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Chiques COB Sets Evangelistic Services March 22, 2019

Chiques Church of the Brethren (COB), 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, will hold evangelistic services on Sunday through Wednesday, April 7 to 10. The theme will be "Believe," based on the book of the same name by Randy Frazee.

On April 7 at 10:15 a.m., the title will be "God," and the service will be based on 2 Corinthians 13:14.

Evening services will take place at 7 p.m., with the schedule, including the titles and their Scriptures, as follows: April 7, "Personal God," Psalm 121; Monday, April 8, "Salvation," Ephesians 2:8-9; Tuesday, April 9, "The Bible," 2 Timothy 3:16-17; and April 10, "Sharing My Faith," Ephesians 6:19-20.

Featured during the services will be Tim Fleener, who serves as pastor at Richland Church of the Brethren in Lebanon County. He and his wife, Sarah, live on a small farm and raise sheep and beef cattle. They have two sons; one is married and the other plans to marry in the fall. They also have two grandsons.


Spiritual Renewal Weekend Planned March 22, 2019

"Seeking First the Kingdom," a spiritual renewal weekend, is being planned at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., for Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, around the theme of spiritual disciplines, discernment and discipleship. Tara Hornbacker, recently retired professor at Bethany Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker on March 30 and the preacher at worship services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. on March 31.

In addition to Hornbacker's messages at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 30, workshops will be offered by Jennifer Biemiller, Peggy Gish, Leonar Ochoa, Jamie Nace and Christina Bucher. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-397-4751.


Grandview Will Host Concert March 22, 2019

On Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m., the Manheim Township High School Concert Choir and Troubadours will present a concert at Grandview United Methodist Church, 888 Pleasure Road, Lancaster. The concert will be free of charge and open to the public.

The Concert Choir is a curricular ensemble of 40 to 50 students selected from the school's chorus. The Troubadours are a vocal ensemble comprised of 16 students selected by audition from those in the chorus and Concert Choir. Both ensembles are directed by Mark Wagner, who is in his 32nd year of teaching at the high school.

More information is available by calling 717-394-6887 or visiting


Women's Group Slates Brunch March 22, 2019

The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Traveling for Life's Dreams" brunch, to be held Thursday, April 4, at 9:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. An inclusive price has been set.

Featured will be Linda Hollingsworth, a travel agent from Elizabethtown. Mitchell Ebersole, a vocalist from Mount Joy, will provide special music. Linda Parker, from Vienna, Va., will speak on "Packing and Unpacking Life's Dreams." She is the wife of a former Secret Service agent and has victoriously battled depression.

Reservations for the brunch must be made by Friday, March 29, by calling Judy at 717-367-3076, Sandy at 717-367-5140 or Karen at 717-397-8987. All reservations not canceled by Tuesday, April 2, must be honored.


Program Will Feature Juggler March 22, 2019

The Conoy Township youth organization CONNEC+ will sponsor Christian juggler Chris Ivey for a program on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at Word of Life Chapel, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge. CONNEC+ is supported by four churches in the Conoy area that sponsor youth activities on the first and third Thursdays monthly.

There is no cost to attend the program, and the public is invited. For more information, readers may call 717-879-9147.


New Worship Schedule Set March 22, 2019

Milton Grove United Methodist Church, 2026 Cloverleaf Road, Mount Joy, will have a new worship schedule starting Sunday, March 31.

Traditional-style worship will be held at 8:30 a.m. Small groups (Sunday school) will meet from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., with contemporary-style worship to follow at 10:45 a.m.


Eshleman To Share With Neighbors Group March 22, 2019

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, on Tuesday, April 2, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim.

Sherry Eshleman will present a talk titled "As Unto the Lord." The program will feature short monologues of three women of the Bible: Dorcas, the woman who anointed Jesus' feet, and Mary, Martha's sister. Following each monologue, there will be teaching and discussion.

Eshleman grew up and was baptized at Chiques. She is a retired fourth-grade teacher and still enjoys gathering school supplies. She serves as the director of discipleship at the Lampeter Church of the Brethren, planning and teaching adult Sunday school and Wednesday night classes. She has been married to LeRoy Eshleman for 46 years and is the mother of two adult children.

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


Jubilee Will Hold Golf Event March 22, 2019

Jubilee Ministries will hold its 23rd annual golf tournament at Fairview Golf Course, 2399 Quentin Road, Lebanon, on Wednesday, May 8, with tee-off at 1 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to register a group of four. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Readers may call 717-274-7528 or visit for more details.


Church Will Host Giveaway March 22, 2019

Colemanville United Methodist Church, 210 Colemanville Church Road, Conestoga, will hold a Yard Give on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clothing for children, teenagers, women and men will be available, along with books, puzzles and small appliances. Everything will be given away free of charge.


Free Lunch Planned For Homeless March 21, 2019

APJC Emanuel, Third and Cherry streets, Columbia, wll host a free lunch for people who are homeless on Saturday, March 30, from noon to 3 p.m. In addition to the lunch, pastries, vegetables and clothing will be given away to the homeless.

For more information, readers may call Jose Rivera Rodriguez at 717-819-7305 or Lourdes Cardona at 717-669-0296.


MOPS Auction Will Support North Star Initiative March 21, 2019

Memberships to local attractions, restaurant gift certificates, photography packages, massage sessions, and house-cleaning services are among the items the coordinators of the annual Faith Reformed MOPS auction are hoping to receive from donors.

"We're trying to appeal to busy moms," explained co-coordinator Hillary Prickett. "I would bid on (house-cleaning services) in 2 seconds. It's my least-favorite chore."

The auction will be held during the MOPS group's usual meeting time on Friday, April 5, starting at 9 a.m. at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (FRPC), 611 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville. While meetings typically end at 11 a.m., this special event is expected to continue until 11:30 a.m. A silent auction will open at 9 a.m., and a live auction will start a half-hour later. Donations already received for the auction include several baby quilts, home decor, a date-night meal prepared by a personal chef, child care, collections of children's books, gift baskets, hair products, fair-trade jewelry, handbags, a photography package, restaurant and coffee shop gift cards, and even a year's dues for MOPS membership.

Cash and checks will be accepted as payment for auction purchases. All of the proceeds will go to North Star Initiative, which operates the Harbor Restoration Program, a trauma-informed, strength-based residential program intentionally designed to treat the needs of female survivors of sex trafficking. Following a needs assessment, an individualized care plan is created for each client that may include life skills classes, access to trauma therapy and support, and planning and tools for safe, healthy, independent living. This is the second year that Faith Reformed MOPS has supported North Star through its auction. The 2018 auction generated $2,951, and the coordinators hope to exceed that this year.

"Last year, we chose North Star Initiative because MOPS International's theme was 'Free Indeed,'" Prickett said. "Helping women come out of sex trafficking was (a) perfect (fit for the theme). The ministry (North Star) does is so incredibly needed. We didn't think twice about partnering with them for a second year."

Child care will be available during the auction free of charge, but registration is required by Monday, April 1. To register their youngsters, readers may email

Faith Reformed MOPS meets from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of every month from September through May at FRPC. New members are always welcome. There is a cost for membership, which includes access to parenting resources, devotionals, newsletters from MOPS International, and lots of support. Prickett noted that during meetings, mothers of preschoolers work on crafts and other creative projects, engage in a faith-based curriculum, and socialize. There are even playdates and Moms' Night Out events.

"It's a good place to meet other moms and do parenting together," Prickett remarked.

For more information about Faith Reformed MOPS or to contribute to the auction, readers may email Prickett at


Community Calendar March 21, 2019

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or fax them to 717-892-6024. Calendar items can also be emailed to For more information, call 800-800-1833, ext. 7592.

Lenten Study

Glen Moore United Methodist Church, 1920 Creek Road, Glenmoore, will host a Lenten study on Simon Peter at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, (and every Wednesday through April 17). Pastor John Neider and Henry Foehl will co-teach the study. Attendees will discover how they have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference.

Study guides will be provided at no cost. For more information or to register, contact 610-942-2324 or

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, March 28, and every Thursday), at Tel Hai Retirement Community's Garrett Center in Honey Brook. Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. The first meeting is free to guests. For information, contact Marcia at 484-238-4559.

"The Addams Family"

Twin Valley High School (TVHS) will present "The Addams Family" as its spring musical. The show will be staged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28, 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 31 at 2 p.m.

TVHS is located at 4851 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson. Tickets for the performances will be available at the door and online. For tickets and more information, including the cast members' biographies, visit

Good News Club

The Good News Club will meet on Thursday, March 28 (and every Thursday after school), at the Twin Valley Elementary Center, 50 Mast Drive, Elverson.

Children will be able to enjoy games, songs, Bible stories and Bible verses. The club is free, and all students are welcome.

Community Dinner

St. Peter United Church of Christ, Route 23, Knauertown will hold a community dinner on Friday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy food and fellowship. A free will offering will be received. For more information, call 610-469-9690.

Story Time

Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road (Route 10), Honey Brook, will offer Raise a Reader story time with Miss Melissa at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 29 through April 12.

The program will feature rhymes, fingerplays, music, and books. Raise a Reader is suited for children from birth to 36 months old.

Space is limited to 15 children and their caregivers. For more information or to register, call 610-273-3303 or email Jennifer Spade, library director, at

Breakfast With The Bible

Alan Lindsay, senior warden of the Church of Saint Mary at Calvary in Elverson, will host Breakfast With the Bible on Friday, March 29, at 8:30 a.m. at the Morgantown Coffee House, 4997 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson.

Attendees should bring a Bible and may enjoy coffee, tea, and/or breakfast. The community is invited to participate.

Strollers Outing

The Berks Strollers will hike the Thun Trail on Saturday, March 30. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at Angstadt Trailhead, located off of Route 724. Participants should enter at Hafer Petroleum, 34 Angstadt Lane, Birdsboro, and then follow signs for the Thun Trail parking lot. For more information, call Larry and Jannette, the hike leaders, at 610-775-1385.

Yoga, Line Dancing

Living God Lutheran Church (LGLC) will offer yoga classes and line dancing lessons on Sunday, March 31, at the church, located at 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook. Activities are free, but attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Honey Brook and Twin Valley food pantries.

The beginner's yoga classes are being offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Attendees should wear appropriate exercise gear and bring their own mats. Country line dancing lessons are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Lessons are designed for beginners or novice dancers.

For more information about the events, contact the church office at 610-273-9383, email or visit

EWC Hike

The Elverson Waling Club will hike 3 miles at Warwick County Park, in Knauertown on Sunday, March 31. The group will meet at the main parking area close to the new visitors building at 1:30 p.m. The GPS address for the park is 251 County Park Road, Pottstown,

For more Information, call Linda Godschall at 610-913-0284 or at 610-451-9935 on the day of the event.

History Program

Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, will host attorney Scott Hoh on Sunday, March 31, at 9:15 a.m. His presentation will be on "The Constitution, the Founding Fathers and Religion." Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.

The public is invited to attend. For details, call 610-779-3480.

Benefit Bingo

Tickets are available for designer bag bingo to be held on Sunday, March 31, at the Grill Fire Company, 739 Mountain View Road, Reading. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted; tickets will also be sold at the door.

The ticket price includes 20 regular games, two specials and one jackpot. Doors will open at noon and bingo will start at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available to purchase. For tickets, contact Don at 484-345-0546 or email

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, April 2, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at The Torch Community Center, located in the Clock Tower Plaza in Morgantown. For more information, call Sally at 610-286-6748. Guests may attend one meeting without joining. All are welcome.

Neighbors Meeting

Neighbors Caring and Sharing, a Christian woman's fellowship group, will meet on Tuesday, April 2 from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown. Guest speaker Nancy Shtofman will present "Testimony of God's Healing Hand. "

For more details, visit or call the church office at 610-286-9124.

Spring Banquet

Tel Hai Camp and Retreat's annual spring celebration banquet fundraiser will be held at Shady Maple Banquet Facility, 129 Toddy Dr, East Earl, on Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 pm. for appetizers and fellowship. The guest speaker this year will be Dwayne Walton, executive director of the The Point community center in Parkesburg.

In order to ensure seating for all guests, all persons attending are required reserve a ticket. Tickets are complimentary and are available by contacting Tel Hai Camp's office at 610-273-3969 or emailing reservations with names of attendees to

Gospel Concert

A Gospel performance by Jeff Krick will be held at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown, on Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

A free will offering will be received to benefit Twin Valley Food Pantry. The event is being sponsored by Harmony United Methodist Church. For more information, call Mazie Holland at 610-413-5433.


GriefShare Cycle To Begin March 21, 2019

A new GriefShare cycle will begin at St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, on Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 2, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Sessions will take place in the fellowship hall.

Each session in the cycle will include a video presentation and a group discussion. A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included, with a suggested donation for the book.

Grieving individuals are welcome to come at any time, but they are encouraged to attend the first session on April 1 or 2. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may contact Denise Wright, director of spiritual growth, at 717-840-0382 or visit


Book It To The Mount Joy COG Sale! March 20, 2019

History. Mystery. Whimsy. Suspense. Science. Romance. Inspiration. Crafting. Cooking. The Mount Joy Church of God (MJCOG) Used Book Sale and Bake Sale will have all of this and more. Thousands of tomes will be available for perusal and purchase on Friday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the foyer of the church, located at 30 E. Main St., Mount Joy.

Book sale coordinator Joyce Hershey explained that the book sale used to be part of the church's rummage sale, but now the event is all about books. "We want to recycle these books and get them in the hands of people," she enthused, "and we have a wide selection of books."

Aware that book sale enthusiasts can also become hungry, volunteer Sirenda McNece will assist with the food table, where coffee and baked goods will be available for takeout. "We call it Food To Go," she said, "and we'll also have American, Italian, and turkey subs, while supplies last." McNece got involved with the sale because she wanted to be more involved with the church and she loves books. "I read so much as a girl that my parents used to ground me from reading," she said with a laugh.

Proceeds from the sale will go to Elizabethtown Community Housing and Outreach Services (ECHOS), a not-for-profit agency that provides apartment or financial services to people in the Elizabethtown, Rheems, Bainbridge, Mount Joy, Marietta, and Maytown areas who are experiencing homelessness, are at risk of homelessness, or are otherwise in need, according to the agency's website, ECHOS was recommended to Hershey by the MJCOG church council as a worthwhile recipient of funds.

Hershey, who used to sort books for the sale in her home, now sorts and prices books in the church's basement. Dozens of boxes have already been prepared. "I check the condition of each book and put the price inside the cover. I like sorting: It's sort of like opening up a present," Hershey said with a smile. When considering what her favorite part of the church's book sales has been, Hershey paused, then shared, "It's very rewarding when someone asks for a specific author and I can help by finding the right book."

Categories of books will include history, science, romance, inspirational, children's, and special interest books such as cookbooks, craft books, how-to manuals, and more. In addition, there will be a special section of books such as classic Little Golden Books, volumes in Braille, vintage hymnals, and complete sets of Bible commentaries. Record albums - both 33 1/3s and 45s - will also be available, as will DVDs, CDs, audio books, and VHS.

When asked why people should attend the sale, Hershey replied, "The books will be very inexpensive." McNece chimed in, "And the proceeds go to a good cause. This is a family-friendly event. Bring your kids!"

Event attendees should use the Main Street entrance of the church. Parking is available in the rear of the building for those in need of handicapped-accessibility. Special discounts on books, including a price per bag, will begin on the final day of the sale at 11 a.m. For more information about the book sale, readers may contact Hershey at 717-653-8357 or the church office at 717-653-4695.


Concert Series Will Continue March 20, 2019

The St. John Concert Series will continue with the Peabody Conservatory Renaissance Ensemble on Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m. at St. John Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St., York. The vocal and instrumental ensemble will present a program in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci with music including Italian songs, Spanish selections and a set from the 1518 Henry VIII songbook.

Free parking is available in the lot across the street from the church. A freewill offering will be received. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-848-1862.


Church Posts Easter Egg Hunt March 19, 2019

Salem United Church of Christ, 24 Franklin St., Jacobus, will host an Easter egg hunt on Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. All children from birth to age 12 are welcome. Following the egg hunt, prizes, snacks, and crafts will be offered. In the case of rain, the event will take place on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m.

Each child must be registered by Sunday, March 31. To register children, readers may contact Debbie at 717-849-8703 with the children's names and ages.


Neighbors Group Will Meet March 19, 2019

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, March 26, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Speaker Sylvia Gearhart will present "What Are You Trying to Say?" Gearhart graduated from Messiah College with a degree in home economics. She has three adult children and five grandchildren. Currently, she works as food service director at Camp Hebron. In addition to her culinary expertise, she will speak about having a marriage based on God's truth.

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.


Global Fair Will Celebrate World Cultures March 19, 2019

Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) will host the 22nd annual Global Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The international festival will celebrate cultures and people from around the world through exhibits, food, animals, and more.

"Approximately 20 of our workers from around the world will set up displays," said Jessica Fellenger, EMM events coordinator. "It's a great way to learn about different countries and hear stories from other cultures. There's also a wonderful local presence of nonprofit organizations and churches."

Some of the countries to be represented will include Albania, Belize, Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya, and Vietnam, as well as countries across the south, southeast, and central regions of Asia.

"Where else in southcentral Pennsylvania can you watch someone cook osh - a Central Asian rice dish - over a fire outdoors and enjoy a fresh plate of it?" Fellenger asked.

Attendees will also be able to purchase food prepared by local immigrants and refugees from Riversedge Mennonite Church, the Lao Fellowship of Harrisburg, the Upohar food truck, and local Spanish congregation El Buen Pastor, to name a few. Other options will include stroopies, which are caramel-filled Dutch waffle cookies, as well as yak jerky and ice cream.

Children may enjoy making crafts and playing games. "There will be a giant Jenga game and a water station that's especially fun in hot weather," Fellenger said. "A new treat this year is that the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster will perform. And, of course, the always-popular alpacas will be there."

"Children are one of the big reasons we do this," said EMM president Nelson Okanya. "Our worldview expands when we learn about other cultures, countries, and religions. When we, and the next generation, understand those who are different from us, it results in tolerance and peace. Of course, hopefully the kids are having fun and not realizing they are really learning at the same time!"

Artwork will be available to purchase from two local artists: paintings by Ryan Sommers, who served as a teacher at the PROMESA school in Peru, and pottery by Assefa Haile, a former EMM staff member and a native of Ethiopia.

"I'm excited that Assefa plans to bring his potter's wheel and demonstrate throwing mugs," said Fellenger. "Pottery is an ancient art form with rich analogies to our lives. It's fascinating to watch a lump of clay become something useful."

Visitors to Global Fair may also enjoy the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum and the grounds, including the Native American longhouse. Parking will be free of charge. Donations will be accepted for admission to Global Fair.

EMM is headquartered at 53 W. Brandt Blvd., Salunga. Its mission is to send personnel into the world with the transforming message of the Gospel as well as to catalyze mission engagement among congregations on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. To learn more, readers may visit


Conversations Group To Gather March 19, 2019

The Conversations Social Group will start a new study on Tuesday, April 2. The group will gather at the Meeting House, 1715 Altland Ave., York. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and last about one hour. Light refreshments will be served.

The meeting's format will be a short video and discussion, and attendees may share experiences and opinions freely as they desire. The new study will be "Parables From the Back Side" by J. Ellsworth Kalas. The study examines parables told by Jesus.


Bible Institute Posts Schedule March 19, 2019

Registration is now being accepted for the spring term of Keystone Bible Institute, which will begin on Monday, April 8. Courses to be offered include the following: Prayers That Heal a Wounded Heart on either Monday evenings or Thursday evenings; Biblical Literature of the Books of Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther on Tuesday evenings; The Study of the Jewish Roots to Christianity on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon; and The Master's Plan for Evangelism on Thursday evenings. All evening classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., with all classes held at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York.

The registration deadline is Monday, April 1. Readers may email or call 717-968-5521 to register. More information is available at

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