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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


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, 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 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.


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.


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


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."


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.


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, 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


Church Will Offer Support Group March 21, 2018

Spry Church, 50 School St., York, will offer a 13-week grief recovery support group. Linda Reid, director of congregational care, will lead the group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 3 to June 26. Community members are invited to participate.

The group is associated with the national program GriefShare and aims to provide help and healing for people who have lost a loved one. The registration fee includes a workbook.

To register, readers may stop by the Welcome Center in the church's narthex or visit by Friday, March 30. More information is available by calling 717-741-1429 or emailing


GriefShare Session Posted March 14, 2018

Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg, will present GriefShare sessions on Tuesdays, March 27 and April 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The topic on March 27 will be "Grief and Your Relationships." The topic on April 3 will be "Why?"

The spring session of GriefShare, a support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one, will be held on Tuesdays through May 15. Each session is self-contained, so individuals do not have to attend in sequence. The group leaders are Paul and Twila Ranck.

For more information or to register, readers may visit or email


Dementia Support Group To Meet February 27, 2018

Dover Bethany UMC, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a support group meeting for individuals and caregivers dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's on Monday, March 12, at 7 p.m.

Individuals interested in learning more about dementia or Alzheimer's, as well as those who care for loved ones who have the disease, are invited to attend. Additional information is available by calling the church at 717-292-2716.


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet February 22, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, March 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 "What is a POLST?"


Church Plans GriefShare Sessions February 15, 2018

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 315 N. Constitution Ave., New Freedom, will begin two weekly GriefShare groups in March. One series will begin on Thursday, March 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., and the other session will begin on Friday, March 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be no sessions during Holy Week, on Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30.

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 is a nominal fee for the guidebook.

For the meetings' exact location on the church campus and other information, readers may contact Judy Newberger at 717-235-2156, ext. 214, or Information and registration is also available on at


Church To Offer GriefShare February 14, 2018

Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will offer GriefShare, a Christian-based grief support group. The program is designed to help those who are grieving face the challenges of losing someone they loved and move from mourning to joy.

The group will meet from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 19 through May 21. 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. Some scholarships are available. Readers may register at For more information, readers may contact Joyce Young at or 717-285-5156.


Church Plans Support Group Sessions February 7, 2018

Goldsboro Church of God, 103 W. Broadway St., Etters, will offer a weekly GriefShare support group on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on March 7. The group is for people who have experienced loss.

Participants may join the group at any time through the end of May, as the specific focus for each week does not require attendance at previous sessions. Singles, couples and families are welcome, but discretion is advised for people under age 15. The group facilitator will be pastor Bob Malick, who recently retired from a full-time pastorate after 30 years of ministry throughout the region.

The Christ-centered ministry features video clips from nationally recognized grief counselors and spiritual leaders, as well as opportunities for mutual support among group participants according to individual comfort level. The workbook provides daily meditations associated with the topic at hand.

For more information or to register, readers may email or call or send text messages to 724-630-4956.


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet January 18, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 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 "Medications Can Be Harmful."


Church Plans Cancer Support Group January 17, 2018

Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, is offering "Living With Cancer," a new lunchtime support group that meets every other Tuesday from noon to 1:15 p.m. in Room 170. The group will continue to meet through May 8.

Participants may bring a bagged lunch and join cancer coach and counselor Brenda Coffin for this winter-spring support group. She serves as HUMC's minister of spiritual care and counseling and is also a cancer survivor.

The informal gatherings, which are educational, spiritual, and supportive in nature, will cover the mind, body, spiritual, and emotional aspects of facing and living with cancer. Personal testimonies from cancer survivors and group discussions are woven into the program. The public may 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, or those who are cancer survivors.

Future dates and topics will include Jan. 30, Preparing for Battle: Emotionally, Mentally, Socially, Relationally; Feb. 13, Build a Healing Community / Caring Bridge; Feb. 27, Power of Prayer; March 13, Attitude Schmatitude: Mentally Fighting the Good Fight; March 27, Nutrition and Physical Exercise, with a guest speaker, recipes, and a food demonstration; April 10, Embracing Emotions; April 24, Visualization: "Peace Like A River" / Mindfulness; and May 8, Relationships: Toxic and Healthy.

For more information, readers may contact Coffin at 717-285-5156 or


Grove UMC To Offer GriefShare January 3, 2018

Grove United Methodust Church (UMC), 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, will offer GriefShare, an educational support group for people age 18 and up who have lost a loved one due to death on Wednesdays, Jan. 17 to May 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be no sessions on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and on March 28 during Holy Week.

The program aims to provide encouragement and practical help. Topics for discussion include Is This Normal?, Challenges of Grief, Grief and Your Relationships and Guilt and Anger, among others.

Free child care will be provided. Registration is requested, and there is a fee to cover the book and materials. Scholarships are available. Readers may contact the church office at 610-696-2663 or email pastor Lin George at to register.


Church Will Offer Support Groups December 26, 2017

Calvary Fellowship, 95 W. Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host support groups on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. to help those who are going through difficult times.

Continuing the second and fourth Mondays through the fall willl be Job Seekers, for those who are unemployed or underemployed, and Parents of Prodigals, for parents of children struggling with drugs and addictions. On Wednesdays, Jan. 10 through April 4, at 6:30 p.m., the church will offer DivorceCare for individuals going through a divorce; GriefShare, for those who have lost loved ones; and Celebrate Recovery, to help with any hurt, destructive habit, or hang-up, including addictions. Wednesday sessions will have child care provided on most weeks with prior sign-up.

For more information and to register, readers may contact Bob VanArsdale at


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet December 14, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 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 Frontal Temporal Memory Loss?"


Program To Discuss Contentment November 22, 2017

Lifetree Cafe will explore secrets to contentment on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the building adjacent to Zion United Methodist Church (UMC), located at 1715 Altland Ave., York. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The program will also be offered at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, and at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 2173 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

The program, titled "Secrets of Finding Contentment: Live a Satisfying Life," will focus on how to live a satisfying life, even in difficult times. It will feature a filmed interview with Justin Mayo, who organizes proms for senior citizens. Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to tell about times they have experienced contentment.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Questions about Lifetree Cafe may be directed to Chip Hoover at 717-792-3153 or at For information on either church, readers may contact Zion UMC at 717-843-5261 or, St. Paul's UCC at 717-225-6357.

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