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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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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 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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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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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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Trinity AG Distributes Free Food At Melton Center September 11, 2018

As part of the Trinity Compassion Ministries (TCM) program at Trinity Assembly of God (AG), free food is now being distributed every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Charles A. Melton Arts and Education Center, a nonprofit community center located at 501 E. Miner St., West Chester.

Visitors will receive a bag of nonperishable food, as well as frozen food donated by local convenience stores. No proof of income or residency is required.

"We are giving away canned foods and nonperishable food, and we have them prepacked in bags, so people can just pick them up," explained Caleb Gudgeon, director of TCM. "(However), if people just need canned vegetables, they can (take those); it's very informal.

"We are also giving out frozen breakfast sandwiches, chicken bites and soft pretzels," he added.

At this time of year, the volunteers from Trinity AG are stationed outside the Melton Center on Thursday evenings. "Whenever the weather is nice, we will be right outside in the picnic table area," Gudgeon noted. "In the case of inclement weather and when it gets colder, we will move indoors." He added that signs will be posted directing visitors to the food giveaway.

Gudgeon said that people are still learning about the distribution, which officially began on Aug. 23. "People will get to know us, and we'll grow from there," he said.

The food distribution is the latest effort by TCM, whose mission is to serve hungry people in the community through its Joseph's Closet food bank.

Gudgeon explained that volunteers pick up food every day from local restaurants, fast-food establishments, grocery stores and convenience stores. The items are then delivered to partner organizations for distribution in Coatesville, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., among other areas.

"We distribute 2,500 pounds of food a week. We literally feed thousands of people in the greater Philadelphia area every single week," said Gudgeon.

The community is invited to help the church with its food ministry. People may donate canned food at any time by placing donations in the waterproof food collection bin located outside the church. Items that the food bank is especially in need of include soup, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly.

The church is in need of volunteer drivers to pick up and deliver food. A driver's license and a clean driving record are required. Volunteers are also being sought to help with the distribution at the Melton Center on Thursday nights.

Trinity AG is located at 1022 Pottstown Pike, West Chester. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, readers may contact Gudgeon at 610-692-1897 or calebgudgeon@trinityag.org. Those in need of food are also asked to contact Gudgeon.

More information about the church is available at www.trinityag.org or www.facebook.com/TrinityAGWC.

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Grant Provides Van For Food Donation Pickup September 11, 2018

Thanks to a grant from the KTA Funding Hope Foundation, Trinity Assembly of God (AG) has been given a helping hand with its mission to serve hungry people in the community through its Joseph's Closet food bank, part of the church's Trinity Compassion Ministries (TCM) program.

Dave Kovach, president of KTA Funding Hope Foundation, recently visited Trinity AG in West Chester to present the church with a check for $14,000. The funds were used to purchase a 2016 Dodge Ram that is helping to transport food that is donated by local restaurants, fast-food establishments, grocery stores and convenience stores.

"The whole back of the van is used for storage. We pick up food every single day," explained Caleb Gudgeon, TCM director. "We distribute 2,500 pounds of food a week. We literally feed thousands of people in the greater Philadelphia area every single week."

Trinity AG and KTA Foundation logos will eventually be added to the van.

Gudgeon explained that he filled out a grant application at www.ktafundinghope.org, hoping to receive at least part of the money to finance the cost of the van. "I told them that whatever they could do would be helpful," he explained. "They got back to me in a couple weeks, and they said that they wanted to pay for it in full to help out our ministry."

Kovach, a managing partner at Kistler-Tiffany Advisors, explained that the foundation has a mission to provide financial support to individuals and charitable organizations in the community, as well as those that help animals.

"We're a financial planning company, and we created a charitable foundation," Kovach explained. "We do not give to general funds. We want to know that our money is doing something. Buying the van is exactly what we are looking to do. We debated as a board if we were going to give (part) of the money, and we just decided to finance the whole thing."

In addition to the grant to Trinity AG, the foundation recently donated educational materials to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bucks County and provided a grant to Surrey Services for Seniors.

Trinity AG pastor Jimmy Smuda said the van donation was a blessing to the church and the ministry, noting that the church uses three vans to pick up food donations. The items are then delivered to partner organizations for distribution in Coatesville, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., among other areas.

"One of the vans totally broke down. We would have really been stuck had (the foundation) not supplied a new one," he said. "It was perfect timing."

The community is invited to help the church with its food ministry. People may donate canned food at any time by placing donations in the waterproof food collection bin located outside the church. Items that the food bank is especially in need of include soup, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly.

The church is also in need of volunteer drivers to pick up and deliver food. A driver's license and a clean driving record are required.

Trinity AG is located at 1022 Pottstown Pike, West Chester. For more information, including volunteer opportunities, readers may contact Gudgeon at 610-692-1897 or calebgudgeon@trinityag.org. Those in need of food are also asked to contact Gudgeon.

More information about the church is available at www.trinityag.org or www.facebook.com/TrinityAGWC.

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Donations Sought To Benefit CVCCS August 29, 2018

A donation drive is taking place in September to benefit the food bank at Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS). The goal of the drive is to decrease the prevalence of hunger and poverty in Lancaster County.

Individuals who donate two cans of food or a set minimum financial amount to CVCCS will receive admission to a performance of the Magic and Wonder Show from Wednesday, Sept. 12, to Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Bird-in-Hand Stage, 2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Individuals must present a valid ID at the box office along with their donations.

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Hope's Closet Posts Hours August 23, 2018

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

Savings will be offered on all men's and women's jeans, and there will also be a selection of fresh fall fashions for the whole family.

The children's department features back-to-school clothes and toys and games. Household items include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and more, and the newly expanded home decor section features fall decorating items and small-scale furniture.

Free clothing items are available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

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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Donation Supports Bear Bags Program August 17, 2018

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Food Pantry Seeks Volunteers August 15, 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, Aug. 28, 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 on Wednesday, Aug. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. following the delivery of food by the Greater Berks Food Bank and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. Volunteers will also sort and unload food items from local donations and food drives. Stocking volunteers will 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. Volunteers may work the whole evening or volunteer as much time as they can. Volunteers are also needed to serve as Spanish translators.

As with all distribution days, food pantry clients will also enjoy a homemade meal. On Aug. 28, roast beef will be the main dish. Hot dogs will also be served. Volunteers are needed to provide side dishes such as macaroni and cheese, potatoes and salads. 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 July, the TVFP served 140 families, representing 571 people.

He credited the community for the success of the pantry, which has distributed more than 1 million pounds of food since it opened at Conestoga Mennonite Church in 2009. Prior to that, the pantry was located at Morgantown Methodist Church for more than 15 years.

"We distributed approximately 16,500 pounds of food, personal health and hygiene items," Moss reported, thanking donors in the community for contributing financially or for coordinating food drives. "Thank you all for the hundreds of volunteer hours each month making this important community mission possible. We can always use help volunteering at the TVFP. Please consider joining (us) this month."

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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God's Clothing Closet Event Planned At Ruhl's UMC August 10, 2018

"It's a huge event, and it's a lot of fun." That is how organizer Kris Gray succinctly described God's Clothing Closet, an annual clothing giveaway held at Ruhl's United Methodist Church, 4810 Elizabethtown Road, Manheim, held just in time for the dawning of a new school year. "We have people who come because they want something new and some people who are in desperate need of something," shared Gray.

The community is invited to shop for free quality used clothing, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and children in all sizes and for all seasons at this year's event on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 8 to 11 a.m. Clothing is organized by size and displayed on clothing racks or tables for ease of shopping. The facility is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible, and it has plenty of parking. On-site child care will be offered while parents shop.

In addition to clothing, free Bibles and devotional materials will be on hand for adults and children. A limited number of quilts handmade by Ruhl's church members will also be available for new mothers.

Once folks are finished shopping, they are welcome to relax and enjoy musical entertainment, light refreshments, and a game room in an area separate from the clothing setup.

Gray noted that donations of nonperishable food or toiletries for the Manheim Central Food Pantry are encouraged but not required. Currently, items needed for the food pantry include canned fruit, canned meat and soups, peanut butter, strawberry jelly, cereal, and boxed potatoes.

Last year, God's Clothing Closet welcomed 465 shoppers - most of whom arrived in the first hour, Gray said. "The line of shoppers before we opened the doors stretched to the Prayer Garden, and some of those shoppers arrived before 5:30 a.m.," recounted Gray. "Several shoppers who attend every year took the time to stop and thank us for this needed ministry and how it personally blessed them." In addition to giving away clothing, approximately 220 Bibles and 37 handmade comforters were distributed to guests at the 2017 event. Five large boxes of nonperishable food donated by shoppers were given to the Manheim Central Food Pantry.

Any items left over at the event's end will be donated to Community Aid. Collecting clothing, shoes, and accessories for the next God's Clothing Closet is a yearlong process, and donations of quality used items are welcome at any time.

For more details on making a donation or about God's Clothing Closet, readers may call the church at 717-665-3400.

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Hope's Closet Posts Hours August 9, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hope's Closet will hold its semiannual bag sale; there will be a set price per bag for all women's, men's and children's clothing. The sale will not include shoes, accessories and jeans.

Shoppers may browse a variety of women's tops, shorts, capris, slacks, dresses, skirts, and light jackets, including many plus-size items. Men's shirts, shorts, and slacks will be available. Sales will be offered on men's shoes.

There will also be a sale on frames and framed art, Other items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, such as small-scale furniture. The newly expanded children's area will include books, games, and toys, including parts from name-brand creative building sets. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

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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MOPC To Host Special Events August 2, 2018

Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church (MOPC), 1199 Valley Road, located 4 miles east of Quarryville on Route 372, will host two special events this month.

Singer, songwriter, and storyteller Mark Cable will be the featured speaker and musician during the worship service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12. The presentation is described on promotional materials as "a special morning of music, ministry, renewal, laughter, and encouragement." An offering will be received to offset the costs of the event.

Adults are welcome to attend Sunday school at 9 a.m. A time of fellowship will be held from 10 to 10:20 a.m. An unstaffed nursery will be available during Sunday school and worship.

The Presbyterian Women's group will hold its annual clothing giveaway on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 7 a.m. to noon. Clothing and shoes will be available free of charge, but those who are able are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the food bank at Solanco Neighborhood Ministries. While anyone who needs clothing is welcome to attend, the organizers respectfully request that resellers not participate in this event. Additionally, program coordinator Boni Henry noted that the giveaway will occur only on Saturday morning, as she has received calls to open the event on other days in past years.

Church members have donated shoes and attire in a variety of sizes, and there should be clothing suitable for most people from birth through adulthood. Clothing donations - especially children's items - are welcome, and folks may call Shirley Miller at 717-786-3690 to make arrangements.

"We want to help families in need, especially those with kids," Henry remarked. "This is another way (for us) to reach out and help the community."

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Church Offers Food Pantry August 1, 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 4 p.m. on 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 Monday evening, readers may call the aforementioned phone number by 3 p.m. on Monday.

More information is available at www.sprychurch.com.

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