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Church Plans Christmas Eve Services December 15, 2017

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 450 W. Main St., Mountville, invites the community to celebrate Christmas during its services in the sanctuary on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24.

The 10:30 a.m. service will include Communion, and a Christmas Eve candle lighting service will take place at 7 p.m. Featured will be the vocal choir, the bell choir, and special Christmas music presentations by Trinity members with music director Daniel Molkenthin.

The church is pastored by Don Fenestre-Marek. For more information, readers may visit www.mountvilletrinityucc.org or www.facebook.com/MountvilleTRUCC.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet December 14, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 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 "What Is Frontal Temporal Memory Loss?"

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Church Posts Holiday Service December 14, 2017

Elizabethtown United Zion Church, 401 E. Park St., Elizabethtown, invites the public to attend the church's Christmas Eve service, set for Sunday, Dec. 24, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The program is suitable for all ages and will feature a chalk talk by Elva Hurst.

For more information, readers may call Amy at 717-664-2017.

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Book Discussion Group To Meet December 14, 2017

Exploring, Growing, Together, a book discussion group at Lititz United Methodist Church (UMC), 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will continue its 2017-18 series, which aims to stretch beliefs in a safe discussion environment. The group meets on the lower level in room 103 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Thursdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, the Rev. Art Rettew will lead a discussion on the "Intertestamental Period: The Apocryphal/ Deuteroncanonical." Participants may read the books included in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.

Attendees should acquire their own materials to read and are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during the discussions. Information about the group and its schedule can be obtained at the church's front lobby small group foyer kiosk.

Readers who would like information on the upcoming sessions may contact Rettew at partwetter@verizon.net. For the series year or to offer suggestions, readers may contact Linda at 717-626-0745 or raven303@ptd.net.

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Lititz UMC Posts Christmas Eve Services December 14, 2017

Senior pastor Jerry McGrath has announced that Lititz United Methodist Church (UMC), 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will hold five Christmas Eve services on Sunday, Dec. 24. A variety of programs featuring an assortment of worship styles will be offered.

The Sunday morning services will be held at regular times. These include a traditional service at 9 a.m. and an informal contemporary gathering at 10:30 a.m.

At 4 p.m. there will be a special service that is designed for children but will be enjoyable for the whole family. The interactive service will allow children to be involved in the worship and will feature well-known Christmas songs.

At 6:30 p.m., a narrative and musical retelling of the Christmas story, featuring a praise band, will take place. Eric Fisher will lead worship and will be joined by the praise band. A candle lighting will highlight the service.

Traditional worship will be held at 8:30 p.m., with an organ recital by Keith Reifsnyder preceding the service at 8 p.m. A classic candle lighting will highlight the evening along with traditional hymns and choir anthems.

All are welcome, including those who are searching for answers or would like to learn more about the church. For more information about the Christmas Eve services or about the church, readers may visit www.lititzumc.org or call the church office at 717-626-2710.

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Church Plans Holiday Services December 14, 2017

St. John (Sadler's) Lutheran Church, 2916 Sadlers Church Road, Stewartstown, has slated its holiday worship services. A Candlelight Christmas Eve service, including carols and Holy Communion, will take place on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The church will hold a service of lessons and carols on the first Sunday of Christmas, Dec. 31, at 9 a.m.

For more information, readers may visit www.sadlerschurch.org or call the church office at 717-993-3873.

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Grace Chapel Sets Candlelight Service December 14, 2017

Grace Chapel, 2535 Colebrook Road, Elizabethtown, will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Pastor Mel Weaver and the Grace Chapel congregation invite the community to attend.

The service will include Christmas worship music and carols, music from family and church members, and a reading. The evening will conclude with the congregational display of lights.

The guest soloist will be Gwendolyn Bowers, mezzo-soprano. Bowers, a native of Iowa, completed her undergraduate work in vocal performance at the Eastman School of Music. She has won numerous awards and has received a five-year grant from the William Mattheus Sullivan Foundation in New York. She was also awarded a two-year apprenticeship with Houston Grand Opera Studio, and she has taken part in many performances with Texas Opera Theater's touring productions.

The Erie Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, and Rochester Philharmonic have engaged her for "Messiah" performances. She was selected as a soloist for the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, and others.

Grace Chapel is located 3 miles west of Route 743 on Route 341.

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Candlelight Service Planned December 14, 2017

Mount Wolf Community Church, 98 S. Sixth St., Mount Wolf, will host a candlelight Christmas Eve service on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend.

For details, readers may contact 717-266-8453 or mwcc@comcast.net or visit www.mwcc98.org.

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Church Plans Holiday Services December 14, 2017

Leacock Presbyterian Church, 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, will offer two Christmas Eve services on Sunday, Dec. 24. The 7 p.m. service, held in the Paradise sanctuary, will be a family service, featuring the bell choir, carols, and a candle lighting.

The 11 p.m. service of lessons and carols, concluding with a candle lighting, will be held at the 277-year-old Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Old Leacock Road and Old Philadelphia Pike near Intercourse.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-687-6619 or visit www.leacockpres.org.

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Christmas Eve Service Slated December 14, 2017

Longstown United Methodist Church, 2975 Carol Road, York, will hold a Christmas Eve service with candlelight on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.

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Word Of Grace Church Plans Community Day December 13, 2017

Word of Grace Church is a young congregation. A small group of people who gathered in homes to pray grew into a church that launched Sunday services this past September. The group worships at 1930 Lyndon Ave., Lancaster, which is located off Route 222 between Lancaster and Willow Street.

The congregation is led by pastor Daryl Driver, who previously pastored a Dayton, Va., congregation for 13 years. Prior to moving to Virginia, Driver and his family lived in Elizabethtown, and he had worked as a reporter for newspapers in neighboring counties.

"I always had a vision for church planting," Driver said. "The Lord providentially arranged this connection up here."

The church is part of a conservative Mennonite conference out of Rosedale, Ohio, but people do not need to be Mennonites to be involved, Driver said. He added, "Most of all, we want to be following Christ and what the Word teaches us, and we invite others to do the same."

The structure of the church has been established with care, and four principles have been set. These are corporate services that are vertical, small group meetings that are relational, activities that are essential, and leadership that is intentional.

"We have a strong belief in worship and teaching the Scriptures," Driver said. "We have seen lives changed by the grace of God through worship."

The name of the church was also carefully chosen. Driver remarked that the New Testament chapter of Luke 1 is meaningful to him on a personal level. The chapter accounts the announcement of John the Baptist's forthcoming birth. The name "John" means "Grace of God."

"On the one side of the coin, grace is unmerited favor for salvation," Driver said. "On the other side of the coin is the power to do God's will. 'Word of Grace' gives us so much to meditate on."

As the church has established itself and begun to grow, its members now want to embrace the community in which it is located. "We want to bless and serve people and to help people know Christ," Driver commented.

To accomplish the first part of that goal, Word of Grace Church will host a community day on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the congregation's farm property located nearby at 196 Eckman Road, Lancaster. Tethered hot air balloon rides will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., thanks to a neighbor and weather permitting. There will also be an inflatable activity center, barrel train rides, games, crafts, and face painting. Roast pork sandwiches and homemade doughnuts cooked on-site will be offered in addition to other refreshments as supplies last.

Admission to the event will be free of charge, and every aspect of the event will be free as well. Guests may bring lawn chairs for seating, although some chairs will be provided.

Community members are also welcome to visit Word of Grace Church on Sundays. Services are held at 10:30 a.m., and a children's ministry is offered during the sermon. Beginning on Sunday, June 25, and continuing for the next four weeks, Driver will preach a series titled "Why Christianity?" He will answer commonly asked questions, such as why suffering is allowed and why Christians believe God is real.

In the event of rain, the community day will be held after the service on June 25 from 2 to 7 p.m. Updates will be posted at www.wordofgracepa.com.

For more information about the church or community day, readers may email wordofgracepa@gmail.com or call 717-842-4085.

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St. Paul's UCC Plans Services December 13, 2017

St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 101 Worthington Road, Exton, has posted its Christmas Eve services. Worship services will be held on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 a.m. and at 5 and 7 p.m. Also, the worship service on Sunday, Dec. 31, will begin at 10:30 a.m.

For more information, readers may call 610-363-7285 or email stpucc@verizon.net.

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Church Will Offer Support Groups December 13, 2017

Calvary Fellowship, 95 W. Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host support groups on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at 7 p.m. to help those who are going through difficult times.

Continuing the second and fourth Mondays through the fall willl be Job Seekers, for those who are unemployed or underemployed, and Parents of Prodigals, for parents of children struggling with drugs and addictions. On Wednesdays, Jan. 10 through April 4, at 6:30 p.m., the church will offer DivorceCare for individuals going through a divorce; GriefShare, for those who have lost loved ones; and Celebrate Recovery, to help with any hurt, destructive habit, or hang-up, including addictions. Wednesday sessions will have child care provided on most weeks with prior sign-up.

For more information and to register, readers may contact Bob VanArsdale at bvanarsdale@cfdowningtown.com.

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Church Plans Holiday Services December 13, 2017

Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, will host two Christmas Eve programs on Sunday, Dec. 24. Both the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. programs will have the theme "Unexpected Grace."

During the program, Piercing Word will present an original bluegrass musical drama combining the traditional Christmas story word-for-word with prophetic passages about the coming Messiah. The program will also include Christmas carols, a special musical number with a drum line, and glow sticks.

The event is family-friendly. Child care will not be provided. Sign interpretation will be provided at the 4 p.m. program.

The community is also invited to Petra's Sunday morning service on Dec. 24 from 10 to 11 a.m.

For more information, readers may visit www.petra.church.

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History Center Posts Change In Services December 13, 2017

The York Family History Center, located in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive, York Township, has announced a new policy concerning its family history records. As of Sept. 8, FamilySearch discontinued its microfilm circulation services. In the past, patrons could order microfilmed historical records from the Family History Library in Utah for a minimal fee and then receive the microfilm to view in the local family history centers as they searched for ancestors.

Instead, FamilySearch will provide the digital images of records online. Online access to digital images of records will allow FamilySearch to reach many more people faster and more efficiently. This change is the result of significant progress made in microfilm digitization efforts.

More than 1.5 million microfilms have been digitized by FamilySearch, including all microfilms that have been borrowed in the last five years. The remaining portion of the collection should be digitized by the end of 2020. New digital images will be made available as they are scanned on FamilySearch.org.

Patrons are still invited to use the free services of the family history center. The center will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home. Trained family history consultants will continue to train patrons to get started with family history, to research family lines, and to input the information into websites. The center also provides computers and printing availability for patrons.

As of Dec. 13, FamilySearch also began to require patrons to set up free accounts to view and search historical records on the site. Patrons visiting FamilySearch.org will see a prompt to register for a free FamilySearch account or to sign into their existing account. By setting up an account, the user can continue to enjoy all the free, expanded benefits that FamilySearch has to offer, like accessing many of the original digital images of the records online.

Local family history centers may opt to retain the microfilm collections already housed at the centers, or they may return their collection to FamilySearch. All microfilm currently in circulation will be converted to an extended loan.

For more details, readers may call 717-846-4539 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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Christmas Eve Services Set December 13, 2017

Stewartstown United Methodist, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will sponsor three Christmas Eve services on Sunday, Dec. 24. A family service will begin at 4:30 p.m. that is specifically designed for families with children. At 7:30 p.m., a 25-minute live Nativity drama will take place on the lawn of the church with carols and candlelight, weather permitting.

The 40-voice Christmas choir and 20-piece sanctuary orchestra will present the Christmas cantata "Hope of the Broken World" by David Clydesdale at 10:30 p.m. The cantata service will conclude with candle lighting. An organ recital will precede the service at 10 p.m.

For further information, readers may contact the Music Ministry Office at 717-993-2507, ext. 11.

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Special Service Schedule Posted December 13, 2017

Christmas Eve services will be celebrated at St. Jacob's Lutheran Church, 3444 Sticks Road, Glen Rock, on Sunday, Dec. 24. Services will be held at 8 and 10:30 a.m. A Candlelight and Carols service will also be held at 7 p.m.

The public is invited to attend. For more details, readers may call the church at 717-235-7313.

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Holiday Service Schedule Posted December 13, 2017

St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, will celebrate its Christmas Eve candlelight Communion services of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 2 and 7 p.m. The theme will be "Pass It On, Jesus is Coming."

For more information, readers may call Pastor Martha Boyer at 717-858-2991.

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Church Slates Holiday Services December 13, 2017

Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will hold a traditional Christmas Eve candlelight service at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24. The family-friendly event will include the singing of Christmas carols, including "Silent Night," and the lighting of candles. The public is invited.

For more information, readers may call 717-292-3659 or visit www.hgcc.org.

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Church Sets Christmas Eve Service December 13, 2017

St. Paul's (Wolf's) Evangelical Covenant Church, 4501 Wolf's Church Road, York, will hold a Christmas Eve candlelight service on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-792-0731.

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