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Church Plans Clothing Giveaway April 28, 2017

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

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

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Preschool Accepting Registrations April 20, 2017

Mount Nebo United Methodist Church Preschool is currently accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year. The 3-year-old classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The 4-year-old classes are set for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The preschool has been serving the community for more than 37 years. It seeks to provide an early childhood education program designed to assist in the intellectual, social, physical and emotional development of children in a nurturing Christian environment.

The preschool meets at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church, 673 Martic Heights Drive, Pequea. For more information or to register, readers may call the church office at 284-4331 or email secretary@mtneboumc.org.

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MOPS Auction Will Support Pregnancy Center April 20, 2017

Approximately 60 women who are pregnant or have toddlers meet at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (FRPC), 611 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, on Friday mornings twice each month from September through May for relaxation, encouragement, and conversation. They are part of MOPS, an "international support network of women who share the common bond of preschool-age children," as www.mops.org describes the organization that was founded as Mothers of Preschoolers.

Embracing the shared experience of parenting small children is part of the motivation behind the local group's support of Pregnancy Resources at Cornerstone, which helps parents experiencing unplanned pregnancies make fully informed decisions about the futures of everyone involved.

"As moms of young children, we can connect well (with Cornerstone's mission)," said FRPC's MOPS coordinator, Elizabeth Mindemann. "This is an opportunity for us to show love and justice and mercy. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus."

Cornerstone provides an array of services at no cost to the public, said outreach and development director Michelle Verdegem. These include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy, options counseling, and parenting classes before and after birth. Clients range from single teenagers to married folks nearing middle age.

"Crisis pregnancy is not limited to teenagers," Verdegem remarked. "(An unexpected pregnancy) is a huge crisis for parents in their 40s. They've raised their children and thought they were done with diapers."

Cornerstone is headquartered in Gap and has satellite locations at Lincoln University, in Peach Bottom, and in Bridgeport. It also helps communities and local churches be advocates for the lives of women and their children.

"We provide training for crisis support," Verdegem said. "Our goal is to be able to meet people in these (difficult) places and be conduits of hope and love."

To support Cornerstone's mission, the MOPS group at FRPC will host an auction during its regular meeting on Friday, May 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. Group members have donated a variety of items along the theme of "Mother's Day," and contributions from the public are still being accepted as well.

"It would be nice to get car seats, (playards), and other big-ticket items," said auction coordinator Hillary Prickett.

Readers who would like to donate items or certificates for services may contact Prickett at 717-877-2059 or hfprickett@gmail.com.

Guests are welcome to attend the auction. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment for winning bids.

The MOPS group is also accepting new members for the 2017-18 season. Pregnant women, mothers and grandmothers of children through kindergarten age, and seasoned mothers able to serve as mentors are welcome to join. There is a cost for membership, but scholarships are available so that finances are not a barrier.

"MOPS is a great opportunity for us to support each other in this stage of life," Mindemann said.

Child care is provided during meetings, and supervision for homeschooled students is also available. Folks who would like to volunteer as child care workers for the upcoming season may contact Mindemann at emindemann@hotmail.com or 610-698-7627. Training will be provided, and clearances are required.

Readers who would like to learn more about MOPS may also contact Mindemann. Information about Cornerstone is available at www.pregnancyresources.org.

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School Welcomes New Students April 19, 2017

The Shepherd's Staff Early Learning Center, located at Fourth United Methodist Church, 20 N. Lehman St., York, has openings for new students.

The Christian-based school teaches from a structured curriculum designed to improve children's social skills and self-esteem. Age-appropriate material is used to encourage school readiness.

The learning center is open year-round from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, and children may enroll at any time. The school welcomes children 6 weeks old through prekindergarten to attend for 3, 4, or 5 full days.

For more information, call 854-1204 during the school's hours of operation.

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Church Posts Upcoming Events April 19, 2017

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will open its Community Clothes Closet to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Free clothing, shoes, and coats will be available for infants through adult size XXL. All items are clean, and some are new. Visitors are invited to enjoy a continental breakfast in the social hall, as well.

Donations of men's and children's clothing in all sizes are needed, especially boys' clothing in sizes 6 to 20. For more details, readers may contact 927-9497 or stjamesbrogue@outlook.com or visit www.stjamesbrogue.org.

Also, the Monday Morning Quilt Group will meet on the first Monday of every month at the church at 10 a.m. Quilters of all skills levels are invited. No sewing is done at the meetings. Meetings consist of a show-and-tell session and a problem-solving discussion focused on members' works in progress. For further information, readers may call the church office at 927-9497.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet April 12, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, May 2, 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 "Effective Communication With Persons Experiencing Memory Loss."

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Students Send Candy To Troops April 11, 2017

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Students Observe Read Across America Day April 11, 2017

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items April 6, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

There will be a selection of spring clothing. For women, items will include jackets, jeans, slacks and skirts. All Easter gifts and decorations will be half price. Free clothing items, as well as free bread, will be available.

The church will have an Easter egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m. for children ages 3 to 11, as well as a candy scramble, crafts and more. Hope's Closet will also have a special Easter treat for children ages 3 to 11.

Guests may also enter a drawing for new bicycles for 3- to 5-year-old boys and girls. The bicycles will be given away in a drawing on April 15.

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

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Preschool Accepts Registrations April 5, 2017

St. Paul's United Methodist Church Preschool, 45 First Ave., Red Lion, is now accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year in the two- and three-day classes. Children are required to be 3 or 4 years old by Thursday, Aug. 31.

The classes offer children a classroom setting with structured academic lessons and the use of computers for continued learning. The children will enjoy field trips during the school year, which runs from September through May. The children also present programs and are issued report cards twice a year.

Parents interested in the program may contact the church office by calling 244-2355. For more information on the preschool program at St. Paul's, readers may visit www.saintpauls-um.com.

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