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Conversations Group To Meet January 16, 2019

Conversations meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at The Meeting House, 1715 Altland Ave., York. Each meeting consists of a short video and time for discussion. Doors open at 6 p.m., and light refreshments are served.

The group is continuing its "40 Days Of Love: We Were Made for Relationships" study.

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Quilting Group Slates Meeting January 16, 2019

The Mission Quilters at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. to create quilts that will be donated to Lutheran World Relief and distributed worldwide. Volunteers are invited to help tie the quilt layers together during meetings of the group, which are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. No experience is needed.

The group is also seeking fabric donations.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville. For more information about joining the Mission Quilters or donating fabric, readers may email Jean Broderick at rnjean@ptd.net.

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Lifetree Cafe Program Planned January 11, 2019

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 Jan. 21 program, "Kids Without a Country: An Illegal Immigrant's Story," features the filmed story of Reyna Grande, who crossed the border with her family illegally when she was 9 years old. The Lifetree program will explore immigration reform, including issues surrounding children of people who entered the country illegally.

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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Program Will Discuss Immigration January 9, 2019

Lifetree Cafe will host a discussion on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 9:15 a.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 2173 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove.

The program, titled "Kids Without a Country: An Illegal Immigrant's Story," will feature a video about Reyna Grande, Grande, who crossed the border with her family illegally when she was 9 years old. The program will explore immigration reform, including issues surrounding children of people who entered the country illegally.

Admission to the event is free. For details on the program, readers may contact Chip Hoover at 717-792-3153 or at chip08@aol.com.

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MGCB Will Offer Financial Peace University January 8, 2019

At the beginning of summer 2006, Jim and Sharon Godfrey were in a good situation regarding their finances. They had five figures in savings and decided it was time to take care of some home repairs. Then, it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. At the start of autumn, the couple realized they had neglected to reserve funds to pay their union dues, then one child hit a deer with their car, and two weeks later, the second child hit a deer with their car.

"We found ourselves living paycheck to paycheck," Jim recalled.

The pain of the Godfreys' mistakes with money made Dave Ramsey's financial principles look attractive, and after listening to Ramsey's talk show on satellite radio, the couple decided to put those principles into practice. In a decade, the couple had paid off four auto loans and a mortgage, and they retired early.

"(Debt) feels like a monster is after you," Mary Etta Reinhart mused, adding that there is hope. "You can get out of debt."

Jim and Mary Etta are the co-coordinators of the upcoming session of Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University, which Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren (MGCB) will host on Mondays from Jan. 28 to March 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jim is a former technology education teacher, and he will lead the classes, sharing plenty of anecdotes from his own experiences. Each session will also involve watching a DVD of instruction given by Ramsey. Attendees will learn about budgeting, saving, eliminating debt, and investing.

"The class is interesting, and Jim is a good teacher," Mary Etta commented. "The strength of the class is in the interaction. You can come to class, share your struggles and successes, and bounce ideas off each other."

"When you're finally out of debt, (the program) gives you permission to spend, and it gives you financial peace," Jim added. "Those are two words that don't typically go together: 'financial' and 'peace.'"

While the series will be offered at a Christian church, folks of all religious backgrounds are welcome to attend. Jim described the program as "not heavily faith-based," but Ramsey does occasionally refer to biblical ideals. "Until I listened to (Ramsey), I didn't realize how much the Bible talks about finances," Jim remarked.

Child care will be offered at no charge for youngsters up to age 12 by members of MGCB's children's outreach ministry. Jim and Mary Etta are excited to be able to offer child care because it removes a barrier to participation.

"Parents sometimes say, 'We would love to attend, but we don't have child care,'" Mary Etta said.

"If they're trying to get out of debt, spending (additional) money on child care is kind of (counterproductive)," Jim pointed out.

A free preview will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. During the session, attendees will watch introductory videos, pick up class materials, and ask questions of Jim and Mary Etta. Child care will be provided.

A limited amount of materials will be available at a discount, and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Folks may register for the class, purchase discounted materials, or learn more about the program by calling Mary Etta at 717-786-4323 or Jim at 717-687-0237.

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Women's Group Slates Meeting January 4, 2019

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 (COB), 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Rose Fahnestock will present "My Grace is Sufficient for Thee." She will share experiences from her life and how she found peace in the sufficiency of God's grace.

Fahnestock attends White Oak COB and lives in Manheim with her husband, Dwight. They have three sons.

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

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Women's Bible Study Planned January 2, 2019

Change of Pace Central, a women's nondenominational Bible study sponsored by Friendship Foundation, will hold its winter session. Classes will meet for 13 weeks every Thursday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. beginning on Jan. 17 at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster.

There will be two study group options. "Experiencing God" will run for all 13 weeks, and "Finding I Am" (six weeks) will be followed by "Psalm 23" (seven weeks).

Child care and homeschool monitors will be provided, and a freewill offering will be received. Fees have been set for study materials. For more information, readers may call Jessica at 717-519-5220, email copcbiblestudies@gmail.com or visit www.changeofpacecentral.webs.com.

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Church Welcomes New Members December 27, 2018

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Neighbors Group To Meet December 27, 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 (COB), 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Nicole Kauffman will present "God's Glory Right Where You Are." She will speak about the way God caught her attention and how He is calling all people to intentional relationships with Him and with other people.

Kauffman runs the website Courage. Hope. Love. She attends Chiques COB and lives in Lititz with her husband, Eric.

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

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Derry Seniors Set Meeting December 27, 2018

Jwana Smith will present "On Becoming a United States Citizen" at the next Derry Seniors gathering, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The program will be held in room 7 on the lower level at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey.

Smith, a community relations officer in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Philadelphia District Office, will discuss the process an immigrant must undergo to become an American citizen. Smith will also answer audience questions.

No reservations are needed, and no admission will be charged. Handicapped-accessible parking and an elevator are available. 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. For more information, readers may call 717-533-9667.

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Women's Bible Study Announces New Series December 27, 2018

Change of Pace South (COPS), a community women's Bible study supported by the Friendship Foundation, will begin its winter session on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Providence Church, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence. Breakfast refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall prior to a time of worship and music in the church sanctuary. Four courses of study will be offered this session, including "God of Creation," "Hoping for Something Better," "Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me," and "Jesus Among Secular Gods."

"God of Creation: A Study of Genesis" by Jen Wilkin is a DVD-based study with a workbook that addresses deep questions: Where did everything come from? Why is the world so broken, and how can that brokenness be made right? The in-depth study of the first 11 chapters in Genesis will reveal a transcendent God and will aim to shape participants' understanding of the Bible as a whole. The course will meet for a total of 13 weeks.

The study of "Hoping for Something Better" by Nancy Guthrie will also meet for 13 weeks. According to Hebrews 11:40, God has something better planned for His children. The book of Hebrews was written to people who lived with disappointments and doubts and needed to see clearly what makes Jesus worthy of worship and pursuit. The thorough and practical book study of Hebrews aims to direct hope to Jesus.

"Psalm 23: The Shepherd With Me" is a seven-week DVD-based study by Jennifer Rothschild that points women to the powerful tenets contained in the familiar Psalm, including that God is the Good Shepherd who provides the protection, comfort, guidance, rest, and companionship many women long to have. The study includes a workbook with daily personal assignments.

The second seven-week study option will be "Jesus Among Secular Gods" by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale. Through DVD and workbook lessons, the study aims to prepare participants to defend the hope of Christ against the cultural philosophies that are prevalent today, such as atheism, scientism, hedonism, relativism, pluralism, and humanism. A conversational approach will be encouraged in learning about these views and sharing the claims of Christ with others.

The two seven-week studies will be followed by a six-week study of "Finding I AM: How Jesus Fully Satisfies the Cry of Your Heart" by Lysa TerKeurst.

In addition to the Bible studies, a prayer group will be available for women to attend at any time. COPS is interdenominational and welcomes women from all generations, churches, backgrounds, and experiences. The group will meet regularly on Wednesday mornings for a total of 13 weeks throughout the winter and spring unless inclement weather would prompt a cancellation. Weather closings will be posted at www.changeofpacesouthpa.org.

Women are encouraged to preregister at the group's website. Registration may also be done in person on Jan. 16. During each meeting, children will be supervised by dedicated child care workers who strive to provide a loving nursery for infants and toddlers as well as a program for 2- to 6-year-olds to learn Bible lessons enriched with related crafts, songs, games, and activities. Supervision is also provided for homeschooled children.

There is no fee to attend COPS, but there is a cost for study materials. A freewill offering will be accepted each week to cover child care expenses. For more information, women may view the website or call Jennifer Hatch at 717-548-2962.

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Alpha Course To Meet December 26, 2018

The Alpha Course will meet at the Manheim Township Municipal Office, 1840 Municipal Drive, Lancaster, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. beginning on Thursday, Jan. 24.

The Alpha Course helps people think and reflect on life, faith and meaning. The program will include food, a video, and small group discussion. The public is welcome.

For more details, readers may email beirnsteve@gmail.com.

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Church Plans Bible Studies December 26, 2018

Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, will offer women's Bible studies on Wednesdays beginning on Jan. 9. The morning study will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Class options will include "Adamant" by Lisa Bevere and "Psalm 23" by Jennifer Rothschild.

The evening study will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. "It Is Not Supposed to Be This Way" by Lysa TerKeurst will be the class topic.

Free child care will be available for both the morning and evening sessions. For more information, readers may visit www.mjmc.org or call the church at 717-653-5660.

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Praise And Worship Service Slated December 24, 2018

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church will celebrate the arrival of 2019 on Sunday, Jan. 6, at the Lewis Family Farm (Mason-Dixon Game Outfitters) at 2200 Channel Road, Pylesville, Md. The praise and worship service will begin at 1 p.m., and it will be led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain.

Attendees will sing, listen to a message, and observe the sacrament of Communion. There will be a potluck dinner after the service, so attendees may bring a dish to share during this time of fellowship.

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Women's Group Plans Meeting December 24, 2018

Neighbors Caring and Sharing, a Christian women's group, will meet at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 9:15 to 11 a.m.

A new program, "My Favorite Things," will be featured. Each attendee is asked to bring three favorite things valued under $5 each to share with the group. The items will be given out through a random drawing.

For details, readers may visit www.conestogamennonitechurch.org/neighbors.html or call the church office at 610-286-9124.

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Women Invited To Bible Study December 18, 2018

Faith Bible Chapel, 140 Bernard Ave., Cochranville, invites ladies from all denominations to a 12-week ladies' Bible study. The topic will be "The Parables." The informal discussion group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning on Jan. 16, 2019.

The church is located off Route 41, a quarter-mile south of Route 10 in Cochranville. For more details, readers may call Faith Bible Chapel at 610-593-6333 and leave a message for Shirley. More information about the church is available at www.fbchapel.org.

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Church Plans Special Series December 18, 2018

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 100 Fellowship Road, Chester Springs, will conduct a special series called "Catholics Coming Home" beginning Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, at 7 p.m.

The sessions are for Catholics who are seeking answers to questions about returning to the church. There will be informal sharing and an update on the Catholic faith.

For more details, readers may call deacon Barry Midwood at 610-321-1200.

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Book Discussion Group To Meet December 7, 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 Thursdays, Jan. 3, 10, and 17, certified lay minister Linda Van Til will lead the discussion on "The Same Kind of Different as Me" and "Workin' Our Way Home" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The group will view a video, which covers parts of both books, and answer discussion questions. The autobiographies tell the stories of Denver, a homeless drifter; Ron, an upscale art dealer; and Ron's wife, Debra.

Thursday, Jan. 24, will be used if needed as a snow date or if there is a need for further discussion. In the case of inclement weather, the group will follow the Warwick School District schedule; if there is a delay or school is closed, the group will not meet that day.

Individuals do not have to be readers to join in the discussions. Each person must acquire the materials to read, and handouts will be available for attendees who have not read the books. 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 kiosk 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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Conversations Group To Meet December 5, 2018

Conversations will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at The Meeting House, 1715 Altland Ave., York. Each meeting will consist of a short video and time for discussion. Light refreshments will be served.

The group will conclude its study "Christmas Gifts That Can't Be Broken" on Dec. 18. The group will not meet on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2019, due to the holidays. A "40 Days of Love" study will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

For more information, readers may email Marie at marieholla@aol.com.

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Glen Moore UMC Sets Holiday Service December 5, 2018

Glen Moore United Methodist Church (UMC), 1020 Creek Road, Glenmoore, will hold a traditional candlelight Christmas service on Monday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call 610-942-2324 or visit www.glenmooreumc.org.

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