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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 www.pathwaycc.org.

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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.

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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 www.pathwaycc.org.

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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 www.pathwaycc.org.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.fmsc.org/mobilepack/events.

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.

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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.

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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 www.pathwaycc.org.

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"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.

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Church Sets Clothes Closet, Quilting February 14, 2018

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, has posted its upcoming events.

The church will open its Community Clothes Closet on Saturday, March 3, 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, some are new. Attendees are also invited to a free breakfast in the social hall.

The church will offer its Monday Morning Quilt Group on March 5. Those who enjoy quilting or would like to learn are welcome to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to show and tell about their work and participate in a problem-solving discussion on works in progress. No sewing is done at the meetings.

For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-927-9497, visit www.stjamesbrogue.org or email stjamesbrogue@outlook.com.

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Church Donates To Food Bank February 14, 2018

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Food Pantry Seeks Volunteers February 7, 2018

Twin Valley Food Pantry (TVFP), an outreach ministry of Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown, is in need of volunteers to work at the upcoming food distribution, to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. In addition, volunteers are sought to stock the pantry prior to the distribution.

Adult volunteers, as well as high school students, can help stock the pantry following the delivery of food by the Greater Berks Food Bank and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank on Wednesday, Feb. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. Stocking volunteers work for approximately two hours.

On distribution day, volunteers will meet at the church at 3 p.m. About 85 volunteers are needed for the evening for setup, distribution and cleanup. The work is usually completed at approximately 8:30 p.m.

As with all distribution days, food pantry clients will also enjoy a homemade meal. On Feb. 27, soups, chili and hot dogs will be served. Volunteers are needed to supply soup and chili, along with crackers, grated cheese and other toppings. Donations of beverages, including lemonade, punch and soda, are also needed.

For more information on how to contribute to the dinner, readers may email meal coordinator Kathleen Weaver at kmw54_405@hotmail.com.

In the monthly food pantry newsletter, Howard Moss, who runs the pantry along with his wife, Carol, reported that in January, the TVFP served 142 families, representing 571 people.

"We are seeing a steady need in our community, and our numbers increased considerably during the end of the year for 2017," Moss stated. "We have also seen a change with more seniors and children (benefiting from) the service this past year. We are seeing more clients coming from Reading - many only speaking Spanish. Joining our volunteer team are Spanish translators that have helped us immensely. In December 2017, we served 186 families, setting a record since we opened."

He noted that more than 75 volunteers from the community worked at the January event, during which approximately 15,000 pounds of food, personal health and hygiene items were distributed.

The TVFP opened at Conestoga Mennonite Church in Morgantown in 2009 after being located at Morgantown Methodist Church for more than 15 years. "We have now distributed over 1 million pounds since we opened at Conestoga," Moss reported.

The pantry is also seeking financial contributions, as well as donations of food and other items. Items can be dropped off at the Conestoga Mennonite Church office on Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those who cannot drop off food donations at the designated times may schedule a time to donate by emailing Moss at hamoss@ptd.net.

Items that are needed by the pantry include sugar, cereal, paper products, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap and bars of soap, as well as beverages such as soda, water and fruit juices that do not require refrigeration. Fresh vegetables, fruits and eggs are always welcome a few days before a distribution.

For more information about the pantry, including volunteer opportunities, readers may email Moss, call the church office at 610-286-9124 or visit www.twinvalleyfoodpantry.org or www.facebook.com/twinvalleyfoodpantry.org.

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Church Offers Food Pantry February 6, 2018

Spry Church, 50 School St., York, offers a Food Pantry to those in need. Interested individuals may contact the church office at 717-741-1429 by Wednesday each week to receive assistance. Food pickup is available on Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For individuals unable to pick up food on Thursday mornings, the Food Pantry will be open on the second Monday evening of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. To reserve a food box for a Monday evening, readers may call the previously mentioned phone number.

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Church Posts Upcoming Events January 25, 2018

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will open its Community Clothes Closet on Saturday, Feb. 3, 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 information, readers may contact the church office at 717-927-9497, visit www.stjamesbrogue.org or email stjamesbrogue@outlook.com.

The church will also offer a Monday Morning Quilt Group on Monday, Feb. 5, at 10 a.m. The group welcomes everyone from beginners to experts. Participants will have the opportunity to show and tell about their work and engage in a problem-solving discussion on works in progress. No sewing is done at the meetings.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items January 24, 2018

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

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters, light jackets, dresses, shirts, and pants, in all sizes for women and men.

The children's area will feature 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 and bread.

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

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A Harvest To Share January 12, 2018

During the summers of 2016 and 2017, Sherri Patton of Zion Lutheran Church, 18 Quarry Road, Leola, oversaw the Leola Community Garden with help from Sue Orth, Zion's outreach director. During that time, the three raised beds and a plot of land have provided myriad vegetables to local food pantries and ministries, including Homes of Hope, Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services, and Breakout Ministries.

While Patton is thrilled that the project has been able to help meet the nutritional requirements of local families in need, she is more excited about the volunteers from local Scout troops, churches, and ministries who have helped with the project. "A lot of people have been a part of this," she said. "What it's about for me is everyone coming together and doing something good."

Patton's desire to start a garden has roots in her own family's challenges to live on one income and her interest in growing vegetables. "I have been a stay-at-home mom for seven years, and we have struggled financially," said Patton. "(My husband) worked two jobs, and ... food was one of our biggest issues. Getting good food when you're struggling financially is hard."

In 2012, Patton's family, which includes her husband, Ken, and children, Tristan and Addison, began volunteering for Homes of Hope. In February of 2016, the family began attending Zion Lutheran. "Through prayer, I had a vision (for a community garden)," said Patton, who shared her vision with Orth. The two women recruited their husbands to build two raised beds for the 2016 growing season. By the end of that summer, another raised bed and a garden plot, all located on church land, were providing vegetables.

Recruiting help to plant, weed, water, and harvest has not been difficult. Scouts from Troop 83 helped to move soil into the raised beds, and members of Cub Scout Pack 54, to which Patton's son belongs, have also lent a hand. "We have volunteers from Zion, from Calvary Church, and from Breakout Ministries," said Patton, who added that she has an email list of volunteers that she utilizes when help is needed.

While Patton said she has always been interested in gardening, she does not consider herself an expert. "I don't see myself as someone who has a green thumb," she said. "Growing corn is new to me. Growing squash is new to me. I just figure we'll try and see how it goes."

As the vegetables they have planted begin to ripen, Orth and Patton are excited to see the bounty that has grown. "I just picked 10 yellow squash," noted Orth, as Patton listed the types of vegetables growing in abundance. "We have carrots, onions, 10 types of peppers, and five or six types of tomatoes," Patton said.

Orth noted that enriching the diets of area residents has always been part of the plan. "We target ministries that deal with clients who don't have access to fresh produce," she said. "Breakout has a lot of members from the inner city."

As the harvest comes in, Patton is looking ahead to fall. "Behind where that corn is," she said, pointing to an area of the garden patch, "I would like to do a pumpkin patch and maybe (organize) something (involving pumpkins) for kids in the fall."

Patton also sees the garden as a teaching opportunity for her offspring. "I want my children to know that they can provide themselves with food and to learn about helping others," she said. "We have had a lot of help in the past few years, and I want to give back."

Patton added that the garden project can always benefit from more volunteers. Readers who wish to volunteer may contact the church at 717-656-9200. Individuals who want to learn more about the Leola Community Garden may search Facebook for "For the Love of Gardening."

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items January 10, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters, vests, coats, and light jackets, which are available in sizes extra small through 3X. Infant, toddler and children's clothes, including outerwear, will also be available.

The Christmas shop will offer items at a 70 percent discount, including decorations, ornaments, gift items, and more. The children's room has been expanded to include games, books, toys, and more.

There will also be free clothing items available for people of all ages, along with free food items and 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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Hope's Closet To Offer Items December 27, 2017

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

Sales will be offered on men's and women's sweaters, vests, coats, and light jackets, which are available in sizes extra small through 3X. Infant, toddler and children's clothes, including outerwear, will also be available.

The Christmas shop will offer items at a 70 percent discount, including decorations, ornaments, gift items, and more. The children's room has been expanded to include games, books, toys, and more.

There will also be free clothing items available for people of all ages, along with free food items and 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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Food Pantry Receives Donation December 8, 2017

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