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Church Slates Trunk Or Treat October 20, 2017

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York, will host its annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will include treats, hot dogs, s'mores, hot chocolate, a bonfire and hayrides. Last year, more than 250 people from the community attended the event.

For more information, readers may visit www.mtpisgahtrinity.org.

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Annual Rally Day Service Slated October 18, 2017

Prospect United Methodist Church, 8 Orchard Road, New Park, will hold its annual Rally Day service at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5. Blue Stone will provide the musical entertainment. A covered dish meal will be held afterward.

Everyone is invited to attend the special service. For more details, readers may call 717-382-4188.

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Candlelight Service Set October 18, 2017

St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave., York, will hold a candlelight service of remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m. The service will include Scripture readings, songs and hymns, and a candle lighting observance to remember loved ones and the presence of Christ.

Fellowship and light refreshments will be shared in the fellowship hall after the service. For more information, readers may visit www.stjohnyorkpa.com or call 717-840-0382.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule October 18, 2017

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, has posted its schedule of activities and services.

On Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion. The church will also observe Stewardship Sunday and a celebration meal will follow the worship service.

On Sunday, Nov. 5, the church will observe All Saints Day. Attendees will have the opportunity to light a candle in memory of a loved one who has died.

There are still a few tables available for the church's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11. For registration information, crafters may contact the church office.

Information about church events is available at www.centenniallutheran.org or by emailing info@centenniallutheran.org.

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Church to Hold Special Service October 11, 2017

Community United Methodist Church, 130 Tennyson Drive, Lancaster, will host a country gospel worship service on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 p.m. The informal worship experience will include Christian songs, country music style, led by the band Rugged Cross.

All are invited to attend this casual worship service. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-393-9182.

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Church Plans Homecoming October 11, 2017

Zion Lutheran Church, 47 Hanover St., Glen Rock, will hold a homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. Anyone who has ever been part of the Zion congregation are invited to worship and enjoy fellowship.

For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-235-3276.

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Church Adds New Worship Service October 11, 2017

On Sunday, Oct. 29, Spry Church, 50 School St., York, will begin offering a new contemporary worship service each Sunday at 9:45 a.m. The service will be in addition to the 9 a.m. traditional worship service, and the 11 a.m. contemporary worship service will not be adversely affected.

Each worship time will include a nursery for children age 2 and under, plus a children's worship experience for children age 3 through grade four. For more details, readers may call 717-741-1429 or visit www.sprychurch.com.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule October 11, 2017

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, has posted its schedule of activities.

On Sunday, Oct. 22, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29, is also Stewardship Sunday. A celebration meal will follow the worship service.

There are still a few tables open for Centennial's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11. Crafters may contact the church office for registration information.

More information about church events is available at www.centenniallutheran.org or by emailing info@centenniallutheran.org.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule October 4, 2017

Centennial Lutheran Church 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, has posted its schedule of activities.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29, is also Stewardship Sunday. A celebration meal will follow the worship service.

There are still a few tables open for Centennial's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11. Crafters may contact the church office for registration information.

For information about church events, readers may visit www.centenniallutheran.org or email info@centenniallutheran.org.

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Christmas Choir Seeks Singers October 3, 2017

Stewartstown United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, invites singers to participate in its Christmas Choir for the upcoming holiday season. The choir, along with the 20-piece sanctuary orchestra, will present the Christmas cantata, "Hope of the Broken World" on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24, at 10:30 p.m.

Rehearsals will be held at the church on Sundays from 3 to 4:30 p.m., beginning Nov. 5. Modest music reading skills are needed. Singers will be given rehearsal tracks to assist in learning their voice parts.

For more information or to register for the choir, readers may contact 717-993-2507, ext. 11, or davidm@stewartstownumc.org and provide their name, phone number, and voice part.

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Church To Hold Special Service October 2, 2017

Newberrytown Church of God, 2825 Old Trail Road, York Haven, will hold a special service on Sunday, Nov. 12, as the congregation dedicates the new church building. The service will begin at 9 a.m.

To learn more about the church, visit www.newberrytowncog.org or call 717-938-1597.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule September 27, 2017

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, will hold its worship service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. The service will include a message fron pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion. As part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October, the worship service will include several hymns written by Martin Luther.

Reformation Sunday, Oct. 29, also will be Stewardship Sunday, and there will be a celebration meal following the worship service.

Registration is open for crafters to reserve tables for the church's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 11. Crafters may contact the church office for a registration form.

Information about the church is available at www.centenniallutheran.org or by emailing info@centenniallutheran.org.

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Church Plans Trunk Or Treat September 27, 2017

Geyers United Methodist Church, 1605 S. Geyers Church Road, Middletown, will hold its annual community Trunk or Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 18. The free evening of light-hearted and safe fun, food, and fellowship is open to the entire family.

Trunk or Treating will begin at 6:30 p.m. The church expects to have nearly 30 decorated car trunks throughout the church parking lot. Children age 13 and under are invited to dress in costume and visit the car trunks to receive candy and toys. Children are asked to bring their own bags to collect the goodies.

In addition, a free meal for the entire family will be served in the church basement from 6 to 8 p.m. Families may eat before or after the children visit the trunks. The meal will include hot dogs, chips, walking tacos, homemade soup, desserts, and beverages.

Londonderry Fire Company will be on hand with a fire truck and a decorated ambulance. In addition, the youths in Boy Scout Troop 97 are getting their haunted trailer ready for the event.

The event is planned to be held rain or shine except in the case of severly inclement weather, in which case the event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Readers are encouraged to check the Geyers Church Facebook page for weather-related updates.

For more information, readers may call 717-930-4454 or email karenkathy@comcast.net.

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Church To Honor Area Volunteers September 19, 2017

Pinchot Park Assembly of God, 2755 Rosstown Road, Wellsville, will honor local volunteers at Wellsville Fire Company during the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Oct. 8. Pastor Tim Imes' sermon topic will be "Every Second Counts." Following the service, a luncheon will be held in their honor.

For details, call the church at 717-432-2869.

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Congregation Beth Israel To Observe High Holy Days September 13, 2017

For those who are not Jewish, the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur may be a mystery. But, as Rabbi Jon Cutler explains, they can be compared to the Christian observances of Lent and Easter.

Cutler, who leads Congregation Beth Israel in Eagle, noted that Rosh Hashanah, which means the New Year, will be observed beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Yom Kippur, which means "Day of Atonement," will follow 10 days later.

"There is a concept in Judaism that once a year we rectify the differences between people. It's about repentance, reconciling and healing," Cutler explained. "This is like our Lenten period. For Lent, (Christians focus on) confessions, self-reflection and prayers.

"We culminate with Yom Kippur as (Christians) culminate with Easter," he continued. "Our Rosh Hashanah is like Palm Sunday the week before Easter, and the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is like Holy Week, so the parallels are there."

During the time leading up to Yom Kippur, congregation members are asked to concentrate on self-reflection and repairing relationships. "If you wronged someone, you are supposed to go back to them and ask for forgiveness," Cutler said.

Rosh Hashanah services feature the sounding of a shofar, a musical horn made from a hollowed-out ram's horn or other kosher animal. "We have a shofar service on Rosh Hashanah morning. It's a symbol that for the next 10 days you should go and reconcile differences," Cutler explained. "Just like in (Christianity), we have a lot of symbolism. Our symbol is the shofar, which wakes us up out of our slumber and (encourages us) to change our behavior."

During Yom Kippur, congregation members do not eat or drink anything for a period of 25 hours beginning on the evening of Friday, Sept. 29. "The reason we fast is because we should not think about the material world; we should not be distracted," Cutler noted. "You should be focused on your soul and changing your behavior."

The Yom Kippur service on Saturday, Sept. 30, will last the entire day, from 9 a.m. to sunset. "There are two parts of the service, which are penitential prayers and confessional prayers. You are supposed to take these prayers and reflect upon them and how you can change your life," Cutler said.

As part of the "Break-the-Fast," ritual, the congregation will celebrate with food and beverages following the sounding of the shofar at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 30. The meal will include a buffet of lox, bagels, white fish, macaroni and cheese and other items.

Cutler said that while the observances of the High Holy Days go back thousands of years, they are still relevant today. "They remind us of our own mortality," he said. "But facing your own mortality (prompts) change - to put things in priority and build positive relationships with each other."

He added that Jews and Christians alike can benefit from a time of self-analysis, reflection and forgiveness. "(Christianity) has the same goals as we do. And we have rituals to address this," he noted. "What matters is that we leave a legacy of positive relationships behind."

Beth Israel will hold a High Holy Day food drive through Thursday, Oct. 12, for the West Chester Food Cupboard. Items needed by the food pantry include canned tuna, pasta, peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, soups, canned fruit, baby food and cereal. A donation box is located near the front doors of the synagogue. Monetary donations and grocery store gift cards will also be accepted.

Beth Israel Congregation is located at 385 Pottstown Pike (Route 100), Eagle. For more information, readers may visit www.bethisraelpa.org or call 610-458-8550.

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Congregation To Observe High Holy Days September 12, 2017

The Seed of Abraham Messianic Congregation invites the public to the High Holy Days celebrations. Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets, will be celebrated on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30. Both services will begin at 10 a.m. at The Mill, 813 Rothsville Road, Lititz.

The events will include teaching, music, dance, and blowing the shofar or trumpets. Attendees are encouraged to bring a shofar, trumpet, horn, or other similar instrument. The events will include messages about the Messianic significance and fulfillment of the appointed High Holy Days of the Lord.

For more information, readers may call 717-687-8913.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule August 29, 2017

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, has posted its schedule of events.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message from pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion. Jaime Frazier, the church's new coordinator of faith, will be installed during the worship service. Frazier will provide youth and family enrichment opportunities to the church's children, youths, and adults.

On Sunday, Sept. 17, Rally Day will kick off of fall programs and will include the dedication of the new church sign. A pancake breakfast will follow the worship service.

The church will hold a Red Cross blood drive on Monday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 7 p.m.

All men are welcome to attend a men's breakfast on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will include food, coffee, and topical conversation.

Registration is now open for crafters to reserve tables for the church's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11. Crafters may contact the church office for a registration form.

Information about the church is available at www.centenniallutheran.org or by emailing info@centenniallutheran.org.

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Day Of Service Dedicated August 28, 2017

Each year in September, Lutheran congregations across the country observe "God's Work, Our Hands" Sunday as a dedicated day of service for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This year, the congregation of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Market St., York, has decided to honor the York police and EMTs for the work they do in keeping the community safe and helping those in need. The special worship service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 9:30 a.m.

All are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call St. Mark's Lutheran Church at 717-845-8023.

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St. Paul's UCC Posts Schedule August 28, 2017

St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 101 Worthington Road, Exton, recently announced its fall service schedule. Beginning Sunday, Sept. 10, two worship services will be held. The 9 a.m. service will be an informal gathering with a variety of acoustic music, and the 10:30 service will be more traditional. Children are welcome to participate in Sunday school during the 9 a.m. service.

Fellowship and refreshments will follow the 9 a.m. service. For more information, visit https://saintpaulsucc.net or call 610-363-7285.

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Church To Host "Goliath" Series August 23, 2017

Red Lion Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, will begin a new worship and education series, "Goliath Must Fall," on Sunday, Sept. 17. The series will be discussed during worship services at 9 and 11:15 a.m., as well as the adult Spiritual Growth Group that meets at 10:15 a.m. in the sanctuary.

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

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