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Quilt Group To Meet September 20, 2018

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, invites everyone who enjoys quilting or wants to learn, from beginners to experts, to take part in its Monday Morning Quilt Group, which meets on the first Monday of each month at the church at 10 a.m. The next meeting will be on Oct. 1.

No sewing is done at the meetings. Instead, there is a show-and-tell of attendees' work and a problem-solving discussion on works in progress.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-927-9497.


"Gracenotes" Will Debut At Apple Festival September 20, 2018

Two notable musicians will be featured during the 33rd annual Apple Festival hosted by Boehm's Chapel Society. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Boehm's United Methodist Church (UMC), 13 W. Boehm's Road, Willow Street.

Vocalist Katie Wieand of Strasburg and woodwind specialist Tim Price of Reading will perform with Gracenotes, a 20-piece jazz band from Grace Community Church (GCC) of Willow Street. The group was formed by Darin Esterly, the music and arts coordinator at GCC, who plays saxophone in the band. Gracenotes is one facet of the music ministry at GCC, with many of the band members also playing in the congregation's worship bands. Gracenotes members range in age from 16 to 70s and in skill from student to professional.

"Gracenotes tries to play at holidays, about four times a year. This is our first time to venture off-campus," Esterly remarked. "We are inching more toward getting out there and showing what God is doing through musical arts."

The jazz band specializes in standards from the 1940s to 1960s. "We try to have the American songbook: Count Basie, Mancini, Gershwin, and more," Esterly said.

Several Gracenotes members - including Esterly - study saxophone with Price, who is a Berklee College of Music graduate and is considered one of the world's foremost woodwind artists. Price has played with numerous musicians such as Charlie Watts, Richie Cole, and Doc Severinsen. He participated in GCC's worship conference last year, which was a highlight for Esterly and other GCC musicians. Price will have several solos during the Apple Festival performance, which will comprise two half-hour sets at 11 a.m. and noon.

Wieand will also solo with Gracenotes. She holds a Master of Music in opera performance from the Boston Conservatory. Additionally, while studying in Nashville, Wieand served as a backup singer for Amy Grant, Steve Green, Martina McBride, and Nichole Nordeman. She now performs and teaches locally, and she leads the children's music ministry at GCC. Wieand will perform jazz favorites, including "It Don't Mean a Thing," "Blue Moon," and "Embraceable You."

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to relax during the concert and when taking a break from shopping the handcrafted items made by numerous vendors. Tours of the 1791 Boehm's Chapel and a video outlining the story of Martin Boehm's call to spread the Gospel in the 18th century will be available throughout the day. Additionally, there will be a wide variety of apple-themed food offered for purchase, including homemade apple butter, dumplings, and nuggets; homemade apple ice cream; and apple bread made by Grandview UMC members. Stehman Memorial UMC will sell hot and cold luncheon foods, and Boehm's UMC will offer baked goods.

For more information about the Apple Festival, readers may email, call 717-872-4133, or visit


"Wednesday Night Happenings" Will Resume September 20, 2018

Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, invites the community to participate in Wednesday Night Happenings. Starting with a home-cooked buffet-style meal served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., each evening will be packed with activities for people of all ages, including nursery care, music, and Bible classes for children; youth group gatherings; and classes for adults.

Families and friends are encouraged to start the night off right by gathering for supper in the church's new Family Life Center, which was dedicated in May. The menu for the kickoff night, Wednesday, Oct. 3, will feature smoked beef, new potatoes, and green beans. Each meal will offer child-friendly selections and a salad bar, some sort of fruit or applesauce, and a dessert bar. Other entrees during October and November will include taco salad, beef tips in gravy, lasagna, sloppy joes, chicken Alfredo, turkey stuffing, and baked ham. Meal tickets, purchased upon arrival, are free for children up to age 3, and small fees have been set for children ages 4 to 11 and for folks age 12 and older.

From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., children will experience the "Music and Bible Expedition," and youths will meet for worship, small group, service activities, Bible study, games, and more.

Adults will have several options during that time. "That the World May Know" is a DVD series filmed on-location where stories of the Bible occurred. "Prophets and Kings" explores a turbulent time in Israel's history and encourages participants to build devotion and trust in God. "Getting to the Heart of Parenting," a study by Paul David Tripp, teaches a biblical view for permanent behavioral change through grace. This class is geared to parents of children from birth through age 18. School nurse and Lampeter Church's former children's director Jane Weigel and pastor John Hostetter, father of six, will provide teaching, practical experience, and encouragement.

GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. It aims to help participants experience comfort and encouragement as they navigate through difficult times.

Additionally, a men's group will provide opportunities for men of all ages to talk, study, have fun, and build trust. Also, Project Linus will welcome new and experienced crafters for conversation, interaction, and service by making blankets for children in need.

For more information about Wednesday Night Happenings this fall, readers may call the church at 717-464-2050.


Church To Hold Blessing Of The Animals September 20, 2018

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville, will hold a Blessing of the Animals event on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 10 a.m. Community members are invited to bring their pets to the event, which will take place in the church's back parking lot.

After a short service, each animal will receive an individual prayer of blessing if desired. Light refreshments for people and pets will be provided. Attendees should plan to arrive a few minutes early. All dogs, as well as any larger animals, must be on leashes, and cats and other small animals should be in travel carriers.

In the event of rain, activities will take place in front of the church under the portico.

For more information, readers may call 610-384-2035 or visit


Wegmann Will Play At Service September 20, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church, 15 S. Fourth St., Harrisburg, will present guest musician Paul Wegmann of Carlisle during its 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 30. In addition to solo music, he will accompany the Zion Ladies Ensemble anthem, "Irish Blessing."

The community is invited to attend. For more information, call 717-234-4064.


Church Slates Community Meal September 20, 2018

Lampeter United Methodist Church, 1101 Village Road, Lancaster, will host a free community meal on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend. The meal will include spaghetti, salads, and garlic bread. The alternative will be hot dogs.

For more details, call 717-464-4161.


REYS Names Board Members September 20, 2018

Rainbow's End Youth Services (REYS) has named two new members to its board of directors. Dwight Gehman and Rachel Stebbins will each serve a three-year term.

Gehman is the youth pastor at Crossroads Brethren in Christ Church in Mount Joy. He has a history of youth ministry experience, having led junior high and senior high ministries for more than a decade and developing a focused outreach to students in the community.

Stebbins owns and operates Rachel Stebbins Consulting. She is active in the local community as a volunteer and community leader. Stebbins grew up in Mount Joy, and she holds degrees from Lancaster Bible College and Elizabethtown College. Stebbins brings experience and a desire for serving young people.

Gehman and Stebbins join the REYS board of directors whose other current members include Josh Keefer, president; Paul Newcomer, treasurer; Aaron Brown, secretary; Charlie Engle; Sharon Funk; Missy Hartman; and Duane Heisey.

REYS provides free after-school, evening, summer and music programs for children and teenagers at its youth center, located at 105 Fairview St., Mount Joy. Through providing spiritual direction, academic assistance and social support, REYS staff and volunteers seek to provide a positive life impact, one student at a time. For more information, readers may call 717-653-9511 or email


New Beginnings Church Sets Fall Fest September 20, 2018

New Beginnings Church of Middletown, 630 S. Union St., Middletown, will host Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is located next to the Rescue Fire House.

The event will feature games, relays, face painting, candy scrambles, hayrides, food, crafts, spider limbo, pumpkin bowling, entertainment, door prizes, and more. Everything will be free.


Spotlighting A "World Of Wheels" September 20, 2018

Encounter Church, 300 Hideaway Drive, Quarryville, will host its annual "World of Wheels" car show on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. Vehicles for display may arrive after 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 30, has been set as the rain date.

"It's been a fun event for five years now," said pastor Stuart Osborne.

"We had a nice turnout last year," added coordinator Jerry Bandy, reporting that about 75 vehicles were exhibited, including several motorcycles and a vintage semi-truck that a man from Ephrata used to start his trucking business a number of decades ago.

There are no restrictions on entries. "It's open to pretty much any vehicle, from vintage cars to diesel trucks. Any modified vehicle that anybody wants to show off, they can come hang out," Bandy said.

In addition to the vehicles, the event will feature music and refreshments, which have included burgers, hot dogs, and desserts in previous years. A prayer station will be set up for folks to pray or talk with a compassionate listener. There will be no cost for any part of the event, and donations will not be accepted, although Bandy said some folks have tried.

"We want people to have good fellowship, to meet people in the community," Bandy explained. "There's no hidden agenda. We want church to be a cool place to hang out again, but (there's) no pressure."

For more information about "World of Wheels," readers may call Bandy at 717-940-0766.


Church Slates Hymn Sing September 20, 2018

Gospel Light Baptist Church, 129 Slackwater Road, Millersville, will host an old-fashioned hymn sing on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. The focus will be on hymns by Philip P. Bliss. The event will include the congregational singing of hymns and special music provided by the members of the church. A fellowship time will follow the hymn sing.

For more details, call 717-560-3761 after 5 p.m. or visit


Word UP Ministries To Start Sunday Worship September 20, 2018

Word UP Community Ministries will begin holding contemporary-style Sunday worship services on Sept. 23 at the Dutchland building, 160 Route 41, Gap.

A cafe will open at 10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:45 a.m. "If you don't have a church (and) you don't have a place to gather, we want you to check us out," said Buck Mowday, one of the founders of Word UP Ministries. "At 10 a.m., the Word UP Cafe will be open, so people can come and get coffee or just hang out with other people, meet people and develop some new friendships."

The location for services is being provided by Dutchland at its company headquarters. Mowday is appreciative to property owners Lee and Ben Kauffman for leasing the space and supporting the ministry.

To make it possible to use the location as a church, a Sadsbury Township zoning ordinance had to be changed. That took four months to accomplish with the support of the township supervisors, and now there is an occupancy permit for the church.

Meanwhile, for the past year and a half, Word UP has been holding monthly "Soup, Sandwich and Talk" events at the Gap Fire Hall on the last Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. During these gatherings, everyone is invited to enjoy food and fellowship, with an opportunity to hear God's Word. The "Soup, Sandwich and Talk" evening on Thursday, Sept. 27, will be held at Gap Fire Hall, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap, and then the events will relocate to Dutchland for the October session and onward.

Mowday noted that when the gathering moves to Dutchland in October, there will be no formal sermon format. Rather, the "talk" portion of the evening will include a group discussion.

Mowday draws inspiration for Word UP Community Ministries from a Bible passage brought to his attention more than 20 years ago by Ann and Jonas Beiler when he started his ministry with Victory Chapel. The passage, Isaiah 43:19, states "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."

"About three years ago, the Holy Spirit reminded me of this Scripture, that God wants to do a new thing. For me, and for Word UP, I believe this is the new thing," Mowday said.

Mowday will be the pastor, but he will be taking a different title - lead follower. "Christ will be the Shepherd, I'm going to be the lead follower and other folks that come will be the followers," he said.

The focus of the church is on service. "We want to serve God by serving others. We're going to stay focused on that and look for opportunities to do that in Gap and the surrounding community," Mowday said.

Putting together a new church is a big task. "There are a lot of people to thank. First and foremost to thank is my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, for all that He's done in my life over the years," Mowday said. "I have a great wife, Verna, that supports me and encourages me in ministry and two great couples, Lloyd and Gail Murphy and Rodney and Stephanie Smoker, who are on the board supporting this whole vision."

"It has been a while working on getting this together," Lloyd added. "We had many meetings to see what we can do and how we can do it."

To prepare for the new services, there will be a volunteer training day on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. at the Dutchland building. Those interested in assisting as ushers, greeters, parking attendants or cafe staff, as well as in other positions, are encouraged to attend the training session and become a part of the ministry. Attendees do not have to contact Mowday in advance to attend.

Mowday is also looking for people who would like to be a part of the Sunday service, including worship leaders or those who play guitar or keyboard.

For more information about Word UP, readers may call Mowday at 717-330-0561 or search for "Word UP Community Ministries" on Facebook.


Cowboy Church Plans Service September 20, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, in the barn at the ranch located at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue. The children's program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be 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 if they are able.

Silver Spurs will collect items for the Children's Home of York.


Church Sets Community Meal September 20, 2018

Ascension Lutheran Church, 600 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, will offer "Joseph's Table," a free community meal, on Thursday, Sept. 20. The meal will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.

The menu will include lasagna, garden salads, Italian bread and dessert.


GriefShare Sessions Planned September 20, 2018

Norrisville United Methodist Church, 2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, Md., will offer GriefShare support group sessions starting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and continuing every Tuesday for 13 weeks. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The group is nondenominational, and attendees need not be members of the church. There is a cost for materials.

For more information or to register, readers may call the Rev. Melissa McDade at 410-692-6179 or email Individuals may call for updates in the case of inclement weather.


Centennial Church Posts Schedule September 20, 2018

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

On Sunday, Sept. 16, 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.

Bible study is held on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Evening Bible study will not take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The church will host a fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Activities will include a blessing of the animals, a flea market, a dog obstacle course, a pet kissing booth, arts and crafts, food, and face painting. The event will be held rain or shine.

Information about church events is available at or by emailing


Free Lunch For Seniors Planned September 20, 2018

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will again offer its Neighbors Connect free lunch for seniors. The first lunch will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will begin at noon. Afterward, Dave Schell, the new executive director for Main Street Mount Joy, will share new ideas for the future of Mount Joy.

Parking is available behind the church on Sassafras Alley. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. To make reservations, call 717-653-5888 or email


Duo To Present Concert September 19, 2018

St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle, Phoenixville, will present Silver, Wood, and Ivory in concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Tracy Dietrich, responsible for the "silver" and "wood" of the duo, has mastered 19 different flutes and recorders ranging from the most primitive to the most sophisticated. Cindy Wittenberg, the "ivory" of the pair, began playing the piano at the age of 4 and began formal training by the age of 8. She also learned to play the organ and the bassoon. Dietrich and Wittenberg both have instrumental performance degrees: Dietrich from Indiana University and Wittenberg from Elizabethtown College and Peabody Conservatory.

There is no admission charge, although a freewill offering will be received. A reception will follow the concert.

St. John's is located off routes 23 and 29 in Phoenixville. For additional information, readers may contact the church office at 610-933-3947 or visit


Church Sets Community Dinner September 19, 2018

St. Peter United Church of Christ, 1920 Ridge Road (Route 23), Knauertown, will hold a community dinner on Friday, Sept. 28, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to enjoy food and fellowship.

A freewill offering will be received. For more information, call 610-913-7717 or visit


Cowboy Church Plans Service September 19, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the ranch, 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 and Scripture.

A potluck dinner will follow the service. Attendees are invited to bring a covered dish to share.


Sidewalk Prophets To Perform

Sidewalk Prophets will bring the "#SomethingDifferentTour" to Uniontown Bible Church, 4272 Watson Lane, Union Bridge, Md., on Friday, Nov. 2, along with special guests Bonray and Carmen Justice and Christopher Duffley. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Help Every Child is Worthy Ministries. For tickets and details, readers may visit

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