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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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Church Plans Clothing Giveaway October 12, 2017

St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 947 N. George St., York, will hold a clothing giveaway on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. Gently used and new fall and winter clothing will be available.

Clothing may be donated during church office hours on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 18 and 19, between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-854-0589.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items October 11, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on women's sweaters of all types in sizes from extra small to 3X, along with men's and women's pants, jeans, and light jackets. Infant, toddler and children's clothes for fall and winter will also be available.

The newly opened household and decorative items room will feature bedding, gift items, kitchen items, curtains, and more. The children's room has been expanded to include games, books, toys, and more.

There will also be free clothing items available for people of all ages, along with free food items and bread.

For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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New Support Group To Meet October 11, 2017

A Chronic Pain and Illness Group will meet on Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at New Creation Community Church, 3005 Emig Mill Road, Dover. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, Oct. 19. All are welcome.

For further information, readers may call Michael Krall at 717-793-7322.

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Clothing Drive Planned October 5, 2017

Jewish Family Service, along with Congregations Shaarai Shomayim, Degel Israel, and Temple Beth El, will hold a clothing drive on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Participants may bring gently used clothing of all sizes, including mittens, gloves, and winter outerwear, to one of the three congregations before noon on Oct. 15.

Donated clothing should be clean, ready to be worn, and not dated or in need of mending. Clothing should be folded and placed in bags or boxes and brought into the lobby. Receipts will be available at the temple office.

For more information, readers may contact jfshelps@gmail.com.

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Solanco CROP Walk To Help The Hungry October 5, 2017

The annual Solanco CROP Walk will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, at Muddy Run Park. Readers are invited to join friends and neighbors on the autumn walk to raise funds to help stop hunger locally and around the globe.

Participants in the CROP Walk have the option of following a 5-mile course through wooded trails and roads of the park or a shorter course, staying on the paved paths. The alternate route covers easier terrain and is suitable for families with strollers or wagons for children.

"When you go into the park, there's lots of signage directing you where to go. We start at a pavilion, then it's a 5-mile walk through the campground and the park. It is an awesome walk," said committee member Fan Bender. "You can take your time, and you don't have to do the entire 5 miles."

The walk is a family event, and children and dogs are welcome to participate. "If you walk your cat, you can bring your cat," co-chair Mary Etta Reinhart said. "We're just happy you come."

This year, the park's disc and soccer golf courses will be available for groups that prefer to support the CROP Walk by participating in these activities as an alternative to walking either route. Refreshments will be served following the walk so that everyone has an opportunity for fellowship as well.

Also new this year will be a scavenger hunt with token prizes. Children will receive a list of items they can collect during the walk, while adults will be asked to use their phone or camera to take pictures of listed items that cannot be picked up, such as a large rock or a spider web.

Proceeds from this and other CROP Walks across the country go to Church World Service, which directs funds to areas of the world where they are currently needed most. Each walker will receive a card with the name and location of a person like those who may be helped through the event along with a description of how the money raised will go to help that person. "It gives (the event) a personal touch," Bender said.

"The important thing is our funds go to people to help them improve their lives. It empowers people," co-chair Don Trimble said.

One quarter of the funds raised on the Solanco CROP Walk will be returned to the Solanco Neighborhood Ministries food bank to help it meet emergency food requests for residents of the Solanco, Penn Manor, and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts.

Since the first walk in 1980, the Solanco CROP Walk has raised more than $348,000. Last year, walkers representing 11 southern Lancaster County churches raised more than $8,500.

Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren is the organizing church for the event, and it works with churches across the region to support the CROP Walk. "We, in a sense, sponsor it," Reinhart said. "We just get people organized; everybody does their own part."

Anyone who would like to participate in the CROP Walk may obtain a sponsorship packet through their local church or by contacting Reinhart at 717-786-4323 or Trimble at 717-548-2509.

Participants are also welcome to register on the day of the event, which will begin at 8 a.m., rain or shine, at Muddy Run Park, 172 Bethesda Church Road, Holtwood.

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GriefShare Class October 4, 2017

St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, will begin a new GriefShare class on Monday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m., in the fellowship hall. Each session will include a presentation and group discussion.

A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included with a suggested donation for the book. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may contact Denise Wright at 717-840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 14, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 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 "Ways to Keep Your Loved One Safe."

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Divorce Care For Kids Posted September 13, 2017

New Creation Community Church, 3005 Emig Mill Road, Dover, will offer a Divorce Care for Kids (DC4K) group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The sessions began on Sept. 11, but individuals may still join. The DC4K group was scheduled to meet for approximately 12 to 16 weeks.

DC4K is meant to offer a safe, fun place where children may learn skills to help them heal after a caregiver has experienced separation or divorce. DC4K includes games, music, stories, videos and discussion intended to help children process the separation or divorce and move forward. DC4K is designed for children ages 5 to 12, and New Creation Community Church will offer nursery care for siblings age 4 and younger.

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Bereavement Ministry Posts Meeting September 8, 2017

Mount Wolf Community Church, located at the corner of South Sixth and Maple streets, has announced that its Christian Bereavement Ministry will meet on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. The ministry meets the last Thursday of each month.

For more information, contact Gala and Ken Simpson at 717-793-8082 or Mount Wolf Community Church at 717-266-8453. To learn more about the church, email mwcc@comcast.net or visit mwcc98.org.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items September 7, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fall clothing for men, women, and children will be available, including a large selection of men's and women's dressy and casual slacks, pants, and jeans in all sizes available for a nominal fee.

The newly opened household and decorative items room will feature select items such as bedding, gift items, kitchen items, curtains, and more. The children's room has been expanded to include games, books, additional toys, and more.

Individuals may also register to win a Welcome Fall gift basket. There will also be free clothing items available for people of all ages, along with free food items and bread.

For more information, readers may call Pathway Church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit pathwaycc.org.

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Food Pantry Receives Item Donations August 30, 2017

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Dementia/Alzheimer Support Group August 30, 2017

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia and Alzheimer's disease support group on the second Monday of each month. This month's meeting is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m.

Individuals interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's disease or those who are taking care of loved ones with dementia or Alzheimer's disease are invited to join the group.

For details, readers may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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Church To Host GriefShare August 30, 2017

Norrisville United Methodist Church, 2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, Md., will host GriefShare, with new sessions starting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m.

GriefShare is a nondenominational, 13-week support group for people who have lost loved ones to death. People do not need to be a member of the church to attend.

There is a cost for materials. For more information, including directions, or to register, readers may call the Rev. Melissa McDade at 410-692-6179 or email thomasjsullivan@hotmail.com. Participants should also call in the event of inclement weather.

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Church Plans GriefShare Sessions August 30, 2017

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Road, York, will offer GriefShare on Mondays, Sept. 11 through Dec. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The group is open to the community.

GriefShare at Aldersgate is a 14-week, faith-based grief support group for people grieving the death of a loved one. The sessions include DVD interviews and participant workbooks. There is a fee for materials.

Participants may register by calling the church at 717-854-4276.

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Church Plans Recovery Group Sessions August 30, 2017

Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, will offer two recovery groups. GriefShare, for people who have experienced painful losses, particularly the death of a loved one, will take place on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Thursday, Sept. 7. DivorceCare, for people who have experienced separation or divorce, will take place on Sundays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. beginning on Sept. 10. Each group will meet for 13 weeks. Participants may join at any time.

Each session of GriefShare will begin with the showing of a DVD featuring an expert on a grief and recovery subject. Topics will include "The Journey of Grief," "The Lessons of Grief," "Grief and Your Relationships," and "Complicating Factors." The DVD showings will be followed by small group discussion.

The DivorceCare sessions will also include teaching through DVDs, along with group sharing and support. Topics will include "Facing My Anger," "Facing My Loneliness," "KidCare," and "Financial Survival."

During the DivorceCare sessions, children from birth through fourth grade are invited to join Petra's children's ministry program. People registering children should use the East Entrance to the Student Life Center and register their children at the Kids' Hub.

Participants, except for DivorceCare participants who are registering children, should enter using the North Entrance. Signs will direct attendees to the meeting location.

All are welcome, and there is no cost to participate; workbooks are free. Registration is available by visiting www.petra.church or contacting pastor Titus Kauffman at 717-354-5394 or titusk@petra.church. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Harmony Grove To Offer Grief Support Program August 30, 2017

Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will host GriefShare, a weekly seminar/support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group will meet from 6:30 to approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning on Sept. 13. There will be 13 sessions.

For more information, readers may call 717-292-3659 or visit www.hgcc.org or www.griefshare.org.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items August 23, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There will be fall clothing for men, women and children, including men's and women's dressy and casual slacks, pants and jeans in all sizes, available at special savings. Household and decorative items will include kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gifts, and more. Children's games, books, and toys will be available.

Many free clothing items, as well as free food, will be available. Shoppers may register to win a "Welcome Fall" gift basket.

For more information, readers may call the church at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Clothing Drive August 23, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-2343.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.

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Food Waste Weekend Set August 23, 2017

Food Waste Weekend educates clergy about the issue of food waste, and then gives them the tools they need to share the issue with their congregation. The program was developed by AmpleHarvest.org - the unique nationwide nonprofit that is eliminating food waste and hunger by linking 42 million American home gardeners to local food pantries.

Each year the United States wastes 133 billion pounds of food or 40 percent of food produced. At the same time, 1 in 6 Americans does not know where their next meal will come from.

The second annual Food Waste Weekend will take place from Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 10. This is a global invitation and opportunity for the faith community to learn about and address the waste of food during the weekend's religious services. Free information about food waste, faith-specific sample sermons, newsletter bulletins and more are available to clergy who sign up at www.foodwasteweekend.org.

Food Waste Weekend was launched in 2016 to help the faith community shift its focus from feeding the hungry to ending hunger. Clergy are urged to mark Sept. 8 to 10 on their calendars to give sermons on the waste of food and further discussions about how reducing food waste can help congregations follow their faith traditions, save money at the grocery store, and help improve the health of both themselves and the planet. Food waste sermons can be given at any date, the resources will remain online and freely available. In addition, all congregants can learn more about what they can do personally at www.foodwasteweekend.org/me.

Through AmpleHarvest.org, the key beneficiaries of Food Waste Weekend will be food pantries nationwide that will receive food, especially locally grown food, that otherwise would have been lost to waste. For more information, readers may visit www.ampleharvest.org/presskit or call 267-536-9880.

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