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Church Will Host Giveaway March 22, 2019

Colemanville United Methodist Church, 210 Colemanville Church Road, Conestoga, will hold a Yard Give on Saturday, March 30, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clothing for children, teenagers, women and men will be available, along with books, puzzles and small appliances. Everything will be given away free of charge.

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Community Calendar March 21, 2019

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or fax them to 717-892-6024. Calendar items can also be emailed to ffulton@engleonline.com. For more information, call 800-800-1833, ext. 7592.

Lenten Study

Glen Moore United Methodist Church, 1920 Creek Road, Glenmoore, will host a Lenten study on Simon Peter at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, (and every Wednesday through April 17). Pastor John Neider and Henry Foehl will co-teach the study. Attendees will discover how they have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference.

Study guides will be provided at no cost. For more information or to register, contact 610-942-2324 or glenmooreum@verizon.net.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, March 28, and every Thursday), at Tel Hai Retirement Community's Garrett Center in Honey Brook. Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. The first meeting is free to guests. For information, contact Marcia at 484-238-4559.

"The Addams Family"

Twin Valley High School (TVHS) will present "The Addams Family" as its spring musical. The show will be staged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28, 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 31 at 2 p.m.

TVHS is located at 4851 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson. Tickets for the performances will be available at the door and online. For tickets and more information, including the cast members' biographies, visit www.sites.google.com/tvsd.info/addamsfamily.

Good News Club

The Good News Club will meet on Thursday, March 28 (and every Thursday after school), at the Twin Valley Elementary Center, 50 Mast Drive, Elverson.

Children will be able to enjoy games, songs, Bible stories and Bible verses. The club is free, and all students are welcome.

Community Dinner

St. Peter United Church of Christ, Route 23, Knauertown will hold a community dinner on Friday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy food and fellowship. A free will offering will be received. For more information, call 610-469-9690.

Story Time

Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road (Route 10), Honey Brook, will offer Raise a Reader story time with Miss Melissa at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 29 through April 12.

The program will feature rhymes, fingerplays, music, and books. Raise a Reader is suited for children from birth to 36 months old.

Space is limited to 15 children and their caregivers. For more information or to register, call 610-273-3303 or email Jennifer Spade, library director, at jspade@ccls.org.

Breakfast With The Bible

Alan Lindsay, senior warden of the Church of Saint Mary at Calvary in Elverson, will host Breakfast With the Bible on Friday, March 29, at 8:30 a.m. at the Morgantown Coffee House, 4997 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson.

Attendees should bring a Bible and may enjoy coffee, tea, and/or breakfast. The community is invited to participate.

Strollers Outing

The Berks Strollers will hike the Thun Trail on Saturday, March 30. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at Angstadt Trailhead, located off of Route 724. Participants should enter at Hafer Petroleum, 34 Angstadt Lane, Birdsboro, and then follow signs for the Thun Trail parking lot. For more information, call Larry and Jannette, the hike leaders, at 610-775-1385.

Yoga, Line Dancing

Living God Lutheran Church (LGLC) will offer yoga classes and line dancing lessons on Sunday, March 31, at the church, located at 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook. Activities are free, but attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Honey Brook and Twin Valley food pantries.

The beginner's yoga classes are being offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Attendees should wear appropriate exercise gear and bring their own mats. Country line dancing lessons are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Lessons are designed for beginners or novice dancers.

For more information about the events, contact the church office at 610-273-9383, email living.godlutheranchurch@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/LGLCHoneyBrook.

EWC Hike

The Elverson Waling Club will hike 3 miles at Warwick County Park, in Knauertown on Sunday, March 31. The group will meet at the main parking area close to the new visitors building at 1:30 p.m. The GPS address for the park is 251 County Park Road, Pottstown,

For more Information, call Linda Godschall at 610-913-0284 or at 610-451-9935 on the day of the event.

History Program

Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, will host attorney Scott Hoh on Sunday, March 31, at 9:15 a.m. His presentation will be on "The Constitution, the Founding Fathers and Religion." Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.

The public is invited to attend. For details, call 610-779-3480.

Benefit Bingo

Tickets are available for designer bag bingo to be held on Sunday, March 31, at the Grill Fire Company, 739 Mountain View Road, Reading. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted; tickets will also be sold at the door.

The ticket price includes 20 regular games, two specials and one jackpot. Doors will open at noon and bingo will start at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available to purchase. For tickets, contact Don at 484-345-0546 or email ogre65@ptd.net

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, April 2, from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at The Torch Community Center, located in the Clock Tower Plaza in Morgantown. For more information, call Sally at 610-286-6748. Guests may attend one meeting without joining. All are welcome.

Neighbors Meeting

Neighbors Caring and Sharing, a Christian woman's fellowship group, will meet on Tuesday, April 2 from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown. Guest speaker Nancy Shtofman will present "Testimony of God's Healing Hand. "

For more details, visit www.conestogamennonitechurch.org/neighbors.html or call the church office at 610-286-9124.

Spring Banquet

Tel Hai Camp and Retreat's annual spring celebration banquet fundraiser will be held at Shady Maple Banquet Facility, 129 Toddy Dr, East Earl, on Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 pm. for appetizers and fellowship. The guest speaker this year will be Dwayne Walton, executive director of the The Point community center in Parkesburg.

In order to ensure seating for all guests, all persons attending are required reserve a ticket. Tickets are complimentary and are available by contacting Tel Hai Camp's office at 610-273-3969 or emailing reservations with names of attendees to info@telhaicamp.org.

Gospel Concert

A Gospel performance by Jeff Krick will be held at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown, on Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

A free will offering will be received to benefit Twin Valley Food Pantry. The event is being sponsored by Harmony United Methodist Church. For more information, call Mazie Holland at 610-413-5433.

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GriefShare Cycle To Begin March 21, 2019

A new GriefShare cycle will begin at St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, on Monday, April 1, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. and again on Tuesday, April 2, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Sessions will take place in the fellowship hall.

Each session in the cycle will include a video presentation and a group discussion. A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included, with a suggested donation for the book.

Grieving individuals are welcome to come at any time, but they are encouraged to attend the first session on April 1 or 2. Refreshments will be provided.

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

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Surviving Spouse Social Planned March 18, 2019

Regular meetings of Surviving Spouse Socials are held the first Tuesday of every month except August and December at Faith United Church of Christ, 509 Pacific Ave., York. The next meeting will take place on April 2 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available after the meeting.

The purpose of this group is to help those who have been widowed for some time to move on with their lives. All widowed men and women are welcome to attend.

The group offers various social activities, such as a covered dish picnic set for Wednesday, April 3, at Rocky Ridge Park. It will be held in an enclosed pavilion, and a fire will be built in the fireplace. The club will provide either hot dogs or hamburgers.

Additionally, group members will meet at Old Country Buffet on Route 30 on Mondays, April 15, May 20, and June 17, at noon to eat lunch and play cards and other games.

The group also goes out to eat every Thursday at 6 p.m. at different restaurants in York. Individuals can call 717-318-6366 or 717-434-5470 for the name of the restaurant and location or any additional information about the group.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet March 14, 2019

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

Ken Brubaker will speak about "What is D.I.C.E.?"

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Students Celebrate Read Across America Day March 13, 2019

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Hope's Closet Sets Hours March 6, 2019

Hope's Closet, a resale shop located at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shops offers gently used clothing, including shoes, for the whole family, along with handbags, accessories, kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gift items, and more. Toys, games, books are available for children.

In March, shoppers will be able to fill a bag with men's, women's, and children's clothing for a set fee. This will include sweaters, light jackets, pants, nightwear, and more.

The shop will also have a large selection of linens, including sheets, tablecloths, and curtains. There will be a sale on dishes. Shoppers may register to win a free Easter basket, to be given away in April.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, as will free food, including bread. For more information, readers may call Pathway at 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Food Cupboard Serves The Octorara Community March 6, 2019

Hunger is a problem facing many families and individuals of all ages. Fortunately, the Octorara Area Food Cupboard is there to help. The nonprofit food cupboard serves 880 households that are food insecure in the Octorara Area School District.

Director Judy Dougherty said people may find themselves short on food for a wide variety of reasons. Some people may have a short-term need to get through a few weeks, while others may have a continuing issue. "If somebody needs food, we're going to try to give it," she said.

All interaction with the food cupboard is strictly confidential. Those seeking assistance are asked to bring photo identification and some form of address verification, such as an envelope or bill addressed to their home. Proof of income is not required, but applicants are asked to declare their income and meet eligibility requirements.

"Ninety-five percent of the people that come through here absolutely need to be here," Dougherty said. "They're getting help, and nobody's judging them."

The Octorara Area Food Cupboard is 100 percent volunteer. The cupboard works with the Chester County Food Bank, receiving food from it, the government and private donations.

"The needs are tremendous because the number of people is tremendous. We never send anybody out without food," Dougherty said.

The generosity of the community has helped the food cupboard greatly. In February, the organization held a soup donation challenge with the goal of collecting 1,800 cans of soup. Meeting the goal would mean each family served by the food cupboard could go home with two extra cans of soup.

As it turned out, the community responded with donations of 3,655 cans of soup, so each family received four extra cans of soup to help them keep warm in the wintry weather.

The soup drive was embraced by students at the Octorara Primary Learning Center, who challenged themselves to collect enough soup to build towers of cans taller than their teachers. The children reached their goal, collecting 830 cans of soup.

"This is the first time we've done something, and set a goal, and it's just gone over and above," Dougherty said. "What I like about Parkesburg and the area - when you put out a plea for something it comes through full force."

The food cupboard depends on donations to carry on its regular operations. Donated food items are always appreciated as are monetary donations, which are used to help cover expenses to keep the building operating and to purchase supplemental food items such as meats or to fill in when supplies run low.

For the month of March, the food cupboard is holding a "Mamma Mia" food drive. This effort is focused on collecting spaghetti sauce, elbow macaroni, canned ravioli and cereal with a goal of 900 items.

Anyone who would like to volunteer to host a food drive location is encouraged to contact the food cupboard for details. Volunteers are also needed at the food cupboard to help with a wide variety of jobs.

Donations for the "Mamma Mia" food drive or donations of any kind may be dropped off at the food cupboard, located at 714 Main St., Parkesburg. The food cupboard is open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. as well as on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 3 to 7 p.m. Food donations may also be dropped off at the Parkesburg Borough office, 315 W. First Ave., Parkesburg, on weekdays during normal business hours.

For more information, readers may call 610-857-4000, email OAFC424@comcast.net or visit www.octfood.com or www.facebook.com/OctoraraAreaFoodCupboard.

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Preschool Sets Registration March 1, 2019

Mount Nebo UMC Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2019-20 school year. The preschool has been serving the community for 39 years and is located at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church (UMC), 673 Martic Heights Drive, Pequea. 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.

Three-year-olds meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and 4-year-olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

To receive registration information, readers may contact the church office at 717-284-4331 or secretary@mtneboumc.org.

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Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group To Meet February 26, 2019

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Individuals who would like more information about Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia, as well as how to care for loved ones who have dementia, are welcome to attend.

Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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Ash Wednesday, Clothes Closet Events Set February 21, 2019

The observation of Lent at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, and St. Paul (Lebanon) Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6955 Ripping Run Road, Felton, will begin with an Ash Wednesday worship service at 7 p.m. at St. James on March 6. A soup and sandwich meal will be served in the social hall beginning at 6 p.m. Worship will include the Imposition of Ashes and the celebration of Holy Communion. All are welcome.

Additionally, St. James will continue to open its clothes closet on the first Saturday of each month, with the next distribution set for Saturday, March 2, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. for volunteers and those attending the distribution.

Donations of clothing in good condition are always welcome, and children's clothing is especially needed. Donations may be brought at any time and placed in the breezeway between the worship and education buildings. Volunteers are needed to sort through clothing and prepare for distributions. The next work session will take place on Tuesday, March 12, at 8 a.m. For more details, readers may call the church office at 717-927-9497 and leave a message.

The church offers Bible study on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., and worship takes place on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The congregation is served by the Rev. Kathleen A. Kuehl.

More information is available by emailing stjamesbrogue@outlook.com, visiting www.stjamesbrogue.wixsite.com/home, or finding the church on Facebook.

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Hope's Closet Posts Hours February 20, 2019

Hope's Closet, a resale shop located at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, March 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It offers gently used clothing for the whole family, shoes, handbags, kitchen items, curtains, bedding, and gift items, along with toys, games, and books for children. Everyone is welcome.

In March, shoppers will be able to fill a bag with men's, women's, and children's clothing for a set fee. This will include sweaters, light jackets, pants, nightwear, and more.

The shop will also have a large selection of linens, including sheets, tablecloths, and curtains. Shoppers may register to win a free Easter basket, to be given away in April.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, as will free food, including bread. 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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Preschool Registration Opens February 20, 2019

St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 45 First Ave., Red Lion, is accepting preschool registrations for the 2019-20 school year in both the two-day and three-day classes.

Classes provide a preschool experience within a Christian environment in a classroom setting that includes structured academic lessons, a variety of thematic learning activities and play, monthly field trips, an end-of-year graduation and program, and holiday celebrations. Students receive report cards twice per year.

To register for the two-day class, a student must be eligible for kindergarten in two years based on the eligibility date for Red Lion Area School District. In order to register for the three-day class, a student must be eligible for kindergarten the following year. The date for kindergarten eligibility in the Red Lion Area School District, for which students must be age 5, is Saturday, Aug. 31.

The preschool year runs from September through May. To register or obtain additional information, readers may contact the church office at 717-244-2355. Details are also available at www.saintpauls-um.com.

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Memory Loss Group To Meet February 13, 2019

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road.

Melissa Collins, physical therapist, will lead a discussion on "Creating Home Safety for Persons With Memory Loss."

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Preschool Opens Registration February 12, 2019

Calvary Lutheran Preschool, 9 N. Main St., Dover, will accept registrations for the 2019-20 school year. Classes are available for children ages 2 to 5. Class sizes are limited. The program is designed to promote school readiness using age-appropriate learning curriculum.

Classes are in session from September through May. For more information, readers may call the preschool at 717-292-9551 or Deb at 717-683-2030. Readers may also visit www.calvarylutherandover.org.

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Support Group To Meet February 12, 2019

First Baptist Church of York, 3375 Druck Valley Road, will host a weekly HopeKeepers support group on Sundays at 6 p.m. beginning March 3. HopeKeepers is designed to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of those who live with chronic illness or pain, as well as their loved ones, through a Christian environment. The book "Why Doesn't God Fix It?" by Kimberly Rae will guide the study.

Readers may contact the church office at 717-600-0077 or fbcoy_office@comcast.net for more information or to register.

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New Hope Ministries Receives Donation February 12, 2019

Salem Lutheran Church in Dover recently presented a check for $,1911 for the purchase of a new double-door, glass-front freezer for New Hope Ministries for its food bank at the Dover Center.

Salem Lutheran raised the funds through its fall festival held at Brookside Park, and additional donations from the congregation benefited the cause as well. In addition, the Route 74 Cluster of Lutheran Churches in Dover donated offerings given at evening Advent services. For information about New Hope Ministries and the Dover Food Bank, readers may contact 717-292-3441. New Hope is located at 1836 Industrial Court, Dover.

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Students Hold Food Drive February 11, 2019

Catholic schools in the York area kicked off Catholic Schools Week by helping the community while celebrating. Instead of a fee being charged at the annual Battle of the Buildings event, canned goods were collected for the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry.

Students from St. John the Baptist, St. Joseph Dallastown, St. Joseph York, St. Patrick, St. Rose of Lima, and York Catholic collected more than 21,000 canned goods, or about 12,500 pounds. The food pantry reported that it was the largest single-event donation it has received.

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Hope's Closet Posts Hours February 7, 2019

Hope's Closet, a resale shop located at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. It offers gently used clothing for the whole family, shoes, handbags, kitchen items, curtains, bedding, gift items, toys, games, books for children, and more.

This month, in celebration of its fifth anniversary, Hope's Closet is offering a set discount on all purchases of at least a set amount. Also there will be a large selection of scrubs, many in medium size.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, as will free food, including bread. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-793-8070, visit Hope's Closet on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Senior Box Distribution Slated February 7, 2019

Goldsboro Church of God, 103 West Broadway, Etters, will host York County Food Bank's initial free Senior Box distribution on Thursday, Feb. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. The boxes will be provided on the second Thursday of each month at the same location. The purpose of the program is to provide healthy food and nutritional options, as well as basic medical screenings such as eye, dental and blood pressure.

The following information will be required at registration: verification of ID (age and address) as well as verification of family income (previous year's tax return, Social Security award letter, last four pay stubs or similar documents). For more information, readers may call the Senior Box Hotline at 717-846-6435, ext. 209, or contact pastor Charlie Yost at 724-630-4956 or goldsborocog@gmail.com.

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