Spiritual Renewal Weekend Planned March 22, 2019
"Seeking First the Kingdom," a spiritual renewal weekend, is being planned at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., for Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, around the theme of spiritual disciplines, discernment and discipleship. Tara Hornbacker, recently retired professor at Bethany Theological Seminary, will be the keynote speaker on March 30 and the preacher at worship services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. on March 31.
In addition to Hornbacker's messages at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on March 30, workshops will be offered by Jennifer Biemiller, Peggy Gish, Leonar Ochoa, Jamie Nace and Christina Bucher. For more information, readers may visit www.lancob.org. or call 717-397-4751.
Zeltenreich Will Host Conference March 6, 2019
Zeltenreich Reformed Church, 752 Hollander Road, New Holland, will hold a conference themed "The Lord God: Rich in Mercy" and based on the Book of Exodus. Doors will open at at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, and the first session will start promptly at 7:15 p.m., with refreshments to follow. On Saturday, March 23, the conference will include a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and two sessions, with a fellowship time between the sessions. The conference will conclude at 11:30 a.m.
Alfred Poirier, a pastor and current professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, will be the featured speaker. His three sessions will be themed "Idolatry," "God's Chosen Mediator" and "Show Me Your Glory."
To register for the conference or for more information, readers may visit www.zeltenreich.org/2019springconference or call 717-354-9642 and leave a message. Separate registration fees have been for individuals, for couples and for families.
Church To Host Spring Revival March 1, 2019
The Gospel Light Baptist Church, 129 Slackwater Road, Millersville, will host a short series of meetings as part of a Spring Revival on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, March 10, 11, 12, and 13, with evangelist Dr. Gary Gillmore preaching. Service times on March 10 will be 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m. On March 11 through 13, services will take place at 7 p.m.
Gillmore has been preaching the Gospel since 1960. He converted to Christ at the age of 16 during an evangelistic campaign in Spokane, Wash. He then attended Bible college and graduated from Bob Jones University in 1962 and Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 1966. He went on to pastor two churches, one in Iowa and another in Pennsylvania, before he entered into full-time evangelism in 1974. He received an honorary doctoral degree from Maranatha Baptist Bible College in 1983 for his faithfulness in the ministry. He has preached throughout the United States, in Canada, and in a few foreign countries.
The public is invited to attend the meetings. The church house is located 2 miles south of Millersville.
For more information on the church, readers may visit www.light4lancaster.org or call 717-271-9629.
Church To Present Marriage Conference February 20, 2019
Freedom Life will present Mark Gungor in a two-day Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage event on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at Octorara High School, located at 226 Highland Road, Atglen.
Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage is designed to feature an element of humor to appeal to couples of every age and in every life phase. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on March 15, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. On March 16, the seminar will resume at 9 a.m. and conclude by noon.
Gungor is known for his candid and comedic approach that uses illustrations and laughter to teach principles that are believed to strengthen marriages. He conducted his first marriage seminar to reach the couples in his area. The enthusiastic response he received from his first audience led him to become a sought-after international speaker on marriage and family.
The community is invited to purchase tickets online in advance. The per-person ticket fee includes light refreshments. An early bird rate is available at https://freedom.life. Child care will not be provided.
Readers with questions may call 610-593-5959.
Bible Institute Slates Classes December 5, 2018
Keystone Bible Institute offers courses in biblical literature, theology, and historical studies, as well as life in the Spirit. Registration is now open for the winter semester. Classes will begin in January. Keystone Bible will offer six courses at two sites in January.
Evening classes will include Counseled by God on Mondays, Biblical Literature on Tuesdays, Hearing God Through Your Dreams on Wednesdays, and The Master's Plan of Evangelism on Thursdays. Evening classes will run from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York.
Daytime classes will include a study of the covenants, Torah, feasts, Hebrew language, prophetic names, and more, along with Foundations in Apologetics. Classes will run from 10 a.m. to noon at 456 Appaloosa Way, Red Lion.
There is a cost for each course, plus materials. For more details and a registration form, readers may contact 717-968-5521 or email@example.com. The deadline for registration is Sunday, Dec. 30. Readers may also visit www.keystonebibleinstitute.com.
Bible Prophecy Conference Set November 9, 2018
A Bible prophecy conference with Mike Wingfield will be held from Friday, Nov. 16, through Sunday, Nov. 18. "The Birth Pangs of the Second Coming" will take place at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church of Creswell, 1165 Letort Road, Conestoga. Sessions will begin at 7 p.m. each night. In addition, a session will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18.
For more information, readers may call 717-872-6775.
Children's Ministry Conference Slated October 10, 2018
Children's ministry volunteers and paid staff members are invited to attend the annual Children's Ministry Engage conference on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at West Shore Evangelical Free Church, 1345 Williams Grove Road, Mechanicsburg. This conference is sponsored by local churches in the Engage Network.
In addition to worship and training with Melissa MacDonald, there will be roundtable discussions on a variety of topics related to children's ministry. A registration cost has been set. To register, readers may visit www.engagechildren.org. More information may be obtained by calling Ryan Clarke at 717-791-1200.
Chapel Sets Missions Convention October 5, 2018
Grace Chapel, 2535 Colebrook Road, Elizabethtown, will host its annual Missions Convention from Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 11 to 14. Evening sessions will take place on Oct. 11; Friday, Oct. 12; and Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. Morning sessions have been set for 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 12 and 13, and the service on Oct. 14 will begin at 9 a.m. The theme will be "Taking the Light of Jesus Across the Sea, Across the Street and Into All the World."
The slate of speakers will include Dr. Richard Hilton; pastor Bob Lauver; Eloise Gwinn, Paraguay; Dr. E. Daniel Martin, Life Gate Church in Elizabethtown; Mel High, a veteran missionary to Mexico; and Dr. David Kandole, Uganda.
Hilton, from Johnson City, Tenn., served as a full-time evangelist and conducted weekend crusades while in Bible college. He has been involved with multiple church and missionary plants, and he has developed church expansion and growth strategies. Lauver, a graduate of and teacher from International Bible College in San Antonio, Texas, returned to Pennsylvania and formed New Life Church first as a Bible college and training academy for young people who were preparing for mission work and Christian ministry. He ministers and teaches nationally and internationally. Martin helped to develop Kingdom Life Network, a global network of churches, and travels frequently to India, Kenya, Paraguay, and other countries.
The church is located on Route 341, 4 miles east of Middletown. For information concerning meals and the schedule of speakers, readers may call 717-503-5680 or visit www.gracechapelcares.org.
Unstoppable You Conference Set October 3, 2018
On Saturday, Nov. 10, Jennifer Foxworthy, motivational speaker, author, television show host and founding president and CEO of Unstoppable You Ministries, will be joined by a host of speakers, vendors and fashion experts for the Unstoppable You Conference. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Verandah Banquet Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave.
The conference aims to empower all men, women and teenagers to take personal responsibility in aligning their mind, body and soul. This event will also provide an opportunity to unite, network and uplift one another other personally and professionally.
Other speakers at the conference will include Ramona Kinard, pastor of Wheatfield Church of the Living God; Quinn Howard, motivational speaker; Nakesha Muldrow, corporate senior director of patient access for WellSpan Health; Michelle Cooper, YWCA special victim case manager; and Jason E. Smith; president of JESSINC. The event will also feature a head-to-toe fashion makeover for select men and women utilizing homeless shelters.
Various ticket prices have been set. For more information or to register, readers may visit www.yorkuyc2018.eventbrite.com.
Jaime Saint To Highlight Mission Conference September 27, 2018
Grace Church at Willow Valley will welcome Jaime Saint as the keynote speaker for the Grace On Mission Conference that will be held at the church, 300 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, on Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 7. Jaime will speak throughout the evening at the Global Coffee House that has been set for Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Life Center and at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. worship services in the sanctuary on Oct. 7.
Jaime is the executive director of ITEC - Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center, which was created to give indigenous people the tools they need to fulfill their part in sharing the Gospel and making disciples of Jesus Christ. Jaime's father, Steve Saint, started ITEC in 1996 to develop tools and training to equip the indigenous Christ-followers to meet the physical and spiritual needs of their own people.
The Saint family has a long history on the front line in missions. Steve was born and raised in Ecuador, where his father, Nate Saint, and fellow missionaries Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Flemming, and Roger Youderian, were killed in 1956 by the Waodani Indians, whom the men were reaching with the Gospel.
After his father's death, Steve attended school in Quito, Ecuador, and spent summers living with the Waodani in the jungles. He was baptized in the same river where his father's body was found, by the same men who had speared his father and had later come to faith in Jesus Christ.
Steve and his wife, Ginny, along with Jaime and his three siblings, returned to live with the Waodani in the mid-1990s. It was out of that experience that ITEC was formed. ITEC provides tribal people with innovative training in medicine, dentistry, optometry, aviation, and filmmaking. The organization also builds special tools that can be used in the remote areas where many tribal people live.
For more information about the Grace On Mission Conference, readers may call the church at 717-464-2782.
Church Plans Celebration September 25, 2018
Lighthouse Baptist Church, 5005 Carlisle Road, Dover, will celebrate 15 years of ministry in the greater York area on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 10:30 a.m. The celebration will feature memories and a video presentation, music by the choir and orchestra, and a message from Dr. Sam Davison from Heartland Baptist College, Oklahoma City, Okla. A special commemorative gift will be given.
The event will also kick off the fall Bible conference with Davison from Oct. 7 to Tuesday, Oct. 9. The theme of the conference will be "Striving Together." Davison will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, and at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 9. Pastor Cory Bane of Shenandoah Bible Baptist, Martinsburg, W.Va., will speak at 10 a.m. on Oct. 9.
All are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call 717-292-5000 or visit www.lighthousebap.org. A freewill offering will be received.
Adult Education Series Planned September 21, 2018
Heritage and Horizons, a semiannual series of seminars provided by the Apostles Academy of Arts and Sciences, has revealed its fall 2018 series. The five-week series will be held in the sanctuary of Church of the Apostles United Church of Christ (UCC), 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, on Tuesdays from Oct. 2 through 30 from 9:30 to 11:50 a.m. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. All adults in Lancaster County are welcome.
The Heritage and Horizons fall 2018 series is titled "People, Places, and Things - Celebrating 31 Years of History, Science, Literature, Religion, Community Services, and Music!" Each day will include a 20-minute break between speakers for light refreshments. The early session will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with the later session set for 10:50 to 11:50 a.m.
The schedule, with each day's early speaker listed first, includes the following: Oct. 2 - "Colonial Wagon Master" by Cary Shaner and "Out and About With Big Birds" by Mike Shull; Oct. 9 - "Surviving my WWII Experience" by Eleanor Isaacson and "History of the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum" by Juliet Honsinger; Oct. 16 - "What Is Trash and What Is Treasure?" by Nicole DiGiorgio and "History of the Creche" by the Rev. Charles Hull; Oct. 23 - "News and How We Get It" featuring a speaker from a local television station and "Milton S. Hershey" by David Lenker; and Oct. 30 - "Veterans" by Lt. Gen. Dennis Benshoff and "The Benefits of Therapy Pets" by Larry Warmingham and Flower.
There is a registration fee for the series. Walk-in registrations will be accepted on the first day. For more information about course offerings, to register, or to be added to the mailing list, readers may call Church of the Apostles UCC at 717-392-5718.
To learn more about the church, readers may call the office or visit www.apostlesucc.org.
Since 1987, Heritage and Horizons has provided educational opportunities for adults in Lancaster County each fall and spring. For more information, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Will Explore Amish Issues September 6, 2018
As far as Torah Bontrager can tell, she is the first Amish person to graduate from an Ivy League school. Bontrager's path to Columbia University was fraught with pain, however, and she shared her story in her memoir, "An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again," which was published in 2017.
Bontrager's experiences led to the formation of the Amish Heritage Foundation (AHF), which is dedicated to advocating for people inside and outside the Amish Church - what is known in non-Amish societies as "Old Order" - and making the transition smoother for those who have left or wish to leave. "We're the only nonsectarian institution that advocates for Amish people and engages their issues and educates the general public," Bontrager commented. "The three overarching initiatives of the foundation are education, female-driven entrepreneurship/leadership, and health and well-being."
Along with AHF board member Elam Zook, who describes himself as noncompliant Amish, Bontrager will host what they hope will become an annual conference, "Disrupting History: Reclaiming Our Amish Story," on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, at Franklin & Marshall College, 415 Harrisburg Ave., Lancaster. The conference will be packed full of opportunities for attendees to explore issues related to Amish culture. Recordings of all 10 speakers and the panel discussion will be made accessible online for later reference.
The keynote address by law professor Marci Hamilton on Sept. 28 will focus on children's rights. In her book "God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty," which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Hamilton wrote extensively about the Supreme Court case of Wisconsin vs. Yoder.
Galen Guengerich, who grew up Mennonite, will give the keynote address on Sept. 29. In his book "God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age," Guengerich asserts that the first step toward being set free is discovering where one belongs.
The conference will also include speakers who have left other religions, a sexual assault survivor and plaintiff in a landmark Amish case, and a panel of minority entrepreneurs including those with Amish, Mennonite, Navajo, Jewish, and Muslim backgrounds.
The Sept. 28 session will close with an uplifting live music performance by rhythm-and-blues singer-songwriter Tanisha Avent in the second-floor lounge of Tellus360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster. The performance will be open to the public. The conference will conclude on Sept. 29 with a closing reception hosted by Amish-Mennonite artist Freiman Stoltzfus at the Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery in downtown Lancaster.
Conference attendance is limited to 150 people. "We want this inaugural historic event to be truly memorable," Bontrager said. "The smaller group gives everyone in attendance the chance to connect meaningfully and develop lasting relationships."
Tickets are required and may be purchased at https://DisruptingHistory.eventbrite.com. A limited number of complimentary tickets for sexual assault survivors and ex-Amish are available, thanks to donor sponsorships. The foundation is looking for sponsors and volunteers to help make the event a success. To learn more, folks may visit www.AmishHeritage.org/events, find "Amish Heritage Foundation" on Facebook, or email info@AmishHeritage.org. Social media users may follow @AmishFoundation on Twitter and @AmishHeritageFound on Instagram.
Social Justice Forum Posted July 25, 2018
The York Association of the United Church of Christ, consisting of 26 churches, will sponsor the third annual Social Justice Forum on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Mount Zion United Church of Christ, 1054 Ridgewood Road, York. From 8:30 to 9 a.m., registration will take place and coffee will be available. After a welcome at 9 a.m., sessions will begin at 9:15 a.m.
Workshop topics will include ageism, drug addictions and other addictions, teenagers in need of assistance, homelessness, veterans in need, and sex trafficking. The focus will be on the local community. Participants may choose three workshops to attend, and each workshop will last 40 minutes.
Parking is available. Child care will be provided by caregivers with clearances. To register children for child care, readers may call the church at 717-755-6117.
Mission Conference June 20, 2018
Maple Grove Mennonite Church, 549 Swan Road, Atglen, will hold an informal mission conference on Sunday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m.
Attendees will hear what God is doing through many missions, including those in Albania, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico. There will also be information about Cornerstone Pregnancy Center, Eastern Mennonite Missions, Maple Grove Preschool, Mennonite Disaster Service, Parkesburg Point, West Chester University, and Youth With a Mission.
For more information, readers may contact the church at email@example.com or 610-593-6658.
"Revive Initiative" To Focus On Church Development June 15, 2018
East Petersburg Mennonite Church (EPMC) lead pastor Jeff McClain and Keith Blank, who is bishop of the Landisville-Manor District of LMC: A Fellowship of Anabaptist Churches, have attended Exponential Conference in Orlando for the past two years. The conference is a gathering of people involved in multiplying and planting churches, as well as missional thinkers. In a conference that was largely non-Mennonite, it was unique to encounter another Mennonite.
"It was there, in a Forge America workshop, that we first encountered (Howard and Cathy) Wagler. Instantly, we found commonality in vision together for church revitalization, missional church transformation, and leadership development," McClain recalled. "We also learned Howard Wagler was a Mennonite pastor whom God had used to take a small, struggling, traditional church community and transform it into a growing multisite church community."
McClain and Blank discovered that in addition to serving at Journey Mennonite Church in Kansas, the Waglers had partnered with Forge America and other organizations to launch a leadership coaching and development cohort initiative. The Waglers created Revive, a ministry that provides a learning cohort and coaching for churches, pastors, and leaders who are pursuing revitalization through missional church transformation and leadership development. Thus, McClain and Blank began to dream together about what it would mean to hear the Waglers' story and experience their resourcing in Lancaster.
"Howard and Cathy have developed a tremendous opportunity for leaders to connect with other leaders, to develop their gifts, and to find the resources for both individual and communal transformation to build a sustainable and joy-filled ministry for the present and the future," McClain commented.
The result of the discussion and dreaming is Revive Initiative, a one-day event that will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, at EPMC, 6279 Main St., East Petersburg. The format of the day will include teaching, first-hand stories, and more. Throughout the day, attendees will be guided in discovering the Bible as God's story of mission, the Church as a community shaped by God's mission, and discipleship as a complete surrender to God and His mission in the world.
"Howard has a passion to see churches rediscover God's mission in their backyards, and he has experience," McClain remarked.
"We are really hoping to see church members, teams, and leaders take part in this conversation and conference. We believe the Holy Spirit longs to revitalize our local church communities," Blank added.
There is no cost to attend the July 7 event, and lunch will be provided. Registration is required by following the link at www.reviveinitiative.com, and reservations will be closed on Saturday, June 30.
For more information about Revive Initiative, readers may visit the event website or contact McClain by calling EPMC at 717-569-9931.
Church Hosts Kingdompreneur Academy April 19, 2018
The Kingdompreneur Kids Academy began on April 8 at the Lancaster Evangelical Free Church. The six sessions are designed to help children walk away with a polished business plan and $50 of seed money. As part of Operation 50/50, they will have 50 days to create their product or offer their service.
The first session focused on the topic "How Do You See Money? How Do You See Work?" Subsequent sessions were to highlight "Turning Passion Into Profit" and "Turning Pain Into Profit"; "Finding Your Big Idea," a guided process of helping each child discover their business idea; "Creating a Business Plan and Conducting Market Research"; "Creating a Brand and Pricing"; and "First Things First - Whose Kingdom Will You Build?" - focusing on the difference between the Kingdom of God and earthly kingdoms.
Each step of the way, children are being guided by businesspeople and entrepreneurs. The learning is based on real experience fueled by actual examples with the goal of resulting in impact, with children making money and making a difference in their community.
During Operation 50/50, mentors will check in on the children to help them stay encouraged and on course. After the conclusion of the 50-day period, a special gathering will be held to exchange stories and celebrate the children's products and services. All collective profit will benefit the building project for the church, which is expected to start within the next year.
Church Plans Special Events April 13, 2018
Victory Christian Fellowship, 695 E. Ridge Road, Palmyra, will hold special events on Friday through Sunday, April 20 to 22. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-838-2033 or visit www.vcfpa.org.
A women's conference themed "Awaken the Word in You" will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on April 20 and from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Special guest speakers will be pastor Fiona Pyszka, international speaker and author of five books, and Sadie Crills, a missionary and teacher of the Word of God.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. The price includes a light dinner on April 20, as well as a morning snack and lunch on April 21.
Additionally, Crills will share at 10 a.m. on April 22 at the church, and all are invited. A freewill offering will be received.
Crills served on staff at Worship Center in Lancaster for 25 years. She served as missions director, and she and her husband, Dave, have traveled the world teaching in Bible schools and helping to establish Bible training centers in Sierra Leone.
Marriage Enrichment Seminar Planned April 12, 2018
House on the Rock Family Ministries will offer an upcoming marriage enrichment seminar, "Reclaiming Intimacy," on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, at Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim.
The schedule on April 21 will include "Reclaiming Emotional Intimacy" from 10:30 a.m. to noon, a provided lunch from noon to 1 p.m., "Reclaiming Physical Intimacy" from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and "Reclaiming Spiritual Intimacy" from 2:45 to 4 p.m. On April 22, "That's How God Planned It" will take place from 9 to 10 a.m.
There is no cost to attend, but registration must be completed by Thursday, April 19, at 6 p.m. Those who plan to attend are asked to call Mike Hess at 717-665-7295.