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Church Plans Clothing Giveaway April 28, 2017

Grace Baptist Church, 1899 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will host a clothing giveaway on Thursday, May 11, and Friday, May 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. Clothing for infants through adults will be available, and all items will be free.

Attendees are asked to park in the lot off Farmingdale Road. For more information, call the church office at 394-6991.

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Church Posts Upcoming Events April 19, 2017

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will open its Community Clothes Closet to the public on the first Saturday of every month 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 details, readers may contact 927-9497 or stjamesbrogue@outlook.com or visit www.stjamesbrogue.org.

Also, the Monday Morning Quilt Group will meet on the first Monday of every month at the church at 10 a.m. Quilters of all skills levels are invited. No sewing is done at the meetings. Meetings consist of a show-and-tell session and a problem-solving discussion focused on members' works in progress. For further information, readers may call the church office at 927-9497.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items April 6, 2017

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15.

There will be a selection of spring clothing. For women, items will include jackets, jeans, slacks and skirts. All Easter gifts and decorations will be half price. Free clothing items, as well as free bread, will be available.

The church will have an Easter egg hunt beginning at 10 a.m. for children ages 3 to 11, as well as a candy scramble, crafts and more. Hope's Closet will also have a special Easter treat for children ages 3 to 11.

Guests may also enter a drawing for new bicycles for 3- to 5-year-old boys and girls. The bicycles will be given away in a drawing on April 15.

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

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Hands Across The Street Food Ministry Plans Spring Gala April 5, 2017

"Fighting Hunger, One Meal at a Time" will be the theme of the Hands Across the Street Spring Gala on Saturday, April 29, at Vision Columbia, 291 S. Fourth St., Columbia. Tickets are available for a set price and may be purchased by calling 684-9444. Seating is limited, and the deadline to reserve tickets is Friday, April 21.

The gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. with hors d'oeuvres and a chance for attendees to bid on items in a silent auction. The menu for dinner, which will be served at 7 p.m., will include stuffed chicken breast with light gravy, mashed red potatoes with garlic sour cream and Parmesan cheese, honey-roasted baby carrots, salad, desserts, and beverages.

Michael McKenna, chief impact officer for Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Lancaster County, will be the keynote speaker for the evening. "He is very passionate about addressing hunger in Lancaster County," said Vicki VanSickle, food ministry manager for Hands Across the Street.

Proceeds from the gala will benefit the food ministry of Hands Across the Street, a nonprofit organization that operates out of Columbia Presbyterian Church and is dedicated to serving Columbia-area residents seeking assistance toward living a better life. In addition to its food ministry, Hands Across the Street offers a shelter for individuals facing homelessness, a transitional living ministry, a coffeehouse ministry, and a clothing bank.

"This is the first fundraiser that we're doing just for the food ministry," explained VanSickle. "We do food drives, but we've never done a gala or anything like this before."

At the gala, VanSickle will provide an update on the food ministry, which serves more than 12,000 meals free of charge each year, including healthy lunches for children during summer break, meals in the winter shelter, and four community meals each month.

Community meals are served at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 306 Locust St., on the third Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The clothing bank is open during both meals as well. Free meals are also served on the first and last Sundays of each month during the church's 4th Street Coffeehouse event, which begins at 4:30 p.m. and includes live music.

VanSickle, who is a chef and also provides basic cooking and food safety instruction to youths through the Kids in the Kitchen facet of Hands Across the Street's food ministry, said that the organization is striving to change the reputation of "community meals." Instead of providing carb-laden dinners, she said that Hands Across the Street focuses on offering nutritious meals prepared with fresh ingredients. VanSickle offers food demonstrations to attendees and sends samples and recipes along home with them, as well as fresh produce whenever it is available.

Students from the Kids in the Kitchen program will be helping at the upcoming gala by serving hors d'oeuvres to guests. "This gala is going to be extravagant," VanSickle said.

"And it's going to be a lot of fun," added Hands Across the Street board member Nan Best.

Gala sponsors and donations for the silent auction are still needed. Various levels of sponsorship are available. To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to donate a gift card, service, themed basket, or other item for the silent auction, interested businesses and individuals may call James Martin at 392-9715. Folks who are unable to attend the gala but would like to make a financial contribution to Hands Across the Street may do so by visiting www.columbiahas.org.

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Food And Clothing Drive Posted March 28, 2017

Starview United Methodist Church, 85 Codorus Furnace Road, Mount Wolf, will hold a food and clothing drive on Saturday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Nonperishable food donations will be accepted and will be given to the Northeastern Food Pantry. Clothing will be taken to LifePath Christian Ministries, formerly known as the York Rescue Mission.

For more information, call Rita at 764-2534.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items March 22, 2017

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

There will be a selection of spring clothing. For women, items will include dresses in sizes extra small to plus, along with lightweight jackets, separates, shoes and handbags. Men's items will include shirts, pants, jeans, lightweight jackets, and suits. Infant, toddler and children's clothes and shoes will be available, as will household and decorative items and many Easter gift items and decorations. Many free clothing items for all ages, as well as free bread, will be available.

Guests may also enter a drawing for new bicycles for 3- to 5-year-old boys and girls. The bicycles will be given away in a drawing on Saturday, April 15. The bicycles will be on display on April 1.

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

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Ministry Posts Hours March 15, 2017

Shining Light Ministries ... Send It On, 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown, has announced that its hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, March 24, May 5, June 9, Sept. 1, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, as well as 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, March 25, May 6, June 10, Sept. 2, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2. The snow dates will be Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.

The ministry was started as an outreach to the community by Winterstown United Methodist Church. Shining Light receives donations of clothing and other household items that could be used to help families in need in the community.

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Ministry Posts Hours March 15, 2017

Shining Light Ministries ... Send It On, 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown, has announced that its hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, March 24, May 5, June 9, Sept. 1, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, as well as 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, March 25, May 6, June 10, Sept. 2, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2. The snow dates will be Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.

The ministry was started as an outreach to the community by Winterstown United Methodist Church. Shining Light receives donations of clothing and other household items that could be used to help families in need in the community.

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Ministry Posts Hours March 15, 2017

Shining Light Ministries ... Send It On, 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown, has announced that its hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, March 24, May 5, June 9, Sept. 1, Nov. 3, and Dec. 1, as well as 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, March 25, May 6, June 10, Sept. 2, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2. The snow dates will be Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8.

The ministry was started as an outreach to the community by Winterstown United Methodist Church. Shining Light receives donations of clothing and other household items that could be used to help families in need in the community.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items March 8, 2017

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

There will be special savings on shoes and boots for men and women, and a bag sale on men and women's clothing. Additional items will include clip earrings. Many free clothing items for all ages, as well as free bread, will be available.

Guests may also enter a drawing for new tricycles. One tricycle for a boy and one for a girl will be given away in a drawing on Saturday, April 15. The tricycles will be on display in March and April.

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

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