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Church Posts Sermon Series November 15, 2018

Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 E. Market St., Lititz, invites the community to attend a four-week Sunday sermon series from Dec. 2 to 23. The series, titled "The Star: A Journey to Christmas," is based on the Advent themes of hope, love, joy, and peace.

Recalling the star that signaled birth of a Savior, the church recognizes the need for illumination, clarification, guidance, and healing. The series is designed to help attendees focus on the story of God's redeeming love.

Cookies and cocoa and lighting of the Advent wreath will be featured.

For more information on the services or the church, readers may visit or call the church office at 717-626-2710.


Boehm's Chapel To Host Advent Service November 15, 2018

Boehm's Chapel Society will commemorate the start of the Christmas season by holding its annual Advent service on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. at the historic Boehm's Chapel, 13 W. Boehm's Road, Willow Street. Executive director Dolores Myers noted that the service time has been changed from the traditional vespers.

"(We scheduled it) so everyone can be home before dark," she explained.

The service will take the form of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Boehm's Chapel Society members and friends will read the Scriptures that foretell and retell the story of Jesus Christ's birth. Joanne Swords-Wang will lead the music, performing solos on harp and accompanying congregational singing on keyboard.

"The congregation can participate. Most people like to sing traditional carols," Myers remarked. "It's a great way to kick off the season."

Swords-Wang has been involved with music practically her entire life. She played cello in school and studied piano for many years. Swords-Wang worked as a pianist and organist at Boehm's United Methodist Church (UMC), which grew out of the chapel. She now serves Saint Paul's UMC in Mountville and Ebenezer Evangelical Congregational Church in Brownstown. Singing opera was a hobby that led her to the harp. While performing with the Lancaster Opera Workshop in the mid-1990s, Swords-Wang had the opportunity to observe Jane Brye's skill at the strings.

"She played her harp so beautifully," Swords-Wang recalled.

Interested in the instrument, Swords-Wang purchased a kit and built a harp herself with some assistance from her father. Once it was successfully assembled, she took lessons from Brye's sister, Rebekah Kauffmann Weaver. Ever since that first year of lessons, Swords-Wang has been in demand at weddings and on other special occasions. This will be the second time she has performed for the chapel's Advent service, and she is looking forward to playing in the 1791 structure, which will be minimally decorated with holly, ivy, and candles.

"It's stark and echoey, and it has great acoustics," Swords-Wang commented.

"Early Methodist services were pretty plain," Myers pointed out. "The Mennonites were a big influence here."

The public is welcome to attend the Advent service free of charge, but donations will be accepted. The doors to the chapel will open at 2 p.m.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-872-4133.


Wesley Bazaar Expands To Two Locations November 15, 2018

The annual Christmas craft bazaar hosted by Wesley Church has expanded to two locations. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, and at Colerain Church, 1923 Noble Road, Kirkwood.

"The Wesley Church location is full, and since Colerain Church has just recently become a part of Wesley, it was decided to see if any vendors on the wait list would like to sell their items at the Colerain Church location, which is only 2 miles south of Wesley Church," coordinator Bonnie Aukamp explained.

The bazaar at Colerain will be a smaller version of the one at Wesley. Breakfast and lunch foods will be available at both sites, and vendors at both locations will sell sweets and treats as well. Between the two venues, shoppers will be able to buy wooden toys and other items, health and beauty supplies, candles, painted signs, wreaths, handcrafted jewelry and hair pieces, artwork and photography, seasonal and home decor, pet items, and knitted, crocheted, or sewn goods, along with much more.

One of the vendor booths at Wesley has been reserved by The A-Team. The group meets at Wesley on two Thursdays a month and on Sunday mornings. It offers a safe place where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can socialize, have fun, and grow spiritually. Special needs coordinator Tami Shaub noted that the group is still planning what all it will sell at the bazaar, but popcorn, cookie gift plates, and crafts are on the confirmed list.

"This opportunity just came up, so we are still trying to figure it all out," Shaub said.

Proceeds from the Christmas craft bazaar will go to Wesley Church's discretionary fund. For more information about Wesley Church, readers may visit, call the church at 717-786-8322, or email


Annual Bazaar Will Now Include Vendors November 15, 2018

A number of women, incluing pastor Carlene Wolf, from Washington Boro United Methodist Church (UMC), 1964 Water St., Washington Boro, are known as the congregation's mission and nurture committee.

"We organize events and fundraisers that support our local and foreign missions and support the church and our local community," said committee member Lori Gee.

"The other thing you can identify these women as is the best cooks in Washington Boro, and I don't live in Washington Boro," Wolf said with a laugh.

The committee members, along with other members of the church, will focus their talents on preparing baked goods, soups, and other foods for the church's annual Christmas bazaar. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the kitchen will offer breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, beef barbecue, grilled cheese sandwiches, and freshly fried cinnamon breadsticks. Soup varieties will include chicken corn, beef vegetable, French onion, and tomato prepared following a recipe from a Civil War-era cookbook. The soups may be purchased in small quantities or in quarts. Preorders for quarts of soup will be appreciated, and folks may contact committee member Tabetha Young at 717-341-7783 or to place orders.

The baked goods table is slated to include buckeye candy, sweet breads, pies, cookies, fudge, and more.

"You never know what people will bring," observed committee member Petra King.

The bazaar itself will look a bit different than it has in previous years.

"We're trying something new this year," committee member Diana Boswa remarked. "Rather than asking people to donate things (to sell), we're bringing in vendors."

The vendors will sell crafts, jewelry, cookware and other kitchen supplies, clothing, books, totes, and handbags. There will also be a white elephant table.

Santa Claus will visit the bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will pose for photos and give children candy canes and small gifts.

Proceeds from the bazaar will go to the congregation's general missions efforts.

The community is also invited to attend the Washington Boro UMC's Advent festival on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m. Originally, the festival was started as a celebration while church members worked together to decorate the sanctuary and other parts of the building for Christmas. Now that a church member has claimed that task, all that remains of the festival is the celebration. Thus, on Nov. 24, festival attendees may partake of a baked potato bar and make a Christmas craft. There is no charge to attend, but folks are asked to register by calling the church at 717-684-9309 or emailing Wolf at

Other holiday events on the congregation's calendar include a children's Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m.; Christmas caroling at area homes and health care facilities on Sunday, Dec. 16, at a time to be announced; and a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. All are welcome to participate. Folks may also attend Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. and worship services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. A nursery is available.

"We have a lot of fun when we do stuff. We're a fun and friendly church," Boswa said. "We're small, but when there's a need, we pull together to meet that need."

To learn more about the church, readers may visit


Advent Lessons, Carols Planned November 15, 2018

St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, 2475 St. Peter's Road, Malvern, will present Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 4 p.m. Lessons and Carols is a candlelit service that features carols, choral music, hand bells, and Scriptural readings.

A candlelit reception with seasonal fare will follow. For more details, visit


Blessing Of The Hounds Planned November 15, 2018

St. Peter's Pikeland United Church of Christ, 1193 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs, will present Blessing of the Hounds on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 9:30 a.m. Pastor Doug Hanson will hold a brief service, followed by the traditional English blessing.

The Androssan beagles will be present after their morning hunt. Visitors are invited to come early for hot beverages. Donations will support the church's mission projects. For details, call 610-933-6419.


Thanksgiving Eve Service Slated November 8, 2018

A Thanksgiving Eve Service is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, located at Old Leacock Road and the Old Philadelphia Pike, 1 mile west of Intercourse. The Rev. Robert W. Birch will preach.

Old Leacock dates back to 1740. For more information, readers may call 717-687-6619 or visit


Forgiven Worship Center Moves To New Holland November 8, 2018

Rafe Smucker, pastor of the Forgiven Worship Center, smiled as he looked around the new church space that was still under construction in early October. "We needed more space (because) we are growing," said Rafe.

Forgiven Worship Center, formerly located in the Intercourse Fire Company, held a grand opening at 11 a.m. on Oct. 14 in the church's new building at 325 W. Main St., New Holland. Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. each week, and Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. A fellowship meal is held following each service.

The nondenominational congregation is a church plant of pastor Sam J. Smucker of Worship Center in Leola. Rafe noted that Sam will preach at the church once each year. Forgiven has its roots in a conversation held between Rafe; his wife, Lisa; and his mother, Anna Smucker, a number of years ago. Nancy Petersheim joined as the fourth member of the group, and Rafe began holding Tuesday night church services in his home. More than four years ago, members began gathering at the Paradise Park for Sunday services. In October 2015, the services moved to the Intercourse Fire Company. The new location is less than 5 miles from the Intercourse fire station.

The New Holland location features a sanctuary that will seat 175, a kitchen, two large children's ministry rooms, and a welcome center that is located to the right after entering by the front door. Rafe praised New Holland Borough staff for being cooperative and easy to work with as the church worked to remodel the building from a used appliance concern to a place of worship. He noted that the church and the borough developed a good relationship, for which he is thankful.

Rafe emphasized the welcoming atmosphere of the church, especially in response to the heroin epidemic that has affected the county in recent years. "We want to provide a setting where addicts are welcome," said Rafe, who added that church members have helped place people in rehab facilities and that he has also buried attendees who succumbed to overdoses.

"We are not traditional," said Rafe. "To someone off the street, (the church is) a hospital," he said. "One of our elders called this an emergency room for people in crisis." He added that the church aims to offer the hope of Christ to all who enter. "We preach the Word and hope to reach (people)," he said. "It's a tough thing to overcome. I understand."

Rafe noted that the church hopes to attract members from all walks of life. "We're for anybody and everybody," he said. "People who have it together can come and stand with us and understand that we are reaching out to the broken ... and they have come and stood with us."

According to Rafe, clients of local ministries that help men overcome addiction, including Revelations of Freedom Ministries in Blue Ball, Restart Training Center Ministry in Lancaster, and TTC/Potter's House, with locations in New Holland and Leola, have attended past services.

Readers who would like more information or to hear sermons may visit or search for "Forgiven Worship Center" on Facebook or call 717-371-1157.


Thanksgiving Eve Service Posted November 8, 2018

The annual Manheim Community Thanksgiving Eve Service will be hosted by Ruhl's United Methodist Church (UMC), 4810 Elizabethtown Road, Manheim, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. The community is invited.

The Rev. John Laughlin from Salem United Methodist Church in Manheim will deliver the message. Two offerings will be received that evening: Monetary gifts will be donated to the Manheim Ministerium for its Help Fund, and nonperishable food items will also be collected and given to the Manheim Food Pantry.

Ruhl's UMC is handicapped-accessible, and ample free parking is available.


Holiday Gift Collection Set November 7, 2018

For the 15th year in a row, Prospect United Methodist Church, 8 Orchard Road, New Park, is collecting filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a program of Samaritan's Purse. Collection Sunday will be on Nov. 18 during the 11 a.m. worship service.

The boxes are sent to children in need all around the world, helping to spread joy and the good news of Jesus Christ. The public is invited to consider participating in this outreach project. For more information, readers may call 717-683-5979. Instructions can be found at


Thanksgiving Service Slated November 6, 2018

Red Lion Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, will host its annual Thanksgiving service of praise and worship on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Led by Zion's choir and praise team, attendees will be reminded of their blessings with Scripture readings, words of praise, special music, congregational praise singing, and a skit titled "Thanksgiving in Therapy."

No offering will be received, but visitors are asked to bring nonperishable items to place at the altar railing. Donations of food or money will be given to a local food pantry.

Following the service, attendees will continue downstairs for fellowship as they enjoy desserts. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert to share, if they desire.

For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-244-2585 or visit


Thanksgiving Service Posted November 6, 2018

Grace Baptist Church of York, 3920 E. Prospect Road, York, will hold a community Thanksgiving service at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. All are welcome to attend.

The purpose of the service is to provide an opportunity for people to gather and thank God for the blessings they received in the previous year. The service is meant to promote a sense of community and unity in the body of Christ.

For further information, call 717-755-0091 or visit


Christmas Treasures Sale Slated November 2, 2018

The Women's Association of Bethany Presbyterian Church, 25 N. West End Ave., Lancaster, will hold its annual Christmas Treasures Sale on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to noon. Handicapped-accessible parking will be available in a rear parking lot.

The event will feature slightly used Christmas decorations, garland, lights, ornaments, bows, wrapping paper, and home decor at reasonable prices.

Also, the church-sponsored Boy Scout Troop 4 will hold an all-you-can-eat breakfast during the same time period. Separate costs have been set for adults and for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under may eat for free.

All proceeds will benefit church projects and Troop 4's activities.


Church To Host Guest Speaker November 1, 2018

Colemanville United Methodist Church, 210 Colemanville Church Road, Conestoga, will host guest speaker Dr. Eleanor Isaacson at the worship service at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.

All are invited to hear Isaacson speak about her journey with God through World War II while living in Germany.


Zion Lutheran To Host Market October 31, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York, will hold its annual Christmas Market on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall. There will be a variety of independent sales consultants as well as homemade crafts, food for sale and a silent auction.

Vendors wanting to participate may email Jen Morris at Vendor spaces are available for a set cost, as are tables.

For additional information, readers may contact the church office at 717-767-4673 or


Christmas Bazaar Slated October 31, 2018

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 309 S. George St., York, will hold its annual Christmas bazaar in the parish hall on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Christmas decorations, gifts, attic treasures, home-baked goods, handmade jewelry, knitted items, and more will be featured.

Children may build a gingerbread house for a small fee. Lunch and brunch items will also be available.

The public is invited to attend. For more details, readers may call 717-845-7629.


Church Slates Celtic Service October 31, 2018

Eastminster Presbyterian Church, 311 Haines Road, York, will celebrate the upcoming holiday with a special Celtic Thanksgiving service at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. This will be the second consecutive year with a Celtic theme since Eastminster revived special worship services during Advent and Lent nearly 10 years ago.

In addition to familiar Thanksgiving hymns, the service will feature music of the British Isles, with a vocalist and an ensemble of violin, flute, cello, percussion and keyboard providing all music. Worship at 9 a.m. will also be a Celtic service featuring piano and electric keyboard. At both 9 and 11 a.m., Stephens Lytch will deliver the sermon.

More information may be obtained by emailing or calling 717-755-6222.


Ironville UMC Welcomes New Pastor, Plans Holiday Bazaar October 26, 2018

The members of Ironville United Methodist Church (UMC), 4020 Holly Drive, Columbia, will host their annual holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ten vendors in addition to church crafters will sell jewelry, aprons, artwork, knitted items, holiday decor, and more. There will also be a white elephant room offering household items, books, and toys. Santa Claus will visit, and Santa's Workshop will offer make-and-take crafts for a small fee.

Food and beverages will be sold during the event. The offerings will include pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and optional sauerkraut, chicken corn soup, beverages, and baked goods. Tables will be set up so folks may eat at the bazaar, and high chairs will be available.

The proceeds from the bazaar will help to fund the purchase of a new roof for the church. The Rev. Greg Impink, who began working at the church and neighboring Newtown UMC on July 1, noted that the roof has been leaking for many years, so he is happy that the job is slated to be done.

Impink previously was the lead pastor at Limeville UMC in Gap. Prior to that, he began his career in the ministry by working as associate pastor at Hempfield UMC. Impink grew up in Latrobe and graduated from Penn State. When he and his wife, Rachelle, moved to Mountville five years ago, Rachelle encouraged him to apply for the position at Hempfield UMC. After starting at that church, Impink enrolled in Palmer Theological Seminary, and he graduated in May this year. He is also a chaplain at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

"The church exists for those outside of it," Impink said, explaining his philosophy of ministry. "We live in a very hurting world. The church has something to say about it. Coming to church is not just to feel good but to share God's love with those outside this place."

Impink hopes that he can inspire his congregations to share God's peace with others, promoting healing of individual hurts, strengthening relationships, and destroying prejudices. When he preaches, he uses visual aids and does not use a pulpit, preferring to have a more casual interaction with the congregation.

"If I can't remember (my sermon), what chance do you have of remembering anything I say?" Impink asked.

"He gives us inserts in the bulletin with spaces to fill in the blanks," said Ironville member and bazaar coordinator Ellie Shirk. "It helps to see where he's going."

"I want them to not just learn about God but be transformed by Him," Impink added. "I want you to come into the conversation and see that Jesus has things to say. Faith should impact how we live every day."

Sunday school classes for adults are offered at 9:30 a.m., and worship services are held at 10:30 a.m. A children's program and nursery care are available during the services. Rachelle sings and plays the piano, and Impink plays drums, so the couple has been giving input to the music.

"They're trying to jazz up the music too. It's fun," Shirk remarked.

"There's a lot of talent in this congregation," Impink added, explaining that he has recruited a number of musicians to work together to accompany congregational singing.

Guests are welcome to visit any Sunday. During November, Impink will preach on gratitude. "It's a shame Thanksgiving gets only one day," he explained. "In November, we'll take some time to pause and reflect on how we've been blessed."

For more information about Ironville UMC or the holiday bazaar, readers may call the church at 717-684-8072.


Church Sets Holiday Bazaar October 26, 2018

Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, 2203 Harmonyville Road, St. Peter's, will hold its annual bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include attic treasures, a bake table, books, Christmas crafts, local crafters and lunch.

For more information, readers may call 610-469-9151. More information about the church is available at or


Lampeter UMC To Host Christmas Market October 25, 2018

"Stop in and start your Christmas shopping and purchase something unique for someone special," encouraged Mary Dale, inviting the community to visit the fourth annual Christmas art and craft market and silent auction that Lampeter United Methodist Church (UMC), 1101 Village Road, Lancaster, will host on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. "There (will be) something available in all price ranges."

Held to benefit the congregation's mission program, the event will also feature youths who will be raising money for their summer mission trip by offering face painting for a small fee.

In addition to the young artists, the market will include artwork by Carol H. Dale and Yen Elizabeth Keener, award-winning members of the Lancaster County Art Association. They will sell originals as well as prints and other items showcasing their skills.

Back for his third year, Bill Musser will sell his wood specialties, including wooden bowls, benches, candle holders, and more. An artisan of stained glass will offer Nativity scenes and additional figures along with ornaments and other stained glass items.

This year's market will feature several vendors selling jewelry, and no two are alike, Mary said.

A fiber artist will sell mittens, scarves, sweaters, and more. Other vendors will offer handmade aprons, tea towels, handmade natural soaps and salves, a line of men's products, painted slates, and more.

A cafe sponsored by the United Methodist Women group will be open for breakfast and lunch. Mary noted that the breakfast sandwiches are typically a big hit. Homemade soups and sandwiches will be on the lunch menu. The soups may be purchased in small quantities to eat on-site, or they may be bought in quarts to take home. The proceeds from the cafe will benefit some mission activities and meet needs around the church.

A silent auction will run throughout the event, offering gift baskets, products donated by many of the vendors, and more. Profits from the silent auction, as well as table rental fees, will support missionaries' emergency needs and church members' mission trips.

For more information about the market, readers may call the church at 717-464-4161 or Mary at 717-344-2137.

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