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Support Group To Hold Meeting March 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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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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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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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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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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GriefShare Session Set To Begin On Feb. 19 February 6, 2019

The next session of GriefShare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one, will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. Meetings will be held every Tuesday through May 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. The meetings are facilitated by Paul and Twila Ranck.

GriefShare is a nondenominational group that features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics. Session topics include "Challenges of Grief," "What Do I Live for Now?" and "Heaven." The topic for the opening meeting will be "Is This Normal?"

Each session, which is held in The Venue meeting area in the church, begins with light snacks and beverages, including coffee and tea. Attendees then watch a DVD that features real-life stories of people who have experienced loss.

"We view a video that's about 35 to 40 minutes long, and then we gather into small groups and discuss what we have seen on the video," Paul explained. "We talk about some of our (challenges) and some of our blessings." He noted that a special breakout session will be offered for teenagers age 14 and over.

"The videos are very instructional as well," he added. "There are people (featured on the video) who have been through a loss, and there are counselors and pastors as well who may not have lost someone but have some input."

Each participant receives a workbook that features a section for taking notes on each video as well as daily Scripture readings.

Following the breakout sessions, the group comes together for closing comments and a prayer before the meeting ends.

GriefShare is to those who have experienced a recent loss, as well as those who have been grieving for years. "It can be a recent (death) or someone who has lost a loved one 20 years ago. There is no limit," Paul noted, adding that participants have ranged in age from their 20s to their 60s.

People can attend GriefShare at any time because each meeting is self-contained; participants do not have to attend in sequence.

Some people repeat the entire course or just the sessions that deal with a particular topic. Also, people grieving a recent loss are welcome to attend the program again after some time has passed.

"There is lots of encouragement," Paul said. "Someone may be struggling with something and someone else has something that works for them, so it is very helpful. We know it is difficult to make that step to come in because they are already struggling. What we hear a lot is that when they do come in, it is a place to share and be one with everyone else and a place to find a friend. It won't be exactly the same (grief experience that others have) but similar."

Paul pointed out that at times, friendship groups that form during the sessions continue outside of GriefShare. "It's (about) people helping each other and finding that support," he said. "It really becomes a family. When the 13 weeks are done, it's exciting to see smiles on people's faces and the friends they've made. You really bond in those small groups."

For more information about the GriefShare session at Gateway Church or to register, readers may visit www.gcwired.com/griefshare or email griefshare@gatewayonechurch.com. More information about the GriefShare program can be found at www.griefshare.org.

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Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group To Meet January 30, 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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Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group To Meet January 28, 2019

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on Monday, Jan. 14, 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.

The group meets on the second Monday of each month. Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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GriefShare Program Slated January 25, 2019

Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC) will offer a GriefShare program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays from Feb. 11 to May 13. The program, a Christian-based grief support group, is designed to help those who are grieving face the challenges of losing someone they love. It aims to helps them work toward rebuilding their lives, with an emphasis on moving from mourning to joy.

The group will be facilitated by Joyce Young, HUMC director of care and minister of visitation, and Marcy Fahnestock, spiritual director through Oasis Ministries. Each GriefShare session has three elements: a video, discussion, and personal study and reflection.

The registration fee is payable by cash or check at the first session. Readers may register at www.hempfieldumc.org/grief. For more information, contact Young at jyoung@hempfieldumc.org or 717-285-5156.

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Surviving Spouse Socials Planned January 22, 2019

The regular meeting of Surviving Spouse Socials is held the first Tuesday of every month except August and December. The next meeting is set for Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, 509 Pacific Ave., York. There will be refreshments and games 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 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 for any additional information about group activities.

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Faithfully Serving Conestoga Valley December 26, 2018

Organization Brings New Programs To Area

"We have some new programs," said Angela Trout, director of development with Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS). Trout was referring specifically to Back-on-Track Financial Coaching and the Rooted After-School Tutoring and Mentoring Program. Back-On-Track just completed its first year at CVCCS. The Rooted program just finished its second year serving Smoketown Elementary School students.

According to Trout, the after-school program began in 2017 under the mentorship of a Center for Champions, based in Harrisburg. "(Center for Champions) sent us a program coordinator who guided us," explained Trout, who added that in 2018 a group of CVCCS staff members began collaborating to run the program.

Currently, the program is serving 13 at-risk Smoketown students in fourth through sixth grades. Volunteer mentors from area churches meet with the students beginning at 3:15 p.m. each Tuesday school is in session from October to May. They spend time in Bible study, and the students read to the mentors and play math games. "The mentors talk (to the students) about Jesus and how Jesus loves us," explained Trout, who added that the program is blessed with more mentors than students this year.

At this time, Rooted is only offered to Smoketown Elementary students who walk to the CVCCS location adjacent to the school at 2420 Gehman Lane, Lancaster, and then are delivered to their homes by bus when the session ends. Trout noted that CVCCS would like to see the program offered in Leola and Brownstown as well, but she added that the expense of materials and solving the transportation issues have prevented Rooted from being offered in more locations. "We are working to strengthen this program now and hoping that in the future we could expand this to other schools," she said.

Back-on-Track kicked off in January 2018 and served its first client in May. Clients must live within or attend a church located within the Conestoga Valley School District. The program involves individual financial coaching for clients who are generally referred by churches. Trout explained that clients of Back-on-Track may not normally qualify for CVCCS services, but they are generally living paycheck to paycheck and may be only one car repair or medical bill from a downward spiral of debt that could eventually lead to homelessness. "(Back-on-Track) is a customized program because each situation is unique and different," explained Trout. "We meet with (the clients) to find out what their needs are."

According to Trout, clients qualify for the program based on specific situations and whether CVCCS is able to assist them. Clients who qualify must agree to attend three one-on-one financial coaching sessions tailored to their specific needs. Trout noted that financial coaches Dottie Slothower and Gayle Smith are often teaching basic financial literacy, including how to make good financial decisions, balance a checkbook, understand compound interest, and spot predatory loan practices.

Both Slothower and Smith have been educating themselves about training programs and affordable housing issues because many of the clients are considered underemployed. Programs such as the Workforce Talent 2020 Project administered by the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center Foundation, New Choices for Development, and CareerLink can help people access free training. Affordable housing help can often be obtained from Homes for Hope, Tabor, or Rapid Rehousing.

Because CVCCS wants to help the clients reduce debt, clients will be allotted up to three visits at the CVCCS Food Pantry and the CVCCS Clothing Bank.

In addition to the food pantry and clothing bank, CVCCS operates a Weekend Blessings program, which provides food items to students throughout the school district who qualify for free and reduced lunches. The organization also held a Christmas party for clients on Dec. 15, 2018.

Readers who would like to learn more about CVCCS and its programs may search for CVCCS on Facebook, visit http://cvccs.org, or call 717-208-3711.

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Support Group Will Not Meet December 13, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will not meet on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, due to the New Year's Day holiday.

The support group usually meets monthly at Mount Joy Mennonite Church.

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Parenting Support Program Slated December 7, 2018

Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, has announced that its Community Outreach Parent Enrichment (COPE) Play Cafe will be offered on Thursday, Dec. 20, as well as on Mondays, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, April 22, and May 20, 2019. The program will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., and attendees should enter through the back doors under the carport.

Parents may enjoy coffee and connect with other parents as they engage in parenting discussions and gather resources. Speakers will discuss relevant topics such as meal planning, reading development, and postpartum depression. The purpose of the COPE Play Cafe is to provide a safe place to ask questions, get support, and learn about crafts and activities.

Playtime and other activities will be available for children.

The program is open to anyone in the community. For more information, readers may call 717-464-0720 or email wsuccpreschool@yahoo.com.

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Support Group Meeting Posted December 5, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. Individuals who who like more information about Alzheimer's disease or other form 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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Support Group Meeting To Include Meal November 27, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a meeting of the Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group on Monday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 p.m. The event will include a covered dish meal, and attendees are asked to bring a covered dish to share.

Place settings and beverages will be provided.

Readers may call Dover Bethany UMC at 717-292-2716 with any questions.

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Holiday-Related Grief Program Posted November 20, 2018

Bethel United Methodist Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will show the GriefShare video "Surviving the Holidays" on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m. The video offers ways for people who have lost a loved one recently or in the past to cope with their grief over the holidays.

The program is open to the public. Registration is encouraged. To register, readers may call Darlene at 717-297-9117, Gloria at 717-244-5237, or pastor Kim at 717-927-9380. The presentation is sponsored by the GriefShare program.

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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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