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Food Festival Will Feature Children's Art April 28, 2017

The 14th annual Temple Beth El Jewish Food Festival is set for Sunday, May 7. "This year, for the first time, the temple is holding an art contest for children throughout the area from kindergarten through 12th grade," said temple member Randi Jacobs, noting that the theme of the contest is the Story of Noah's Ark.

The food festival is the signature event hosted by Temple Beth El. Jacobs explained that the first festival was held in 2003, a year after the congregation moved from downtown Lancaster to its present location at 1836 Rohrerstown Road, near East Petersburg.

"Temple Beth El had participated in Lancaster's Town Fair event for many years while in its downtown Lancaster location, and members wanted to continue the tradition of sharing Jewish culture and customs with the community," Jacobs said.

The focus of the food festival is, of course, the food. Temple Beth El volunteers have been busy in the synagogue's kitchen baking and cooking a variety of kosher favorites. During the festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7, three dinners will be offered. Bubbie's Chicken Dinner will feature chicken, noodle kugel, Israeli salad, coleslaw, and challah bread. The vegetarian Israeli Falafel Dinner will include falafel in pita, hummus, baba ganoush, coleslaw, and Israeli salad. The third option - a corned beef sandwich - will be accompanied by coleslaw, pickles, and chips.

A combo meal for children will include a hot dog, chips, a cookie, and a beverage.

Hot dogs, with or without sauerkraut, may be purchased a la carte. Other items available for purchase will include knishes, matzo ball soup, mushroom barley soup, kugel, pickles, and hot and cold beverages. Baked goods sold at the event will include poppy seed cookies, bowties, apple strudel, rugelach, and hamentashen.

At noon, 2, and 4 p.m., rabbis Rami Pavolotzky and Daniela Szuster will share information about Jewish life and institutions, plus the origins and demographics of the Jewish communities in South America, focusing on Argentina, the Latin American country with the largest Jewish population.

Temple Beth El's gift shop will be open during the festival, and other vendors will sell handcrafted items and Israeli jewelry.

Artwork from the children's art contest will be displayed throughout the synagogue. The deadline for entry was April 28, and the winners will be announced at the festival. One winner will be selected in the categories of kindergarten to third grade, fourth through sixth grades, and seventh to 12th grades.

Elementary and middle school students in need will be the focus of the Mitzvah Meals given as part of the Food Festival. Power Packs Project will be the recipient of the gift again this year. Last year, Temple Beth El provided more than 120 Mitzvah Meals to Power Packs.

"While many school children receive free meals (breakfast and lunch) during the school week, meals are not offered on the weekend," Jacobs said. "Power Packs provides family meals for the weekend. The goal of this program is to keep children well-nourished so they can become active learners."

Admission to the Food Festival will be free of charge, but tickets will be required for the meals. Diners may eat in or take their food to go.

To learn more about the Food Festival or to purchase meal tickets in advance, readers may call Temple Beth El at 581-7891 or email office@tbelancaster.org. Coupons for tickets purchased at the event may be printed at www.tbelancaster.org.

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Church Slates Healing Service April 28, 2017

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, will host a healing service on Sunday, May 7, at 4 p.m. The service will include Holy Communion, the laying on of hands and anointing. The meditative and self-reflective worship experience will focus on the need for restoration of the mind, body, and soul. The church will give thanks for the gifts of God that come through the medical community.

The healing service is held twice a year. The second healing service this year is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 15.

Holy Spirit holds its regular Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Clifton D. Eshbach is the church's pastor.

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Breakfast, Yard Sale Posted April 28, 2017

Milton Grove United Methodist Church, 2026 Cloverleaf Road, Mount Joy, will host a community breakfast and yard sale on Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6.

The yard sale will take place on May 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and May 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. Breakfast will be available on May 6 from 8 to 10 a.m. There is a fee for the breakfast.

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Church Plans Clothing Giveaway April 28, 2017

Grace Baptist Church, 1899 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will host a clothing giveaway on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. Clothing for infants through adults will be available, and all items will be free.

Attendees are asked to park in the lot off Farmingdale Road. For more information, call the church office at 394-6991.

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Church Plans Bible Lessons April 28, 2017

The Susquehanna Church of Christ, 30 W. Apple Ave., Marietta, will hold a series of Bible lessons from Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14. All lessons are free and open to the public.

The series, "Personalizing Christianity," will focus on how people can better serve God. The schedule of lessons is as follows: 7:30 p.m. on May 12, "Christian Rhetoric"; 10 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, "Dealing With Failure" and "Needful Preaching"; 9 and 10 a.m. on May 14, "Apathy, The Danger Within" and "How Shall We Then Live?"; and 6 p.m. on May 14, "Personalizing Evangelism." Free Bible study materials and a Bible study DVD will also be available.

For more information, call 644-4084 or visit www. susquehannachurchofchrist.org.

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Pig Roast To Support Village Of Hope April 28, 2017

Members of the Manheim Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church Guatemala mission team will host a pig roast fundraiser from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at 54 N. Penryn Road, Manheim.

Each meal will include pork, a baked potato, a roll, coleslaw, applesauce, a brownie, and a beverage. Takeout and dine-in options will be available. While preregistration is not required, organizers request that those planning to attend sign up by Friday, May 5, at www.manheimbic.org/pigroast to help ensure that enough meals are prepared. The cost of a meal is by donation.

Proceeds from the eighth annual event will support the team's upcoming work trip to Guatemala and the purchase of supplies for Village of Hope, where they will be serving. According to www.villageofhopeguatemala.com, the ministry is located in San Lucas and strives to provide family, faith, and a future to special needs children and vulnerable mothers and children in a family-style setting.

Manheim BIC member Jason Redcay explained that the yearly work trips began in 2010 when a group traveled to Guatemala to serve children at several orphanages. The families on the inaugural trip were all part of Blessing Innocent Children, a support group that is offered at Manheim BIC for families who are in the process of adopting or have adopted children. Anyone interested or involved in orphan care, foster care, or adoption is welcome to attend the meetings, which begin at noon on the fifth Sundays with a potluck meal in the Warehouse 54 cafe area of Manheim BIC.

Since the first trip to Guatemala in 2010, a team from Manheim BIC has taken a weeklong service trip to the Central American country each year. When a Guatemala missions committee was formed in 2015 to identify a single orphanage to partner with long-term, Village of Hope was selected.

Village of Hope has several children's homes and a school on-site and is in the process of building a church and launching a new home to care for terminally ill babies. Redcay noted that in addition to serving mothers and children, Village of Hope serves the local community in a number of additional ways, such as sharing the Gospel message, distributing food to those in need, and providing jobs to local workers.

"Village of Hope cannot survive without support from donors and partners like us," said Manheim BIC member Jamie Gish. "They are great stewards of what they have been given and are making a big impact on their community which will last generations."

This year, the team of 14 individuals from Manheim BIC will travel to Village of Hope from June 18 to 24. Their time will primarily be spent updating and renovating the children's homes, delivering food, and sharing Bible stories.

For more information, readers may call Manheim BIC at 665-2133 or visit www.manheimbic.org.

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St. Mark's Posts Chicken Dinner April 28, 2017

St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 27 E. Main St., Mount Joy, will serve a stuffed chicken breast dinner on Sunday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In addition to stuffed chicken breast with supreme sauce, the meal will include oven-roasted red potatoes, a vegetable, applesauce, rolls and butter, dessert, and beverages.

The public is invited. Separate costs have been set for adults and for children ages 4 to 11, with children age 3 and under able to eat for free. Reservations are not necessary. However, reservations are suggested for groups of six or more by calling 653-4189.

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Plant Sale To Benefit Children's Home April 20, 2017

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 222 N. George St., Millersville, will hold its third annual spring plant sale on Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the New Life Children's Home of Haiti. The home, an orphanage located in the small village of Charrier, L'artibonite, Haiti, is a ministry of New Life Mission - Haiti Inc.

The plant sale will feature annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs. Gerbera daisies, geraniums, packs of six annuals, and one-gallon perennials will be for sale, along with herb, tomato, pepper, zucchini, eggplant, and cucumber plants. Volunteers will wear Thrivent Financial T-shirts, as Thrivent has provided seed money for the outreach project.

St. Paul will match proceeds from the plant sale from its Global Mission Fund. The church will welcome the organizers of the mission to its service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 30, where they will share about their work in Haiti. Visitors are welcome. A more in-depth presentation will be given during the Sunday school hour from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Readers who have questions may call the church at 872-7392.

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Event Proceeds To Benefit Little Library April 20, 2017

Girl Scout Troop 70180 will hold a bake sale on Sunday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 Pleasure Road, Lancaster. Monetary donations will also be accepted at the event.

Proceeds will go toward building a weatherproof structure at the church to house an outdoor little library of books for children.

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Dinner Event Will Fund Haitian Trip April 20, 2017

The BRISK youth group, along with several other members of Providence Church, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence, will travel to Arcahaie, Haiti, in July in order to serve with CrossRoads Mission Haiti. The 32 teenagers and adults will run a vacation Bible school (VBS) for up to 250 children from the community. A spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be held on Saturday, April 29, to raise funds to offset costs related to the trip.

CrossRoads Mission Haiti was founded by Southern End residents Jeff and Terri Swope as an outreach to orphans. Over the past decade, the organization has expanded to include a group home for seven teenage boys, a feeding program for local communities, a school that trains adults to help their children learn to read and write, and several church plants. When the BRISK team is in Arcahaie, the group will provide children with daily meals, interact with the youngsters through crafts and games, and assist with other community events. The team also plans to distribute toothbrushes and other donated health supplies.

Proceeds from the spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be used to offset travel costs, pay for meals for the Haitian children, and purchase VBS supplies and other materials. Seatings for the meal will be offered at 4, 5, and 6 p.m. Readers are asked to call Kelly Herr at 548-1238 to reserve their seats. Donations for the meal will be accepted at the event.

Additionally, while at the church for the meal, diners will be invited to place bids in the silent auction. A variety of items have been donated for the auction, including gift baskets, furniture, vacation getaways, certificates for services, event tickets, and more.

For more information about the youth group and the upcoming trip, readers may contact youth pastor Dustin Metzler at 917-0041 or dustin@provchurch.net.

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