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"Christmas At Salem" Will Offer Gifts Galore October 20, 2017

The children's gift tree will be absent from the 32nd annual Christmas at Salem holiday bazaar, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Salem United Church of Christ (UCC) of Rohrerstown, 2312 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. However, there will be plenty for youngsters to do to get into the spirit of Christmas.

"We will have (Santa's Workshop) - a room for kids to make crafts and decorate cookies," said pastor Laverne DiNino.

Youngsters might also be interested in the used books and DVDs that will be offered for sale.

Of course, there will be lots for adults as well. In addition to the reading materials and movies, there will be nearly 40 crafters and other vendors selling their wares. Items will include crocheted scarves and blankets, jewelry, handmade cards, pillows, wreaths, cheese boards and other wood crafts, fused glass, holiday ornaments, garden decor, Pokemon collectibles, and ceramics. Home-party sellers will offer women's clothing, handbags and totes, hair accessories, papercrafting supplies, and fragrance products. Boy Scout Troop 64, which Salem sponsors, will also have a booth at the bazaar, where Scouts will provide information about Wreaths Across America and accept donations.

A silent auction of select items will run concurrently with the bazaar. A Penn State-themed wreath, a knit shawl, a hand-painted slate, an appliqued wool tablemat, and a slate-roofed birdhouse will be among the items up for bids. Additionally, there will be opportunities to win a queen-size Amish-made quilt.

One aspect that the organizers consider unique to their event is the freshness of the baked goods. Pumpkin and mincemeat pies will be baked at the church the day before the bazaar, and sticky buns will still be coming out of the ovens when the doors open to the public.

"We have quite a following of people who come just for the food," remarked church member Eileen Shipe.

Church cooks will prepare gallons of vegetable beef soup, which may be purchased by the bowl or the quart. One man likes the soup so much that he tries to be first through the doors, large containers in hand, the organizers said.

Other hot foods and baked goods, including breads, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, and cakes, will be available. Church member Shirley Reitz noted that while it is not a baked item, fudge is one of the big sellers from that section of the bazaar.

Proceeds from the bazaar will be used for charitable purposes.

"We have been focusing on Disaster Relief, an organization the UCC supports," DiNino said. "But we tend to give locally. We provide money for emergency (home-heating) fuel. If there's a special project we're undertaking for the church, we'll usually give some there."

Ginny Deaner, who helped to begin the bazaar in 1985, noted that while the items offered at the bazaar have changed through the years from entirely handmade by church members to products crafted by others, the bazaar itself has not lost its purpose. "From the start, it was dedicated to helping others," Deaner said.

For more information about Christmas at Salem, readers may call the church at 717-397-0141.

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Church To Celebrate The Reformation October 20, 2017

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, has been celebrating the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation. During worship services in October, members of the church have dressed as John Calvin, John Knox, and Ulrich Zwingli and each given a short presentation about his life.

On Sunday, Oct. 29, during the worship service at 11 a.m., Martin Luther will visit and tell about his life and his participation in the Reformation.

Everyone is invited to attend the service. Afterward, refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall, and there will be more information about the month's events and the lives of the men who have been portrayed.

For more information, readers may email fpcmj@embarqmail.com or call 717-653-5888 and leave a message.

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Free Lunch For Seniors Posted October 20, 2017

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will hold the Neighbors Connect free lunch for seniors on Wednesday, Nov. 15. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will begin at noon. At 12:30 p.m., Stacy Emminger from the newly opened Mount Joy office of the Donegal Substance Abuse Alliance will give a presentation.

Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is appreciated. To preregister, call 717-653-5888 and leave a message or email fpcmj@embarqmail.com.

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Church Slates Trunk Or Treat October 20, 2017

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York, will host its annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include treats, hot dogs, s'mores, hot chocolate, a bonfire and hayrides. Last year, more than 250 people from the community attended the event.

For more information, readers may visit www.mtpisgahtrinity.org.

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Book Discussion Group To Meet October 20, 2017

Exploring, Growing Together, a book discussion group at Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will continue its 2017-18 series, which aims to help explore 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, Nov. 2, 9, and 16, lay leader Shanna Boley will facilitate a discussion using "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeanette Walls. Supplemental reading by Walls is "Half Broke Horses," a memoir about her grandmother. A motion picture about the family was released this summer.

Attendees should acquire their own materials to read and are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during 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 Boley at free2swim1978@yahoo.com or 717-351-5481. For information on the series year or to offer suggestions, readers may contact Linda at 717-626-0745 or raven303@ptd.net.

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Church To Host Concert October 20, 2017

The Ministers of Music from Lancaster will present a concert at Spring Creek Church of the Brethren, 335 E. Areba Ave., Hershey, on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The Ministers of Music is composed of five men - Lamar Dourte, John Frye, Merle Gingerich, Bob Kettering, and Ron Ludwick - along with Dennis Garrison, sound engineer. The group presents a variety of musical styles, including spirituals, hymns, gospel songs, and praise and worship choruses. Selections feature a blend of harmonies accompanied by piano or sung a cappella.

All of the men in the group are involved in local church ministry as pastors or worship leaders. Now in its 38th year, the group was organized in 1979 to sing for a community worship service. The group has ministered in music in many venues in Pennsylvania, New England, Indiana, Florida, and Arizona, as well as on cruise ships. It has been featured on the Gospel Tide Hour radio broadcast, as well.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-533-7192 or visit www.springcreekcob.org or Facebook.com/SpringCreekCOB.

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Offering A Safe Haven For Addiction Recovery October 19, 2017

"Katartizo" is a Greek word that means "to mend, restore, and prepare." In the New Testament, the word is used in the Gospels to describe the disciples mending their fishing nets and preparing them for use, explained Daniel DeLeon, executive director of The Way Recovery Houses, which was created under the nonprofit banner of Katartizo, a faith-based organization.

The Way was launched on Jan. 1, 2016, and took over the management of an addiction recovery house in Washington Boro. Since then, The Way has acquired additional homes in Lancaster city, including one exclusively for women, and has a total capacity of 40 people. Following a graduation at the end of October, six beds will be available. Residents commit to living in a recovery house and working through The Way program for one year, although they may stay longer if they need to.

"We like to think we are bridging the gap between treatment providers and integration into society," DeLeon said. "Metaphorically, we teach people how to swim while they're still in the shallow end of the pool."

That process is summed up by the slogan "We R4 You." "We" represents The Way and the staff members' commitment to providing residents with a safe, structured environment, as well as accountability, encouragement, compassion, and a pathway to restoration and renewal. "You" is the individual seeking change. Those two groups bookend the four R's, which stand for rest, re-engagement, reintegration, and release. The plan is that by working through those four phases, residents become confident and prepared to transition seamlessly into life on their own. Counseling and other psychological treatment is an important part of the recovery process as well.

Church partners are crucial to the success of The Way. Each house has been adopted by a church, which welcomes residents to worship services and other activities and provides mentors who develop positive relationships with residents. Additional churches provide financial donations and meet tangible needs as they arise.

"The key (to our ministry) is we are mobilizing the church to respond to addiction," DeLeon said. "Churches are a tremendous resource to combating addiction."

He noted that people vulnerable to addiction often feel a lack of meaning and purpose in their lives, and they seek out mind-numbing or pleasure-giving substances to soothe their spirits. "It's a relational breakdown with our Maker," DeLeon asserted. "It's a breakdown in our families, in our sense of self, a relational breakdown with others, and a breakdown of our creative purpose. Through the participation of churches, we can make a greater impact."

DeLeon has a testimony of addiction and recovery, and the program used by The Way is based on his experiences and on research. Women's director Kelly Baldwin also has experienced addiction and recovery, and she developed a door-to-door program for people leaving prison.

"Kelly brings a level of expertise and connections to recovery work," DeLeon commented.

"The women call me 'Mama Bear' because I try to keep them safe as much as possible," Baldwin remarked. "The women's house is a safe haven. A lot of women (who have lived there) say they finally have a place to call home."

Residents are expected to find employment, and they pay rent, which just covers the cost of operating the houses. DeLeon and Baldwin are considered domestic missionaries, however, so they do not draw salaries from The Way and must raise support instead. Financial contributions toward the operating expenses of The Way are appreciated. Folks may donate online at www.katartizopa.org, and they may call general manager Ivan Reyes at 717-510-2226 or email Baldwin at thewayrecoveryhouses.kelly@gmail.com for more information.

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Neighbors Group Slates Program October 19, 2017

Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend a program on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

The speaker, Karen Burrows, is an ordained minister with a pastor's heart for women. She graduated from the Ministry Training School at Church of the Word International and was ordained in 1998. She is a mother and a grandmother.

While women are attending the program, classes will be provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. For more information or a copy of this year's schedule, readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603.

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Church To Celebrate Reformation October 19, 2017

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11 N. Queen St., Maytown, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran/Protestant Reformation on Sunday, Oct. 29.

A service at 10:30 a.m. will feature decorations, a visit from the Great Reformer, Communion using the 1771 pewter, and music provided by the choir, the praise band, a soloist, and a brass quartet from Manheim. Another highlight will be the reception of the Doane family (Rob, LeeAnn, Isabel, Mary Faith, and Jovanna) and Michele Melhorn.

After the service, all are invited to attend a German heritage banquet prepared by Charles Johns and the parish's Social Ministry Committee, which will feature pork and sauerkraut and dessert. A freewill donation is requested to benefit the parish youth ministry.

For details, contact pastor Bob Lescallette at 717-426-1643 or cartouche1948@embarqmail.com.

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Worship Team To Present Service October 19, 2017

The Friendship Community worship team will present a program on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 9:30 a.m. at Kauffman Mennonite Church, 1355 Lancaster Road, Manheim. A light meal will follow the service. The offering to be received that morning will go to Friendship Community.

The team members are residents of Friendship's various residential settings. Friendship Community provides Christ-centered services to more than 140 people with intellectual disabilities in various programs and locations throughout Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The Friendship Community offices are located at 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. For more information, readers may call Friendship Community at 717-656-2466.

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Willow Street Church To Launch Saturday Service October 19, 2017

Grace Community Church of Willow Street (GCC) is growing. While plans are in the works to enlarge the facility at 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street, the church is expanding in other, more immediate ways. On Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m., GCC will launch a regular, weekly Saturday worship service. It will be similar to the contemporary services held on Sundays at 9:15 and 11 a.m. GCC also offers a traditional service at 8 a.m.

The church wants to accommodate folks who have other commitments on Sunday mornings, particularly those whose jobs require that they work weekend shifts. Nearly 100 members have committed to attending the Saturday services regularly, which will free up some seats on a Sunday morning. Lead pastor Mike Sigman noted that an average of 950 people attend GCC worship services on a Sunday. While the existing sanctuary is capacious, it has neared its limit. Sigman attributed the growth to GCC's commitment to treating people with dignity, value, and respect as image-bearers of God.

"We don't want to see the momentum hindered," Sigman remarked. "It's exciting what God has done."

John Baker, who works part time as the pastor of teaching and visitation, and his wife, Cindy, will make Saturday services their main priority. Baker, Sigman, and associate pastor Paul Weitzel will share preaching duties. Worship pastor David Julian has expanded the slate of worship team participants to ensure that proficient musicians are available to accompany congregational singing during each service. Additionally, he has developed a team of four people who will each lead a worship team; two of those are students from Lancaster Bible College.

To ensure that Saturday service attendees are integrated and assimilated into the church community, the leadership has been strategic, Baker said. In addition to the pastoral rotation, there have been changes in language, such as adopting the phrase "a weekend of worship," and intentional times of gathering as a large group for fun and fellowship outside of worship services.

The support of the congregation has been resounding. Along with 60 worship team participants, 70 volunteers were required to consistently staff the children's ministry. Nearly all of the positions have been filled.

"We are seeing people say, 'This is my church, and I'm committed to the mission' and (being) willing to serve," Sigmund observed.

Nursery care will be available during all of the services. Classes for children up through third grade will be offered on Saturdays, and classes up to fifth grade are offered during the 9:15 and 11 a.m. services on Sundays. Classes for adults are held during the week at the church and in homes.

GCC was founded in 1995 by a team sent from Grace Evangelical Congregational Church in Lancaster. Wil Martin, who was the first pastor, remains on the congregation's pastoral team. GCC has never received an offering during a service. Instead, attendees may place donations in boxes by the door if they choose. The Bible is the primarity authority at GCC, so worship songs are carefully selected, and the Scripture-based sermons are both expositional and practical. The current sermon series, which will continue through November, is focusing on biblical accounts of people loving God and loving people.

"We offer an authentic experience," Baker remarked. "There's not a lot of glitz or big programming. We're just people doing life together."

To learn more about GCC and watch past sermons online, readers may visit www.gccws.net. They may also contact the church at 717-464-5333 or info@gccws.net.

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Church Sets Movie Night October 19, 2017

Zion United Methodist Church, 2595 Freysville Road, Red Lion (Freysville), will hold a movie night on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. "The Case for Christ" will be shown.

"The Case for Christ" is about a man who tries to disprove his wife's faith with an unexpected result.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet October 19, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 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 "How Office of Aging Can Help You." A representative will share about resources and answer questions.

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Soup, Bake Sale Planned October 19, 2017

Jerusalem Church and St. Paul's Lutheran Church invite the public to their fall chicken corn soup and bake sale, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Penryn Church Grove, located at the end of Picnic Grove Road off North Penryn Road.

Chicken corn soup and an assortment of homemade baked goods will be available starting at 8 a.m. Takeout orders of homemade chicken corn soup will be available from 8 a.m. to noon, and individuals should bring their own containers.

All proceeds will benefit the Grove maintenance fund. This will be the last event of the season, with the next event slated for Saturday, April 28, 2018.

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Church Posts Hymn Sing October 19, 2017

Speedwell Heights Brethren in Christ Church, 413 W. Brubaker Valley Road, Lititz, invites the community to an old-fashioned hymn sing on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item. A freewill offering will be received.

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Fall Craft Show Will Feature 40-Plus Vendors October 19, 2017

The Believers Sunday school class at Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren, 1392 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, will hold its sixth annual fall craft show on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. More than 40 crafters and vendors will be on hand to sell their products and services.

All of the spaces are full, said vendor coordinator Melissa Kreider. "We have a lot of great returning vendors and some new ones," she commented.

"We tried really hard not to fill up with home-party vendors," added class member Kari Johnson.

Birdhouses crafted from repurposed tools and other materials, carpenter bee traps, twig light arrangements, quillows, fabric handbags, towel angels, textile art, table runners, holiday and seasonal decor, goat milk soap, rustic handmade wooden signs, embroidered hooded towels, Haitian tinware and jewelry, babywear, and sandtarts are among the unique items to be offered by creative vendors. Direct sale companies that will be represented at the event are those that sell women's apparel, scented products, food storage containers, children's books, adhesive nail decor, cooking and other kitchen supplies, and high-end DIY home decor. Crafters and vendors have been posting examples of their inventory at www.facebook.com/MGCBfallcraftshow/.

The Mechanic Grove Painting Group will be featured, and members will sell a variety of artwork. The church's women's fellowship group will offer mincemeat pies and apple dumplings. Additionally, the Believers class members will serve a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and eggs for a fee. Soups and salads will be available for lunch, and a great number of baked goods will be offered as well. Vegetable beef, broccoli cheddar, and chicken corn noodle soups will be available for takeout in quarts or in smaller quantities to enjoy at the craft show.

"We make 90 to 100 quarts of soup," Johnson said. "Sometimes they're gone before lunch."

The apple dumplings are also a highly popular item. Kreider noted that the entire supply was sold out before 10 a.m. at last year's craft show.

The event's layout was designed with a thought toward adults with children. The aisles are wide to accommodate strollers, and high chairs will be available in the cafe area.

The Believers Sunday school class typically raises about $2,500 through the event. A portion of the proceeds goes to Nu Water Works, a program of G.O.D. International, which works with wells and water problems in Uganda. The class also uses the proceeds to fund community meals held at Huffnagle Park during the summer months.

The class members range in age from 30 to mid-40s, and many have small children. Fitting in the organization of a large craft show is not necessarily easy, but the adults feel it is important.

"We want to be examples to our kids (of service to the church and helping others)," Kreider remarked. "Plus, our (older) kids love helping with this."

For more information about the fall craft show, readers may call the church at 717-786-2723, visit the aforementioned Facebook page, or send a message to @MGCBfallcraftshow on Facebook Messenger.

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Volunteers Complete Tasks As Part Of Mission Trip Birdsboro October 19, 2017

This summer, volunteers with Mission Trip Birdsboro had to deal with scorching heat and high humidity during the four days they volunteered in the community to complete various projects at the homes of local residents in need and at area parks.

Since some of that work could not be completed during the scheduled time, a group of volunteers ventured out on Oct. 14 to finish a few remaining jobs. Among the tasks that the volunteers completed were the installation of a dugout roof at the Daniel Boone Optimist Ball Field in Birdsboro and a job that included breaking down a large fallen tree for a local homeowner who wanted the tree split into logs and delivered to neighbors. Because the day turned out to be foggy and rainy, the crew was unable to complete the planned project of painting curbs in the borough.

The group of approximately 10 volunteers met for breakfast at 7 a.m. and then completed the tasks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Because of the extreme heat (during Mission Trip Birdsboro in the summer), we couldn't get to (some jobs). For the homeowner, we replaced the door on her shed and we sealcoated her driveway, but we couldn't get the tree done (this summer)," said volunteer Rich Bowden, who coordinated the recent volunteer effort. "At the ballfield, we got one dugout (roof) done, but we didn't get the second one done."

This summer during Mission Trip Birdsboro, there were more than 90 volunteers from six churches who worked in the community from July 19 to 22. Volunteers represented St. Paul's UCC; St. John-Hill UCC, Boyertown; the former Alice Focht United Methodist Church, Birdsboro; St. Paul's UCC, Amityville; Church of Nazarene, Birdsboro; and St. Paul's Lutheran, Douglassville.

During the mission project, the volunteers assisted 25 homeowners in need, including elderly, widowed or disabled people and single parents. Workers performed general home maintenance, removed trees, repaired decks, installed hand railings, painted and power washed, while meeting with the homeowners to provide support and encouragement. Additionally, volunteers made improvements at the Birdsboro-Union Fire Department, Texas Ball Field, Optimist Ball Field and Maple Springs Pool and painted community curbing.

The efforts were supported by more than 25 business sponsors and seven nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers in the summer and on Oct. 14 wore salmon-colored T-shirts that read, "God Is on the Move."

When asked why volunteers worked in the summer heat and on the rainy fall Saturday, Bowden said that helping others is a way to share God's love. "We are showing God's love - that's what it's all about. It's giving back to the community that is so good to us," he said. "We are all blessed each in our way with our own gifts, so we are just trying to give back."

For more information about Mission Trip Birdsboro, readers may visit www.stpaulsbirdsboro.org and select the What We Do tab.

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Full-Time Church Growth October 19, 2017

In January of 2014, Tim Witmer thought he had retired from being a full-time pastor. The New Holland native had left his church in Upper Darby and was serving as a professor at Westminster Seminary in Glenside. A chance meeting with his cousin, Carol Sprecher, in the bakery department of a local grocery store caused his plans to change.

Sprecher asked Tim to help fill the pulpit at St. Stephen Reformed Church, 249 E. Main St., New Holland, and he agreed. In November 2014, the members of St. Stephen voted to call him as part-time pastor and elected to change denominations to become part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). After serving as part-time pastor, Tim officially retired from teaching at Westminster on Sept. 5, having become the full-time lead pastor at St. Stephen on Sept. 1.

Tim's roots in New Holland run deep. He was raised in a local church, and he met his wife, Barbara, when Stan Deen cast the two opposite each other in a play at Garden Spot High School. Gesturing to a photo of a past New Holland Farm Show event on the wall of his office, Tim talked about his family's connection to the town. "This (photo is from) the late 1940s," he said. "My dad was on the farm show committee, and that's him right there. (The farm show) is part of our family history."

When Tim first suggested a denominational change to the members of St. Stephen, he had ideas for adding staff. "My original proposal in May 2014 included a part-time children's ministry director and a part-time youth intern," said Tim, who noted that the church had few, if any, children attending at the time. His plan was to reach out to young families. "Now we have excellent ministries in those categories, and we are seeing that bear fruit," he said.

The growth in the church since 2014 has been significant. St. Stephen is attracting more than 300 attendees to services each week and has added more than 180 new members in the last two years. "One of our keys has been a focus on Scripture in all our ministries," explained Tim. The church Sunday school program includes three adult electives and a children's program. "We'd love to see other dwindling churches consider this model for revitalization," noted Tim.

Tim is quick to acknowledge the support he receives in his role from children's ministry director Faith Titus and pastoral intern Nathaniel Stamper. Tim said that the church is looking forward to Stamper's scheduled ordination and installation as associate pastor in December. Stamper has been active in the church, recently spearheading the introduction of the church's life group ministry. Tim added that Barbara is leading the women's ministry, which currently involves about 60 women in Bible studies. Anita Witmer recently became the church's administrative assistant.

Tim first joined the teaching staff of Westminster in 1997 as a part-time lecturer in practical theology. He received full-time tenure in July 1999. Tim was promoted to associate professor in 2002, and the Philadelphia Presbytery of the PCA installed him as teacher at the seminary in February 2003. In 2006, he was inaugurated as professor of practical theology. In 2010, Tim published "The Shepherd Leader," which is now in use around the world to train church leaders. He later published two more books.

Tim is no longer making plans to retire. "I will continue as long as God gives me strength," he noted. "I am excited to be here in New Holland full time and to see what the Lord is going to do."

St. Stephen currently holds Sunday services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school for people of all ages is held at 9:30 a.m. More information about the church may be found at www.ststephenpca.org.

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Olivet UMC Celebrates 200 Years October 18, 2017

Sen. Andrew Dinniman joined local officials and parishioners in marking the bicentennial of Olivet United Methodist Church (UMC) in Coatesville at a celebratory event and luncheon on Oct. 6. Dinniman presented a special citation commemorating the milestone and also read a letter from Gov. Tom Wolf in honor of the occasion.

The Oct. 6 event kicked off a weekend of activities commemorating the church's 200th anniversary, including a public open house and concert on Oct. 7 and a special luncheon at the Coatesville Country Club following services on Oct. 8.

Patty Biffen, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and Olivet layleader, gave a presentation on the church's history. Michael Givler, co-chair of Olivet's Bicentennial Committee and chairman of its Staff Parish Relations Committee, spoke of the parish's legacy of commitment and involvement in the Coatesville community.

Givler referred to work on the Third Avenue Streetscape Project, currently underway. The streetscape project, the first phase of revitalization work related to the new Coatesville Train Station, aims to transform Third Avenue as a gateway into the city from the new station. It includes the repaving of Third Avenue and the installation of sidewalk amenities, including ADA accessibility improvements from Lincoln Highway to Fleetwood Street.

The project also calls for the repaving of and significant improvements to the nearby parking lot of the church, which will be available to rail riders under an agreement being worked out with the church.

The entire project is expected to be completed in about a year.

In addition, the design work on the realignment of the station's location on Fleetwood Street is ongoing, but preliminary design work is complete. These designs include plans for commuter and bus access and a review of conceptual designs offering transit-oriented development projects related to the new train station.

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Apple Butter Boil Planned October 18, 2017

Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church (UMC), 962 Flintville Road, Delta, will hold its annual Apple Butter Boil. Mt. Nebo UMC has been making apple butter for more than 100 years. The event will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, and continue on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Orders may be placed now for quarts or pints of apple butter. Regular and sugar-free apple butter will be available. To place an order, readers may call 717-456-5662 and leave a message with a name and phone number, including an area code, along with what quantity and type of apple butter is wanted.

Patrons are asked to provide clean, standard size glass canning jars (pints or quarts) for the apple butter. Jars should be brought to the church utility building at the top of the hill on Nov. 3 or prior to 10 a.m. on Nov. 4. Jars should be labeled with patron's name.

Apple butter may be picked up until late Saturday afternoon and again after church on Sunday until 2 p.m. Some jars will be available for those who need them.

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