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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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GriefShare Sessions Planned September 5, 2018

Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Road, York, will offer the support group GriefShare on Mondays from Sept. 17 to Dec. 17 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those experiencing the loss of a loved one are invited. The purpose of the group is to offer support, encouragement, and understanding to help individuals deal with grief.

There is a small fee to cover the cost of materials; scholarships are available. Individuals are asked to register by calling the church office at 717-854-4276 or visiting www.aldersgateyork.com.

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Support Group Meeting Posted August 29, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Candy Yingling from the Alzheimer's Association. The group is for people caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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Church To Offer Support Groups August 28, 2018

Calvary Fellowship, 95 W. Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host support groups from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays starting on Sept. 5 to help people who are going through difficult times.

On Wednesdays, the church will offer Celebrate Recovery, which is designed to help with any hurt, destructive habit, or hang-up, including addictions, and GriefShare, which is for those who have lost loved ones. Wednesday sessions will have child care provided for children in kindergarten and older with prior sign-up.

Continuing the second and fourth Mondays through the fall, the church will offer Parents of Prodigals, for parents of children struggling with drugs and addictions, and Job Seekers, for those who are unemployed or underemployed.

For more information and to register, email care@cfdowningtown.com or visit www.cfdowningtown.com/care.

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Church Sets Cancer Support Group August 23, 2018

Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster will offer "Living With Cancer," a lunchtime support group. The group will meet every other Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Dec. 12, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in room 124.

Cancer coach and counselor Brenda Coffin will facilitate the support group. She serves as HUMC's minister of spiritual care and counseling and is also a cancer survivor.

The informal gatherings will cover the mind, body, spiritual and emotional aspects of facing and living with cancer. The public is invited to attend any or all sessions, which are geared toward those currently undergoing cancer treatment, those who serve in a supportive role as a cancer caregiver and friend, and those who are cancer survivors.

For more information and to register, visit www.hempfieldumc.org/cancergroup.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet August 16, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 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 "Family Dynamics When Caring for a Loved One."

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Church Sets GriefShare Sessions August 14, 2018

Bethel Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host GriefShare from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays starting Sept. 6.

GriefShare is a weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Attendees will learn information about recovering from grief and renewing hope for the future.

The church is located on Route 425, south of New Bridgeville. For more information, readers may call Gloria Kline at 717-244-5237 or Darlene Kauffman at 717-927-9117, or they may contact pastor Kimberly Cartwright at 717-927-9380 or kmbrly63@gmail.com.

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Support Group Meeting Planned August 2, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a dementia/Alzheimer's support group meeting on Monday, Aug. 13. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

Individuals who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's, as well as how to care for loved ones who have these diseases, are welcome to attend. Readers with questions may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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Fall Session Of GriefShare To Begin Aug. 14 August 2, 2018

"It turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done for myself," said Donna Trace when recalling her decision to attend GriefShare, a support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one. "It is something we all have in common. We all lose people, and we all need help."

The fall session of GriefShare will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. Meetings will be held every Tuesday through Oct. 23 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," "The Journey of Grief" and "Heaven." The topic for the opening meeting will be "Is This Normal?"

Trace, who lost her husband, attended the complete GriefShare session both times it has been held at Gateway Church. Prior to that, the sessions took place at FAMILIES in Gap.

"I was at church and I heard them say they were going to have (GriefShare) here, and I thought I could use that. So I signed up that day," Trace recalled. "A friend went with me to be my support. I wasn't sure how I was going to react and what it was going to be like."

Each session, which is held in The Venue meeting area in the church, begins with light snacks and beverages, including coffee and tea. Each person is then asked to introduce himself or herself and to share which loved one they have lost. "We usually go around and say our first names, but if you don't want to talk, you don't have to," said Trace. "You just say, 'Pass.'"

Attendees then watch a DVD that features real-life stories of people who have experienced loss. Each participant receives a workbook that features a section for taking notes on each video as well as daily Scripture readings. "After the video, if there is a large group, we break up into smaller groups and discuss what we got out of the video," said Trace. "Again, if you don't want to talk, you don't have to."

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

GriefShare is open to people of all ages, including those who have experienced a recent loss and those who have been grieving for years. "We end up getting different ways of looking at things because people react differently and everyone is at a different point in their journey," said Trace. "Everyone is in the same boat, and there is so much support. It's a big, big help."

People can attend GriefShare at any time because each meeting is self-contained; participants do not have to attend in sequence. "I got something out of each session," Trace commented.

She pointed out that at times, friendship groups have formed outside of GriefShare. "Over the summer, we had little potluck dinners once a month, so we could still support each other throughout the summer," she said. "You can make some nice friends."

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

"I wanted to go through it again to see where I was and to see how far I've come from the first time," Trace said, explaining why she participated in the course a second time. "You get little workbooks, and I could see the difference from the first time I went to the class to the second time. I've come further than I thought."

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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Church To Offer GriefShare July 24, 2018

Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will offer GriefShare, a Christian-based grief support group designed to help those who are grieving the loss of someone they loved.

The group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 14 through Nov. 6. Each GriefShare session will feature a video, discussion, and personal study and reflection.

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

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Support Group Offered July 18, 2018

Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host a weekly recovery group meeting for anyone who has hurts, habits, or hang-ups, including addictions, and is looking for accountability, help, and growth. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more details, contact Bob VanArsdale at bvanarsdale@cfdowningtown.com.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet July 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 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 "When to Consider a Nursing Home."

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Support Group Plans Meeting June 14, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, July 3, 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 "Types of Memory Loss."

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Recovery Group Meetings Slated May 9, 2018

Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host a weekly recovery group meeting for anyone who has hurts, habits, or hang-ups, including addictions, and is looking for accountability, help, and growth. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more details, contact Bob VanArsdale at bvanarsdale@cfdowningtown.com.

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Friendship Fest May 4, 2018

Organizers of the 25th annual Friendship Community Fest have two goals for the event. First, they want to offer a variety of activities for guests. "The big emphasis is on the day of family fun," said marketing assistant Kyle Gamble. Second, they hope to reward the anticipation of Friendship residents who eagerly await the fest. "It's a wonderful day for our community to interact with the general community," explained Cynthia Beebe, director of development. "Our individuals look forward to (this day) throughout the year because they (see) friends and donors who support them."

Friendship Community is a ministry that helps individuals with developmental disabilities to impact the world with their capabilities. The 2018 Friendship Community Fest, 5K, and Auction will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7 a.m. at Friendship Community, 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The day will open with a pancake and sausage breakfast and a plant and baked good sale.

Last year, the day included the organization's first 5K run. Registration for this year's run is now open at www.friendshipcommunity.net, or individuals may pick up brochures at the Friendship office. Registration will be discounted through Friday, May 11, and registration will open at 7 a.m. on the day of the run. "Anyone who registers for the run will get a swag bag and breakfast," noted Beebe.

The general auction will begin at 9 a.m. with gift certificates and gift baskets. Tickets to the Fulton Opera House, a Lancaster Christian theater, and another area theater, along with Harrisburg and Reading baseball games, will also be up for bids. "We have a first-pitch (opportunity) for the Barnstormers (baseball team) and a goodie basket including two tickets to a Barnstormers game," said Beebe. Other experiences will include dinner at a local family-style restaurant, golf passes, a week's vacation at Kiawah Island off the coast of South Carolina, and an extended weekend getaway in Potter County. Additional auction merchandise will include lawn care items and lawn furniture, a motorcycle helmet and jacket, and an Eagles cornhole game.

The Friendship Heart Gallery and the Meaningful Day Academy will share a tent, which will be open from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Activities for children, which will include a bounce house and face painting, will begin at 10 a.m. A petting zoo will be on-site, and the Insanity Factor will be on-site from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and perform a magic show at 11:30 a.m.

A food court will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature chicken barbecue meals including a half-chicken, a roll, chips, applesauce, and a beverage. Chicken barbecue will not be available at a drive-through this year. Other food items will include chicken corn soup, hot dogs, french fries, and walking tacos. An ice cream truck serving cones, dishes, and floats will be on-site.

Friendship began offering a fund-a-need program a few years ago. This year, the fund-a-need roster includes furniture and an electrical upgrade for some Friendship homes, concrete repair, safety lighting, driveway paving, shed repair, a new oven, office chairs, and laptop computers. Individuals may donate to the fund at the Friendship website.

Donations of items for the auction are still being accepted, and Gamble noted that volunteers are always needed. Volunteers may sign up through a link on the website.

Through its many group homes and intermediate care facilities, as well as home-based services and programs, Friendship provides services to more than 230 area individuals. Beebe noted that organizers hope this year's fest will raise $80,000 for the cause. Readers with questions may call 717-656-2466, ext. 1101.

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Support Group Meeting Planned May 2, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC) will hold a support group meeting for individuals and caregivers dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4510 Bull Road, Dover.

Invited to attend are those who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's and how to care for loved ones affected by dementia and Alzheimer's. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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Celebrate Recovery Sets Meetings April 12, 2018

Celebrate Recovery meets every Tuesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in The Loft at LCBC Manheim, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim.

Celebrate Recovery is a national program that aims to operate on foundations established on biblical truth. The 12-step program is designed to help participants find freedom from hurts, hang-ups, and habits. People in recovery, as well as their family and friends, are invited to attend. Attendees must be age 18 or older.

There is no cost to attend, and registration is not required. Child care is not available. For more information, email celebraterecovery@lcbcchurch.com.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet April 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1, in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "Geriatric Syndromes and Memory Loss."

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Support Group For Women Slated April 6, 2018

The spring session for Safe Harbor Home Fellowship will be offered on Thursdays, April 19, May 17, and June 21, at 2:30 p.m. at the home of Sue Vogt, 11 Scout Lane, Hummelstown. The Christian-based group is provided to women, with special emphasis on those who are widowed or divorced and/or who are caregivers to an aging parent, a husband, children, or grandchildren.

Based on practical biblical teachings, the support group also offers camaraderie. Each session includes praise and worship, Bible teaching, and an opportunity to pray for one another's concerns.

After the meeting, there is the option to continue fellowshipping by eating at a local restaurant.

There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is appreciated to assist with seating arrangements in the home. For more information, readers may call 717-566-5700. If leaving a message, callers are asked to speak slowly.

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MOPS Auction To Support North Star Initiative April 5, 2018

The MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International chapter that meets at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church, 611 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, holds an auction each year that raises funds for a worthy cause. Last year, the event brought in $1,900 for Pregnancy Resources at Cornerstone. The organizers of this year's auction, which will be held at the church on Friday, April 20, at 9 a.m., hope to exceed that amount.

Auction co-coordinator Hillary Prickett explained that this year's proceeds will be given to North Star Initiative, which aims to restore women who have been trapped by sex trafficking.

"Our theme for MOPS this year is 'Free Indeed." Women being helped out of sex trafficking are being freed," Prickett said. "It's important to us to support the really hard and awesome work this group does."

According to www.northstarinitiative.org, North Star Initiative was started in 2009 as a grassroots movement known as Lancaster Initiative aGainst Human Trafficking (LIGHT). Founder Jen Sensenig spearheaded the groundwork that led to an acknowledgement that sex trafficking happens in Lancaster County. Once she realized that trafficking survivors needed restoration aftercare, LIGHT transformed into North Star Initiative to fill that need. Through Sensenig's dedication as well as the efforts of many like-minded supporters, North Star Initiative opened The Harbor in late 2017. The Harbor is a facility that enables North Star Initiative to house up to 10 survivors at a time, providing a safe place for them to receive physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual care.

Prickett said that North Star Initiative executive director Pamela Pautz shared about the organization's work at a recent MOPS meeting. "When she spoke, you could have heard a pin drop," Prickett recalled. "(Human trafficking) is not something we think about on a daily basis, but it's important that we do."

The April 20 event will begin with a continental breakfast and a silent auction followed by a live auction that will begin around 9:45 a.m. The items donated for the auctions include music players, children's books, refurbished furniture, artwork by Katy Miller, custom stationery, gift baskets, a coffee-themed basket, baked goods, numerous gift cards, and more. Additional donations will be accepted, and auctioneers who would like to volunteer their time are being sought as well. Interested individuals may call Prickett at 717-877-2059 to learn more.

The MOPS chapter at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church serves approximately 50 mothers in the Quarryville area. The group meets twice a month from September through May. Child care is provided through the preschool-style MOPPETS program. There is a cost for membership, and new members are always welcome.

"Women have a time to meet and share the experience of raising little people," Prickett said of the gatherings.

For more information about the MOPS chapter, readers may visit www.mops.org/groups/faith-mops.

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