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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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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 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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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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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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