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Lunch Bunch Celebrates Birthdays June 21, 2017

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"Maker Fun Factory" VBS Planned June 21, 2017

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 N. Main St., Dover, will hold a "Maker Fun Factory" vacation Bible school (VBS) from Sunday to Friday, July 16 to 21, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the community.

Children's programming will be provided for children ages 3 to 12. Programming will also be provided for people age 13 through adults.

Participants and volunteers may register by calling 717-292-3891 or visiting www.calvarylutherandover.org or www.vbspro.events/p/9353fb by Saturday, July 15.

To raise funds for the VBS, the church recently held a Build a Robot contest. All entries, which ranged in size from 12 inches to 6 feet tall, will be used as decorations during the VBS event. The builders of the winning robots each received a gift card.

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Cowboy Church Plans Service June 20, 2017

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project will be held on Sunday, July 2, at 5500 Newpark Road, White Hall, Md.

Attendees may bring their fishing gear to the pond at approximately 5 p.m. No fishing license is needed. There will be a potluck picnic dinner featuring the fish that are caught at the pond. Chicken will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share.

The worship service will follow at 6:30 p.m. and will be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain.

The service will include hymns and Scripture. Followings the service, there will be a bonfire and fireworks. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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GriefShare June 14, 2017

A new GriefShare class will begin at St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, on Monday, July 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and again on Tuesday, July 11, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Each session will include a presentation and group discussion.

A workbook that reinforces the weekly classes is included with a suggested donation for the book. For more information, readers may contact Denise Wright at 717-840-0382 or visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com under News.

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Church Plans VBS For Adults June 14, 2017

First Baptist Church of New Holland will offer its third annual vacation Bible school (VBS) for adults from Monday to Friday, June 26 to 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Overly's Grove Pavilion, 640 Overly's Grove Road, New Holland. People age 18 and up are invited to participate.

The VBS will include songs, games, prizes, snacks, memory verses and a mission project. The Bible lessons will be presented on an adult level. The theme of this year's lessons is "Sanity in an Insane World," and the lessons will be based largely on the Old Testament book of Habakkuk.

The mission project will benefit Operation Christmas Child, the packing and sending of shoebox gifts to children around the world through Samaritan's Purse. Materials to be put in the boxes are being collected and will be packed on Thursday and Friday nights during the VBS. Donations will be accepted to help cover postage.

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Spring Forge Students Recognized June 14, 2017

Spring Forge Intermediate School students Kourtney Rishel and Brady Billings have earned a free week of summer camp at Camp Joy El. The camp offers go-karts, swimming, a water slide, a zip line, a flying squirrel, a splash ground, archery and canoeing.

Kourtney and Brady have both attended the Released Time program sponsored by Joy El Ministries since third grade, and they each earned 300 points for looking up, memorizing and learning how to apply Bible verses.

Participating students leave school for one hour a week with parent permission to attend Released Time, which is free and runs from September through May. For more information, readers may call 369-4539 or visit www.joyelgeneration.org/released-time-2.

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Firefighters Enjoy Breakfast June 14, 2017

On April 22, the men's prayer breakfast group of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg hosted members of Strasburg Fire Company No. 1 as an expression of appreciation for the fire company's service. Several dozen firefighters attended.

The fire company was chartered in 1933. With an active membership of 40, the company responds to 200 calls per year; about 50 of those are structure fires, and the rest are a mix of vehicle accidents, fire police assistance, brush fires, and more. The Koch family has had four generations of firefighters serve, from one of the founders to the present. Several other families have served for 40 years or more.

The fire company is based in a well-equipped station in Strasburg, which was dedicated in 2006. The current $160,000 budget is met by municipal contributions, fund drives, and fundraising sales and breakfasts through the year.

The men's prayer breakfast group meets every Thursday at 6:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at the church, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, and all are welcome to attend.

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Lifetree Cafe Program Set June 14, 2017

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will explore how pets interact and communicate with humans on Tuesday, June 27, at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual setting.

The program is titled "What's Your Pet Trying to Tell You?" and will feature a filmed interview with Alexa Boyes, a professional animal communicator. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences in which an animal has tried to communicate with them.

Admission is free. For details, contact 717-473-9115 or ltclancaster@gmail.com.

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Church To Offer Bible Study June 7, 2017

Area residents are invited to attend a new Bible study group that is currently being offered by St. Mary's Episcopal Chapel in Warwick Township. Meetings of the group are held every Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the Morgantown Coffee House, 4997 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson.

The Bible study, which is led by Alan Lindsay of Chester Springs, St. Mary's pastoral leader, follows the book "Records of the Life of Jesus." "(The book is) a compilation of the Gospels side by side," Lindsay explained. "People bring their own Bibles, and I give them the chapter and the verses; we read them and we talk about them."

Lindsay said attendees from all denominations are welcome and people can join the group at any time. "It is a community, interdenominational Bible study. So far, we had two Roman Catholics, two Methodists, three Episcopalians and one Mormon (in attendance)," he said, adding, "You don't have to be there every week. It's sequential because of the book, but each session is self-contained."

Sunday worship at St. Mary's Chapel, located at 161 Warwick Road, Elverson, is held at 10:15 a.m. and is preceded by an Adult Forum, which includes a Bible study and discussion, at 9 a.m. A free continental breakfast is also available starting at 9 a.m.

During the most recent service on June 4, the church members observed the Christian celebration of Pentecost, which commemorates when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus' apostles and his other early followers. It is celebrated 50 days after Easter.

Per tradition, the color red is associated with the Holy Spirit, so church members wore red and decorated the historic church building with red balloons. The celebrant for the service was the Rev. Dr. James E. Morris, who offered the message "Come, Holy Spirit, Come." Musical accompaniment was provided by Peggy Kandle, interim music minister. After the service, attendees enjoyed red beverages and snacks, including strawberries and cookies with red icing.

St. Mary's, which is a one-story, rectangular, stuccoed fieldstone structure built in the Gothic Revival style, is a rustic and historic church that was built in 1843. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 and is believed to be the first church built in Pennsylvania after the American Revolution.

St. Mary's Chapel was open for services nearly continuously since its founding by the Rev. Dr. Levi Bull in 1805 until it closed for five years in 2008. In 2013, a small group of parishioners reopened the church for regular Saturday evening services and have been working to preserve the historic structure. In November of 2014, the church began holding regular Sunday worship services.

While the services are Episcopalian, many members are from various Christian denominations. Attendees will be able to easily follow the service using worship booklets distributed at each service.

The church building is open for personal meditation, tours and prayer on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. Unique features inside the church include a hand-carved wooden altar and church pews that contain doors. Kandle explained that in the past instead of tithing, people "bought" a pew and the doors contained nameplates of the original donating families.

The church is surrounded by a walled cemetery, which includes gravesites of veterans going back to the Revolutionary War. American flags in the cemetery indicate where the American Revolutionary War soldiers are buried. The cemetery also contains the grave of the church founder.

For more information about St. Mary's, including services and the weekly Bible study, readers may contact Lindsay at AlanL@DioPA.org.

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Book Review, Bible Study Posted June 7, 2017

A four-week book review and Bible study focused on "The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs" by Joel Salatin will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church, 99 York Road, Jacobus. The public is invited.

Salatin is a Christian farmer, speaker, and author of 10 books centering on stewardship in farming and food culture. He and his family operate a fourth-generation farm in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. He is a regular contributor to several magazines.

The event is sponsored by the church's Stewardship Committee. Individuals who wish to participate are asked to call the church office at 717-428-2811 or Fred Konhaus at 717-993-6486 so that books may be ordered. Separate costs have been set for hardback books and for paperback books.

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