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MOPS Auction Will Support Pregnancy Center April 20, 2017

Approximately 60 women who are pregnant or have toddlers meet at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (FRPC), 611 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, on Friday mornings twice each month from September through May for relaxation, encouragement, and conversation. They are part of MOPS, an "international support network of women who share the common bond of preschool-age children," as www.mops.org describes the organization that was founded as Mothers of Preschoolers.

Embracing the shared experience of parenting small children is part of the motivation behind the local group's support of Pregnancy Resources at Cornerstone, which helps parents experiencing unplanned pregnancies make fully informed decisions about the futures of everyone involved.

"As moms of young children, we can connect well (with Cornerstone's mission)," said FRPC's MOPS coordinator, Elizabeth Mindemann. "This is an opportunity for us to show love and justice and mercy. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus."

Cornerstone provides an array of services at no cost to the public, said outreach and development director Michelle Verdegem. These include pregnancy testing, ultrasounds to confirm pregnancy, options counseling, and parenting classes before and after birth. Clients range from single teenagers to married folks nearing middle age.

"Crisis pregnancy is not limited to teenagers," Verdegem remarked. "(An unexpected pregnancy) is a huge crisis for parents in their 40s. They've raised their children and thought they were done with diapers."

Cornerstone is headquartered in Gap and has satellite locations at Lincoln University, in Peach Bottom, and in Bridgeport. It also helps communities and local churches be advocates for the lives of women and their children.

"We provide training for crisis support," Verdegem said. "Our goal is to be able to meet people in these (difficult) places and be conduits of hope and love."

To support Cornerstone's mission, the MOPS group at FRPC will host an auction during its regular meeting on Friday, May 5, from 9 to 11 a.m. Group members have donated a variety of items along the theme of "Mother's Day," and contributions from the public are still being accepted as well.

"It would be nice to get car seats, (playards), and other big-ticket items," said auction coordinator Hillary Prickett.

Readers who would like to donate items or certificates for services may contact Prickett at 717-877-2059 or hfprickett@gmail.com.

Guests are welcome to attend the auction. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment for winning bids.

The MOPS group is also accepting new members for the 2017-18 season. Pregnant women, mothers and grandmothers of children through kindergarten age, and seasoned mothers able to serve as mentors are welcome to join. There is a cost for membership, but scholarships are available so that finances are not a barrier.

"MOPS is a great opportunity for us to support each other in this stage of life," Mindemann said.

Child care is provided during meetings, and supervision for homeschooled students is also available. Folks who would like to volunteer as child care workers for the upcoming season may contact Mindemann at emindemann@hotmail.com or 610-698-7627. Training will be provided, and clearances are required.

Readers who would like to learn more about MOPS may also contact Mindemann. Information about Cornerstone is available at www.pregnancyresources.org.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet April 12, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, May 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 "Effective Communication With Persons Experiencing Memory Loss."

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Bereavement Support Group Slated April 5, 2017

St. Benedict's Bereavement Support Group, for those grieving the death of a loved one, will be offered on five consecutive Wednesdays beginning April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in St. Benedict's rectory meeting room, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton.

The group will offer an opportunity for individuals to come together to work through the grieving process with the help and support of others who have had similar experiences.

The meetings are free and nondenominational. To register or for more information, call Judy Campion at 610-775-7782 or the church parish office at 610-856-1006.

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Support Group Meeting Posted March 29, 2017

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC) holds a dementia and Alzheimer's disease support group meeting on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4510 Bull Road, Dover.

Those who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's disease and how to care for loved ones are invited to attend. Readers may call Dover Bethany UMC at 292-2716 for more information.

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Support Groups Posted March 22, 2017

To offer individuals hope, encouragement and friendship, Freedom Life Church will host Accelerate Nights on Tuesdays from April 18 through June at its Main Campus, located at 447 Noble Road, Christiana. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m., and they are open to anyone.

The groups that will be offered at Accelerate Nights are Financial Peace University, GriefShare, DivorceCare, and Restoration, which focuses on addictions.

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-week class on money taught via video by financial expert Dave Ramsey, who will provide a practical, biblical perspective on handling finances. A cost will be charged for the course, which will include a workbook, lessons on CDs, access to online tools and resources, and a lifetime membership to return to FPU at any time. The group's facilitator will be Ryan Stoltzfus of Elverson, an experienced FPU coach.

GriefShare is open to those who have lost a loved one. Attendees will be able to meet others going through the same emotional hurt and pain, and the group will offer them an opportunity to feel the support of new friends. Each meeting of the 13-week group will include a faith-based video and weekly discussions. Participants will also receive a workbook for personal study and reflection at home. GriefShare will be led by Tom Freitag of Leola, a widower with two children.

DivorceCare is a support group for those facing the stress and pain associated with the end of a marriage. Meetings will include videos that feature interviews and real-life scenarios from individuals who have been through divorce. A discussion will follow. Dr. Stephen Naylor of Oxford will lead DivorceCare at Freedom Life.

Restoration is open to anyone with struggles - small or large, current or former, and physical or mental. The facilitator will be Chuck Chettle of Jennersville, who was a member of the church's Restoration group before becoming the leader.

Online preregistration for all of the groups is encouraged by visiting www.freedomlife.tv, choosing Groups and then selecting Accelerate. For more information, readers may call 610-593-5959 or email info@freedomlife.tv.

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Celebrate Recovery Group Announced March 2, 2017

Lifegate Church, 5626 Bossler Road, Elizabethtown, will offer Celebrate Recovery on Thursdays, with a meal at 6:15 p.m. and a meeting at 7 p.m. The Bible-based, 12-step program is based on the Beatitudes of Jesus Christ. It is for people with various struggles.

For more information, readers may contact Joy and Joe Perrone at 715-3347.

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Dementia, Alzheimer's Support Group Posted February 23, 2017

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will hold a support group meeting for dementia and Alzheimer's disease on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Individuals who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's or how to care for loved ones are encouraged to attend.

For more information, readers may call the church at 292-2716.

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GriefShare Sessions Planned February 23, 2017

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, will offer two weekly GriefShare sessions beginning on Thursday, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, March 3, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

GriefShare is a 13-week, video-based, Christ-centered grief support group led by trained facilitators. Participants view videos, take part in group discussion and complete workbook exercises based on Bible passages.

There will be no meetings on Holy Thursday, April 13; Good Friday, April 14; Ascension Thursday, May 25; and Friday, May 26. There is a nominal fee for the guidebook.

For more information, including the exact location on the church campus, readers may call Judy Newberger at 235-2156, ext. 214, or jnewberger@sjbnf.org.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet February 23, 2017

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

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Church To Begin GriefShare Session February 8, 2017

St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, plans to begin a new cycle of GriefShare sessions on Monday, Feb. 20, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. and on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Each session in the cycle includes a video presentation and a group discussion. A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included for a suggested donation per book.

Grieving individuals are welcome to attend at any time, but they are encouraged to attend the first session on Feb. 20 or 21. Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may contact Denise Wright, director of spiritual growth, at 840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com.

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