell Ketcham at or 717-314-7125 or visit


Church Plans Community Luncheon November 15, 2018

Those looking for a homecooked meal and an opportunity to gather with neighbors and new friends are invited to attend a community luncheon being offered on the second Saturday of each month from noon to 2 p.m. at Nantmeal United Methodist Church (UMC).

During the luncheon, the food is served buffet-style in the church fellowship hall and the menus vary. The meal on Nov. 10 featured chicken salad and ham salad sandwiches with chicken corn soup, chips and dessert. Beverages are also included with each meal. "Everything is homemade," noted congregation member Jill Shank, who leads the meal preparation.

The Rev. Dennis Keen, pastor, said the effort is a way to fulfill the church's mission statement, which reads, in part, "To love God (and) serve Christ by loving others."

"We are here to serve the community," said Keen. "We want to hear from the community what we can do for them."

Keen emphasized that although the event is held in a church, there is no pressure to join the church or attend Sunday services. "We just sit around the tables and talk. It is very casual," said Keen, noting that the church's first community luncheon was held in October. "The last time people said that a (good way) to get to know people in the community was by coming here."

"Last month, we had some gentlemen who were just driving through and saw the sign and stopped," said Shank.

She noted that the church members often enjoy eating together. Annual events include a chicken barbecue in the summer and a breakfast that is held after the Easter Sunday sunrise service.

Another church member volunteering to help cook and serve is 95-year-old Ann McAfee, who has been attending Nantmeal UMC for her entire life. The youngest volunteer was Taylor Payne, a student at Great Valley High School.

The idea for the community luncheons came about eight months ago when Keen asked members of the church congregation if they were interested in starting a community meal. "It was a dream, and the ladies made it happen," Keen said.

"We love to cook, and why not share?" Shank added.

The next community luncheon will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8. The menu will include beef barbecue, macaroni salad, baked beans and desserts. The meal is free, but donations are accepted.

Nantmeal UMC is located at 359 Nantmeal Road, Glenmoore. Sunday worship is held at 10 a.m. A time of fellowship and light refreshments is offered after the service.

For more information about the luncheon and the church, readers may call the church office at 610-469-8655 or visit or


Quilting Group Seeks Volunteers, Fabric Donations November 15, 2018

Members of the Mission Quilters at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville are seeking some extra hands to help with their efforts.

Volunteers are needed to help "tie" the quilt layers together during meetings of the group, which are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. "If you can tie a knot, you can do this," said Jean Broderick of Elverson, one of the group leaders.

As part of the process, a needle and thread are used to pierce the three quilt layers, which include the top and the back with the batting in between. Similar to sewing on a button, the needle and thread go through each square of the material several times and the thread is eventually tied off.

"We could really use a lot more (help)," said Broderick, who noted that the group has been meeting for more than 10 years.

The completed quilts, which measure 60 by 80 inches and are composed of 11-inch squares, are donated to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) as part of its Mission Quilt program. According to, Mission Quilts are used by residents of impoverished countries for bedding, as simple tents or floor coverings or to carry infants.

"We send (the quilts) to a warehouse in Maryland, and Lutheran World Relief sends the quilts to wherever they are needed," Broderick said. "Most of ours have gone to India.

"We have a number on the box when we ship them, so we can track it that way," she added.

In 2017, the group donated 24 quilts to LWR, and so far for 2018, the members sent 33. "We have seven in progress right now," Broderick said.

At an upcoming meeting of the group, instruction will be provided to those who want to tie the quilts. "You tie them a couple of times to make sure they are tight so they do not come apart," said Broderick.

After the tying process, the borders of the quilts are completed on a sewing machine by Broderick and group member Loretta Donohue.

The congregation donates to the group members, who purchase sewing materials at discount stores. The community is invited to donate as well. "We can use money for batting and backing, (as well as) fabric," Broderick noted.

She said that the group members enjoy sewing together. "We enjoy fellowship, but we know we are doing something that is needed for people who are less fortunate than us," Broderick added.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville. For more information about joining the group or donating fabric, readers may email For more information about the church or directions, readers may call the church office at 610-384-2035 or visit

The church also offers a prayer shawl ministry that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.


Ringgold Band Will Perform November 15, 2018

The Ringgold Band will present a Christmas concert at Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Exeter Township, on Sunday, Dec. 2.

In lieu of a fee, admission will be by donation of a new toy to benefit Exeter Area Food Pantry families. For more information, readers may call 610-779-3480.


Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing Set November 15, 2018

New London Presbyterian Church, 1986 Newark Road (Route 896), New London, invites the community to an old-fashioned hymn sing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Chuck Cole will be the organist, and Rachel Byrd will be the soloist.

A social hour will follow, and attendees are welcome to bring desserts.


Cowboy Church Plans Service November 15, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will return to the Lewis Family Farm, 2200 Channel Road, Pylesville, Md., on Sunday, Nov. 25. The children's message will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the praise and worship service at 1 p.m. led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. Those who are able are asked to bring something to share at the potluck dinner following the service.

A drive is continuing to collect nonperishable items for a local food bank, as well as items for the Children's Home of York. The home has indicated that the items most needed are toiletries, white athletic socks, gift and phone cards, "fuzzy" bedroom socks for girls, school and art supplies, and AA and AAA batteries.


Memory Loss Group To Meet November 15, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The meeting will take place in the Community Room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic for discussion will be "Frustrations I Experience as a Caregiver."


CROP Walk Held November 15, 2018

The Stewartstown Area CROP Hunger Walk was held on Oct. 21. Stewartstown Presbyterian Church was the starting and ending point. A total of 39 walkers and support staff raised $3,192. The funds were to be used to help end hunger and poverty through long-term sustainable approaches to reducing hunger. A portion of the proceeds will support the food pantry of Mason-Dixon Community Services in Delta.

In addition to collecting funds, participants also packed 200 snack kits for Mason-Dixon Ministries, a new project. The goal of the ministry's programs is to prevent homelessness.

The Cross Roads Ministerium - which includes Cross Roads United Methodist and Hopewell and Round Hill Presbyterian churches - sponsored the walk. Eureka Fire Police of Stewartstown also assisted with the event.

The next Stewartstown CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. For more information, readers may contact or 717-741-4366 or visit Details about Mason-Dixon Community Services are available at


Advent Lessons, Carols Planned November 15, 2018

St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, 2475 St. Peter's Road, Malvern, will present Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. Lessons and Carols is a candlelit service that features carols, choral music, hand bells, and Scriptural readings.

A candlelit reception with seasonal fare will follow. For more details, visit


Blessing Of The Hounds Planned November 15, 2018

St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ, 1193 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs, will present Blessing of the Hounds on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Doug Hanson will hold a brief service, followed by the traditional English blessing.

The Androssan beagles will be present after their morning hunt. Visitors are invited to come early for hot beverages. Donations will support the church's mission projects. For details, call 610-933-6419.


Dance Raises $3,600 For Flood Victims November 15, 2018

Chanceford Presbyterian Church has announced that its benefit line dance to support local flood victims raised more than $3,600.

A number of local businesses, organizations, and individuals donated and assisted with the event.

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