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Quilt Group To Meet September 20, 2018

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, invites everyone who enjoys quilting or wants to learn, from beginners to experts, to take part in its Monday Morning Quilt Group, which meets on the first Monday of each month at the church at 10 a.m. The next meeting will be on Oct. 1.

No sewing is done at the meetings. Instead, there is a show-and-tell of attendees' work and a problem-solving discussion on works in progress.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-927-9497.

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"Wednesday Night Happenings" Will Resume September 20, 2018

Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, invites the community to participate in Wednesday Night Happenings. Starting with a home-cooked buffet-style meal served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., each evening will be packed with activities for people of all ages, including nursery care, music, and Bible classes for children; youth group gatherings; and classes for adults.

Families and friends are encouraged to start the night off right by gathering for supper in the church's new Family Life Center, which was dedicated in May. The menu for the kickoff night, Wednesday, Oct. 3, will feature smoked beef, new potatoes, and green beans. Each meal will offer child-friendly selections and a salad bar, some sort of fruit or applesauce, and a dessert bar. Other entrees during October and November will include taco salad, beef tips in gravy, lasagna, sloppy joes, chicken Alfredo, turkey stuffing, and baked ham. Meal tickets, purchased upon arrival, are free for children up to age 3, and small fees have been set for children ages 4 to 11 and for folks age 12 and older.

From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., children will experience the "Music and Bible Expedition," and youths will meet for worship, small group, service activities, Bible study, games, and more.

Adults will have several options during that time. "That the World May Know" is a DVD series filmed on-location where stories of the Bible occurred. "Prophets and Kings" explores a turbulent time in Israel's history and encourages participants to build devotion and trust in God. "Getting to the Heart of Parenting," a study by Paul David Tripp, teaches a biblical view for permanent behavioral change through grace. This class is geared to parents of children from birth through age 18. School nurse and Lampeter Church's former children's director Jane Weigel and pastor John Hostetter, father of six, will provide teaching, practical experience, and encouragement.

GriefShare is a special seminar and support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. It aims to help participants experience comfort and encouragement as they navigate through difficult times.

Additionally, a men's group will provide opportunities for men of all ages to talk, study, have fun, and build trust. Also, Project Linus will welcome new and experienced crafters for conversation, interaction, and service by making blankets for children in need.

For more information about Wednesday Night Happenings this fall, readers may call the church at 717-464-2050.

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Free Lunch For Seniors Planned September 20, 2018

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will again offer its Neighbors Connect free lunch for seniors. The first lunch will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will begin at noon. Afterward, Dave Schell, the new executive director for Main Street Mount Joy, will share new ideas for the future of Mount Joy.

Parking is available behind the church on Sassafras Alley. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. To make reservations, call 717-653-5888 or email fpcmj1@gmail.com.

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Lifetree Cafe Program Set September 18, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will discuss how families experiencing conflict and division can heal on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

The program, titled "A Family Divided: Finding Peace by Letting Go," will feature the filmed story of a family that struggled with an unexpected teenage pregnancy. Participants will have the opportunity consider lessons the family members learned as they worked through their response to the pregnancy.

Admission is free. For details, contact 717-478-3672 or ltclancaster@gmail.com.

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Program Will Discuss Anxiety September 14, 2018

Lifetree Cafe is hosted at The General Sutter Inn, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, every Monday at 7 p.m.

The Sept. 24 program will be "When Anxiety Strikes: Compassion, Peace, and Understanding." The purpose is to help participants gain a greater understanding of anxiety and panic attacks and to obtain practical tools for dealing with these experiences.

The public is invited to the free community event. For more information, visit www.lifetreecafelancaster.us, search for "Lifetree Cafe - Lititz" on Facebook, or contact pastor Jason at 717-333-9238 or jbperkowski@gmail.com.

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Technology Gathering Scheduled September 13, 2018

Otterbein United Methodist Church, 3225 N. George St., Emigsville, is hosting a monthly Technology Gathering on the third Thursday of each month, with the next installment set for Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. The community is invited to join the group, which meets in the lower level of the church building.

Attendees may bring electronic tablets, smartphones, and other devices, and they may ask questions. They may learn how to solve technology problems while also learning new programs from the tech and one another.

Parking is in the back of the church. Attendees should use the side entrance. For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-764-0007.

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York Aglow Set To Meet September 12, 2018

York Aglow will meet on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 9 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 2270 Susquehanna Trail North, York.

The guest speaker will be Tara Cook, president of Aglow in Flemington, N.J., and coordinator of the Aglow Generations project for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Cook is also the director of NJ Dance Studio, the owner of Studio Three 16, and a dance instructor and choreographer of the Art of Dance in Chester, N.J. She worked at New Dance Song Ministries.

For more information, readers may contact Cheryl Johnston at 717-968-4453, Patty Bentley at 717-343-3429 or Sharon Hiner 970-759-2422.

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Women Invited To Join Book Discussion Group September 11, 2018

Women of all ages are invited to take part in "The Value of You," a book discussion group that meets every other Tuesday from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. The class, which began on March 6, is taught by Jill Waters, a counselor with Still Waters Ministries. Upcoming classes will be held on March 20, April 3 and 17, and May 1 and 15.

The topic of the book study will be "Pursuing Contentment," which is part of the Women of Faith Study Guide Series. The book explores what the Bible says about true contentment and how it is a skill that can be learned. "The discussion will emphasize the importance of being content in every life experience that comes our way," said Waters.

She said that women who attend the class are of different ages and come from different backgrounds, which makes the program effective. "It's a good balance," Waters stated. "We have women ages 25 to 80 (who attend class) from different walks of life and denominations. The diversity of the group makes us unique. We encourage sharing, because we learn from one another."

During the sessions, the women discuss the topics covered in the book, such as emotions, relationships, struggles, and how women can take care of and value themselves.

"We use the book as a guide. If you want to share, you can. You can just come and listen and never say a word," Waters noted. "It's not only a serious class - it's a fun class. We all need fun. We laugh, and we're there for one another."

Waters emphasized that the program is not a lecture. Rather, attendees discuss ideas found in the book. "Everyone reads the book. We go chapter by chapter," Waters explained. "The nice thing about it is that I am not on any schedule. I don't rush through it. If there is a topic people want to stay on and discuss, that's fine."

This is Waters' fifth year of offering the class for women. "The class takes a summer break from June through August and resumes in September," she said, noting that sunset picnics are held outside the church during the summer months. "After we eat, we go outside the church and watch the sun go down over all the farmland. We have a great front row seat."

Waters encourages women to give "The Value of You" classes a try, especially those who have not attended in the past. "It's truth-based and applicable in women's lives. It's not fluff," she added. "It's (knowledge) we women can apply to our daily walks in life."

For more information about the class, readers may contact Still Waters Ministries at 610-286-9555 or Conestoga Mennonite Church at 610-286-9124. More information about Still Waters Ministries can be found at www.still-waters-ministries.org.

No child care is provided during the sessions. Women are asked to purchase the "Pursuing Contentment" book, which is offered for a discount at www.Christianbooks.com and other similar websites.

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Program To Focus On Anxiety September 11, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will discuss healthy ways to cope with anxiety and panic attacks on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

The program, titled "When Anxiety Strikes: Compassion, Peace, and Understanding," features filmed interviews with psychologist Kelly Breen Boyce and with Cheryl Eresman, who describes her experiences with panic attacks. The purpose of the program is to help participants gain a greater understanding of anxiety and panic attacks and obtain practical tools for dealing with these feelings and experiences.

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

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Program To Focus On Miracles September 10, 2018

Lifetree Cafe is hosted at The General Sutter Inn, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, every Monday evening at 7 p.m. Lifetree is a weekly program where everyone is invited to take part in friendly conversations about various topics.

The Sept. 17 program will be "Miracles or Mere Coincidences? Does Everything Happen for a Reason?" The program will feature a filmed interview with Robin Alm, a woman who believes a miracle occurred in her life. Participants will have an opportunity to share miracles they believe have occurred in their own lives.

The public is invited to the free community event. For more information, readers may visit www.lifetreecafelancaster.us, search for "Lifetree Cafe - Lititz" on Facebook, or contact pastor Jason at 717-333-9238 or jbperkowski@gmail.com.

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Women's Group To Study "Sermon On The Mount" September 7, 2018

Change of Pace South (COPS), a community women's Bible study supported by the Friendship Foundation, will begin its fall session on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Providence Church, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence. The interdenominational group has been meeting in southern Lancaster County for 18 years and welcomes women of all ages and church affiliations. Each Wednesday gathering runs from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and includes breakfast refreshments, praise and worship, a video teaching session, and small group discussion. There is also a prayer group that meets during the morning activities.

In contrast to previous years, just one course of study will be offered this fall. "Sermon on the Mount" by Jen Wilkin is an in-depth exploration of the words of Jesus in Matthew 5-7 with the aim of understanding the message as it was originally given and heard. These three chapters include some of the most familiar passages in all of Scripture: the Beatitudes, the Lord's Prayer, the Golden Rule, and many other teachings that are even recognized by popular culture, but in fragmented form. With an overarching theme of kingdom citizenship, in this section, Jesus delivers a well-ordered, cohesive message that challenges listeners to think differently about what it means to be His follower. This study is an invitation to take a figurative seat on the mountainside and learn from Jesus, just as His disciples did.

Studies at COPS are selected so that all women can learn together whether they are completely new to Bible study or highly advanced. Wilkin teaches practical methods for studying the Bible, which are incorporated in the daily workbook lessons. She encourages women to learn everything they possibly can from the text before consulting other sources.

"We have not offered a Jen Wilkin study before," said Jennifer Hatch, an administrative leader for the group. "We were initially drawn by the title and a desire to understand what Jesus taught in His sermon, and then it impressed us to see the author's commitment to Bible literacy and promoting good study habits that can be applied to any reading of the Bible."

For anyone interested in learning more about the fall study and ministry at Change of Pace South, the women will have an informational booth at the Solanco Fair, set for Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 19 to 21. "This is something new for us," Hatch remarked. "Our studies are usually in full swing during the fair, but the timing worked out for us to participate this year. We have a really neat group of ladies who are sincere in extending their friendship and hospitality. This is an exciting opportunity to visit with the community and share who we are."

Women are encouraged to preregister at www.changeofpacesouthpa.org. Registrations will also be accepted at the door on Sept. 26. As a convenience, "Sermon on the Mount" workbooks will be available at the first meeting. The study will continue on Wednesday mornings for nine additional weeks and conclude on Nov. 28. Nursery care will be provided for infants and toddlers. A children's program will offer Bible stories, crafts, music, games, and snacks for children ages 2 through 6. Supervision will be provided for homeschooling children as well. A freewill offering will be received each week to cover child care expenses. For more information, women may view the website or contact Hatch at 717-548-2962.

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Church Sets ESL Classes September 6, 2018

Harvest Presbyterian Church, 517 Beaver Valley Pike, Lancaster, will offer free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for adults. The classes will be held on Tuesdays starting Sept. 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

No preregistration is necessary; individuals may simply show up on Sept. 18. Readers may contact officeatharvest@aol.com for additional information.

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Women's Bible Study Posted September 6, 2018

Paradise Bible Fellowship Church, located at Route 30 and Singer Avenue, Paradise, is holding its fall women's Bible study, "Facing Your Giants" by Max Lucado, on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The study began on Sept. 11 and will continue for eight weeks. Women are welcome to join after the first session.

Readers may call the church office at 717-687-7577 for more information.

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Program Will Discuss Miracles August 31, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will discuss whether miracles are real and happen today on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

The program is titled "Miracles or Mere Coincidences? Does Everything Happen for a Reason?" It features a filmed interview with Robin Alm, a woman who believes a miracle occurred in her life. Participants will have an opportunity to share miracles they believe have occurred in their own lives.

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

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Free Lunch For Seniors Planned August 30, 2018

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will again offer its Neighbors Connect free lunch for seniors. The first lunch will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will begin at noon. Afterward, Dave Schell, the new executive director for Main Street Mount Joy will share new ideas for the future of Mount Joy.

Parking is available behind the church on Sassafras Alley. Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins will be accepted. To make reservations, call 717-653-5888 or email fpcmj1@gmail.com.

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HUMC Will Offer Sessions August 30, 2018

Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will offer "Daughters of the King and Sons of the King," monthly emotional healing, soul restoration, and prayer gatherings where men and women meet at separate times. All sessions will meet in the HUMC Prayer Room from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. Sessions for women will be held on Sundays, Sept. 16, Oct. 14, Nov. 4 and Dec. 9. Sessions for men will meet on Sundays, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 11, and Dec. 23.

The one-hour sessions, designed for those in need of wholeness, are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

The sessions will include a brief learning component based on finding one's identity as a child of Christ - not as an orphan, but an heir. Other concepts presented during the sessions include worthiness over worthlessness, forgiveness, and self-love. Core human emotional needs will be discussed, along with what happens when these needs are unmet. Teachings focus on deep soul work, and a spiritual component centers on restoration through Christ. Each session will include a healing prayer and a brief time for sharing.

Brenda Coffin, HUMC minister of spiritual care and counseling, will lead the programs. Coffin is a licensed therapist, professional certified coach, and spiritual director. She earned a Masters of Social Science degree from Bryn Mawr College in clinical social work and is a graduate of the Institute for Life Coach Training. Coffin completed her two-year Certification in Formational Prayer and Inner Healing through the Institute of Formational Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary.

Coffin received a certificate in Spiritual Deepening and Contemplative Leadership through Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development.

HUMC will also offer spiritual direction sessions this fall. Spiritual direction is a God-centered, spiritual process in which participants are provided the sacred space to seek God's presence, listen deeply to His voice and discern what He is saying to them.

Participants will learn to "tend to the holy" as they listen to God's direction for the purpose of spiritual discernment.

The sessions, which are free and open to the public, are designed for both individuals and groups of eight to 10. They are steeped in deep listening, respect, confidentiality and hospitality. Also led by Coffin, the sessions will provide a process for participants to hear God's voice, notice His movements, and savor His presence.

Daytime and evening sessions, sessions for men, and sessions for women will be offered. All sessions will take place on Wednesdays, Sept. 19, Oct. 3, 17 and 31, and Nov. 14. The men's group will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Sessions for women will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. All groups will meet in the prayer room.

More information is available at www.hempfieldumc.org/spiritual-direction. To register, readers may visit www.hempfieldumc.org/spiritual-direction-sign-up.

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Program To Focus On Listening August 29, 2018

Lifetree Cafe is hosted at The General Sutter Inn, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, every Monday at 7 p.m. Lifetree is a weekly program that involves friendly conversations about various topics.

The Sept. 10 program, "The Art of Listening," will include a film featuring NPR's StoryCorps founder, David Isay. StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews with a total of nearly 80,000 participants. Participants will learn about practical tools for connecting deeply with others.

All are invited to the free community event. For details, visit www.lifetreecafelancaster.us, search for "Lifetree Cafe - Lititz" on Facebook, or contact Pastor Jason at 717-333-9238 or jbperkowski@gmail.com.

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New Holland Released Time: 25 Years And Still Growing August 29, 2018

Elanco Released Time will observe its 25th year when the program meets for again this September. During the month of August, as New Holland coordinator Deb Reimers was getting ready for the fall term to start, she realized the program is poised to grow again. "It's very exciting to me," noted Reimers. "We are already being prepared for growth. We have the extra transportation and extra teachers (we need)."

For the 2017-18 school year, Released Time registered 109 students, transporting them from New Holland Elementary each Thursday afternoon to Petra Church, utilizing the Petra bus and two vans. This year, when the program begins meeting on Thursdays at Petra Church on Airport Road in New Holland on Sept. 13, the Church of the Nazarene bus will replace the two vans to transport students. The program will be held from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. each Thursday that school is in session through April 11, 2019.

Reimers noted that each year the program is held, about 20 new students take part. This year, third- and fourth-grade students and fifth- and sixth-grade students will be divided up, with the younger grades meeting in Petra's multipurpose room and the older students meeting in the Oasis. "We expanded our teaching staff from one teacher, song leader, and tech (person) to three teachers, two tech people, plus a song leader," said Reimers, who noted that the team will work with the students during large group time, which consists of prayer, songs, and a lesson during the first 15 to 20 minutes the students are at Petra. During the final 20 minutes, the students are broken into smaller groups with an adult to listen, answer questions about the lesson, and help with worksheets. "We always need (more) volunteer small group listeners," said Reimers, noting that about five more listeners would give her the necessary number of volunteers.

The Elanco program uses a two-year sequential curriculum that begins with the establishment of God as Creator and the One who has brought about the way of salvation. The program establishes that humans are sinful and in need of a savior and that God provides a way to salvation through Jesus Christ.

Students who take part in the program will be given the opportunity to earn points toward a week at Woodcrest Retreat in Ephrata, Greenview Bible Camp in Denver, or Tel Hai Camp in Honey Brook. Students earn points each week by bringing their Bibles to Released Time and memorizing and looking up Bible verses. Students receive awards for each 25 points they earn. For each 15 points students earn, they have a chance to put their name in a camp box. Each grade has its own camp box. At the end of the spring session, two students from each grade will be chosen randomly from the boxes to win a camp scholarship. In addition, the two students with the highest number of points for the whole year will also receive scholarships.

During the week of Sept. 3, registration papers are scheduled to go home with every third- through sixth-grader at the school. Parents can send the completed registration papers back to the school. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, representatives of Elanco Released Time will be at the New Holland Elementary School back-to-school night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students who register prior to Wednesday, Sept. 12, will be able to go to the first session. Students may still register after the session begins.

Organizers would like to see grandparents and other retired citizens from the area help out. Adults who would like to volunteer may call 717-354-6553. Individuals who would like to learn more about the program may find Elanco Released Time - New Holland Released Time" on Facebook.

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Women's Group To Meet August 29, 2018

Women of all ages are invited to attend Reach Out, a community program providing fellowship for women that will take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from September through May. It will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at Stony Brook Mennonite Church, 15 Locust Grove Road, York.

Reach Out is a women's ministry that offers fellowship, spiritual renewal, and enrichment. Programs are free unless indicated otherwise.

On Sept. 11, the program will be School Days, and attendees should bring a snack in a lunch box or brown paper bag and a school memory to share. Fun and games from school days will be featured.

Breathe Easy will be the focus on Sept. 25. A respiratory therapist will share on the intricacies of the body, focusing on heart and lung functions.

Other upcoming programs will be as follows: Oct. 9, Decorating With Pumpkins; Oct. 23, Eating Healthy, focusing on tips and recipes for healthy meals and snacks; Nov. 13, Anxiety and Depression, featuring a speaker from No Longer Alone Ministries; Nov. 27, "One Thousand Gifts," including a talk on Ann Voskamp's book on gratitude; and Dec. 11, Holiday Decorating, featuring an opportunity to make a holiday luminaria for a nominal cost.

For more information, readers may contact Judy Heindel at 717-916-3054 or jheindel700@gmail.com.

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Church Posts Autumn News August 29, 2018

Renovations at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 25 W. Springettsbury Ave., York, will be completed by mid-October. Worship services will be offered on Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m. As of Sunday, Sept. 9, classes will be offered for children through grade six at 9:15 a.m. Sunday classes for adults will begin on Sept. 16 at 9:15 a.m.

The Wednesday Bible study will resume on Sept. 5. A 40-day prayer journey will be offered from Sunday, Sept. 30, to Thursday, Nov. 1. St. Paul's Book Club will resume on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

St. Paul's Boy Scout Troop 19 will have an open house on Monday, Sept. 10, as well as a popcorn and nut sale fundraiser. Several new groups will be offered, including a new youth group for students in grades six to 12, a new Creative Fun Program on Tuesday evenings for the entire family, Adventure Time and Young Reader groups, and more. Volunteers are needed in the food pantry to assist families in the neighborhood who are in need of help.

The music ministry program rehearsals will be held in the new Music Suite. There are several vacancies in the Adult Bell Choir and our Cantabile Bell Choir (grades two through six). A new Cherub Choir (prekindergarten through first grade) is being formed.

Readers may visit www.stpaulsyork.org for additional details on programs.

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