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Sunday Drive To Present Concert May 25, 2018

Sunday Drive is scheduled to perform at Faith United Methodist Church, 1290 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.

The family group, made up of Jeff Treece, Misty Treece, and Dusty Treece, is known for harmony, vocals, and humor. The award-winning trio from Knoxville, Tenn., has earned awards including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, and more. It has also been recognized for multiple No. 1 songs.

For more information, readers may call 717-560-0321.

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Preschoolers Help Fund Smile Packages May 24, 2018

Neffsville Christian Preschool recently teamed up with Ryder Getchis, who was seeking to raise money to purchase items for Smile Packages, pillowcases full of special goodies for children going through cancer treatment.

Preschool students decorated a bank to take home to collect their family's loose change. After approximately five weeks of collecting change, the children and their families had raised more than $611. Many children emptied their own piggy banks in order to fill their banks for Ryder's Smile Packages project.

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Bible Festival Programs Set May 24, 2018

The Bible Festival at Mount Gretna has been in existence for 126 years and will provide a summer of spiritually based music, preaching, and worship from Friday, June 1, to Sunday, Aug. 26. All of the programs of preaching and music will be updated versions of an 1892 vision of summer worship. They will take place at 7 p.m. in the Mount Gretna Tabernacle, located at Third Street and Glossbrenner Avenue on the Campmeeting grounds.

The June Ecumenical Series will feature five pastors from five faith communities speaking on the theme of "God Is..." on Friday evenings in June. Retired Mount Gretna United Methodist Church pastor Jim Goudie will start the series on June 1, when he and Rusty Morgan will present "God Is Surprising."

Three Sunday evenings in June will be devoted to music, with the singers of the Mennonite Children's Choir, the spiritual jazz of the Andy Roberts Quartet, and the harmonies of Silver, Wood, and Ivory.

Among other highlights will be the Massed Choir of 175 voices, the New Holland Band, and the Susquehanna Chorale. Interspersed with the music will be a number of local and nationally known preaching ministers. A Wednesday evening hymn sing is scheduled, and the regular Saturday evening Festival of Bell Choirs will continue. Lancaster's British Brass Band will play in August. The season will close as it has for 25 years - with a performance by QuintEssentially Brass.

The public is invited. There is no admission charge for any of the programs, but a freewill offering will be received.

The Tabernacle may be accessed by turning off Route 117 onto Boulevard to the parking lot adjacent to the Mount Gretna Fire Company.

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Family Sports Day Slated May 24, 2018

Family Sports Day will be held at Gelder Park, Gelder Park Drive, Hummelstown, on Saturday, June 2, from 6 p.m. to dusk. The event will be hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The sports day will feature games such as water volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, kickball, relay races, basketball, soccer for children, and an obstacle course.

Light refreshments will be provided, and a first aid tent will be on-site. Admission is free.

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Fundraiser Will Aid LCCC May 23, 2018

Lancaster Moravian Church, 227 N. Queen St., Lancaster, will support Lancaster Council of Churches (LCCC) through its next Giving Tree Opportunity on Friday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. All those making any kind of donation will receive a hot dog from the church.

Items needed include canned fruit, canned meat, pouch meals, oatmeal, soups, tuna, beans, dry pasta, and peanut butter. Also needed are shoes, summer clothing, and financial donations.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-397-9722, email office@lancastermoravian.org, or visit www.lancastermoravian.org.

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Strawberry Sundae Talent Show To Support Mission Team May 23, 2018

In preparation for a summer service trip to McCreary County, Ky., a group of youths and adults from Salem United Methodist Church (UMC), 140 N. Penn St., Manheim, have planned a Strawberry Sundae Talent Show fundraiser. The community is invited to the annual event, which will take place on Sunday, June 3, at the church.

The make-your-own sundae buffet will begin at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall and will include strawberries freshly picked from a local farm by members of the mission team, as well as ice cream, cakes, pretzels, snacks, and beverages. Admission will be by donation, and the strawberry sundae buffet will be followed by a talent show at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The lineup of performances includes a bluegrass selection by Musical Sunshine; a vocal performance by Chris, Kylee, and Brynn Trovinger; hymns led by the Ages and Stages Sunday school class; a comedy skit; and performances by Tim Hoffman and the Sheetz family.

All funds raised at the event will help to cover costs of the mission trip to McCreary County, which is located in southeastern Kentucky. According to organizer Doug Winters, Salem UMC has been sending teams to various parts of the United States on service trips for the past several decades. This trip will be through Appalachian Service Project (ASP) and will consist mainly of home repair work. "We don't know what the exact projects will be until a week or two before," noted Winters.

Winters said that 30 percent of the residents in McCreary County live below the poverty line, making it difficult or impossible to afford repairs on the interior or exterior of their homes. During last summer's trip to Hinton, W.Va., the team members from Salem UMC worked on flooring, roofing, remodeling a bathroom, replacing decks, and installing handicapped-accessible rampways.

Members of this year's mission team include Mark Heller, Alexis Kohler, Tim May, Rachel Metzger, Cole Meyer, Kevin Meyer, Olivia Robinson, Wyatt Robinson, Ethan Stoltzfus, Sierra Stoltzfus, Brynn Trovinger, Chris Trovinger, Jade Trovinger, Eric Weiss, Matt Welch, Charlie Winters, and Doug Winters.

Readers who have questions may call the church at 717-665-2331.

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Mount Joy Church Of God Announces Summer Schedule May 23, 2018

Mount Joy Church of God, 30 E. Main St., Mount Joy, invites the community to hear from various guest speakers and organizations that will present as part of the church's summer schedule. On Sundays from June to August, guests will share from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., following the 9 a.m. worship service.

The summer will kick off with guest presenter Tim Kreider sharing his story on June 3. Kreider is the author of "Refuse to Drown," which details his personal journey through despair to regaining healing and wholeness after his oldest son, Alec, confessed to committing a triple-homicide in Manheim Township in 2007. Kreider also formed Also-Me, a nonprofit organization that encourages people not to live life alone. He resides in Womelsdorf with his wife, Lynn. Additional details about Kreider are available at www.refusetodrown.com.

On June 10, Piercing Word will debut "Ecclesiastes." Piercing Word is a Lancaster-based ministry that performs Scripture across the United States. The scripts are taken directly from the English Standard Version of the Bible. With four performers, "Ecclesiastes" features a young student discovering the writings of Solomon. Audiences may watch as a modern-day Solomon ponders the meaning of life in the presence of two court jesters. More information is available at www.piercingword.org.

Other speakers and presentations for the summer schedule are as follows: Diane Anderson on June 17; Deb Jones, director of Elizabethtown Community Housing Outreach Services (ECHOS), on June 24; John Schnee on July 1; Mindy Erb on July 8; Tony Bistline on July 22; Kathy Bistline on July 29; Gary McNece on Aug. 5; Cory Funk on Aug. 12; Ann King-Grosh of No Longer Alone Ministries (NLAM) on Aug. 19; and Dave Lloyd on Aug. 26. A church picnic is planned for July 15.

"We have some of our own people sharing and others from different places," noted organizer Joyce Hershey. "It's just a nice mix."

To learn more about Mount Joy Church of God, readers may visit www.mountjoychurchofgod.org or call 717-653-4695.

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Church To Hold Memorial Day Service May 23, 2018

Bethel United Methodist Church (UMC) will sponsor its 96th annual Memorial Day service on Monday, May 28, at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Chester Joines. Children will be invited to help decorate the cemetery immediately following the service.

The Memorial Day service was started in 1922 to honor those veterans who have made the supreme sacrifice in defense of the country.

Everyone is invited to attend this special service. Bethel UMC is located at 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue. For more information, readers may contact pastor Kim Cartwright at 717-927-9380.

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Church Plans Hamloaf Dinner May 23, 2018

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 27 E. Main St., Mount Joy, will serve a hamloaf dinner on Sunday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The dinner will include hamloaf, au gratin potatoes, a vegetable, applesauce, bread and butter, dessert, ice cream, and beverages. There is a cost for the dinner, but reservations are not necessary. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the church's youth mission trip to New Castle this summer.

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Women's Group Plans Brunch May 23, 2018

The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Glass Fusion Creations" brunch at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy, on Thursday, June 7, at 9:30 a.m. The price is inclusive.

Kathleen Forney of Elizabethtown will share about fusing glass and making artful creations. Mary Lejcar of Palmyra will give a brief presentation on the 80th anniversary of Stonecroft Ministries. Speaker Jan Edgerton of Newfane, N.Y., will share "How to Have a Fulfilling Future Despite the Past." Vocalist Lisa Shaver of Middletown will provide special music.

Reservations for the brunch and free preschool child care must be made by Friday, June 1. To make reservations, readers may call Judy at 717-367-3076, Karen at 717-397-8987, or Sandy at 717-367-5140. Reservations not canceled by Tuesday, June 5, must be honored.

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Church Plans Bible School May 23, 2018

Hempfield Church of the Brethren, 1186 Stevens St., Manheim, will hold a vacation Bible school from Monday to Thursday, June 18 to 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The theme will be "Shipwrecked!"

Children who have completed 4-year-old preschool/prekindergarten through sixth grade are invited. Activities will include Bible lessons, games, crafts, and snacks. Daily freewill offerings will benefit Heifer International.

Online registration is available at www.hempfieldcob.org. For more information, readers may contact the church at 717-898-0181 or search for "Hempfield COB Kids" on Facebook.

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Encounter Church Revs Up For Motorcycle Sunday May 23, 2018

Encounter Church, 200 Hideaway Drive, Quarryville, will host its annual Motorcycle Sunday event on Sunday, June 10. A worship service will be held at the church at 9:30 a.m., and a group photograph of motorcyclists and their bikes will be taken in front of the church before the group leaves for an hourlong ride into Maryland. The ride will conclude at approximately 1 p.m. at Susquehannock State Park, where a picnic will be held and softball and other games will be played.

"Motorcycle Sunday has become one of the highlights on our summer schedule," commented pastor Stuart Osborne. "It's been a fun and effective outreach."

At least year's event, church member Tom Steinhauer's 2003 Honda ST 1300 graced the stage. This year, Steinhauer and the bike will be in front of the congregation, as he is slated to give the message.

Steinhauer has been riding for around 30 years after falling in love with motorcycles as a teenager. His love of Jesus Christ was acquired a short time later.

"The draw of the (Motorcycle Sunday) event is to bring people outside the church inside," Steinhauer said. "I grew up outside the church and experienced the downsides of that life. I had an encounter with Christ that was life-transforming for me."

Steinhauer noted that it is easy to use a driving analogy to describe his life. As a teenager, he was misguided and went off the straight and narrow road, becoming heavily involved in the party scene and making poor choices. After surrendering his life to Christ, he worked for churches in France for two years before returning to the United States, where he now leads worship with his family. Memories of his preconversion life are still vivid, and Steinhauer shudders to think of what might have happened if not for the grace of God. "I could never go back to what I was like," he remarked.

Guests, but especially bikers, are invited to attend Motorcycle Sunday. Registration is not required. Nursery care and children's church will be offered during the worship service. Church members will provide the lunch. No rain date has been set. In the event of bad weather, an announcement will be posted on the Encounter Church Facebook page.

Motorcycle Sunday is part of a series of events Encounter Church hosts to appeal to people with niche interests. Other events include a car show and a service honoring first responders around 9/11.

For more information about Motorcycle Sunday, readers may call the church at 717-786-2756.

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Church Installs Assistant Pastor May 23, 2018

Central Manor Church of God welcomed pastor Jeremy Metze as the new assistant pastor of youth and family ministries beginning on May 21. The church planned to officially install Metze in his pastoral role during the 10:45 a.m. service on May 27. Metze and his wife, Hannah, accepted the invitation to come to Central Manor Church following a 99 percent affirmation vote by the congregation.

Metze, whose father was at one time a youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, has seen ministry firsthand since he was a child. His parents, answering the call to become missionaries, moved their family to Mexico City, Mexico, when Jeremy was in middle school. Following graduation from high school in Mexico City, Metze returned to the United States to attend Baptist Bible College, now Clarks Summit University. There he studied theology, biblical languages, and philosophy. After graduation and marriage, he and Hannah spent 10 months in Mexico City assisting in a church plant on the north end of the city. They then settled in Lancaster and have been active members in the local church.

Metze, who is scheduled to soon complete a master's degree in counseling from Liberty University, is transitioning to full-time ministry after eight years working in human services with children, teenagers, and their families in Lancaster County. He and Hannah have three young children.

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Church To Host Softball Clinic May 23, 2018

Pequea Baptist Church, 6062 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gap, will hold a True Swing Pitchers and Catchers Clinic from Monday to Thursday, June 4 to 7. Girls in grades one through six may attend from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and girls in grades seven through 12 may attend from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Instruction will be in the gym, so players should wear sneakers, not cleats. Catchers will need their own equipment.

The clinic will be led by Amanda Houck, Emily Houck, Ethann Zimmerman, and Doug Lapp. Amanda is a Pequea Valley High School and West Chester University graduate who was named Atlantic Region Pitcher of the Year twice and was named to the First Team All-Region. Emily is a former Eastern University player. Zimmerman and Lapp are former catchers for Messiah College and Lebanon Valley College, respectively.

There is a fee. For more details, visit www.fbcpequea.org and select Events.

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Yard Sale, Barbecue To Support Mission Trip May 23, 2018

Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC), 485 Indian Run Road, Millersville, will once again host a chicken barbecue in conjunction with its annual yard sale. The yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and the chicken barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day.

The proceeds from the event will be used to fund the congregation's yearly mission trip to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky. Henderson Settlement is a United Methodist mission agency serving Appalachia. The Stehman mission team spends a week there every year to repair homes and do other projects for people in the community. The upcoming trip has been set for Sunday, July 1, to Saturday, July 7.

The yard sale is open to the community, both to vend and to shop. Spaces will be available by donation, and tables will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If no tables are available, sellers may bring their own tables or set up in their vehicles in the parking lot.

A food stand will operate during the yard sale, offering items in addition to the chicken barbecue. Folks who opt to purchase a barbecue meal will receive a half-chicken, a baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert, and a beverage. Half-chickens will be available for a la carte purchase as well.

Yard sale spaces may be reserved and chicken barbecue tickets may be purchased by emailing meglfrey@yahoo.com or pastor@stehmanchurch.com. Details about the event also are available at www.facebook.com/stehmanchurch.

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"Blessing Of The Cycles" Service Slated May 23, 2018

Cedar Grove Presbyterian Church, 4833 Division Highway, East Earl, will hold a "Blessing of the Cycles" service on Sunday, June 10, at 10 a.m. The church will provide lunch at 11:30 a.m. Kick stands will be up at 12:30 p.m. for a ride to benefit 4OurKids - Carol Stark Foundation, which supports the Ephrata, Cocalico, and Garden Spot school districts.

For more information, readers may call Pastor Kris at 717-354-5573.

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Preschool Sets Summer Camps May 23, 2018

Trinity Preschool, 200 E. Market St., Hallam, has announced four summer camp sessions, which aim to offer affordable and fun learning experiences for students ages 2 and a half to 8. All camps will be held throughout the summer from Mondays to Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m.

The first camp will be "Books and Cooks," a cooking camp designed for children ages 5 to 10. Other themes will be "Seuss on the Loose," "Destination Disney," and "Rainforest Explorers." For dates and additional information, readers may contact the school at 717-757-3169 or preschool@trinityhallam.com.

Trinity Preschool has been in existence for more than 40 years. It strives to provide a safe and secure learning environment that encourages creativity and teaches a progressive curriculum. Its goal is to encourage the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each student.

The 3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offers morning and afternoon sessions. It focuses on social development while introducing students to reading readiness skills and early math concepts.

The 4-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and focuses on preparing students for kindergarten.

The prekindergarten program meets five times a week from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It utilizes the Starfall reading curriculum and the MathCounts mathematics series. Enrichment classes and a pack-a-lunch program are also offered.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2018-19 school year. Interested families are invited to contact preschool director Brenda Keller at the previously mentioned contact information to schedule a visit or to obtain details.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 23, 2018

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

The June event will focus on fathers and men of all ages, with gifts for fathers and sales offered on all men's apparel. In addition, a free cloth bag will be given to all who make a purchase of a set minimum amount.

Additionally, there will be a selection of women's separates, such as tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, shorts, slacks, and capris in sizes from extra-small to 4X. The newly expanded children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and more, and the newly expanded home decor section features small-scale furniture.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items, including bread.

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

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Country Gospel Service Planned May 23, 2018

Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive, Lancaster, will host a country gospel worship service on Saturday, June 9, at 6:30 p.m. The worship gathering will feature traditional gospel hymns sung in an upbeat fashion, plus some newer country gospel tunes.

The service is free and open to the public. The service is informal, and dress is casual. For more details, call the church office at 717-393-9182 or the pastor at 717-615-0525.

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"Soup, Sandwich, And Talk" Event Planned May 23, 2018

Word UP Community Ministries will host a free Soup, Sandwich, and Talk event on Thursday, May 31, at Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. The meal will start at 6 p.m.

Attendees may leave after the meal or stay and hear a message. All are welcome.

Readers who would like to serve, provide soup, or volunteer may contact Buck Mowday at 717-330-0561 or buckmowday@gmail.com.

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