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Derry Seniors Slate Meeting November 9, 2018

Bob Ladd will present "Dawn of the Automobile Age: The Development of Man's Greatest Means of Transportation" at the next Derry Seniors' gathering at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The program will be held in room 7 on the lower level at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey.

No reservations are needed, and no admission will be charged. Following devotions and the program, lunch will be available in the fellowship hall for a nominal fee per person. A pharmacist will be on hand to answer questions regarding medications.

A complete calendar of events for the 2018-19 season is available at www.derrypres.org. Derry Seniors offers adults age 55 and older an opportunity to gather, socialize, and learn about people and places within the community. To learn more, readers may call 717-533-9667.

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VCF To Host Programs November 9, 2018

Victory Christian Fellowship (VCF), 695 E. Ridge Road, Palmyra, will host two programs. For more information about either, readers may call 717-838-2033 or visit www.vcfpa.org.

All girls ages 12 to 18 are welcome to attend a group that meets every second and fourth Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The current topic is "The Confident You!" Also, each Wednesday night from 7 to 8 p.m. throughout November, the church will present a lesson about Christ as healer.

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Men's Bible Class Banquet Slated November 8, 2018

The Men's Bible Class Banquet at Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church, 1068 Chestnut Level Road, Quarryville, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m.

The speaker will be the Rev. John Hartman, who will talk about his recent trip to Israel and show pictures.

Tickets are available for a set fee in advance and may be reserved by calling Tom Henry at 717-203-4509.

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York Aglow Set To Meet November 7, 2018

York Aglow will meet on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at First Assembly of God Church, 2270 Susquehanna Trail North, York.

On Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m., Lanny Swaim will lead a praise, prayer and prophetic meeting focusing on praying for Pennsylvania and the nation. On Nov. 17 at 9 a.m., Mariruth Borden will be the speaker. Borden ministers to the church with the goal of empowering people to walk in love and presence of Holy Spirit.

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

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"Songs Of Praise" Program Planned November 2, 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, Nov. 13, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Brooksyne Weber will share "Songs of Praise" as attendees explore familiar and lesser-known hymns, their background stories, and how they have helped to shape people's spiritual walks. Participants will sing together.

Weber lives in Mount Joy and has one daughter. In 2001, she and her husband, Stephen, moved to the area from New England to begin serving in business/corporate chaplaincy after spending 25 years in pastoral ministry. They have an active writing ministry at www.dailyencouragement.net and share brief devotionals on the radio. Weber also sings soprano in the Calvary Church choir in Lancaster.

Classes will be provided for infants through prekindergarten children. Readers may contact Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information or a copy of this year's schedule.

The group will not meet the week of Tuesday, Nov. 20, due to the Thanksgiving break.

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Neighbors Group Sets Craft, Bible Study October 26, 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, Nov. 6, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim.

The session will offer the choice between a craft and Bible study.

Monica Martin will lead the craft, which will be a faux, white pumpkin succulent centerpiece. The item can be used long after the pumpkin season is over. Martin has been married for 14 years and has four daughters. She attends Mount Hope Mennonite Church.

Thelma Thomas will lead the Bible study, titled "Only What's Done for Christ Will Last." The focus will be on how ordinary people can do things for Christ that will last forever. Thomas has been married to Ike for 55 years and has four children, 17 grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren. She is a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church and enjoys reading and gardening.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Readers may contact Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information, including a copy of this year's schedule.

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Women's Connection Sets Brunch October 26, 2018

The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Songs of Hope" brunch, to be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 9:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The price is inclusive.

The feature will be Mai-Lynn Sahd of Brittany's Hope. Sahd is from Elizabethtown. The Andrew Sisters, a women's trio featuring Sally, Jo, and Sylvia from Hershey, will provide special music.

Liz Bryant of Falls Church, Va., will be the speaker. Her topic will be "Need Advice? Where Do You Go?" A military wife, teacher, and counselor, she uses her lamb collection to show different stages of her life, recognizing that ultimately, it was the Good Shepherd who changed her life.

Reservations for the brunch and free preschool child care must be made by Friday, Nov. 2, by calling Judy at 717-367-3076, Sandy at 717-367-5140, or Karen at 717-397-8987. Reservations not canceled by Tuesday, Nov. 6, must be honored.

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St. James Church Posts Schedule October 25, 2018

St. James the Apostle Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will host upcoming events.

The free community clothes closet will be open on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served to those who utilize the clothes closet. Donations of used clothing in good shape are always welcome and may be placed in the breezeway at any time.

Bible studies are offered on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. in the main building and on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the pastor's office, with worship services on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The congregation is served by the Rev. Kathleen Kuehl, who may be reached at 717-480-0178.

Additionally, the church 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 Nov. 5.

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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Lifetree Cafe Posts Program October 24, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will host a program on strategies for coping with difficult times on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.

The program, titled "Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters Into Opportunities," will feature a screening of the award-winning short film "Dancing Outside the Box." The film features Ray Leight, whose near-fatal motorcycle accident left him permanently in a wheelchair. Lifetree participants will explore how to overcome challenges in their lives.

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. For more information, readers may call 717-473-9115 or email LTCLancaster@gmail.com.

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Church Moves To New Location October 19, 2018

A local church called The Miracle Center recently purchased the building at 732 W. Main St., Mount Joy, on Sept. 28. The building was formerly Simp-Lee Seafood.

In July 2017, the church, then located in Columbia, launched a one-year, $50,000 building campaign when it was notified it could not renew the lease on the location it had at the time. The church leadership, including pastor Ricky Morales, began searching for a location for the 8-year-old church, but plans for several potential options fell through.

Two weeks before The Miracle Center was to vacate its premises, the church learned of the building on West Main Street. When the church decided to make an offer for the building, the members realized they needed to increase their fundraising goal to $65,000. They held numerous fundraisers, including banquets, auctions, and bake sales. Members sold crafts, such as handbags, and children got involved by drawing pictures and selling them.

After these efforts, the church was still short $7,000, but the fundraising efforts continued. The church members not only raised the $7,000 needed, but also a couple thousand dollars more.

Local residents who pass by the church on Sundays before 10 a.m. may see some of the members in front of the church praying and worshipping with flags. The church invites community members to attend its worship service at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays and its Bible study at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Additionally, one of the church's first significant initiatives is starting a recovery program to help eliminate the opioid epidemic and other drugs in the community.

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Book Discussion Group To Meet October 19, 2018

Exploring, Growing Together, a book discussion group at Lititz United Methodist Church (UMC), 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will continue its 2018-19 series, which aims to help people explore beliefs in a safe discussion environment.

The group meets on Thursdays on the lower level from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees should use the lower-level parking lot entrance to the building.

On Nov. 1 and 8, pastor Larry Leister will discuss "Growing Young: Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church" by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin. Based on research with more than 250 of the nation's leading congregations, "Growing Young" provides a strategy that churches can use to involve and retain teenagers and young adults.

This book will end the 2018 discussions. The group will not meet in December. It will resume its schedule on Jan. 3, 10, and 17, 2019, with the film "The Same Kind of Different as Me" and the book "Workin' Our Way Home" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. More information may be obtained in December.

Individuals do not have to be readers to join in the discussions. Each person must acquire the materials to read. Participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during discussions, if they wish.

A flyer and brochure with information on upcoming leaders and topics can be obtained at the Lititz UMC front lobby small group foyer or by contacting Linda at 717-626-0745 or raven303@ptd.net. Readers with questions, concerns, or suggestions may contact Linda.

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Women's Bible Study Slated October 19, 2018

Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, will offer a women's Bible study class for five weeks beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The focus will be "Unashamed" by Catherine Caine.

The class is open to all women., and free child care will be provided. Preregistration is helpful but not required. For more information, readers may visit www.mjmc.org or email nataliewagner@mjmc.org.

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Lifetree Cafe Program Posted October 18, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will host a program on how ancient practices can help people connect with God on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.

The program, titled "Encountering God: What Ancient Practices Can Teach Us Today," will feature a short film depicting how various groups and individuals have sought to grow spiritually. Lifetree participants will explore how ancient practices might benefit their own spiritual lives.

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. For more information, readers may call 717-473-9115 or email LTCLancaster@gmail.com.

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Neighbors Group To Meet October 18, 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, Oct. 30, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Deb Ober will be speaking on the topic "Feeding Your Family on $50 or Less." Deb will share the methods for meal planning, shopping, cooking and even entertaining on a budget that she has learned during 30 years of homemaking.

Deb has been married to her husband, Dean, for 30 years. They are the parents of four children ages 15 to 25, and this year they have welcomed a son-in-law and daughter-in-law to their family. Deb has been homeschooling for almost 20 years. Now that her youngest child is in high school, she is building a home business helping others live healthier, happier lives. She currently attends LCBC, where she mentors young moms in the Moms of Tots ministry.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Readers may contact Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information and a copy of this year's schedule.

Additionally, preregistrations are being accepted for a pumpkin succulent centerpiece craft session on Tuesday, Nov. 6. To preregister, readers may call Veronica by Oct. 30.

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Senior Group Plans Meeting October 17, 2018

Members of the Over 60s Senior Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Latta Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at 23 Green St., Christiana.

The Americana Classics Singing Group from Christiana will present music from days gone by. The group features Naomi Thompson. A light lunch will follow the program.

Free blood pressure checks will be available. For more information, readers may call the church at 610-593-5467.

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Conversations Group Will Meet October 17, 2018

A new group, Conversations, is meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays in October at the Meeting House, 1715 Altland Ave., York. The current topic is "What Makes You Happy: It's Not What You'd Expect." The program is based on the video study of the same name by Andy Stanley.

Light refreshments will be served. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information, readers may contact Marie at 717-578-3338 or marieholla@aol.com.

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York Aglow Set To Meet October 17, 2018

York Aglow will meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 9 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 2270 Susquehanna Trail North, York.

The guest speaker will be Jamie Fitt, director of Philadelphia Tabernacle of David, a ministry that he co-founded along with his family. Fitt travels throughout the U.S. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Michelle, and their four children.

For more information, readers may contact Cheryl Johnston at 717-968-4453, Patty Bentley at 717-343-3429 or Sharon Hiner at 970-759-2442.

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Women's Group To Meet October 11, 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, Oct. 23, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Karen Burrows will speak on "Our True Identity." She is the mother of five, a grandmother of 14, and an associated pastor at Church of the Word International.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Preregistration is not required. Readers may contact Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information.

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Mothers' Club To Hold Sale October 9, 2018

The Mothers' Club of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 601 S. Harrisburg St., Oberlin, will hold its annual walnut roll and poppy seed roll sale. Quantities are limited. The deadline for orders is Sunday, Oct. 28.

Rolls may be ordered by calling 717-564-5093 or 717-939-0251. Pickup will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 10.

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Church Posts "Discovering Christ" Series October 3, 2018

St. Peter Catholic Church, 2835 Manor Road, West Brandywine, will host "Discovering Christ," a seven-week series that will begin on Sunday, Oct. 14. Sessions will take place on Sundays in the early afternoon. Each session will include a meal, a video, and discussion in small groups.

For more information, call the church at 610-380-9045 or visit www.saintpeterchurch.net.

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