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Ministry Plans Conference March 8, 2018

The Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry will sponsor a conference from Sunday to Wednesday, March 18 to 21, at Community Bible Church of Gordonville, 234 Old Leacock Road, Gordonville. The speaker will be Tom Simcox. Events will take place on March 18 at 9:30 a.m., 10:35 a.m., and 6 p.m. and daily from Monday, March 19, to March 21 at 7 p.m. A free lunch and a question-and-answer session will be available on March 21 at noon.

For more information, readers may call 717-823-2086.


Banquet To Focus On Mennonite And African-American History March 1, 2018

Attendees at the annual banquet of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will be invited to learn and to reflect on the intersection of Lancaster County Mennonite and African-American history. Guest speaker Leonard Dow will share on the topic "This Is My Story, This Is My Song," relating stories from his life. The banquet is slated for 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the DoubleTree Resort, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster.

Dow was reared in Philadelphia and first encountered Mennonites when he enrolled at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, where he was one of 30 black students recruited to integrate the student body. He later went on to attend Eastern Mennonite University, where he still holds basketball records and where he met his wife, Rosalie Rolón.

Dow served as pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church for 19 years and also served as bishop of the Philadelphia District of the Lancaster Mennonite Conference. He currently works for Everence Financial in Philadelphia as a stewardship and development specialist. Dow believes his call is to use that role for the benefit of urban churches nationwide.

In addition to Dow's presentation, Melody Pannell, assistant professor of social work, will give a brief talk on her experience writing the history of Seventh Avenue Mennonite Church, Harlem, New York City.

Attendees will also be treated to a performance by Franconia Conference minister and bishop Ertell Whigham and his ensemble, which will perform a blend of gospel, rhythm and blues, hymns, and black American jazz.

A fee has been set for attendance at the banquet, and tickets may be purchased at or by calling 717-393-9745. The deadline for registration is Saturday, March 10.

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society's annual banquet is part of more than 40 Lancaster Roots 2018 events. Lancaster Roots combines the events of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum. Through public presentations, food, music, field trips, and classes, these events aim to reveal Lancaster and its people, including their stories, culture, and history.


Girls Invited To Attend Conference February 9, 2018

The Confidence Conference, an event for girls in sixth through 12th grades, will take place on Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hershey Evangelical Free Church, 330 Hilltop Road, Hummelstown. The purpose of the event is to equip teenage girls with lifelong confidence in Christ.

The keynote speaker will be Michelle Bush, and a worship team will be led by Emily Joy Rodriguez of LCBC. More than 20 breakout sessions will be offered, covering a variety of topics such as close friendships, family dynamics, a biblical view of depression, journaling, and identity in Christ. Other sessions will include making candy pizzas and slime.

A new feature this year will be a "Preparing Our Hearts" worship session on Friday, March 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. The evening will include a lesson from the keynote speaker, worship songs, drama presentations, and testimonies.

Last year, more than 530 girls attended. Registration is available at Groups of 10 or more students receive a discounted ticket price. Scholarships are available. For more information, readers may email


Grace Fellowship To Host Mental Health Summit February 7, 2018

Bob Tome has been a part of the staff at Grace Fellowship in York for 20 years, spending the past six years as counseling pastor. According to Tome, one of the things that makes the church's counseling program unique is the way that it partners with other organizations and resources in the community. "If a counseling case is out of my area of strength, I will refer them somewhere else in the community," Tome explained. "And (other professionals in the area) refer individuals to us."

The counseling facility at Grace Fellowship, located at 1405 Seven Valleys Road, York, offers counseling and mentoring for individuals, couples, and families, as well as discussion groups and classes. The ministry also offers addictions recovery treatment with various levels of support, including one-on-one counseling, assigned mentors, group educational sessions, service opportunities, and random drug testing. Family support is available too, and appointments can be scheduled by calling 717-792-6060. Addictions treatment services are not limited to substance abuse and prescription drug abuse, Tome noted, but are also offered for areas including gambling issues, gender identity, suicide prevention, sexual addiction, and eating disorders.

"What we do is vital, because we're meeting people where they are on the ground level," said Tome. He noted that counseling can often be a good starting point for individuals seeking help, and referrals for additional services or treatment - such as rehabilitation centers - can then be made as necessary.

"We're seeing more people come forward (for treatment) because they value the professional aspect, and they know that we are trained to help them," Tome noted. "Sometimes people that don't go to church anywhere come just for counseling. We always let people know that at the core of our counseling, we'll focus on God's perspective."

Tome is board certified as a pastoral counselor through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). After attending an AACC conference in South Carolina on overcoming addictions, he learned that the organization had no location to hold a similar conference in the northeastern part of the country. He applied for Grace Fellowship to be a host location for an AACC conference and was approved for 2018.

On Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, the AACC's "The Struggle Is Real" Summit will be held at the church from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Workshops, panel discussions, and plenary sessions led by experts including Dr. Tim Clinton, AACC president, will focus on how to care for people.

The event is designed to help pastors, counselors, mental health advocates, coaches, crisis responders, chaplains, and others to learn about mental health and the mission of the church. To register, readers may visit or call 800-526-8673. The deadline for super early bird registration is Wednesday, Feb. 28, but registration for a higher cost will also be available after that date and on-site at the event. Continuing Education (CE) credits are available for mental health professionals, with more details available at the aforementioned website.

"The struggle of dealing with the pain, pace, and pressure of everyday life is real. Everyone has something they need to deal with and find victory over," Clinton stated. "The church needs to be at the center of bringing hope and healing to those seeking help and direction with life's most difficult issues and challenges."


Encouraging Generations Of Women January 26, 2018

Milton Grove UMC To Host Conference

On Saturday, Feb. 10, Milton Grove United Methodist Church (UMC), 2026 Cloverleaf Road, Mount Joy, will open its doors for "Daughters of the King: Generations," a conference for women of all ages.

The nondenominational conference is set up to be a time for women in different seasons of life to connect with each other, explained organizer Colleen List. Encouraging women has been a desire of List's for much of her life, and she said that her husband inspired her to plan an event like she has been dreaming and brainstorming for years.

List teamed up with several women from a variety of churches in the area who all have a passion for inspiring women and helping them to see and celebrate their worth as they have been created in the image of God. "We are hoping that all of the women are encouraged and reminded that they are priceless," remarked List.

A time of praise and worship led by Becky Rupp and Meghan Brenneman will kick off and close the conference, bookending times of sharing by List, Rupp, Jess Book, and Pat Paules. A break with hot tea provided by a local coffeehouse is also planned. "We have (speakers) from different generations. We have 20-, 30-, 40-, and 70-something-year-olds," noted List, who is a teacher and resides in Mount Joy.

The central verse for the conference is Ephesians 2:10, which states, "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

"As women, we tend to be hard on ourselves and critical of each other, but (the Bible says that) we are fearfully and wonderfully made," List said. "We want (the women who attend) to leave knowing they are priceless, that they are worth so much."

Admission is free, and the event will run from 9 a.m. to noon. On-site child care is available upon request for no charge. To register, interested individuals may visit and search for "Daughters of the King: Generations." Preregistration is appreciated for planning purposes, but List emphasized that women are welcome to attend even if they do not sign up in advance.

To learn more, readers may visit


Seminar Planned For Local Pastors January 16, 2018

Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, will host a seminar for local pastors on Monday, Feb. 26, in the chapel. The half-day event is titled "Pastoring in the Best of Times and the Worst of Times." It will start with a complimentary breakfast at 8 a.m.

Dr. Leith Anderson, a pastor, speaker, author and leader, will be the speaker. He currently serves as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is also pastor emeritus of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn., where he served as senior pastor for 35 years.

In addition to breakfast, the seminar will feature two sessions, slated to start at 8:45 a.m. and conclude by noon.

During "Becoming the Leaders We Need to Be," Anderson will provide practical advice relating to the high expectations for pastors and ministry leaders and the frequent comparisons to other leaders.

During "Preaching and Teaching: The Practical Stuff," Anderson will provide ideas related to sermon approach, preparation and connections to the congregation.

The seminar, co-sponsored by Garden Spot Village and the Community Church at Garden Spot Village, is free to pastors and their spouses, but preregistration is required. To register, readers may call the Garden Spot Village resident services office at 717-355-6000 by Monday, Feb. 19.


Retrouvaille Posts Services November 9, 2017

Retrouvaille invites local residents to consider signing up for its service. The Christian peer ministry, a lifeline for struggling marriages, is a three-phase program that begins with a weekend experience, followed by post-weekend presentations and monthly small group support meetings. Through the ministry, couples help couples with the support of clergy members. The primary focus is on improving communication and building a stronger marriage so couples may rediscover the love they have for each other.

Retrouvaille, pronounced "retro-vi," is a French word meaning "rediscovery." Though the program is Catholic in origin and has a Christian orientation, couples of all faiths or no faith background are welcome. The nonprofit program, which began in Quebec, Canada, in 1977, is available in communities worldwide.

The next weekend experience has been set for Friday through Sunday, Jan. 12 to 14, 2018. Space is limited, and there is a per-couple fee. For more information, readers may contact George and Mary Russo, community coordinators, at 717-817-1838. To register, individuals may email


Women's Conference Slated November 1, 2017

All ladies are invited to attend the Flourish Women's Conference at Freedom Life Church, 447 Noble Road, Christiana. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. The second day of the conference will conclude by 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11.

The purpose of the event is to encourage and inspire women with teachings that will grow and strengthen their faith. The theme for this year's conference is "I Am Loved," and it is based on the Scripture from Zephaniah 3:17. Special guest Rachel Campbell from Wave Church Los Angeles will speak.

According to Flourish team leader Teri Rising, the goal of the conference is to create an atmosphere where all women will feel accepted and valued.

The admission fee includes snacks and refreshments. Registration is available at Individuals may call 610-593-5959 for more information.


Church Plans Conferences October 24, 2017

Providence Presbyterian Church, 1215 Church Road, York, will host two conferences titled "Voices: Helping Survivors of Abuse Find Their Voice" on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4.

On Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m., Carolyn Byers Ruch, founder of Rise and Shine Movement, will present a free seminar. Ruch will speak about how communities can protect their children from child abuse. Everyone is invited.

On Nov. 4, keynote speaker Dr. Penny Freeman will present a seminar for women. Freeman will share about the topics "Good Grief: The Journey of Recovery From Abuse" and "Self-Care: Why It's Not Only Okay ... It's Necessary!"

For more information and to register for the Nov. 4 conference, readers may visit Scholarships and child care will be available for the Nov. 4 seminar.


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 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 or 717-898-2251, ext. 235. Folks may also learn more about the IMA by visiting


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


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 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, 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

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


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 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


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


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

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