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Church Sets Discussion Series March 19, 2018

Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church is offering a six-week discussion series called "Is This One the One?" that kicked off on March 16, with a second session held on March 23. After a break for Good Friday, March 30, the group will continue to meet at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, April 13, 20, and 27 and May 4.

The series is held at the home of pastor Sam Andreades and his wife, Mary K., 331 Stony Hill Road, Quarryville. Singles and dating couples are invited to participate. Sam will provide information on recognizing a life mate. Desserts will be provided.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-786-7559.


Potpie Supper To Support Mission Team March 16, 2018

Few foods represent Lancaster County's rich Pennsylvania Dutch heritage as well as chicken potpie, and folks at Ruhl's United Methodist Church (UMC) have been serving up the entree in style at an annual fundraiser for several years. "We use only homemade ingredients for the potpie, which makes it so delicious," noted church member Gail Ruhl.

This year, Ruhl's UMC will host its annual all-you-can-eat chicken potpie dinner on Saturday, March 24, at the church, 4810 Elizabethtown Road, Manheim, from 4 to 7 p.m. or until sold out. In addition to chicken potpie, the menu will include green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, beverages, and homemade desserts. Separate prices have been set for adults and for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under may eat for free. Quarts of potpie will also be available for a set price for takeout.

Proceeds from the meal will support the Ruhl's UMC mission team that will be traveling to serve in Lumberton, N.C., from Saturday, June 16, to Saturday, June 23. While in Lumberton, which is located in Robeson County, the crew will be helping flood victims with home repairs and cleanup.

"This will be our second year in the same location," shared Gail. "Initially we decided on this area of the country because a member of our congregation was originally from Lumberton. We decided to return to the same location this year because so many families are still in need of help."

All of the mission team members will be helping with the potpie dinner, including setting up, assisting with preparation, serving, or cleaning up. Curt Diffenderfer has been the head chef cooking up the potpie since the first fundraiser was held five years ago. According to Gail, last year's chicken potpie dinner was a success, with approximately 180 attendees.

"Our potpie dinner is a great place for food and fellowship. We hope that everyone in the community feels welcome to join us for this meal," Gail stated.

The chicken potpie dinner is one of the group's largest fundraisers for the trip, Gail said. The team will also host a strawberry and waffle breakfast on Saturday, May 5, to help defray costs for the mission trip. Mission team members will be on hand at each of the fundraising events to answer any questions people may have regarding details of past or future trips.

For more information about the dinner or Ruhl's UMC, readers may visit or call Chuck and Gail Ruhl at 717-665-3018.


Church Will Host Egg Hunt March 16, 2018

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 450 W. Main St., Mountville, will hold an Easter egg hunt for people of all ages, including adults, on Palm Sunday, March 25, following morning worship. The Sunday morning service will be at 10:30 a.m. and will include the sermon "The King Is Dead/Long Live the King."

During the egg hunt, a limited number of prizes will be given to those who find the golden eggs. The event will be the church's March Hospitality Sunday event.

All are welcome. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-285-5593 or visit or


Holy Week Services Posted March 15, 2018

Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, will offer a schedule of services and events during Holy Week.

On Palm Sunday, March 25, worship services will be held at 8 and 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The first service will include music by the Chapel Choir. The Sanctuary Choir will take part in the second service. The Derry Brass will accompany both services. Church school for attendees of all ages will be held from 9 to 10 a.m.

Evening Praise and Communion, a meditative worship service, will be held from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in the chapel.

On Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., worship with Communion will be held in the sanctuary. The service will include recognition of the children who participated in a recent Children and Sacraments class in preparation for receiving Communion. Music will be presented by the Sanctuary Choir. This service will be live streamed at and

On Good Friday, March 30, worship at 7 p.m. will be held in the sanctuary. At the end of the service, each person will hold a light as to celebrate the light of God's love.

The Easter Vigil worship service will begin outside in the courtyard at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, and move through the building. Elements of fire, the Seder meal, the celebration of the Lord's supper, and renewal of baptism will be included.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, worship services will be held in the sanctuary at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. The first service will include a soloist, guitar, organ and piano. Children will help to lead worship in the second service. The Sanctuary Choir, timpani and two guest trumpeters will take part in the second and third services. The Derry Ringers will participate in all three worship services. The third service will be live streamed. Church school will not be held on April 1. Breakfast will be available in the fellowship fall from 8:30 to 11 a.m., and donations for the meal will support mission trips planned for June.

Child care is available at all worship services held at Derry Church. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-533-9667 or visit the website.


Sunrise Service To Feature African Children's Choir March 15, 2018

The African Children's Choir will perform during the annual Easter sunrise service that will be held at Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, on Sunday, April 1. The program will begin at 6:15 a.m. and will take place on the ballfield directly below the crosses. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs to sit on. Some benches will be provided, but they will be limited.

According to, the African Children's Choir is a program of Music for Life, a Christian organization that strives to provide education, discipleship, and leadership skills to children throughout Africa. The members of the choir range in age from 7 to 10, and they sing a blend of traditional and contemporary music. Many of the performers have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine, and disease.

A continental breakfast will be provided after the program. The refreshments will be served free of charge in the Maranatha Retreat Center.

Registration is not required to attend the event. If guests would like to spend the night before the service in the Maranatha Retreat Center, discounted rates are available. Folks may call guest services at 717-529-3389 to learn more.


Church Slates Holy Week Activities March 15, 2018

Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 3131 Columbia Ave., Lancaster, will begin its observance of Holy Week on Sunday, March 25, with the observance of the Sunday of the Passion, Palm Sunday, at its 9:30 a.m. worship service. The congregation will gather for the blessing of the palms, and then the attendees will process together into the worship space. The service will also include the reading of the passion story from the Gospel of St. Mark.

Worship during Holy Week will resume on Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., when the church will begin the Paschal Triduum, one service occurring over three days. The service will begin on March 29 with the rite of confession and forgiveness, including individual absolution, hearing the story of Jesus' last meal with his disciples, celebrating Holy Communion, and watching the stripping of the altar, which symbolizes Jesus being stripped of his garments prior to his crucifixion.

The service will continue on Good Friday, March 30, at noon and 7 p.m. The Passion Gospel from St. John will be read, and emphasis will be placed on remembering the cross of Christ.

The church will host the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday, March 31, at 7 p.m. The service is the concluding part of the Paschal Triduum and it will be shared with the congregations of St. Paul Lutheran in Millersville and Concordia Lutheran in Columbia. The Easter Vigil will include readings from salvation history and a remembrance of baptism. The vigil will culminate with the first Holy Communion of the Easter season.

The Festival of the Resurrection of Our Lord will be celebrated on Easter Sunday, April 1, at 9:30 a.m. Additional music will accompany the liturgy, and Pastor Eshbach will present an Easter message for children.

Holy Spirit holds its regular Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m.


Youths To Stage "Belles On Their Toes" March 15, 2018

Life Youth Productions will present the comedic play "Belles on Their Toes" in the Performing Arts Center of Lancaster Mennonite School, 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 23, 24, and 25. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m. each night. No tickets are required, and a freewill offering will be accepted.

"Belles on Their Toes" is the sequel to "Cheaper by the Dozen," which Life Youth Productions presented several years ago. The play is based on the book of the same title, which was written by siblings Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. It is the continuing adventures of the Gilbreth children after the death of their father, efficiency expert Frank Gilbreth Sr.

Life Youth Productions is the dramatic arm of the youth group at Life Mennonite Fellowship Church, 732 Millwood Road, Willow Street. The group mounts a production in alternate years as a fundraiser for biennial mission trips. In addition to "Cheaper by the Dozen," previous plays have included "Anne of Green Gables," "Anne of Avonlea," and "Ben Hur," which was presented in 2016.

"We choose our plays by a vote," explained youth group adviser Priscilla Zook. "'Ben Hur' was very dramatic, so pretty much everybody wanted to do a comedy. The hardest part is finding a play with a large cast."

Forty youth group members, ranging in age from 15 to 21, have signed up for the mission trip, and all of them are expected to participate with the production of "Belles on Their Toes." The cast has been rehearsing since October under the direction of Amy Gingerich, who has appeared in several Life Youth Productions shows.

"When they did 'Anne of Avonlea" four years ago, Amy was Anne, and she knocked it out of the park," Zook said. "She studied her lines for five hours a day."

Gingerich's dedication is indicative of the quality of the shows presented by Life Youth Productions. "They do a really good job," said Zook, who noted that she is a theater fan and has experienced Broadway productions.

While each participant is responsible for the individual cost of the mission trip, any money raised by the play will be divided among the participants to offset their costs.

The group will travel in July, first spending four days in London at a Youth With a Mission (YWAM) training base before moving on to Albania, where the group will work for 10 days. Three couples will travel with the youth group, and YWAM will supply a missionary couple in Albania to supervise the group.

For more information about the show or the mission trip, readers may call Zook at 717-989-4014.


Volunteers Needed For Meal-Packing Event March 15, 2018

In February, Lora Mangus Wenger visited Real Hope for Haiti (RHFH), which partners with Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) to rehabilitate malnourished children by providing meals to families and teaching them the importance of regular, consistent nutrition.

"For the most severely malnourished, the children are admitted to the RHFH clinic and may stay for six to 18 months until they are fully healthy again. Many of these children are close to death, suffering from parasitic infections, tuberculosis, and malaria, but with consistent care, they fully recover and return to their families well," Wenger said. "On behalf of these children and thousands of others around the world, thank you for supporting the FMSC MobilePack. Every prayer, person, and penny count in the effort to alleviate world hunger."

Wenger is the chairperson for the Lancaster County FMSC MobilePack, which has been hosted by her congregation, Willow Street Mennonite Church, 399 E. Penn Grant Road, Willow Street, for several years. The fifth such event will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 6, 7, and 8. Two-hour shifts will be held throughout the weekend, and folks may sign up at

During the MobilePack, volunteers will portion raw ingredients into MannaPacks, which FMSC will ship to partners around the world. There will be a variety of work, which will range from very active to stationary. Folks may be seated to perform some of the tasks. At least 1,500 people are needed to cover all of the shifts. Many of the slots have been filled, but more than 100 remain.

"The community is very supportive, as they snatched up the volunteer slots far more quickly than expected, even after increasing from 200,000 meals last year to 300,000 meals this year and increasing our volunteer slots from 1,000 to 1,500," Wenger observed. "Additional volunteer openings often arise within two to three weeks of the event as last-minute plans change."

There is no cost to participate in the MobilePack, although participants are asked to raise funds to cover the cost of the meals that they will assemble. Donations are also welcome and may be made at the aforementioned website. Nearly $67,000 is needed for this year's event, and just under half that amount has been donated so far. A fundraising event for the MobilePack will be held at Isaac's Restaurant, 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, through April 8. Coupons for the fundraiser, through which 25 percent of purchases made with the coupon will be donated to the MobilePack, may be picked up at the church.

For more information about the Lancaster County FMSC MobilePack, readers may call the church at 717-464-2422.


Holy Week Schedule Posted March 15, 2018

Leacock Presbyterian Church, 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, will hold Holy Week services. Worship services will be held on Palm Sunday, March 25, at 9:30 p.m. A Maundy Thursday service will be held on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. and will include Communion. A service of prayer and reflection will take place at noon on Good Friday, March 30.

An Easter dawn service will be celebrated on Sunday, April 1, at 6:30 a.m. in the courtyard of the Historic Old Leacock Church, which is located at the corner of Old Leacock Road and the Old Philadelphia Pike, one mile west of Intercourse. A breakfast will follow from 8 to 9 a.m. in the fellowship hall of Leacock Presbyterian Church. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to the breakfast. Beverages and table settings will be provided. A second Easter service will be held after the breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Paradise church.

All are welcome to attend. Readers may call the church at 717-687-6619 for additional information. All are welcome.


Church Posts Holy Week Schedule March 15, 2018

St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, has planned its Holy Week worship services.

On Palm Sunday, March 25, a service will take place at 10:15 a.m. Participants will wave palm branches in celebration of Jesus' triumphant march into Jerusalem.

On Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m., the church will hold a service of healing and Tenebrae worship to celebrate the Last Supper. The service will include Communion, prayer for spiritual and physical healing, and anointment with oil.

The church will hold a prayer vigil in the sanctuary on Good Friday, March 30, from noon to 1 p.m. The church will be open to the community for meditative prayer. Devotional materials will be provided.

A worship service will take place on Easter Sunday, April 1, at 10:15 a.m. The sanctuary will be decorated with flowers, and attendees may bring flowers to aid in decorating the church's life-size cross. The hymns will be accompanied by trumpet and organ.

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


Church Posts Holy Week Activities March 15, 2018

St. John (Sadler's) Lutheran Church, 2619 Sadlers Church Road, Stewartstown, invites community members to attend the church's Holy Week services.

On Palm Sunday, March 25, the church will hold a worship service including Holy Communion at 9 a.m. On Maundy Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. the church will hold a service including Holy Communion and the stripping of the altar. A Tenebrae service will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

On Easter Sunday, April 1, a sunrise service will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the cemetery. A festive Easter service featuring Holy Communion will take place at 9 a.m.

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


Church Plans Discussion Series March 15, 2018

Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church is offering a six-week discussion series called "Is This One the One?" that kicked off on March 16. The group will continue to meet on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. for five more weeks, with a break for Good Friday, March 30. The series is held at the home of pastor Sam Andreades and his wife, Mary K., 331 Stony Hill Road, Quarryville. Singles and dating couples are invited to participate.

Sam will provide information on recognizing a life mate. Desserts will be provided.


Church Plans Egg Hunt Event March 15, 2018

Fawn Grove Church of the Nazarene, 5300 Fawn Grove Road, Pylesville, Md., will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 31, at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. The event is free and open to the community.

Children age 12 and under will be grouped according to age to hunt the eggs, and there will be prizes for the most eggs collected and for finding the special eggs. The event will also include the Easter story, a craft and a photo wall.

Lunch will be served, free of charge, in the fellowship hall for everyone.

For more information, readers may call the church at 410-452-5330.


Family Movie Night Slated March 15, 2018

The Upper Room Church, 1401 Williams Road, York, has scheduled a free family movie night for Sunday, March 25, at 6 p.m. The movie "Time Changer" will be shown, and free popcorn and beverages will be provided.

The community is invited. For more information, readers may visit


Community Dinner Church March 15, 2018

Ayres Chapel United Methodist Church, 3046 Ayres Chapel Road, White Hall, Md., will offer Community Dinner Church. The group will meet on Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. Participants will share a potluck meal, prayers, music, scripture, and an informal sermon as they gather around the dinner table together.

The group will continue to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month. For more information, readers may call 443-813-7584.


Church Sets Easter Eggstravaganza March 15, 2018

Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 S. Hess St., Quarryville, invites community members to attend its annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Sunday, March 25.

The event will begin with a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Easter egg hunt at 12:30 p.m. Children's activities will also take place in the afternoon.


Church Plans Community Meal March 15, 2018

Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike North, Willow Street, will hold a community meal on Tuesday, March 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Everyone is invited.

The meal will consist of baked chicken, potatoes, green beans and dessert.


Youth Group To Host Dinner And Auction March 14, 2018

Folks looking for a weekend getaway or day trip, as well as those who would like unique gifts for family and friends, may find what they are seeking at the annual student fundraising auction that will be held on Saturday, March 17, at Grace Church at Willow Valley, 300 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster. A hearty breakfast will be available for purchase beginning at 7 a.m., and the auction will kick off at 9 a.m.

In addition to mountain vacations and cultured pearl jewelry, the auction will feature a leather couch, luxury themed gift baskets, new electronics and small appliances, gift certificates to local businesses and regional attractions, and signed sports jerseys from Magic Johnson and former Flyers goalie Bernie Parent. A plethora of Phillies memorabilia, along with tools, outdoor and recreation items, homemade baked goods, and more, will be up for bids as well.

For a complete list of items that will be offered at the sale, readers may view the auction catalog by visiting and clicking on the Auction button. Folks may also preview all of the items at a spaghetti dinner that will be held at the church on Friday, March 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. Separate costs for admission have been set for individuals and families.

The proceeds from the auction and the spaghetti dinner will be used to fund the youth group's attendance at Momentum Youth Conference in Indiana this summer.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-464-2782.


Preschool Opens Registration March 14, 2018

Little Friendships Preschool, located at Friendship Community Church, 3380 Fox Run Road, Dover, will accept applications for its fall 2018 classes. Classes are available for children ages 2 to 5 who are potty trained.

For more information and to register, readers may call Pam Westerhold at 717-880-2178 or the church office at 717-779-0400. Readers may also visit


Services Set For Holy Week March 14, 2018

Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 2164 Mount Zion Road, York, will offer a variety of services to mark Holy Week. Leading up to Easter Sunday, the week-long schedule will begin on Palm Sunday, March 25, with services at 8 and 10:30 a.m., and each service will include special music.

During the Palm Sunday services, the Rev. Brian McClinton, pastor and classically trained vocalist, will perform a medley of songs that depict the themes of Holy Week. In addition, the Senior Choir, featuring soloist Beth Reinholt, will sing a piece that describes Palm Sunday. Holy Communion will be offered at both services followed by distribution of palms.

The week's celebration will continue on Holy Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. The service will include confession and forgiveness while considering the blessings of the Easter season.

Maundy Thursday will follow on Thursday, March 29, with two services where McClinton will sing. The first, set to begin at noon, will include a service of healing. The 7:30 p.m. service will include time for meditation and healing followed by the traditional stripping of the altar.

Good Friday's observance will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30. Members of the congregation will share the reading of the Passion, and this will be followed by Adoration of the Cross. Special music for this service will be provided by the string duo Stravaganza and the Mount Zion Senior Choir. Following the Good Friday service, the youth group of the church will gather for its overnight vigil. The vigil continues throughout the day on Saturday by other members of the congregation concluding with an Easter Vigil service at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.

Finally, the congregation will gather on Easter Sunday, April 1, with two festive services at 8 and 10:30 a.m. At both services, singing groups and the church's handbell choir will participate, along with a brass quartet to assist at the 10:30 service. Holy Communion will be offered.

Residents from throughout the community are invited to attend. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-757-7626.

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