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Book Discussion Group To Meet October 20, 2017

Exploring, Growing Together, a book discussion group at Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will continue its 2017-18 series, which aims to help explore beliefs in a safe discussion environment. The group meets on the lower level in room 103 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Thursdays, Nov. 2, 9, and 16, lay leader Shanna Boley will facilitate a discussion using "The Glass Castle: A Memoir" by Jeanette Walls. Supplemental reading by Walls is "Half Broke Horses," a memoir about her grandmother. A motion picture about the family was released this summer.

Attendees should acquire their own materials to read and are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during discussions. Information about the group and its schedule can be obtained at the church's front lobby small group foyer kiosk. Readers who would like information on the upcoming sessions may contact Boley at free2swim1978@yahoo.com or 717-351-5481. For information on the series year or to offer suggestions, readers may contact Linda at 717-626-0745 or raven303@ptd.net.

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Neighbors Group Slates Program October 19, 2017

Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend a program on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

The speaker, Karen Burrows, is an ordained minister with a pastor's heart for women. She graduated from the Ministry Training School at Church of the Word International and was ordained in 1998. She is a mother and a grandmother.

While women are attending the program, classes will be provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. For more information or a copy of this year's schedule, readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603.

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Lifetree Cafe To Hold Program October 18, 2017

Lifetree Cafe will offer a program on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the pole barn located at 46 W. Franklin St., Strasburg, behind Wesley Church. The mysteries and meaning of mental illness will be explored, and participants will have opportunities to discuss mental illness that they or people close to them have experienced.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free.

For more information, call David Alderson at 717-687-6392.

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York Aglow Set To Meet October 18, 2017

York Aglow will meet on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon at the First Assembly of God Church, 2270 Susquehanna Trail North, York. The speaker will be Ruth Willard, the founder of the newly formed Key Fellowship ministry.

The public is invited. For more information, readers may contact Patty Bentley at 717-343-3429.

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Cowboy Church Posts Service October 18, 2017

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project will be held on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue.

The children's program will begin at 5:30 p.m. The praise and worship service will follow at 6 p.m. and will be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. The service will include singing and Scripture.

There will be a potluck dinner afterward, as well as s'mores and a campfire.

In preparation for the upcoming holidays, there will be a collection of nonperishable food items for the Southern York County Food Bank.

Attendees are reminded that daylight saving time ends on Sunday, Nov. 5, so clocks should be turned back on the night of Saturday, Nov. 4.

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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 paldsselfreliance@gmail.com. The next round of classes will start the beginning of next year.

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Church Slates Women's Program October 13, 2017

Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend a program on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Sharon Charles will present "Practical Lessons in Your Spiritual Walk," featuring practical pointers to help strengthen and guide participants. Charles is an author and speaker. She and her husband, John, are counselors at Abundant Living Ministries. They have four grown children and grandchildren. Charles has been presenting programs at Neighbors Sharing and Caring for 30 years.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information.

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Women's Bible Study Slated October 13, 2017

Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, will hold a women's Bible study, "Redeemed," by Angela Thomas-Pharr, beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Free child care will be available. All are welcome. For more information, readers may visit mjmc.org/women or call 717-653-5660.

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New Bible Study Set October 9, 2017

Bird-in-Hand United Methodist Church, 2620 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, will offer "The Gospel According to Harry Potter" Bible study. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through the end of December.

For more details, call the church at 717-397-2333.

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Chiques Slates Women's Program October 6, 2017

Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, will open its 2017-18 program on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Women of all ages and preschool children are invited to attend. This year, the group is celebrating 30 years of ministry.

The program will begin with a worship and devotion time. Mary Stoltzfus will play the harp, and Joanne White will lead the devotions. The event will also include brunch, cake and surprises.

The women's fellowship will meet every Tuesday through March 20 except for scheduled breaks. Each meeting will start with refreshments, a time of music, prayer, and devotions. These activities will be followed by featured speakers, Bible studies or crafts. This year's programs will include "Walking With God," "Running the Race," "Living the Dream" and "Refusing to Drown."

Preregistration is not required for the Oct. 17 meeting. Preregistration will be required only for events that involve crafts. Classes are provided for preschool children.

For more information, readers may contact Veronica at 717-626-7603 or Rose at 717-665-9417 or for more information.

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Lifetree Cafe Program Planned October 5, 2017

Lifetree Cafe will focus on how to build self-confidence on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. at The Pole Barn, 46 W. Franklin St., Strasburg. Participants in the program, titled "The 60-Minute Guide to Greater Confidence," will discover how to boost their confidence and gain more personal success. They will also view the award-winning independent film "My Friend Peter."

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. Questions may be directed to David Alderson at 717-687-6392 or dralderson@verizon.net.

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Cowboy Church Posts Service October 4, 2017

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project will be held on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3231 Warner Road, Brogue.

The children's program will begin at 5:30 p.m. The praise and worship service will follow at 6 p.m. and will be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. The service will include singing, Scripture, and Holy Communion.

There will be a potluck dinner afterward, and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. There will also be s'mores and a campfire.

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Eastern Lancaster County Orthodox Christian Fellowship October 4, 2017

Jason and Bonnie Flowers, who live in the Atglen area, travel to St. John Chrysostom Church in York each week to attend Antiochian Orthodox services. "There is no Antiochian Orthodox Church in Lancaster County," said Jason.

"We drive an hour to church," added Bonnie. "We found when we started going to York that a large number of families from Lancaster County go there (too)." According to Father Peter Pier, pastor of St. John, about 20 percent of the parish members come from Lancaster County. The Flowers have been commuting to York to attend church for about three years, but they wanted more opportunities to engage in faith-centered activities. "We wanted something we could do in the middle of the week," lamented Bonnie. "(We wanted) a Bible study that was closer to home."

Last spring, the Flowers and Pier began seriously discussing scheduling a Bible study during the week at an eastern Lancaster County location. The result of those discussions is the Eastern Lancaster County Orthodox Christian Fellowship Bible study, which is held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hand in Hand Fire Company, 313 Enterprise Drive, Bird-in-Hand. The study began on Oct. 10, and it offers all interested participants a time for prayer, fellowship, and learning about the Orthodox faith.

Pier said that the study will focus on creation and the patriarchal narratives. "We will begin with creation and then talk about the patriarchs, including Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob," he said.

Bonnie noted that the program will include activities for children and light refreshments. "We wanted to include families with children," she said, adding that the location was chosen because of its proximity to Route 30. She emphasized that no knowledge of the Antiochian Orthodox church is necessary to attend. "If you want to learn about the Orthodox Church, you are welcome," she said. "If you want to study the book of Genesis, you are welcome."

"Everybody is welcome," added Pier, who explained that one of the main differences between the Antiochian Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Church is language. "We do everything in English," said Pier. "We are Greek Orthodox, but we don't speak Greek in our services and we aren't (necessarily) ethnically Greek." Pier added that there are about 300 Antiochian Orthodox churches spread over the 50 states. "We are small but not totally insignificant," he stated.

At this point, the study will be an opportunity for area residents to gather and learn during the week. "We are testing the waters," said Pier. "If we attract a lot of families and things take off, maybe we will have services." Jason said that organizers expected about 15 regular attendees, but that more area residents had expressed interest in joining the study.

The Eastern Lancaster County Orthodox Christian Fellowship is sponsored by the St. John Chrysostom Church under the guidance of Father Pier and with the blessing of Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Orthodox Dioceses of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic.

Readers who would like to learn more may visit www.ELC-Orthodoxy.org or search for "Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Eastern Lancaster County" on Facebook.

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Recovery Support Group Will Meet September 27, 2017

Celebrate Recovery, a Christian 12-step recovery program for those with hurts, habits, and hang-ups, will meet at Petra Church, Student Life Center (east entrance), 565 Airport Road, New Holland, on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

For information, readers may call 717-587-2202. The group is sponsored by Bethany Grace Fellowship, Weaverland Mennonite Church, CrossNet Ministries, and Petra Church.

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St. Paul's To Offer Series September 22, 2017

St. Paul's Evangelical Congregational Church, 2120 Main St., Rothsville, will host a series titled "Why Doesn't God Do Something?" The sessions will be held on Sundays, Oct. 1 to 29, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. The sessions will include question opportunities each week.

The presenter will be the Rev. Dr. Kenneth H. Miller, pastor at St. Paul's and former professor of theology at Evangelical Theological Seminary, Myerstown. The series will take a look at the question: "If God is good and loving and powerful, why is there so much suffering in the world?"

The sessions are open to everyone. For details, readers may call the church at 717-926-2963.

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Book Discussion Group To Meet September 21, 2017

Exploring, Growing Together, a book discussion group at Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will continue its 2017-18 series, which aims to help explore beliefs in a safe discussion environment. The group meets on the lower level in room 103 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Rev. Larry Leister will lead the discussion on "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy." The discussion will continue on Thursday, Oct. 19, if needed.

Attendees should acquire their own materials to read and are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during discussions. Information about the group and its schedule can be obtained at the church's front lobby small group foyer kiosk. Readers who would like details or who have questions or suggestions may contact Linda at 717-626-0745 or raven303@ptd.net.

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Forum Plans Sessions September 21, 2017

St. John's Lutheran Church, St. Paul Episcopal Church, and St. Johns' Herr Estate Retirement Community have announced the 2017-18 Monday Night Adult Forum will kick off on Monday, Oct. 2, featuring a Bible study with the bishop. Attendees will study Scripture and converse with the Rt. Rev. Dr. Audrey Scanlan, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania.

Unless notice is given indicating otherwise, all sessions will take place in the dining room of the retirement community, 200 Luther Lane, Columbia, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sessions will include prayer, learning, and discussion. All sessions and worship services are free and open to the community. Preregistration is not required.

Attendees should enter through the Personal Care entrance, proceed down the hallway toward the rotunda, and enter the dining room, which will be on the right. There is plenty of parking.

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Church To Host Book Discussion Series September 21, 2017

Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, invites community members to participate in a 2017-18 book discussion series, Exploring, Growing, Together. The series is meant to help participants explore their beliefs in a safe discussion environment without judgment. The group will meet on the lower level of the church in room 103 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Thursdays, Sept. 7 and 14, Linda Van Til, certified lay minister, will lead the discussion. The sessions will focus on the book "Beyond Belief" by Jenna Miscavige, niece of current Scientology leader David Miscavige. If necessary, the discussion will be concluded on Thursday, Sept. 21. Supplemental reading for the month may include "Troublemaker" by Leah Remini, "Counterfeit Dreams" by Jefferson Hawkins and "Ruthless" by Ron Miscavige, father of current leader David Miscavige. Participants may watch "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" television series and various YouTube videos on Scientology for further education on the subject to be discussed. Handouts will be included for discussion.

The series will continue in October with the Rev. Larry Leister using the book "Amish Grace." In November, lay leader Shanna Boley will talk about "The Glass Castle: A Memoir." No book discussion will be held in December.

In January, the Rev. Art Rettew will discuss the "Intertestamental Period: The Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical." Participants may read books from the Apocrypha in preparation for the class discussion. In February, lay leader Evie Bergey will discuss "Holy Ghost Girl," and in March, lay leader Arlene Schlotter will focus on the YouTube series "God's Roadmap to the End of the World."

April's topic is yet to be announced, and the May meetings will conclude the series when Van Til will speak about the movie "The Shack." Handouts will be provided.

Participants do not have to be readers. Each person will acquire his or her own materials to read. Attendees may bring a bag lunch to eat during the discussions. A flyer and a brochure about the discussion group are available in the church's front lobby foyer. For more information, readers may contact Van Til at 717-626-0745 or raven303@ptd.net.

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Book Discussion Club To Meet September 19, 2017

St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3335 Rosstown Road, Rossville, will host a book discussion club at 10:10 a.m. on select Sundays. The meeting dates and books to be discussed are as follows: Oct. 1, "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"; Nov. 5, "Pay It Forward"; Feb. 4, "Going Till You're Gone"; and March 4, a book to be selected by the club members.

New members are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 717-432-8418.

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Lifetree Cafe Posts Program September 15, 2017

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will explore the power of forgiveness on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

The program is titled "Forgiving the Unforgivable: A Son Confronts His Mother's Killer." It will feature a filmed interview with Louis Barrios, a man who publically forgave the man who murdered his mother. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to discuss times they have forgiven others or have been forgiven themselves.

Admission to the event is free. For more details, readers may contact 717-478-3672 or LTCLancaster@gmail.com.

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