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Ladies Fellowship Slates Event January 16, 2018

Ladies Fellowship will hold a "Heart"-filled evening on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 6:15 p.m. at Yoder's Restaurant, 14 S. Tower Road, New Holland. The speaker will be Sherry Hart. Dinner and special music will also be included in the evening.

All women are invited to attend. To reserve a spot, contact 717-354-8428 or cfc@cfcnewholland.org by Monday, Feb. 5.

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Program To Focus On Caregiving January 9, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, will offer a program titled "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others" on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m.

The program will focus on aspects of coping with the demands of caregiving. It will feature a screening of the short film "Life in Reverse," which chronicles the experiences of Florence Feldman, who served as a caregiver for her mother. The Lifetree program will offer an hour of support and understanding, as well as Feldman's insights about meeting caregivers' needs.

Admission is free. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting. For more information, contact the Lancaster branch of Lifetree Cafe at 717-473-9115 or ltclancaster@gmail.com.

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Chiques Sets Women's Program January 5, 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, Jan. 16, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Guest speaker Ruthie Dunkle will present "When Life Gives You Lemons ... Go Ahead and Squeeze!" from 9 to 9:45 a.m., after which the group will continue with its regular schedule. She will address some of the reasons people experience difficult times in their lives including circumstances over which they have no control.

Dunkle lives in Manheim, where she and her husband, the Rev. Jeff Dunkle, serve at the Manheim Grace Brethren Church. She is a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and soloist.

Classes are provided for infants through prekindergartners. Readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information, including a copy of this year's schedule.

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Women's Bible Studies Slated January 4, 2018

Change of Pace Central Women's Bible Study will meet on Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. during upcoming sessions, to be held at Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster. The schedule will include refreshments beginning at 9:15 a.m., a time of worship at 9:30 a.m., and study groups until 11:30 a.m.

Child care and home school monitors will be provided. A freewill offering will be received. Suggested book prices have been set for each study's materials.

The winter session will take place from Jan. 18 to Feb. 22 and will offer two studies. "Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World" by Melissa Spoelstra examines God's words of instruction to His wayward people through the prophet Jeremiah as an example of intentional living to overcome fear, worry, and doubt. "Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free" by Nancy Leigh DeMoss focuses on how people can be set free to walk in God's grace, forgiveness, and abundant life.

Two studies will also be offered during the spring session, set for March 1 to April 12. "Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God," a revised and expanded study by Henry T. Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King, will examine biblical and contemporary illustrations while applying seven realities of experiencing God. "Discerning the Voice of God," utilizing the revised edition of the Bible study book by Priscilla Shirer, will share how to recognize when God speaks.

The studies are sponsored by the Friendship Foundation Inc., of which Dona Fisher is the director.

For more information, readers may call Jessica Carson at 717-519-5200, email copcbiblestudies@gmail.com, or visit www.changeofpacecentral.webs.com. Cancellation information due to inclement weather will be announced on WDAC and WJTL; readers may also follow Conestoga Valley School District cancellations.

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Church Plans Bible Study January 3, 2018

Faith Bible Chapel, 140 Bernard Ave., Cochranville, invites ladies from all denominations to a 12-week Bible study titled "Psalms, Prayers of the Heart." The informal discussion group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 17.

The church is located off Route 41 a quarter-mile south of Route 10 in Cochranville. For more details, 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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Lifetree Cafe Program Planned

Lifetree Cafe will explore the demands of caregiving on Sunday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 2173 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove.

The program, titled "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others," will feature a screening of the short film Life in Reverse. The film will chronicle the experiences of Florence Feldman who, for 10 years, served as a caregiver as her mother slowly sank into dementia.

The program will offer an hour of support and understanding, as well as Feldman's insights about meeting caregivers' needs.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For more details, readers may contact Chip Hoover at 717-792-3153 or at chip08@aol.com.

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Church Posts Activities Schedule January 3, 2018

Christ United Methodist Church (UMC), 200 N. Main St., Jacobus, invites the community to participate in its 2018 activities, beginning on Sunday, Jan. 7. The church holds a weekly service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and will soon add a Sunday evening contemporary service.

The Kids Connection before- and after-school program will take place on weekdays from 6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. The church offers several Bible study programs: Forge Men's Ministry on Tuesdays, the Adult Table Talk on Wednesdays, the Bible study/Fit for Life group on Thursdays, and Daughter Ministries once per month.

The quilters will meet on Tuesdays, Jan. 16, Feb. 6, and Feb. 20, at 12:30 p.m.

New Life Crafts for Missions meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10 a.m. on Thursdays during the second and fourth weeks of each month. In January, the group will meet on Tuesdays, Jan. 9 and 23, at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m.

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Women's Group Will Host Program December 29, 2017

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, Jan. 9, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Guest speaker Denise Grove will share on "Take Those Thoughts C.A.P.T.I.V.E." She will offer an acrostic based on II Corinthians 10:4-5 that has helped her live in freedom and truth. Grove is married to Greg and is a mother and a grandmother.

Classes are provided for infants through prekindergartners. Readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information, including a copy of this year's schedule.

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Lifetree Cafe Posts Schedule December 28, 2017

Lifetree Cafe, located at Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg, will host two upcoming programs. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, making the most out of life will be explored, and on Wednesday, Jan. 17, coping with the demands of being a caregiver will be discussed. Both programs will begin at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, coffeehouse-type setting.

The program on Jan. 10, titled "Make the Most of Your Life: A Perspective That Will Change Your Life...Forever," will feature a filmed interview with Tony Melendez, a professional guitarist who was born without arms. Melendez describes how his attitude has affected his ability to live a normal life and make his living performing music.

The program on Jan. 17, titled "Care for Caregivers: Meeting the Unique Needs of Those Who Sacrifice for Others," will feature a screening of the short film "Life in Reverse." The film chronicles the experiences of Florence Feldman, who, for 10 years, served as a caregiver as her mother slowly sank into dementia.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For details, readers may contact David Alderson at 717-687-6392 or ltcstrasburg@gmail.com.

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Church Posts Women's Bible Studies December 21, 2017

Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy, will offer women's winter Bible studies on Wednesdays. All women are welcome.

Classes to be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Jan. 10 include "Quest" by Beth Moore, "Kingdom Woman" by Tony Evans, and "Nehemiah" by Kay Arthur. "Missing Pieces" by Jennifer Rothschild will begin Jan. 17 and will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Free child care will be available for morning and evening classes. For more details, readers may visit www.mjmc.org/women or email nataliewagner@mjmc.org.

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Women's Bible Study Prepares For Winter Session December 20, 2017

Change of Pace South (COPS), a community women's Bible study supported by the Friendship Foundation, will begin its winter session on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at Providence Church of God, 269 Cinder Road, New Providence. The group will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and it will continue to meet at that time on the following six Wednesdays. If local schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather, the group will not meet.

Each meeting will begin with breakfast refreshments, which will be served in the fellowship hall prior to a time of worship and music in the church sanctuary. Attendees will then divide into groups for Bible study or a time of prayer. While attendees are encouraged to regularly attend the Bible study for which they register, they are welcome to attend the prayer group whenever they are able.

Three courses of study will be offered during the winter session. These include "First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree," "It's Just a Phase, So Don't Miss It," and "Secrets of the Secret Place."

"First Corinthians: Living Love When We Disagree" by Melissa Spoelstra is a DVD study with workbook that explores the first letter the apostle Paul wrote to the early believers in Corinth, who were living the challenges of messy relationships and disagreements. Paul encouraged them to always show the love of Christ while remaining true to what they believed. This study provides wisdom for working out differences with humility and grace.

"It's Just a Phase, So Don't Miss It" by Reggie Joiner is a parenting class with DVD lessons. The curriculum is designed to shift parents' focus from merely surviving the challenging phases of their children's lives to embracing the distinct opportunities they have to influence their offsprings' future, relationships, and faith at every phase from birth through the teen years. The discussions will include information on developmental phases, the changing role of parents, what children need at every phase, and truths for children to hold onto through each phase.

"Secrets of the Secret Place: Keys to Igniting Your Personal Time With God" by Bob Sorge is a DVD and book study that will continue into the spring session for a total of 15 weeks. The study is based on Matthew 6:6, which directs Christ followers to pray to God the Father in a secret place. Sorge delivers a message of faith and finding intimacy with Jesus through the example of a debilitating vocal injury that reduced his voice to a whisper.

"He ... shares some of his most intimate and cherished truths about those times," said class leader Barb Musser.

COPS is interdenominational and welcomes women from all generations, churches, backgrounds, and experiences. Monica Hess has been attending studies with the group for seven years. "Change of Pace is a blessing in my life," she said. "Each week I get to meet with wonderful women who have encouraged me and stretched me to grow in my walk with God."

Young children and homeschoolers are welcome to accompany their adult caregivers. The youngsters will be supervised by dedicated child care workers who will provide nursery care for infants and toddlers as well as a program with Bible lessons, crafts, songs, games, and activities for 2- to 6-year-olds. Supervision is also provided for homeschooling children.

The group will meet regularly on Wednesday mornings for a seven-week winter session. It will then continue with an eight-week spring session that will feature Kelly Minter's study on Second Corinthians called "All Things New."

Women are encouraged to preregister at www.changeofpacesouthpa.org. Registration may also be done in person on Jan. 10. There is no fee to attend, but there is a cost for books. A freewill offering will be accepted each Wednesday to cover child care expenses. For more information, women may visit the website or call Jennifer Hatch at 717-548-2962.

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Women's Group Plans Brunch December 20, 2017

The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Sacks Fifth Avenue" brunch on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The price is inclusive.

There will be opportunities to shop without spending and to win prizes. Loine Bert of Mountville and Lucy Robbins of Landisville will perform piano duets. Guest speaker Frank Knipe of Odenton, Md., will share "Finding Success In A Changing World."

Reservations for the brunch and free preschool child care must be made by Friday, Dec. 29, by calling Judy @ 717-367-3076, Karen at 717-397-8987, or Sandy at 717-367-5140. Reservations not canceled by Tuesday, Jan. 2, must be honored.

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Cowboy Church Plans Service December 19, 2017

Silver Spurs Cowboy Church - The Hopewell Project, will meet at the Lewis Family Farm, 2200 Channel Road, Pylesville, Md., on Sunday, Jan. 7.

The children's message will begin at 12:30 p.m., followed by the praise and worship service at 1 p.m. led by Brad Rineholt, an ordained Cowboys for Christ chaplain. The service will include music and a message. A potluck dinner will follow the service. Attendees may bring a dish to share.

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Church Plans Alpha Series December 19, 2017

Alpha is a table-style series of interactive discussions and video lessons exploring the Christian faith. The sessions will meet at Zion United Methodist Church, 1030 Carlisle Road, York, in the Music Suite.

Classes will include a light dinner and will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 20, and Tuesdays, March 20 to April 10. There will also be a retreat on Saturday, March 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no cost, no pressure, and no judgment. For more details and registration, readers may contact Janice Smith at jsmith@zionumcyork.org or 717-843-5261. Enrollment is limited.

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Book Discussion Group To Meet December 14, 2017

Exploring, Growing, Together, a book discussion group at Lititz United Methodist Church (UMC), 201 E. Market St., Lititz, will continue its 2017-18 series, which aims to stretch 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, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, the Rev. Art Rettew will lead a discussion on the "Intertestamental Period: The Apocryphal/ Deuteroncanonical." Participants may read the books included in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.

Attendees should acquire their own materials to read and are welcome to bring a bag lunch to eat during the 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 Rettew at partwetter@verizon.net. For the series year or to offer suggestions, readers may contact Linda at 717-626-0745 or raven303@ptd.net.

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Lifetree Cafe Posts Programs December 11, 2017

Lifetree Cafe, 46 W. Franklin St., Strasburg, in the pole barn, will offer programs on Wednesdays, Dec. 20 and 27, at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, coffeehouse-type setting.

The Dec. 20 program, titled "Mental Illness: Breaking the Silence, Overcoming the Shame," will feature a filmed interview with Amy Simpson, author of the book "Troubled Minds." Simpson grew up with a mother who was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. Lifetree participants will have an opportunity to discuss the stigma that is commonly attached to mental illness.

The Dec. 27 program, titled "Overcoming Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds," will feature a film about Patrick Henry Hughes and his father. The younger Hughes was born without eyes or the ability to extend his limbs. Though in a wheelchair, Patrick performed in the University of Louisville marching band, his father pushing his wheelchair through every practice and performance. During the program, participants will have an opportunity to tell about hardships they have experienced and ways they overcame these trials.

Admission is free. For details, readers may contact David Alderson at 717-687-6392 or dralderson@verizon.net.

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Christmas Bible Study December 1, 2017

Red Lion Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, will host its upcoming Christmas Bible study, "Who Needs Christmas?" The group will start meeting on Sunday, Dec. 3. The three-part series will be discussed during Red Lion Zion's Spiritual Growth Group in the sanctuary at 10:15 a.m.

All are welcome to attend. Readers may visit www.redlionzion.com for more information. For details, readers may contact Joan Alley at 717-244-2585 or churchoffice@redlionzionumc.org.

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Women's Group Sets Program December 1, 2017

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, Dec. 12, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

Marci Baum will present "It's Christmas!" The purpose of the program will be to help attendees prepare to celebrate the day that Jesus arrived.

Baum is a wife of 25 years, a mom of three children, and a follower of Jesus. She was born and raised in Manheim and still resides there.

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, including a copy of this year's schedule.

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Lifetree Cafe Posts Program November 22, 2017

Lifetree Cafe will discuss the secrets of contentment on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in the pole barn at 46 W. Franklin St., Strasburg.

The program, titled "Secrets of Finding Contentment: Live a Satisfying Life," will focus on how to live a satisfying life, even in difficult times. The event will feature a filmed interview with Justin Mayo, who organizes proms for senior citizens. Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to share about times they have experienced contentment.

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. Refreshments are free, and off-street parking is available. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to David Alderson at 717-687-6392 or ltcstrasburg@gmail.com.

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Women's Group Plans Brunch November 22, 2017

The Elizabethtown/Mount Joy Christian Women's Connection invites area ladies to its "Songs Of Christmas" brunch on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m, at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The set price is inclusive.

Special Christmas music will be provided by Richard Hiler and Judy Hiler of Hummelstown. Guest speaker Dee Billing, of Hackettstown, N.J., will share "A Cinderella Story Interrrupted By Life." Billing has raised 12 children.

Reservations for the brunch and free preschool child care are required by Friday, Dec. 1. 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, Dec. 5, must be honored.

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