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Book Learning Series Posted April 13, 2017

The small group Exploring, Growing Together will meet through May to help individuals stretch their faith by reading and discussing many types of books. Different leaders will lead each session.

Sessions will be on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 103 on the lower level of Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 Market St. Attendees may bring a bag lunch, and each person is responsible for obtaining the books to read prior to sessions. Some books can be found in the Lititz Public Library or the church library. Individuals do not need to be readers to join the group discussions.

Discussions will be held respectfully listening to each other in a safe environment. Classes in each session are flexible for attendance. Leaders and participants may decide if more weeks are needed for class time discussions.

On May 4, 11, and 18, Al Schaub, Penn State associate professor emeritus, will lead a discussion on "The Roots of Violence - Then and Now." Schaub has past experience as director of psychological services in a medium security prison, criminal court and workplace consulting, and training from FBI profilers. No book will be used for the discussion, but class handouts will direct the activities.

Session one will open with an exploration of good versus harmful Christian benevolence. To follow will be the way in which mindsets impact understanding of controversial social issues such as violence. Part three will be a review of biblical violence and its relevance to current-day violence. For more information, readers may contact Schaub at 560-6278.

This will conclude the series discussions until September, when certified lay minister Linda Van Til will begin the 2017-18 series with "Beyond Belief" by Jenna Miscavige Hill. More information will follow in August to prepare for discussion sessions. For more information, interested individuals may pick up a brochure at the small group kiosk in the front of the church. Readers with questions or suggestions may contact Van Til at raven303@ptd.net or 626-0745.

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Church To Pilot Walking Program April 7, 2017

Ruhl's United Methodist Church, 4810 Elizabethtown Road, Manheim, will pilot Walk by Faith (WbF), a new curriculum from Penn State Extension. The free program from the Penn State Cancer Institute will be open to all with the goal of promoting health to the community and raising awareness about chronic diseases such as cancer.

WbF will be offered starting Sunday, May 7, from noon to 2 p.m. in the church's fellowship hall. It will encourage healthy eating and simple exercise, such as walking, with the goal of helping participants maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Participants in the WbF program will set and track personal health goals over six months.

The WbF program includes six educational sessions, with one held each month, along with events and activities for additional motivation and support. In addition to the educational sessions on healthy eating, weight management, physical activity, and walking, each participant will receive guidance for healthy eating and activity goal setting, a pedometer, and calorie, fat, and carbohydrate counters.

Men and women age 18 and older are invited to participate in the program, and organizers are seeking 25 or more interested individuals to pilot the program from May through November. The instructor for the course will be nutritionist Stacy Reed, Extension educator. Those who would like to participate in the program during the pilot period may call Reed at 394-6851 to sign up by Sunday, April 30.

Representatives of churches that are interested in the program may call Reed for more information.

The Pennsylvania State University encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Individuals who anticipate needing any type of accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided may contact Reed in advance of their participation.

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Breakfast With The Bible Set April 4, 2017

Alan Lindsay, pastoral leader of Saint Mary's Chapel-Warwick (Episcopal), will host Breakfast With the Bible on Fridays at 8:30 a.m. at The Morgantown Coffee House, 4997 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson, beginning on Friday, April 21. Attendees should bring a Bible and may enjoy coffee, tea, and/or breakfast.

The community is invited to participate.

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Lifetree Cafe Posts Program March 29, 2017

Lifetree Cafe will offer a program at two local churches. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

The program, titled "Smile Awhile: An Hour of Happy," will explore the mental and physical benefits of smiling and will feature a screening of the short film "The Honey and Bears." During the program, participants will have the opportunity to discuss times in life they have felt genuinely happy.

It will be offered on Tuesday, April 11, at Zion United Methodist Church (UMC), 1030 Carlisle Ave., York, in the building adjacent to the church, 1715 Altland Ave., at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. It is also slated for Sunday, April 9, at 9 a.m. and Wednesday, April 12, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 2173 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For more information about the program at Zion UMC, readers may call 843-5261, email lifetreezion@gmail.com, or visit www.facebook.com/LTCYork. Details about the program at St. Paul's UCC are available by calling 225-6357, emailing Chip08@aol.com, or visiting www.facebook.com/Lifetree.Cafe.Stoverstown.PA/.

Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Chip Hoover at 792-3153 or at chip08@aol.com.

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Church Plans Special Events March 29, 2017

Saint James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, has scheduled several events, including Holy Week worship services.

On Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9, the church will hold a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The event will begin with a celebration of the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem, and the service will also feature the reading of the Passion according to Matthew. Following the service, there will be an egg hunt and a light lunch for children.

On Maundy Thursday, April 13, St. James Lutheran Church and St. Paul (Lebanon) Lutheran Church in Felton will offer a joint event at St. James. The event will feature dinner at 6 p.m. and worship at 7 p.m.

On Easter Sunday, April 16, a worship service will take place at 9:30 a.m.

Also, the church invites the community to its Bible study sessions on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. in the pastor's office. All are welcome to attend.

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

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KBI Announces Spring Semester March 28, 2017

Keystone Bible Institute (KBI), 1407 Williams Road, York, will accept registrations for its spring semester classes. Registration is due by Thursday, March 30.

KBI will offer Four Keys to Hearing God's Voice on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m., Seven Basic Life Foundations Principles on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon or from 7 to 9 p.m., and Foundations in Apologetics on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon or from 7 to 9 p.m.

Also, in conjunction with Reason for the Hope Ministries, KBI will offer a free 12-week course, Developing a Biblical Worldview Regarding Creation by Warren Fuhrman, on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. from April 12 through June 28. Studies will be held at Upper Room Missionary Church, 1401 Williams Road, York. The course will focus on the book of Genesis and its historical and scientific reliability. A freewill offering will be received at each of the 12 sessions to go toward the cost of the course.

Readers may register by requesting a registration form at 968-5521 or keystonebibleinstitute@gmail.com. For more details on the above classes and other courses, readers may visit www.keystonebibleinstitute.com.

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Chiques Slates Women's Program March 23, 2017

Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend a program on Tuesday, April 4, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

The group will meet for the final time this year. The program will include a time of reflection with devotions, singing and Praise in Motion, an interpretive dance group, followed by a brunch. Attendees should bring a hot or cold brunch item to share with the group.

All are welcome, and preregistration is not required.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Readers may contact Rose at 665-9417 or Veronica at 626-7603 for more information.

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Church Posts Bible Study March 22, 2017

Reformed Presbyterian Church, 22 E. Locust St., Ephrata, will present a study of the biblical book of Daniel on Sundays at 11:15 a.m. The study will include both the familiar stories, as well as an in-depth analysis of Daniel's visions. There is ample parking across the street and on the side of the church.

For more information, readers may call the church at 733-0462 or Jim Harris at 431-7432.

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Chiques Slates Women's Program March 17, 2017

Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend a program on Tuesday, March 21, from 9 to 10:45 am.

Sherry Eshleman will present "Out of the Blender." Her talk will focus on a unique way of viewing the difficulties of life. Eshleman is married with two grown children. She is a retired teacher and is active at Lampeter Church of the Brethren as a teacher and speaker.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Readers may contact Rose at 665-9417 or Veronica at 626-7603 for more information and a copy of this year's schedule.

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Neighbors Together Program Slated March 17, 2017

All women and preschool children are invited to attend Neighbors Together, a women's group, on Tuesdays from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main St., East Petersburg. Child care is provided for nursery through preschool-age children at no charge.

On Tuesday, March 28, Trudi Sine will share about her journey of becoming an artist and how it led to a ministry.

For more information, readers may call 569-9931.

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