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Small Group To Begin Study August 17, 2017

Millersville Community Church's Winning at Losing small group will start the study "Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food" on Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meetings will take place at the church's Hope Campus, 242 Bender Road, Millersville.

In the six-week series, author Lysa TerKeurst explores why people make unhealthy food choices. The class is free, but each person must purchase his or her own participant guide.

For more information and to sign up, readers may contact the church office at 717-872-4571.

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GriefShare August 17, 2017

Bethel Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host GriefShare, a grief support group, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning on Sept. 5. The seminar program aims to offer healing after the loss of a loved one. Attendees will learn valuable information about recovering from grief and renewing hope for the future.

For more information, readers may contact Gloria Kline at 717-244-5237, Darlene Kauffman at 717-927-9117, or Pastor Kim at 717-927-9380 or kimberly63@gmail.com.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet August 17, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 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 "An Update on Memory Loss Research."

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Church Slates GriefShare Session August 16, 2017

Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will host GriefShare, a weekly seminar/support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group will meet from 6:30 to approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning on Sept. 13. There will be 13 sessions.

For more information, readers may call 717-292-3659 or visit www.hgcc.org or www.griefshare.org.

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Christian Bereavement Ministry Set August 16, 2017

Mount Wolf Community Church, 98 S. Sixth St., Mount Wolf, will offer its Christian bereavement ministry on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. The group meets on the last Thursday of each month.

For more information, readers may contact Gala and Ken Simpson at 717-793-8082 or the church at 717-266-8453.

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GriefShare Sessions Slated August 16, 2017

Grove United Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, invites the community to GriefShare, an educational support group for individuals age 18 and older who have lost a loved one due to death. The program will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 6 to Dec. 6.

Topics for discussion will include Challenges of Grief, Guilt and Anger, Complicating Factors, and more.

Free child care will be provided. Registration is requested. The set fee covers the book and materials, and scholarships are available. To register, contact the church office at 610-696-2663 or email Pastor George at pastor.lin.george@gmail.com.

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Church Plans DivorceCare Sessions August 3, 2017

DivorceCare will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, from Sept. 7 to Dec. 14, at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey. The 13-week support group is designed to help adults recover from the pain and separation of divorce. In addition, a DivorceCare4Kids program will be offered concurrently for participants' children ages 5 to 12. The group is designed to help children in their recovery from the hurt of divorce. Child care is available by request for younger children.

DivorceCare is a nondenominational program that features biblical teaching, small group discussion, video seminars led by experts on divorce and recovery topics, and a workbook to help participants explore topics in depth. Each DivorceCare session is organized in two parts. During the first 30 to 40 minutes of each session, the group reviews the previous week's topic, and members share about their lives. Then the group watches and discusses the next video in the series. The workbooks are used throughout the subsequent days to reinforce participants' understanding of the material presented in the sessions. Seminar topics include anger, depression, loneliness, new relationships, financial survival, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Each session is self-contained, so individuals may join at any time.

There is no cost to attend DivorceCare or DivorceCare4Kids, but advance registration is requested, as class size is limited. For information or to register, readers may contact the church office at 717-533-9667.

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Widows Group To Meet August 2, 2017

Widow to Widow - Lancaster will meet on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. in the Legacy Room at Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster. Elaine Severein will share about her mission trip to Russia.

All widows are welcome. For more information, readers may contact Severein at 717-468-5239.

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Support Group Meeting Slated August 2, 2017

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a Dementia and Alzheimer's Support Group meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, with the next meeting set for Monday, Aug. 14.

Individuals interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's and how to care for loved ones living with the disease are invited to attend. For more information, readers may contact the church at 717-292-2716.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet July 13, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 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 "Maintaining Dignity While Caring for a Person With Memory Loss."

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Dementia/Alzheimer's Support Group June 26, 2017

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a Dementia and Alzheimer's Support Group meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, with the next meeting set for Monday, July 10.

Individuals interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's and how to care for loved ones living with the disease are invited to attend. For more information, readers may contact the church at 717-292-2716.

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Support Group Announces Schedule June 15, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will not meet in July due to the July Fourth holiday.

The group will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and the topic will be "Maintaining Dignity While Caring for a Person With Memory Loss."

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Support Group Meeting Slated May 31, 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 717-292-2716 for more information.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet May 18, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, June 6, 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 "The Grief Journey ... The Long Goodbye."

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Support Group Will Host Speaker April 25, 2017

Guest speaker Olivia Maturano from the Alzheimer's Association will visit the dementia and Alzheimer's disease support group meeting at Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC), 4510 Bull Road, Dover, on Monday, May 8, at 7 p.m.

Community members who are caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's disease and those who know someone who is caring for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer's disease are invited to attend the support group's meeting. For more information, readers may call Dover Bethany UMC at 292-2716.

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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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