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Preschoolers Help Fund Smile Packages May 24, 2018

Neffsville Christian Preschool recently teamed up with Ryder Getchis, who was seeking to raise money to purchase items for Smile Packages, pillowcases full of special goodies for children going through cancer treatment.

Preschool students decorated a bank to take home to collect their family's loose change. After approximately five weeks of collecting change, the children and their families had raised more than $611. Many children emptied their own piggy banks in order to fill their banks for Ryder's Smile Packages project.


Preschool Sets Summer Camps May 23, 2018

Trinity Preschool, 200 E. Market St., Hallam, has announced four summer camp sessions, which aim to offer affordable and fun learning experiences for students ages 2 and a half to 8. All camps will be held throughout the summer from Mondays to Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m.

The first camp will be "Books and Cooks," a cooking camp designed for children ages 5 to 10. Other themes will be "Seuss on the Loose," "Destination Disney," and "Rainforest Explorers." For dates and additional information, readers may contact the school at 717-757-3169 or

Trinity Preschool has been in existence for more than 40 years. It strives to provide a safe and secure learning environment that encourages creativity and teaches a progressive curriculum. Its goal is to encourage the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each student.

The 3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offers morning and afternoon sessions. It focuses on social development while introducing students to reading readiness skills and early math concepts.

The 4-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and focuses on preparing students for kindergarten.

The prekindergarten program meets five times a week from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It utilizes the Starfall reading curriculum and the MathCounts mathematics series. Enrichment classes and a pack-a-lunch program are also offered.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2018-19 school year. Interested families are invited to contact preschool director Brenda Keller at the previously mentioned contact information to schedule a visit or to obtain details.


Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 23, 2018

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

The June event will focus on fathers and men of all ages, with gifts for fathers and sales offered on all men's apparel. In addition, a free cloth bag will be given to all who make a purchase of a set minimum amount.

Additionally, there will be a selection of women's separates, such as tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, shorts, slacks, and capris in sizes from extra-small to 4X. The newly expanded children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and more, and the newly expanded home decor section features small-scale furniture.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items, including bread.

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


Barbecue To Support Martic Pantry May 22, 2018

Martic Pantry will benefit from proceeds of a chicken barbecue, which will be held at Martic Store, 561 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, on Saturday, June 2. The sale will run from 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Chicken, beverages, chips, and whoopie pies will be sold.

All proceeds will benefit Martic Pantry, which assists local families in need with free groceries each month. Readers may call 717-923-0561 for more information.


Preschool Posts Summer Camp Program May 16, 2018

Mount Zion Preschool, 2164 Mount Zion Road, York, is accepting registrations for its summer camp program for children ages 3 to 11. The camp will take place in June and July on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp will include play time, projects and activities based around themes, such as nature, music, dinosaurs, science and cooking. Children will have time to enjoy packed lunches.

For more information, readers may email or call 717-718-1093. Campers must be toilet trained.


Summer Camp Sessions Set May 9, 2018

Joyful Noise Preschool, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York, will offer three summer camp sessions. Camps will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. from Monday through Thursday.

Children ages 3 to 6, who have not completed kindergarten, are invited to attend. Sessions will feature "Princesses and Knights" from June 11 to 14; "Rainforest Adventure" from July 16 to 19, and "Outer Space Explorers" from July 23 to 26.

There is a cost per camper, per session. All campers must be potty trained. For more information and to reserve a space, readers may contact 717-764-9467 or Space is limited.


Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 9, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May is Mother's and Ladies' Month at Hope's Closet. All ladies will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a basket. Gifts for ladies will be available.

Sales will be offered on all fresh ladies' spring and summer tops, skirts, pants, shorts, dresses, and suits. A wide selection of spring and summer fashions for men will be available.

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 will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

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


Recovery Group Meetings Slated May 9, 2018

Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host a weekly recovery group meeting for anyone who has hurts, habits, or hang-ups, including addictions, and is looking for accountability, help, and growth. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more details, contact Bob VanArsdale at


Friendship Fest May 4, 2018

Organizers of the 25th annual Friendship Community Fest have two goals for the event. First, they want to offer a variety of activities for guests. "The big emphasis is on the day of family fun," said marketing assistant Kyle Gamble. Second, they hope to reward the anticipation of Friendship residents who eagerly await the fest. "It's a wonderful day for our community to interact with the general community," explained Cynthia Beebe, director of development. "Our individuals look forward to (this day) throughout the year because they (see) friends and donors who support them."

Friendship Community is a ministry that helps individuals with developmental disabilities to impact the world with their capabilities. The 2018 Friendship Community Fest, 5K, and Auction will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7 a.m. at Friendship Community, 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The day will open with a pancake and sausage breakfast and a plant and baked good sale.

Last year, the day included the organization's first 5K run. Registration for this year's run is now open at, or individuals may pick up brochures at the Friendship office. Registration will be discounted through Friday, May 11, and registration will open at 7 a.m. on the day of the run. "Anyone who registers for the run will get a swag bag and breakfast," noted Beebe.

The general auction will begin at 9 a.m. with gift certificates and gift baskets. Tickets to the Fulton Opera House, a Lancaster Christian theater, and another area theater, along with Harrisburg and Reading baseball games, will also be up for bids. "We have a first-pitch (opportunity) for the Barnstormers (baseball team) and a goodie basket including two tickets to a Barnstormers game," said Beebe. Other experiences will include dinner at a local family-style restaurant, golf passes, a week's vacation at Kiawah Island off the coast of South Carolina, and an extended weekend getaway in Potter County. Additional auction merchandise will include lawn care items and lawn furniture, a motorcycle helmet and jacket, and an Eagles cornhole game.

The Friendship Heart Gallery and the Meaningful Day Academy will share a tent, which will be open from 9 2 p.m.

Activities for children, which will include a bounce house and face painting, will begin at 10 a.m. A petting zoo will be on-site, and the Insanity Factor will be on-site from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and perform a magic show at 11:30 a.m.

A food court will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature chicken barbecue meals including a half-chicken, a roll, chips, applesauce, and a beverage. Chicken barbecue will not be available at a drive-through this year. Other food items will include chicken corn soup, hot dogs, french fries, and walking tacos. An ice cream truck serving cones, dishes, and floats will be on-site.

Friendship began offering a fund-a-need program a few years ago. This year, the fund-a-need roster includes furniture and an electrical upgrade for some Friendship homes, concrete repair, safety lighting, driveway paving, shed repair, a new oven, office chairs, and laptop computers. Individuals may donate to the fund at the Friendship website.

Donations of items for the auction are still being accepted, and Gamble noted that volunteers are always needed. Volunteers may sign up through a link on the website.

Through its many group homes and intermediate care facilities, as well as home-based services and programs, Friendship provides services to more than 230 area individuals. Beebe noted that organizers hope this year's fest will raise $80,000 for the cause. Readers with questions may call 717-656-2466, ext. 1101.


Support Group Meeting Planned May 2, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC) will hold a support group meeting for individuals and caregivers dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4510 Bull Road, Dover.

Invited to attend are those who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's and how to care for loved ones affected by dementia and Alzheimer's. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-292-2716.


Hope's Closet To Offer Items April 25, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May is Mother's and Ladies' Month at Hope's Closet. All ladies will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a basket. Gifts for mothers will be available for purchase. Sales will be offered on women's spring and summer tops, skirts, pants, shorts, dresses and suits. A wide selection of spring and summer clothing for men will be available.

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.

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


Clothing, Household Items Will Be Available April 18, 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 five more 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: April 27, April 28, June 8, June 9, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Oct. 19, Oct. 20, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

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


Preschool Registration April 18, 2018

St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 45 First Ave., Red Lion, is accepting registrations for the 2018-19 school year in the two- and three-day classes. Students are required to be 3 or 4 years of age by Friday, Aug. 31, for admittance.

The classes offer children a classroom setting with structured academic lessons and the use of computers for continued learning. Students enjoy field trips that mix learning with fun throughout the year, and they perform programs and receive report cards twice a year.

The school year runs from September through May. Interested individuals may contact the church office at 717-244-2355 to register. Additional information is available at


Celebrate Recovery Sets Meetings April 12, 2018

Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in The Loft at LCBC Manheim, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim.

Celebrate Recovery is a national program that aims to operate on foundations established on biblical truth. The 12-step program is designed to help participants find freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. People in recovery, as well as their family and friends, are invited to attend. Attendees must be age 18 or older.

There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. Child care is not available. For more information, email


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet April 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "Geriatric Syndromes and Memory Loss."


Donations Benefit Food Bank April 6, 2018

St. John's Lutheran Church in Maytown observed the season of Lent by collecting food for the East Donegal/Conoy Christian Food Bank. This year's collection focused on peanut butter and jelly, which are provided to all of the food bank's clients every time they pay a visit.

The parish's Social Ministry Committee sponsored the drive, and Betty Henny was noted for her efforts to shop for food. On Easter Monday, 503 jars were taken to the food bank via vehicles driven by pastor Bob Lescallette and deacon George McConnell. The food was presented to food bank president and St. John member Pat Vogel. The supply is expected to last about three or four months.


Support Group For Women Slated April 6, 2018

The spring session for Safe Harbor Home Fellowship will be offered on Thursdays, April 19, May 17, and June 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Sue Vogt, 11 Scout Lane, Hummelstown. The Christian-based group is provided to women, with special emphasis on those who are widowed or divorced and/or who are caregivers to an aging parent, a husband, children, or grandchildren.

Based on practical biblical teachings, the support group also offers camaraderie. Each session includes praise and worship, Bible teaching, and an opportunity to pray for one another's concerns.

After the meeting, there is the option to continue fellowshipping by eating at a local restaurant.

There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is appreciated to assist with seating arrangements in the home. For more information, readers may call 717-566-5700. If leaving a message, callers are asked to speak slowly.


MOPS Auction To Support North Star Initiative April 5, 2018

The MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International chapter that meets at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 611 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, holds an auction each year that raises funds for a worthy cause. Last year, the event brought in $1,900 for Pregnancy Resources at Cornerstone. The organizers of this year's auction, which will be held at the church on Friday, April 20, at 9 a.m., hope to exceed that amount.

Auction co-coordinator Hillary Prickett explained that this year's proceeds will be given to North Star Initiative, which aims to restore women who have been trapped by sex trafficking.

"Our theme for MOPS this year is 'Free Indeed." Women being helped out of sex trafficking are being freed," Prickett said. "It's important to us to support the really hard and awesome work this group does."

According to, North Star Initiative was started in 2009 as a grassroots movement known as Lancaster Initiative aGainst Human Trafficking (LIGHT). Founder Jen Sensenig spearheaded the groundwork that led to an acknowledgement that sex trafficking happens in Lancaster County. Once she realized that trafficking survivors needed restoration aftercare, LIGHT transformed into North Star Initiative to fill that need. Through Sensenig's dedication as well as the efforts of many like-minded supporters, North Star Initiative opened The Harbor in late 2017. The Harbor is a facility that enables North Star Initiative to house up to 10 survivors at a time, providing a safe place for them to receive physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care.

Prickett said that North Star Initiative executive director Pamela Pautz shared about the organization's work at a recent MOPS meeting. "When she spoke, you could have heard a pin drop," Prickett recalled. "(Human trafficking) is not something we think about on a daily basis, but it's important that we do."

The April 20 event will begin with a continental breakfast and a silent auction followed by a live auction that will begin around 9:45 a.m. The items donated for the auctions include music players, children's books, refurbished furniture, artwork by Katy Miller, custom stationery, gift baskets, a coffee-themed basket, baked goods, numerous gift cards, and more. Additional donations will be accepted, and auctioneers who would like to volunteer their time are being sought as well. Interested individuals may call Prickett at 717-877-2059 to learn more.

The MOPS chapter at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church serves approximately 50 mothers in the Quarryville area. The group meets twice a month from September through May. Child care is provided through the preschool-style MOPPETS program. There is a cost for membership, and new members are always welcome.

"Women have a time to meet and share the experience of raising little people," Prickett said of the gatherings.

For more information about the MOPS chapter, readers may visit


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.

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