Self-Reliance Classes Posted October 18, 2017
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has developed a series of four free courses to aid individuals in their quest for greater financial independence.
The courses include Education, Better Employment, Starting and Growing a Business, and Personal Finance. Each course runs for a 12-week period and is guided by authorized, locally trained facilitators. Each group meets two hours per week at a time that the participants agree works best for them.
Ten self-reliance groups from York and Lancaster have recently concluded the first round of training. The regional leader of the Lancaster Pennsylvania Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ, Dr. Conrad Knudson of York, who serves as the Church's Stake President, invites people of any faith over age 12 in Lancaster and York counties to take part.
For additional information, readers may contact Richard Read at firstname.lastname@example.org. The next round of classes will start the beginning of next year.
Church Plans Women's Retreat September 6, 2017
Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, 3716 Main St., Conestoga, will host a half-day women's retreat on Saturday, Sept. 16. The retreat will begin with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon. The theme will be "Reflections: The Woman God Sees."
For more information and to preregister, call 717-872-6755.
Anabaptist Conference Will Focus On Global Missions August 31, 2017
While the Anabaptist form of Christianity may have had its origin in the midst of Europe, many Anabaptists today live in the Global South. Reflecting that shift, the International Missions Association (IMA) is an association of Anabaptist mission bodies from around the world that was established for prayer, mutual support, and partnering in carrying out the Great Commission. Formed in 1997 by Salunga-based Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM), PIPKA of Indonesia, Meserete Kristos Church of Ethiopia, and Amor Viviente of Honduras, the IMA now includes 23 organizations.
"The IMA is a vibrant network basically run by church leaders from the Global South - not run by North Americans," said Linda Moffett, an editor with EMM.
The IMA is truly committed to the "international" part of its name, as only five of the member organizations are from North America. The members take turns hosting the IMA's yearly gatherings, and this year, Lancaster County residents will have the opportunity to worship and study with ministry partners from around the world. EMM will host the 2017 gathering, which will be held in Mount Joy from Tuesday, Sept. 19, to Tuesday, Sept. 26.
"This is only the third time the conference has been held in the United States," Moffett said. The gathering should be of interest to area residents because it is a diverse community, she noted. "Many of our residents have lived and served overseas," she added.
Tan Kok Beng, a mission leader from Singapore who has trained and commissioned thousands of missionaries through Asia Pacific Mission, will speak during the opening session of the IMA's Holy Spirit in Mission Conference, which will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy. Lancaster Mennonite Conference moderator Keith Weaver will also address attendees.
"I have attended many international mission meetings, but I never quite felt I was accepted as a peer of the Western leaders until I came to the IMA. Here we all stand side by side and shoulder to shoulder," Beng remarked.
The theme of the Holy Spirit in Mission Conference is "When the Spirit Moves ..." and is based on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. The passage emphasizes that the Gospel is not shared through eloquent speeches or fine words but through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The public is invited to attend the IMA's 20th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. at the church. IMA president and PIPKA chairman Yesaya Abdi, and IMA president emeritus Richard Showalter, as well as a number of global leaders, are slated to speak. An ice cream reception will be held after the service.
Guests are also invited to attend the conference's closing celebration, which will be held at the church on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Abdi will be the featured speaker.
Ministry trips and the IMA's annual meeting will be held following the conference through Sept. 26.
Moffett noted that admission to the three public events will be free of charge, but freewill offerings may be accepted.
For more information about the events, readers may contact EMM events coordinator Jessica Fellenger at email@example.com or 717-898-2251, ext. 235. Folks may also learn more about the IMA by visiting www.emm.org/ima.
Ecumenical Worship Services Slated May 25, 2017
The 2017 Mount Gretna Bible Festival series of Ecumenical Worship Services will take place on Fridays in June at 7 p.m. in the Campmeeting Tabernacle, located at Third Street and Glossbrenner Avenue, just off Route 117. The series will feature a pastor from a different faith community each week leading a service built around the common theme of "God's Challenges." A freewill offering will be received.
On Friday, June 2, the Rev. Edward Zook from Herr Street Mennonite Church in Harrisburg will lead the service on the theme "God Challenges Us to Be in but Not of This World."
Additionally, the Campmeeting Association will celebrate its 125th anniversary with 20 Bible Festival programs of preaching and musical worship. Programs will include the following: Sunday, July 2, the Men in Harmony male chorus; Sunday, July 23, a re-creation of an early Mount Gretna service, with the Rev. Bob Kettering portraying the Rev. Cyrus Kephart; Sunday, July 30, the traditional Massed Choir concert, conducted by Joe Martin; Friday, July 28, a piano and vocal concert by Martin and his wife, Sue; Wednesday, Aug. 2, the Rev. Quentin Wallace; Saturday, Aug. 5, the annual Mount Gretna Handbell Festival; Sunday, Aug. 6, the National Christian Choir, based out of Washington, D.C.; and Wednesday, Aug. 23, Dave Stahl and the Sacred Orchestra during the morning worship service and the Rev. Dr. Tom Long during the evening service.
Parking is available on the boulevard lot, just past the fire hall.
HUMC Plans Youth Worship Event May 12, 2017
Local youths and their parents, as well as youth groups, are invited to attend "ichoose," a nondenominational youth worship experience on Sunday, May 21, at Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. The theme of the event is "Upside Down - Turning Your World Upside Down for Christ," and there will be an emphasis on serving others.
The event will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with a party in the parking lot. Attendees may socialize, listen to music, play on an inflatable attraction, and munch on hot dogs, chips, and soda. Following the party, a 15-minute, high-energy performance by Christian rapper Young Joshua will take place.
The main event, an interactive worship experience, will begin in the sanctuary at 6 p.m. and will include live music by the ichoose worship team, whose 14 members come from across the United States. A drama team from Carlisle will perform, and Detroit youth pastor Nedda Nehmeh, who is a former Muslim, will speak.
Although this is the first time HUMC has hosted an event like this, it is not HUMC youth director Clarence Hogan's first time hosting ichoose. Before relocating to Lancaster County last year, Hogan hosted ichoose events six other times in various locales, including Chicago, Louisville, and Columbus, Ohio. Past ichoose events have drawn several hundred students each year.
"I do this because I believe in this generation and its potential," said Hogan, adding that while the event is primarily a youth worship experience, everyone is welcome. "I feel it's important for the kids to see that others stand behind them and support them." Everyone who attends the event will leave inspired and uplifted, he said.
The purpose of the event is to inspire students to serve in some capacity - near or far - and to commit themselves to changing the world in positive ways. At the conclusion of the event, students will be commissioned to serve.
Admission to ichoose will be free of charge. For more information, readers may call Hogan at 285-5156, ext. 293, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pink Impact Simulcast Slated April 12, 2017
Pink Impact live simulcast will come to Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13.
Women are invited to unite for two days and encounter the Lord and His goodness through worship, teaching, and fellowship. Attendees will be led in worship by Kari Jobe and the Gateway Worship team. Presentations will be made by Bible teachers such as Lysa Terkeurst, Lisa Harper, Henry Cloud, Christine Caine, and others.
Tickets to the event are available for a fee, with meal tickets sold separately. Individuals must register at worshipcenter.org/pink by Sunday, April 30.
Healing The Hidden Wounds Of Trauma March 23, 2017
Workshop Will Focus On PTSD
To help professionals and other members of the community better understand and assist individuals experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Lancaster Christian Council on Disabilities will present "PTSD: Hidden Wounds of Trauma" on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster.
"The more we learn, we can best come alongside someone with PTSD," said Sib Nafziger Charles, community and church relations manager for Joni and Friends Eastern Pennsylvania, a ministry that helps to mobilize and equip local congregations to reach out to people affected by disability. "We encourage people from all walks of life to attend."
The training event will include three sessions: "What Is PTSD?/Moral Injury," "PTSD: Combat Related," and "Trauma-Induced PTSD: Its Effect on the Family." The sessions will be led by Marilyn Nafziger-Macquarrie, licensed clinical social worker, and Jen Ransil, marriage and family therapist. Nafziger-Macquarrie worked in behavioral health for Veterans Affairs for 38 years. For six of those years, she worked exclusively with men and women returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Ransil is an adjunct professor at Messiah College and works in private practice, focusing on improving relationship dynamics and working through issues related to trauma and mental health.
The program is co-sponsored by Eastern Mennonite University, which will offer professional development credits for nurses and pastors. Everyone with an interest in PTSD is welcome to attend, however. Charles noted that the goal of the event is to help people understand PTSD and the behaviors exhibited by people with the disorder and to respond with compassion rather than judgment.
"We're hearing about it more and more, and people are recognizing it as a disability," Charles said. "It's a hidden disability, and people ask, 'Why can't they just get over it?'"
According to www.ptsd.va.gov, the diagnosis of PTSD was first recognized by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980. In previous generations, it was called "shell shock," and it was rarely talked about. Attitudes have shifted somewhat since then, and there is a movement to help those affected heal from their trauma.
"Telling your story is where healing begins," Charles remarked. She noted that the training session will conclude with stories of hope. Survivors of war and of sexual assault will talk about how they have worked through the healing process.
There is a cost to attend the training event, with an additional fee for those obtaining credit for the course. A boxed lunch will be included in the cost. Wednesday, April 19, has been set as the deadline to register by calling 522-1467 or visiting www.joniandfriends.org/events/1680/ptsd.
The Lancaster Christian Council on Disabilities has existed for nearly 10 years, and the member agencies work with individuals with various types of disabilities. In addition to Joni and Friends Eastern Pennsylvania, the council includes Faith Friendship Ministries, Friendship Community, Handi-Vangelism Ministries International, Love INC, Ministries of North America, and No Longer Alone Ministries. Joni and Friends Eastern Pennsylvania took the lead on the PTSD training event because it has a ministry to individuals who have served in active combat and their families. The weeklong Wounded Warrior Getaway is held in the fall free of charge. To learn more, readers may call the aforementioned number or email email@example.com.
LCBC To Host "Sticky Teams East 2.0" Conference March 10, 2017
"We are learners, and we want to learn from anyone we can get information from to figure out how to keep pushing the ball forward as a church, and that's where LCBC comes in," said Kent Jacobs, lead pastor at Epic Church, Philadelphia. Jacobs was among the 700 attendees at the first Sticky Teams East conference hosted by LCBC in April 2016.
"We approached LCBC and said, 'We love what you guys are doing, and we'd love to learn from you,' and the response was really cool," Jacobs said. "They were so encouraging and so challenging. Because of the personal relationships and what we learn at conferences - that saves us years. We don't have to learn all those lessons the hard way."
LCBC will host the Sticky Teams East 2.0 conference for pastors and church leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 16 and 17, at its Manheim campus, 2392 Mount Joy Road, Manheim. With a theme of "Exploring Off the Map," attendees will take a look at how discovering new ministry directions allows individuals to lead teams more successfully.
The name and concept behind the conference originated from pastor Larry Osborne's book series Sticky Church, Sticky Teams, and Sticky Leaders.
Attendees will hear from Osborne, who is one of the senior pastors of North Coast Church in Vista, Calif., and the founder of North Coast Training Network, which organizes the annual Sticky Teams conferences in San Diego and Lancaster. Other main session speakers will include David Ashcraft, senior pastor of LCBC; Chris Brown, senior pastor of North Coast Church; and Mark Clark, lead pastor of Village Church in British Columbia. LCBC Worship will be leading during the main session worship times, and other LCBC staff members will also lead multiple breakout sessions.
Although the content of Ashcraft's talk has not yet been finalized, James Byers, director of communications for LCBC, said that it will touch on LCBC's history and intentionality over the past 30 years to grow with the clear vision of introducing people to Jesus and together fully following Him.
"The Sticky Teams conference bases all the main sessions and breakout sessions around the concept of team training and how to apply these principles within each specific ministry environment," said Byers. He noted that the conferences are designed to be beneficial for anyone who works in ministry, from senior pastors to ministry leaders and even volunteers.
"North Coast Training Network is bringing the Sticky Teams Conference back to LCBC Church in Lancaster in part because of the positive response we received from last year's registrants and (because of) the need we saw to offer this type of team-based ministry training event to pastors and church workers on the East Coast," said Byers.
"We desire to create environments where leaders feel challenged, encouraged, and inspired to take what they learn and apply it to their leadership," Byers said. "It's great content with inspiring conversations."
Interested individuals may register at http://northcoasttraining.org/east/. Registration fees will increase on Saturday, April 1, and again on Tuesday, April 25.
LCBC stands for "Lives Changed By Christ," and the church currently has campuses in Manheim, Lancaster city, Ephrata, York, Leesport, Harleysville, Berwick, Harrisburg, and Waynesboro.
Annual Schrag Lectures Slated March 9, 2017
The Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies, in partnership with Messiah College's Peace and Conflict Studies program, will present its annual Schrag Lectures on Monday, March 27, and Tuesday, March 28, at Messiah College, One College Ave., Grantham. Dr. Greg Boyd, pastor, theologian, author, and the founder and president of ReKnew Ministries, will deliver three lectures.
The first lecture will be "Towel Power: Jesus' Foot-Washing Way of Changing the World" at 7 p.m. on March 27 at The Meeting House on the Carlisle campus. "Revelation: Reflection on John's Violently Anti-Violence War Scroll" will take place at 9:45 a.m. on March 28 at Brubaker Auditorium at Messiah College. "Shrinking Your Church to Discover the Kingdom: The Cost and Joy of Embracing Anabaptism" will be presented on March 28 at 7 p.m. in Hostetter Chapel on the campus of Messiah College.
Admission to all lectures is free and open to the public. No ticket is required. For more information about the 2017 Schrag/Peace Lectures, readers may contact Alisa Sentz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heritage And Horizons Seminars Set February 24, 2017
Heritage and Horizons, a semiannual series of seminars provided by the Apostles Academy of Arts and Sciences, has revealed its spring 2017 series. The five-week series will be held in the sanctuary of Church of the Apostles UCC, 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, on Tuesdays from March 7 to April 4 from 9:30 to 11:50 a.m. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. All are welcome.
The Heritage and Horizons spring 2017 series is titled "Celebrating 30 Years of History, Science, Literature, Religion, Community Services, and Music!" It includes speakers who have been specifically selected for their knowledge on the topics covered. Each day will feature a 20-minute break between speakers for light refreshments.
The first session will run from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with the second session from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m. Topics to be presented during the first session are as follows: March 7, "African Safari" by Robert Wyble ; March 14, "How We Treat Our Elders" by Lancaster Interfaith Coalition; March 21, "The Meaning of Growing Older" by Robert M. Olson; March 28, "Shakespeare and The Folger Shakespeare Library" by Linda Itzoe; and April 4, "J.P. McCaskey: Lancaster's Music Man" by Dolores Parsil. During the second time slot, Dr. Lee Barrett will present five sessions on "Can the United States Still Learn Something From the Protestant Reformation?"
There is a registration fee for the series. Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the first day. For more information about the course offerings, to register, or to be added to the mailing list, individuals may call Church of the Apostles at 392-5718 or email email@example.com.
Church Posts "Parent Lab" Event February 16, 2017
Grace Community Church, 212 Peach Bottom Road, Willow Street, will hold a Parent Lab event, which will focus on how to recognize crises in children, on Sunday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents, grandparents, guardians, and others are invited to attend.
Dr. Carol McGinnis, assistant professor of counseling at Messiah College, will discuss how to recognize and respond to children's big and small crises. Discussion will focus on leveraging the anger that may emerge in crises to achieve a positive end and how to know when it is time to enlist professional help in a child's situation. There will be time to ask questions.
Light refreshments will be provided. To register to attend, contact the Grace Community Church office at 464-5333 or visit www.gccws.net/parentlab.
Leadership Series Posts Morning Workshop October 20, 2016
The Clergy and Congregation Care program of Samaritan Counseling Center of Lancaster has announced that its final morning workshop in its 2016 Congregational Leadership series will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Spiritual Center at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St. Thomas Road, Lancaster. Light refreshments will be served beginning at 8:15 a.m.; the program will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Dr. Kristen Albert, a local facilitator and workshop leader, will lead the group in a three-hour workshop through an exploration of how change can be a transformational aspect of life. Also, pastor Dean Easton will share the story of how the Lancaster Moravian congregation re-invented itself.
Albert recommends that participants read the brief article "Transition as the Way Through" by William Bridges, which focuses on the distinctions between change and transition, in preparation for the session. The article is accessible through an internet search by title.
Albert, a resident of East Hempfield Township, is an educator and consultant specializing in coaching business leaders. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, a diploma in Ontological Coaching from Newfield Network in Boulder, Colo., and a master's degree in counseling from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She is also a performing musician, a lay leader in her church, a court-appointed special advocate (CASA), and member of the Strategic Planning Advancement Committee for CASA of Lancaster.
Registration is required by Tuesday, Nov. 1. There is a fee to attend, which will be discounted for individuals from a Samaritan partner congregation. Congregations are encouraged to register a team for this workshop. To register, readers may visit http://conta.cc/2e8i9XS or contact David Miron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 560-1949, ext. 108.
Group Chooses Co-Conveners October 19, 2016
The Religious Council of Greater West Chester has announced its co-conveners for the 2016-17 program year. They are the Rev. Annalie Korengel, Faith Woodward, and Fiona Allison.
The council represents approximately 40 congregations in the greater West Chester area, including clergy and lay representatives from congregations that are Presbyterian, Methodist, Catholic, Baha'i, Unitarian/Universalist, Quaker, Swedenborgian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Jewish, Baptist, and Mormon, as well as congregations that are part of the Islamic Society, the United Church of Christ, and other faith communities. The council meets monthly from September through May at member churches/synagogues/meetings for fellowship and to strengthen relationships among the faith communities, learn about and explore issues of mutual concern, and share information about member congregations and activities. For further information, readers may call 610-431-7982.
Brickerville Church Posts Movie Night, Course September 16, 2016
Brickerville United Lutheran Church, 340 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz, will offer a movie night and a special course.
"Zootopia" will be shown on Friday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. The movie is rated PG and is appropriate for the entire family. There is no cost to attend, but attendees are invited to bring a snack or a beverage to share.
"Now What Do I Say?" is the title of a five-week visitation course designed for lay persons to be offered on Sundays, Oct. 2 to 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each evening's program is a self-contained unit, so individuals may attend as many of the sessions as they wish. The sessions will be led by the Rev. Dr. Scott Davis, retired board-certified chaplain.
The topics to be addressed are as follows: Oct. 2, "What Might I Say? Practices of Attending, Praying, Discerning Limits"; Oct. 9, "When Words Don't Come Easily: Visiting Those Having Acute or Chronic Illness"; Oct. 16, "More Than Words: Visiting Across the Age Span"; Oct. 23, "When There Are Few Words: Being With the Dying and the Grieving"; and Oct. 30, "When a Clear Word Calls: Sitting in the Present and Planning Ahead."
Davis was previously a congregational pastor before pursuing bioethics and chaplaincy. He served as clinical pastoral education supervisor for 16 years at Saint Louis University and Lehigh Valley hospitals, mentoring more than 180 students of many faiths. He served on ethics committees at both hospitals. He has two decades of direct patient-care experience, and he designed and taught the hospital practicum for deacon aspirants in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for 10 years. He has keynoted twice for national Lutheran chaplain conferences and authored the entry "Healing and Exorcism" in The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching.
Bible Conference, Choral Concert Set September 14, 2016
Good Life Ministries will hold a Fall Bible Conference and choral concert at Liberty Bible Campground, 1106 Keller Road, York, on Saturday, Sept. 24. All are invited.
The conference will take place at 1 and 5 p.m., with the concert at 3 p.m. The evening meal will be served at 6 p.m.
The guest composer and choral music director and speaker will be Dr. Marty Parks. Parks is currently the worship pastor for Olde Towne Community Church, Ridgeland, Miss. He received a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a master's degree in music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a composer, arranger, orchestrator, and producer for several major Christian publishing houses, and he has more than 1,000 songs and arrangements in print. He has authored two devotional books, "Quiet Moments for Worship Leaders" and "Ancient Wisdom, Everyday Worship." He is a conference speaker and workshop leader for music and worship events around the country.
For more information, readers may visit www.libertycamp.org, email email@example.com, or call 755-4222.
Financial Fitness Class Posted August 19, 2016
Financial Fitness, a continuing series, will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the atrium at Wayside Presbyterian Church, 600 Stony Battery Road, Landisville. The focus will be on "Paying Down Debt and Contributing Toward Savings." Information will be provided about the "defense" side of Financial Fitness, and the group will learn several additional principles.
All are welcome, and the session is free.
Group Travels To World Youth Day July 22, 2016
On July 23, a total of 85 local pilgrims, including eight priests, from across the Diocese of Harrisburg began their travel to Krakow, Poland, to take part in World Youth Day 2016. Prior to their departure, the group planned to gather in the lower parking lot of the Diocesan Center in Harrisburg at 11 a.m. for a short prayer service.
World Youth Day (WYD) officially runs from July 26 to Sunday, July 31. The local pilgrims are slated to return to the United States on Monday, Aug. 1. World Youth Day will include a Papal Mass with Pope Francis on July 31.
As many as 3 million pilgrims worldwide may attend WYD. There are 40,000 Americans registered, which is the largest delegation of U.S. pilgrims participating in a WYD outside of North America.
The itinerary includes visits to Czestochowa to tour the Jasna Gora Monastery and view the Black Madonna icon. At Lagiewniki, the pilgrims are slated to visit the shrine of St. Faustina, who passed on the message of Divine Mercy from Jesus. The former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz is also part of the pilgrimage. The traditional closing Mass, celebrated by the Holy Father, is often seen as the highlight of the journey.
World Youth Day is a weeklong spiritual journey during which pilgrims from all over the world unite to share their faith. The week includes prayer, song, concerts, drama presentations, sharing, liturgy, catechesis, and a vigil and closing Mass with the Holy Father.
A World Youth Day is celebrated each year at the local level or at the international level. Worldwide gatherings take place every two or three years. In 1984, Pope John Paul II invited young people from all over the world to participate in a pilgrimage at the very first World Youth Day. He announced the institution of World Youth Day in December 1985 as an annual gathering of youths and young adults for prayer, worship, and celebration of the Catholic faith. Since then, it has been held in Argentina (1987), Spain (1989), Poland (1991), the United States (1993), the Philippines (1995), France (1997), Italy (2000), Canada (2002), Germany (2005), Australia (2008), Madrid (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013).
Additional information can be found at www.krakow2016.com/en/ and www.usccb.org/about/world-youth-day/.
Institute Posts New Class May 4, 2016
Keystone Bible Institute (KBI) will offer a course at The Upper Room Church, 1401 Williams Road, York, beginning in June. The deadline for registration is Sunday, May 22.
Historical Studies: America's Providential History will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, June 7 to Aug. 30. The course will examine the history of America from a Christian perspective.
There is a cost for the course, with a one-time registration fee for new students. To register, readers may call 968-5521 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Cleaning Conference Set April 14, 2016
Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Road, Quarryville, will host a "Spring Cleaning: Organize and Declutter Your Life" conference on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Speaker, author and blogger Bonni Greiner will present "Organizing and Decluttering," while Sylvia Gearhart, Christian speaker and food services director for Camp Hebron, will present "Whose Yoke." Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided with the set cost of registration.
Call the church at 786-8322 to register by Sunday, April 24. Child care will not be available.
Freedom Life To Host Guest Speaker, Marriage Conference April 6, 2016
Former organized crime boss Michael Franzese will speak at Freedom Life Church on Sunday, April 17, in a message titled "Mafia Church." Freedom Life Church meets at Octorara High School, 228 Highland Road, Atglen.
There will be two identical services, the first at 9 a.m. and the second at 11 a.m. Children from birth through fifth grade will participate in age-appropriate programs during the services.
For the first time, Michael's wife, Cammy, will be traveling with him to Freedom Life. Together they will share the platform at the Mafia Marriage Conference on Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at Freedom Life's main campus in Christiana.
On April 15, the conference will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees will enjoy refreshments while watching the "God the Father" Michael Franzese movie. Children are invited to attend their own mini-conference.
On April 16, Michael and Cammy will speak live from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Breakfast and snacks will be provided. Child care will be available for a fee.
All couples are invited to register and participate in the two-day event, which will feature the couple's story of faithfulness and perseverance. A fee will charged to attend the conference.
For more information, readers may visit www.freedomlife.tv or call 610-593-5959.