Women's Group Plans Brunch March 22, 2018
The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Songs Of Hope" brunch to be held on Thursday, April 5, at 9:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The set price is inclusive.
The featured organization will be Brittany's Hope in Elizabethtown, which aides abandoned children worldwide. Vocalist and pianist Sandy Heisey from Mount Joy will provide special music. The speaker, Pam Cahill from Salisbury, Md., will share her story, "Diva or Princess: What Defines You."
Reservations for the brunch and free preschool child care must be made by Friday, March 30. To make reservations, call Judy at 717-367-3076, Karen at 717-397-8987, or Sandy at 717-367-5140. Reservations not canceled by Tuesday, April 3, must be honored.
Community Dinner Church March 20, 2018
Ayres Chapel United Methodist Church, 3046 Ayres Chapel Road, White Hall, Md., will offer Community Dinner Church. The group will meet on Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. Participants will share a potluck meal, prayers, music, scripture, and an informal sermon as they gather around the dinner table together.
The group will continue to meet on the first and third Wednesday of each month. For more information, readers may call 443-813-7584.
Ladies' Spring Celebration Set March 20, 2018
Ladies Fellowship will host Spring Celebration on Thursday, April 5, at 6:15 p.m. The event will be held at Christian Fellowship Church, 758 Spruce Road, New Holland.
The evening will include dinner. A donation will be accepted at the door. Women may register by contacting 717-354-8428 or email@example.com.
Church Plans Discussion Series March 15, 2018
Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church is offering a six-week discussion series called "Is This One the One?" that kicked off on March 16. The group will continue to meet on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. for five more weeks, with a break for Good Friday, March 30. The series is held at the home of pastor Sam Andreades and his wife, Mary K., 331 Stony Hill Road, Quarryville. Singles and dating couples are invited to participate.
Sam will provide information on recognizing a life mate. Desserts will be provided.
Bereavement Group To Meet March 14, 2018
St. Benedict Church's Bereavement Support Group for those grieving the death of a loved one will meet on Wednesdays, April 4 to May 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Family Life Center, Room 1, 2020 Chestnut Hill Road, Mohnton.
The meetings are free and nondenominational. To register or for more details, call Judy Campion-Burns at 610-775-7782 or the church parish office at 610-856-1006.
Holy Yoga March 8, 2018
Norrisville United Methodist Church, 2811 W. Church Lane, White Hall, Md., will offer Holy Yoga on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. The class will blend prayer, Scripture, and yoga and will begin on Tuesday, March 20.
There is a cost to participate. For details, readers may call the church at 410-692-0604.
Neighbors Group To Meet March 8, 2018
Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the church, on Tuesday, March 20, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The meeting will be the group's final event of the year.
Colleen Haldeman will lead devotions. There will also be opportunities for singing and fellowship, followed by a brunch. Attendees should bring a hot or cold brunch item to share.
Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Preregistration is not required. Readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information.
Book Discussion Group To Meet March 2, 2018
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 will meet on Thursdays on the lower level in room 103 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees should use the lower-level parking lot entrance to the building. If Warwick School District is canceled, the group will not meet that day. If the district has a delay, the group leader will determine if the meeting will be held.
On March 8 to 29, certified lay minister Linda Van Til will lead discussions on the novel "The Shack." The movie based on the book will be shown, and there will be handouts for discussion each week. Additional optional reading can include "Finding God in the Shack" by Roger E. Olson, "People of the Lie" by M. Scott Peck, and "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" by Harold Kushner.
April 5 and 12, lay leader Rosalie Custer will discuss "The Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann. The series will conclude on May 3, 10, and 17 with "Is It Logical to Be a Christian?" with Al Schaub, Penn State associate professor emeritus, using Doug Powell's book "Guide to Christian Apologetics."
The series will resume in September.
Individuals do not have to be readers to join in the discussions. Each person must aquire the materials to read. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during discussions, if they wish.
A flyer and brochure can be obtained at the Lititz UMC front lobby small group foyer. Readers with questions, concerns, or suggestions may contact Linda at 717-626-0745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifetree Cafe Posts Program March 1, 2018
Lifetree Cafe, located in the pole barn behind Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg, will discuss different approaches to problem solving on Wednesday, March 7, 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, "You've Got a Problem! Your One-Hour Guide to Making Better Decisions," will feature a film showing four strangers struggling to emerge from an escape room. Escape rooms are themed rooms where players are locked inside and must uncover clues and solve puzzles to escape the room before time runs out.
New strategies for problem solving will be discussed.
Admission is free. For more details, readers may contact David Alderson at 717-687-6392 or email@example.com.
Lifetree Cafe Posts Programs March 1, 2018
Lifetree Cafe, located in the pole barn behind Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg, will discuss dangerous food on Wednesday, March 21, 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, "Dangerous Food: Is Your Supermarket Killing You?" will feature a filmed interview with author Joel Salatin. He explains that Americans' lack of concern regarding the source of food may be causing issues with health and well-being. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss food choices and discover strategies for healthier eating.
The afterlife for pets will be the topic on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. The program, "Do Good Dogs Go to Heaven? Questions About Animals and the Afterlife," will feature a filmed interview with Dr. Kathleen Cooney, a veterinarian and founder of Home to Heaven, an in-home pet euthanasia service.
During the session, Lifetree participants will have an opportunity to discuss the times they've had to face the death of a beloved pet.
Admission is free. For details, readers may contact David Alderson at 717-687-6392 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women Invited To Join Book Discussion Group February 28, 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.
New Women's Group Posted February 28, 2018
Flourishing Sisters, a women's ministry, will start in the York community. The ministry will offer a place for women age 18 and older to connect with one another and God through fellowship. The group will meet on the second Monday each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the lower level at the Bob Hoffman Dover YMCA.
Members will connect with one another in fellowship, fun activities, Bible studies, devotionals, and service opportunities. Light refreshments will be served.
The gathering is free and open to the public. For more details, readers may contact email@example.com or 717-331-3060 or visit www.facebook.com/FlourishingSisters/.
Neighbors Group To Meet February 23, 2018
Women of all ages and preschool children are invited to attend Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, on Tuesday, March 6, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.
In her talk, "A Life Changed," Bonni Greiner will give tips to help the church share salvation in Christ based on her Jewish heritage and actual story of her ancestors in Russia and Israel. Greiner is a motivational speaker who lives in the Manheim area with her husband, Nevin. She has eight children and attends Ephrata Community Church.
Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information and a copy of this year's schedule.
Women's Group Plans Brunch February 23, 2018
The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Capture The Moment" brunch to be held on Thursday, March 8, at 9:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The set price is inclusive.
Elaine Schwetz of Mount Joy will share her experience as an events photographer. Doris Ortman of Chambersburg will present "Riding Through Life With Laughter And Tears" about her 30-year journey with multiple sclerosis. She will also provide special music.
Reservations for the brunch and free preschool child care must be made by Friday, March 2. To make reservations, call Judy at 717-367-3076, Karen at 717-397-8987, or Sandy at 717-367-5140. Reservations not canceled by Tuesday, March 6, must be honored.
Youth Center Seeks Sponsorships For Winter Retreat February 22, 2018
Carl Edwards, youth center director with CrossNet Ministries, has a specific reason he likes taking New Holland-area youths to visit Camp Orchard Hill in Dallas, Pa., for Winter Blast.
"In my youth pastor experience, I haven't seen another camp do a program specifically for youth center students like Camp Orchard Hill does," said Edwards. "We have a unique group of students," he added, noting that many of the youths do not attend church regularly. "Camp Orchard Hill changes their program for our students, and that is amazing."
This year's Winter Blast will be held on Friday, March 9, through Sunday, March 11. Winter Blast 2018 will bring together more than 200 students who frequent a number of central Pennsylvania youth centers. It will feature Christian hip-hop artist Kevi and speaker Josh Ott, a Schuylkill County pastor.
"I believe there will be four teaching sessions with Ott speaking and Kevi leading worship," said Edwards. "I love Ott because the way he communicates is extremely relevant to our students. He has extreme passion and energy in the way he teaches."
Edwards noted that he also appreciates the way the preacher and the musician mingle with the students attending the retreat. "(Ott) and Kevi will get on the students' levels," he said. "They live life with the students for the weekend, so we will see them at the snack shop or playing basketball, and that creates a tangible relationship that goes beyond the worship sessions."
The weekend is packed with activities for students, including sledding, snow football, an indoor climbing wall, inflatables, hockey, and bubble ball. According to assistant youth center director Shanice Smith-Starr, taking the students away for a few days offers a number of benefits. "We think it's a great opportunity to get the students into an environment where they can have fun and build memories and have the opportunity to meet (other students) ... and hear from God's Word," said Smith-Starr. "It's a blessing to be able to take them away for an entire weekend."
Edwards agreed. "With the camp being 90 minutes away, it gives Shanice and me an opportunity to work through things with students. It's a different way to do life with them that's a lot of fun."
In addition, because Camp Orchard Hill handles all activities and meals, the youth leaders can focus more on the students. "Shanice and I get to be fully present with the students," said Edwards. "We don't have to preach a message or prepare the meal."
The total cost to send one student to the event is $150, and CrossNet is seeking scholarships to help fund the trip.
CrossNet Youth Center, formerly Cross Connection Youth Center, recently relocated to 100 W. Franklin St., New Holland. The center has reformatted its hours to designate certain nights toward specific groups of students. The youth center is now open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Each night, dinner is served at 6 p.m. Round table discussions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. The center is open to groups of sixth- through 12th-grade students, with Tuesdays designated for male students and Thursdays designated for female students. The center is open to all students on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Readers who are interested in contributing toward sponsorship of a student may contact either Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org or Smith-Starr at email@example.com or call 717-355-2454.
Church Sets Lent, Easter Services February 22, 2018
Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 450 W. Main St., Mountville, has posted its schedule of services for Lent and Holy Week. The community is invited to attend.
The church will present a nine-part Lent-Easter sermon series, which will be based on the Stations of the Cross. Pastor Don Fenestre-Marek will present the sermons.
Sunday morning sermons will be held during the 10:30 a.m. service in the sanctuary and will include "Professional Mourners" on March 4, "Exposed" on March 11, "The Death of God" on March 18, and "The King is Dead/Long Live the King" on March 25 (Palm Sunday).
In addition, Bible discussions will be held in the fellowship hall on Sundays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. featuring topics such as the Book of Ruth on March 11, Mark 11 on March 18, and Mark 14-16:8 on March 25. A Good Friday service at 6 p.m. on March 30 will feature the message "Where is Your God Now?"
For more information, readers may call 717-285-5593 or visit www.mountvilletrinityucc.org or www.facebook.com/trucc.
Singles Group Sets Activities February 21, 2018
The ONE Singles Group at Red Lion Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, will offer upcoming activities for singles looking for fun and companionship, while also seeking a relationship with Christ. The diverse group invites all adults, young and old alike, to consider joining them for Christian friendship and monthly Bible studies.
On Saturday, March 3, a polka dance lesson will be offered. Game Night will be held on Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 25, a light pizza lunch will start at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Bible study at 1 p.m.
For more information, readers may call Sherri at 717-873-4176 or Pat at 717-779-6787. More information is also available at www.redlionzion.com or by contacting the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church Slates Bible Study February 20, 2018
Red Lion Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, has announced a new Bible study for its Foundations of the Faith class. The new course is titled "Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God." In March, the group will meet on Sundays, March 4 and 18, at 6 p.m. for the Bible study.
The course's purpose is to guide learners to experience the kind of relationship with God through which they come to know and do His will. Through examination of biblical and contemporary illustrations, participants will seek to understand and apply seven realities of experiencing God.
For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-244-2585 or email@example.com. More information about Red Lion Zion is available at www.redlionzion.com.
Women Invited To Program February 15, 2018
Women of all ages and preschool children are invited to attend Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.
Sylvia Gearhart will focus on how individuals can choose whether life experiences bring them freedom or weigh them down. Her talk will be titled "Break Free."
Gearhard is married and is a mother and grandmother. She graduated with a degree in home economics from Messiah College and is a food service director at Camp Hebron.
Classes will be provided for infants through prekindergartners. Readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information and a copy of this year's schedule. The church is located at 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim.
Church Posts Bible Study February 14, 2018
Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 6881 Church Road, Cross Roads, will offer the new Disciple Fast Track Bible study, which leads groups through the Bible in 24 weeks, 12 on the Old Testament and 12 on the New Testament. The Old Testament sessions will be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays from March 13 to June 5.
Participants will meet for weekly sessions of 75 minutes, combining discussion and a video. Between sessions, students will read three to five chapters of the Bible for five days and complete written homework one day. The Bible study is based on the original Disciple Bible Study, which helps people read through the Bible through a 34-week class.
To register, readers may call 717-741-4366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, Feb. 25, so that materials may be ordered and distributed by Monday, March 5, and students may start the first week of assignments. There is a fee for the student study guide, payable upon receipt.