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Hope's Closet Posts Extended Hours November 7, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Nov. 17, with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Men's and women's sweaters and slacks will be available for 50 percent off. Christmas gifts, decorations, and children's coats and other clothing will be available. Children's games, toys, and books will also be available.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, and there will be free bread.

Shoppers may enter a drawing for a Christmas gift basket, including a gift card. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.

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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Faith Harvest Sunday Scheduled November 7, 2018

Spry Church, 50 School St., York, will celebrate Faith Harvest Sunday on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the 9, 9:45, and 11 a.m. worship services. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items. The items will help stock the church's food pantry, which serves many families of the community each week. Faith Harvest Sunday will be a day for attendees to give thanks to God for all He has given them.

Anyone needing assistance from the food pantry may contact the church office at 717-741-1429 on or before any Wednesday for pickup on Thursday morning between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. If this time is not suitable, the food pantry is also open on the second Monday of each month for pickups between 6 and 7 p.m. To reserve food to pick up at this time, readers may call the office any time before the Monday pickup time.

Spry Church welcomes the public to attend its worship services and events. For more information, readers may email office@sprychurch.com.

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Church Sets GriefShare Event November 1, 2018

Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will host a special meeting of the GriefShare support group titled "Surviving the Holidays" on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. GriefShare groups are led by people who understand what attendees are going through and want to help.

There is no fee to attend. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-292-3659.

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GriefShare Event Planned October 31, 2018

Bethany United Methodist Church, 121 W. Broadway, Red Lion, will host a GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one's death. This event will be held on two separate occasions: Monday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This seminar will feature video interviews with top Christian experts on grief and recovery topics, and personal testimonies from people who have experienced the holidays after bereavement. Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength.

There is no fee for the seminar, but registering ahead is encouraged. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-244-7624 or Pastor Larry at 717-880-2359 or email jdaugherty121@comcast.net.

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Food Giveaway Event Slated October 31, 2018

Pleasant Grove Church, 850 Pleasant Grove Road, York Haven, will host a free community event on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. in the church basement.

The church will provide items to complete community members' Thanksgiving meals. Items will include canned peas, corn, string beans, and yams; instant potatoes; cranberry jelly; biscuit mix; gravy; stuffing; pie filling; gelatin dessert or pudding mix; and hot chocolate mix. No turkey will be available.

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Bazaar To Benefit Food Bank October 26, 2018

Connie Shartle and Sue Rohrer have been crafting once a week for about 10 years. Seven years ago, they decided to invite some of their friends to join them in a Christmas Bazaar. This year's Old-Fashioned Christmas Bazaar Drop-In, which is open to the public, will take place at the home of Connie and Dan Shartle, 256 Old Delp Road, Lancaster, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Attendees who bring food items for the Lititz Warwick Community Food Bank will be entered to win a gift basket.

This year, some of the vendors include Beth Beyer of Manheim, Jen Eberly of Lititz, Liza Peachey of Elizabethtown, Christina Bonner of Lititz, Linda Queen of Columbia, Ellen Howard of Lebanon, Connie Shartle of Manheim Township, and Sue Rohrer of Lititz. Items available for purchase will include jewelry, baked goods, crocheted/sewn items, floral arrangements, Christmas ornaments and decorations, and more.

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Hope's Closet Posts Extended Hours October 25, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Nov. 3, with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A special will be offered on men's and women's sweaters and slacks, which will be available for 50 percent off. Christmas gifts, decorations, and children's coats and other clothing will be available.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, and there will be free 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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Church To Host Holiday Seminar October 24, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., Spry Church, 50 School St., York, will host a "Surviving the Holidays" seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to help those who have lost loved ones deal with the many emotions that surface during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Admission will be free and open to the public, though registration is requested. Readers may sign up or receive more information at the church's welcome center, by calling 717-741-1429 or by emailing linda@sprychurch.com.

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GriefShare Event Planned October 24, 2018

Surviving the Holidays, a GriefShare event, will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, on Monday, Nov. 12, beginning at 7 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The event will include a video presentation with practical advice, a Holiday Survival Guide with ideas and devotions, refreshments, and conversation with others.

Preregistration is not required. For more information, readers may call Denise Wright at 717-840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com.

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Church Sets Food, Clothing Distribution October 23, 2018

St. Paul's Evangelical Congregational Church, 2120 Main St., Rothsville, will offer free food, shoes, hats, gloves, and scarves to people in need.

The giveaway event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Public Town Hall Meeting Planned October 19, 2018

Elizabethtown Child Care Center (ECCC) will host a public town hall meeting on Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the fellowship hall made available by Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St.

The meeting will discuss upcoming busing changes that the Elizabethtown Area School District is slated to enact beginning with the 2019-20 school year, including how these changes will affect busing to and from the current early learning centers in the school district. No other topics will be discussed. School board members and administrators will be in attendance.

Readers may contact ECCC at 717-361-9824 for more information.

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Nursery School Sets Vendor Event October 18, 2018

Noah's Ark Nursery School will hold a vendor event at St. Paul's Church, 1 W. Fourth St., Quarryville, on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The public is invited to stop by to shop for Christmas gifts. Activities will be available for children while their parents shop. Additionally, the vendors have donated items for a giveaway drawing that will run throughout the day, and tickets will be available for purchase. Winners do not need to be present.

For more information, readers may call Noah's Ark Nursery School at 717-786-4919.

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GriefShare Program Set October 17, 2018

St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, plans to begin a new cycle of GriefShare sessions starting Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the church 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 amount for the book.

Grieving individuals are welcome to come at any time, but they are encouraged to attend the first session on Nov. 5 ot 6. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. For more information, readers may call Denise Wright, director of spiritual growth, at 717-840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com.

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Yard Sale To Benefit Free Pantry October 5, 2018

The Little Free Pantry of Salem Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill will be supported by a benefit yard sale to be held on Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the rain dates of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20. The sale will be held at the home of Mel and Sue Rohrer, 635 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, next to the Lititz Public Library.

The yard sale was the idea of 12-year-old Phillip Bonner, the Rohrers' grandson, who was recently hospitalized for almost one year. Thankful for the support he received from the Warwick Released Time staff and students from Salem Lutheran and Kissel Hill Elementary, as well as prayer support from the church and the community, Phillip decided to give back.

Phillip held a yard sale over the summer, which netted a small amount for the pantry. He then asked his grandparents to hold another yard sale so that more funds could be raised. All monies from his stand will be donated to the Little Free Pantry, an outreach of Salem Lutheran.

Anyone can access the free pantry on the porch of the church, 26 Owl Hill Road, Lititz, 24 hours a day. The motto is "Give what you can and take what you need."

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Salem UMC To Host Giveaway October 4, 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, Salem United Methodist Church (UMC), 140 N. Penn St., Manheim, will spread love by hosting a giveaway of shoes, coats, hats, and children's books from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Anyone in the community is welcome to browse the selection and take what they need. Shoes and coats will be available in a variety of sizes for infants through adults.

Karen Potter, who organizes the event along with the members of the church's Wrestling With Grace Sunday school class and the Salem Family Ministries committee, said that this will be the third year for the giveaway. Potter came up with the idea while going through a book study at church. "It was about doing something for others, so I thought, 'Well, what can I do?'" recalled Potter. Serving at the Manheim Central Food Pantry made Potter keenly aware of - and eager to help meet - the existing and growing needs of local residents.

In its first year, the event featured only shoes and was coined Salem Shoes for the Soul. After that event was met with such success, organizers decided to expand and offer coats, hats, and children's books for the event's second year. Hats available at the giveaway are created by members of the Knit Wits, a knitting ministry that meets at the church on a monthly basis to knit, crochet, and loom items to distribute to folks in need.

Donations of new and gently used shoes, coats, and children's books for the giveaway are welcome and may be dropped off at Salem UMC on Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Financial donations to purchase new items to help those in need are also accepted.

The giveaway is being hosted in conjunction with Wednesday Night Supper, which takes place on a weekly basis at the church from September to May. Meals are served free of charge at 5:15 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.

"At Salem we try to be the church instead of simply coming to the church," explained pastor John Laughlin. "(Methodism founder) John Wesley said that we know God with our heads, we love God with our hearts, and we serve Him with our hands. This giveaway is just a natural outreach we can do for our community."

Salem UMC holds a weekly traditional worship service at 9 a.m. and a contemporary service at 11:15 a.m. Sunday school classes for people of all ages are offered at 10:15 a.m. To learn more about the church, readers may call 717-665-2331 or visit https://salemumcmanheim.org.

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Ham Dinner, Auction Will Benefit Solid Rock October 4, 2018

The community is invited to attend a fundraising event to benefit Solid Rock Youth Ministries. The ham dinner and auction will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and guests will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction before dinner is served at 6 p.m. A live auction will take place after dinner.

Items that will be up for bids that evening include themed baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and family excursions. Additional items are still being accepted.

Tickets will be required for admission to the event and may be purchased by calling Solid Rock at 717-786-8007 or emailing executive director Raeanne Nixon at raeanne.nixon@gmail.com. Separate prices have been set for adults and for youngsters ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. Friday, Oct. 12, has been set as the deadline to purchase tickets.

"Funds raised at the 2018 auction will help continue the ministry of Solid Rock as we step into this season of growth that God is leading and directing us in," Nixon said. "We have hired an additional full-time staff member to focus on our programs and the opportunities they provide for the students. This growth is only possible because of the community investment into the ministry of Solid Rock and into the life of every youth who comes through our doors. "

The mission of Solid Rock Youth Ministries (SRYM) is to earn trust through authentic relationships so lives can be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The organization offers Christ-centered programming, Bible study, encouragement, discipleship, and community involvement. At Solid Rock, the desire is to minister to families and to journey through life with them. Solid Rock Youth Ministries operates a youth center at 34 E. State St., Quarryville. During the school year, after-school programs are available for children in kindergarten through ninth grade, and additional activities are offered during the summer. For more information about the organization, readers may visit www.solidrockquarryville.com or use the aforementioned contact information.

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Hope's Closet Posts Hours September 26, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hope's Closet will offer a sale on men and women's sweaters and slacks. All styles and colors of men's and women's sweaters in sizes from extra small to 3X will be available.

The children's department features clothes, games, toys and books. Household items include curtains, bedding, glassware, cookware, shelves, and more. A variety of Christmas decorations, including ornaments, lights, and gift items, will be available.

Free clothing items are available for people of all ages, along with free 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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Donations To Benefit Food Pantry September 20, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will collect nonperishable food items for the New Holland Food Pantry during the New Holland Farmers Fair and parade on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Volunteers walking with the Garden Spot Village float will accept food during the parade. Donations may also be dropped off at the Garden Spot Village booth on South Roberts Avenue throughout the fair, which is slated for Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 6.

The community is invited to donate canned goods, laundry detergent, and personal hygiene products. Other needs include peanut butter, salad dressing, crackers, canned vegetables, and more. To view a list of current needs, readers may visit https://elancocross.org/what-we-do/food-nutrition-programs/.

For more information, readers may call 717-355-6000.

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GriefShare Sessions Planned September 20, 2018

Norrisville United Methodist Church, 2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, Md., will offer GriefShare support group sessions starting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and continuing every Tuesday for 13 weeks. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The group is nondenominational, and attendees need not be members of the church. There is a cost for materials.

For more information or to register, readers may call the Rev. Melissa McDade at 410-692-6179 or email thomasjsullivan@hotmail.com. Individuals may call for updates in the case of inclement weather.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet September 14, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 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 "What Is 'The 36-Hour Day'?"

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