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Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group To Meet January 2, 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 who 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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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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GriefShare Event Planned October 31, 2018

Bethany United Methodist Church, 121 W. Broadway, Red Lion, will host a GriefShare: Surviving the Holidays seminar for people facing the holidays after a loved one's death. This event will be held on two separate occasions: Monday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This seminar will feature video interviews with top Christian experts on grief and recovery topics, and personal testimonies from people who have experienced the holidays after bereavement. Topics to be discussed include dealing with hard-hitting emotions, what to do about traditions, how to survive social events, and where to find comfort and strength.

There is no fee for the seminar, but registering ahead is encouraged. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-244-7624 or Pastor Larry at 717-880-2359 or email jdaugherty121@comcast.net.

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GriefShare Event Planned October 24, 2018

Surviving the Holidays, a GriefShare event, will be held at St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, on Monday, Nov. 12, beginning at 7 p.m., and again on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. The event will include a video presentation with practical advice, a Holiday Survival Guide with ideas and devotions, refreshments, and conversation with others.

Preregistration is not required. For more information, readers may call Denise Wright at 717-840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com.

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Church To Host Holiday Seminar October 24, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., Spry Church, 50 School St., York, will host a "Surviving the Holidays" seminar. The purpose of the seminar is to help those who have lost loved ones deal with the many emotions that surface during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Admission will be free and open to the public, though registration is requested. Readers may sign up or receive more information at the church's welcome center, by calling 717-741-1429 or by emailing linda@sprychurch.com.

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GriefShare Program Set October 17, 2018

St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, plans to begin a new cycle of GriefShare sessions starting Monday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. and again on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the church 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 amount for the book.

Grieving individuals are welcome to come at any time, but they are encouraged to attend the first session on Nov. 5 ot 6. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. For more information, readers may call Denise Wright, director of spiritual growth, at 717-840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com.

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Ham Dinner, Auction Will Benefit Solid Rock October 4, 2018

The community is invited to attend a fundraising event to benefit Solid Rock Youth Ministries. The ham dinner and auction will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and guests will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction before dinner is served at 6 p.m. A live auction will take place after dinner.

Items that will be up for bids that evening include themed baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and family excursions. Additional items are still being accepted.

Tickets will be required for admission to the event and may be purchased by calling Solid Rock at 717-786-8007 or emailing executive director Raeanne Nixon at raeanne.nixon@gmail.com. Separate prices have been set for adults and for youngsters ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. Friday, Oct. 12, has been set as the deadline to purchase tickets.

"Funds raised at the 2018 auction will help continue the ministry of Solid Rock as we step into this season of growth that God is leading and directing us in," Nixon said. "We have hired an additional full-time staff member to focus on our programs and the opportunities they provide for the students. This growth is only possible because of the community investment into the ministry of Solid Rock and into the life of every youth who comes through our doors. "

The mission of Solid Rock Youth Ministries (SRYM) is to earn trust through authentic relationships so lives can be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The organization offers Christ-centered programming, Bible study, encouragement, discipleship, and community involvement. At Solid Rock, the desire is to minister to families and to journey through life with them. Solid Rock Youth Ministries operates a youth center at 34 E. State St., Quarryville. During the school year, after-school programs are available for children in kindergarten through ninth grade, and additional activities are offered during the summer. For more information about the organization, readers may visit www.solidrockquarryville.com or use the aforementioned contact information.

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GriefShare Sessions Planned September 20, 2018

Norrisville United Methodist Church, 2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, Md., will offer GriefShare support group sessions starting on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and continuing every Tuesday for 13 weeks. Sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The group is nondenominational, and attendees need not be members of the church. There is a cost for materials.

For more information or to register, readers may call the Rev. Melissa McDade at 410-692-6179 or email thomasjsullivan@hotmail.com. Individuals may call for updates in the case of inclement weather.

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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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