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Church Will Offer Support Group March 21, 2018

Spry Church, 50 School St., York, will offer a 13-week grief recovery support group. Linda Reid, director of congregational care, will lead the group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 3 to June 26. Community members are invited to participate.

The group is associated with the national program GriefShare and aims to provide help and healing for people who have lost a loved one. The registration fee includes a workbook.

To register, readers may stop by the Welcome Center in the church's narthex or visit by Friday, March 30. More information is available by calling 717-741-1429 or emailing


Preschool Sets Open House March 21, 2018

Our Lady of Consolation Early Learning Center (OLC-ELC) will host an open house on Thursday, April 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Schneider Parish Center, 2995 Cemetery Road, Parkesburg. Preschool for children ages 2 to 5 is offered, and before- and after-school care is available.

For more information, visit or call 610-857-1163.


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.


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


GriefShare Session Posted March 14, 2018

Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg, will present GriefShare sessions on Tuesdays, March 27 and April 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The topic on March 27 will be "Grief and Your Relationships." The topic on April 3 will be "Why?"

The spring session of GriefShare, a support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one, will be held on Tuesdays through May 15. Each session is self-contained, so individuals do not have to attend in sequence. The group leaders are Paul and Twila Ranck.

For more information or to register, readers may visit or email


Neighbors Group To Meet March 8, 2018

Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the church, on Tuesday, March 20, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The meeting will be the group's final event of the year.

Colleen Haldeman will lead devotions. There will also be opportunities for singing and fellowship, followed by a brunch. Attendees should bring a hot or cold brunch item to share.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Preregistration is not required. Readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information.


NHELC Receives Grant March 7, 2018


Clothing, Household Items Will Be Available March 6, 2018

Shining Light Ministries, 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown, will offer clothing and household items to community members in need this year. The ministry is affiliated with Winterstown United Methodist Church.

Volunteers are needed to sort, fold, hang, and display the donations of items that the organization receives. Volunteer hours typically occur on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Shining Light Ministries will offer items to the public six times this year. Items are available for a nominal fee. Any funds received go toward operating expenses, and all proceeds beyond these expenses go to various outreach projects.

Items will be available for purchase on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: March 16, March 17, April 27, April 28, June 8, June 9, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. In the case of snow on March 16 and 17, the ministry will be open on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24.

For more information, readers may contact Pat at 717-818-2189.


Preschool Posts Class Openings February 28, 2018

Christ Lutheran Preschool, 105 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, has openings in several of its classes.

Young 3's meets on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The Young 3's class is for children who will turn 3 between Saturday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Dec. 31.

The 3- and 4-year-old afternoon classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:30 to 3 p.m. There are also a few spots in the 4-day and 5-day morning prekindergarten classes. Additionally, the school offers a Mommy and Me class, also known as Time for 2's, on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m.

For more information and to schedule a tour, readers may contact Becky Stevenson at 717-235-0459 or or visit


Dementia Support Group To Meet February 27, 2018

Dover Bethany UMC, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a support group meeting for individuals and caregivers dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m.

Individuals interested in learning more about dementia or Alzheimer's, as well as those who care for loved ones who have the disease, are invited to attend. Additional information is available by calling the church at 717-292-2716.


Preschool Plans Open House February 27, 2018

Our Lady of Consolation Early Learning Center (OLC-ELC) will host an open house on Thursday, March 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Schneider Parish Center, 2995 Cemetery Road, Parkesburg. OLC-ELC provides preschool classes for children ages 2 to 5.

For more information, visit or call 610-857-1163.


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet February 22, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, March 6, 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 "What is a POLST?"


Hope's Closet To Offer Items February 21, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters in sizes extra small to 3X. The Easter shop will offer decorative items, gifts, refillable eggs, and stuffed animals. The children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items are available for people of all ages, along with free food items and bread.

For more information, readers may call 717-793-8070 or search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or visit


Preschool Opens Registration, Plans Open House February 21, 2018

Eastminster Preschool, 311 Haines Road, York, is accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Classes are available for children ages 2 to 5, with the additional option of afternoon extension classes. A registration fee is due at the time of enrollment.

The Terrific Toddlers program is for 2-year-olds and is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Children must be 2 to enter the class. Toilet training is not required.

The 3-year-old, 2-day class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Children must be turning 3 by Friday, Feb. 1, of the 2018-19 school year to register for the class.

The 3-year-old, 3-day class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Children must be 3 by the start of the school year to register for the class.

The 4-year-old, 3-day class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 to 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 4-year-old, 5-day class meets daily on Mondays through Fridays from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Children must be 4 at the start of the school year to register for these classes.

For more information or to schedule a tour, readers may contact the preschool at or 717-755-0543.

Eastminster Preschool will hold an open house on Thursday, March 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for all interested families. Attendees may visit the classrooms and meet the teachers. Registration materials will be available at the preschool, and a book fair will take place in the fellowship hall during the open house.


Preschool Hosts State Representative February 21, 2018

The prekindergartners of Robeson Lutheran Preschool welcomed a special visitor on Feb. 15 to help them learn about Presidents Day and how the government works. State Rep. Mark Gillen, of the 128th district, joined the children for a story and discussion of how a law is made.

The children shared with Gillen their ideas for new laws, ranging from laws to keep animals and police officers safe to laws mandating that everyone must try soccer and have a toy monster truck. Gillen assured the children that safety for animals and the police was a priority for him and that he would think about the monster truck idea.

The children also took part in a secret ballot vote meant to show the children that their voices can be heard in government. The children were given the choice between spaghetti and pizza, and they selected their choice on a ballot and placed their vote in the ballot box. Gillen then counted the votes with the children to find that pizza was the winner.

In March, the students will have a Career Week, featuring visitors from Santander Bank, French Creek State Park and Robeson Police Department.

Robeson Lutheran Preschool is a ministry of Robeson Lutheran Church, 3520 Plow Road, Mohnton. The preschool is designed to foster a child's overall development in the areas of social awareness, emotional independence, fine and gross motor skills, and language and cognitive development. The school offers programs for children from age 2 through prekindergarten.

For more information, readers may visit or call 610-856-7613. Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open.


Preschool Plans Open House February 16, 2018

Bossler Christian Preschool, 2021 Bossler Road, Elizabethtown, will hold a drop-in open house on Wednesday, Feb. 28, between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Families are invited to attend and bring their preschoolers, giving them the opportunity to experience learning in a one-room schoolhouse.

The preschool, which serves children ages 3 to 5, incorporates Bible stories, art and cooking experiences, science discoveries, music and movement activities, math, and language development. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-537-8192.


Preschool Sets Open House, Mission Project February 15, 2018

Neffsville Christian Preschool, 2660 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, invites new and interested families of future preschoolers to attend its annual open house on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will feature tours, activities, crafts, and snacks. On this date, open registration will begin for the 2018-19 school year.

The open house will also serve as the launch of the preschool's March mission project, Ryder's Smile Packages. Ryder Getchis, who attends Landis Run in Manheim Township School District, is slated to visit the preschool on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, to share with students about his project.

Ryder, age 11, recently won his battle against brain cancer. To give back, he is putting together Pillowcase Smile Packages to give to children who are fighting cancer. Included in the packages are specific comfort items. To view a list of the items, readers may visit Families are also encouraged to collect loose change and bills to donate, which will be used to purchase items for the packages. Items and money will be collected through Friday, April 13. To learn more, readers may call Carol Zartman at 717-560-5575.

For more information on Neffsville Christian Preschool, readers may call 717-560-5575.


New Board Members Appointed February 15, 2018

The New Holland Early Learning Center, 18 Western Ave., New Holland, recently announced the appointment of two new board members from the local community. The new board members are William Johnston and Patricia Luna-Heisse.

Additional board members are Richard Thomas, chair; Dot Leatherman, vice chair; Philip Shirk, treasurer; Beth Wagner, secretary; Bryan Hower; Sue Martin; Tim Martin; and pastor Dawn Ranck Hower. The mission of the Early Learning Center is to provide quality care for children in the New Holland area while their parents work and to support the individual needs of every child. The center has been creating community for children since 1981.


"Feed America" Program Launched Locally February 15, 2018

The Feed America program is now available in southern York County to benefit those needing help with obtaining food assistance. The Feed America program distributes food nationwide to local community members who are in need of nutrition assistance. The program is free of charge, and there is no sign-up or enrollment required.

In southern York County, the food is supplied by a local superstore and is distributed to the community by St. John Lutheran Church in New Freedom, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hametown, and Christ Lutheran Church in Shrewsbury. Members of the community who would like to participate can collect groceries from noon to 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church on Mondays, St. Paul Lutheran Church on Wednesdays, and Christ Lutheran Church every other Friday starting Friday, Feb. 23.


Church Plans GriefShare Sessions February 15, 2018

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, will begin two weekly GriefShare groups in March. One series will begin on Thursday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the other session will begin on Friday, March 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be no sessions during Holy Week, on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30.

GriefShare is a 13-week, video-based, Christ-centered grief support group led by trained facilitators. Participants view videos, take part in group discussion and complete workbook exercises based on Bible passages. There is a nominal fee for the guidebook.

For the meetings' exact location on the church campus and other information, readers may contact Judy Newberger at 717-235-2156, ext. 214, or Information and registration is also available on at

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