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Church Plans Polka Mass September 18, 2018

Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2 W. Strawberry St., Lancaster, will celebrate the 151st anniversary of the church with a polka Mass by the Heidelberg Brass Band on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. The polka Mass is a traditional liturgical service set to popular polka and waltz tunes.

The public is invited to join the congregation for the service and for food and fellowship, which will follow the service. Parking for the church is available in the parking lot behind the church on Lafayette Street. For details, call 717-299-5639.

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Service To Feature Special Music August 30, 2018

Zion Lutheran Church, 15 S. Fourth St., Harrisburg, will present special music performed by tenor Christyan Seay at the 10:15 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Sept. 9. The church will also participate in Harrisburg Art Association's Gallery Walk, beginning at 11 a.m. in fellowship hall. Tours of the historic church, highlighting the stained-glass windows, Sadao Watanabe stencil prints, and other artwork will be offered.

The public is invited to attend. For details, visit www.zionharrisburg.org or call 717-234-4064.

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Church Will Celebrate New Home, New Season August 29, 2018

Oak Hill Fellowship Church will host Ministry Launch Sunday at its new location on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. The congregation moved into space it is renting from Zion United Church of Christ (UCC), at 902 Winter Hill Road, Strasburg, on Aug. 5, and the service on Sept. 9 will lay out the vision for Oak Hill's future in its new home.

"The congregation and leadership at Zion UCC have been extremely gracious in this rental agreement, and we pray that the light of Jesus will continue to shine from Winter Hill Road as a result of this decision," remarked Oak Hill pastor Ben Miller.

Oak Hill was planted in 2008 with a vision to help reach the Solanco community with the good news of Jesus Christ. The congregation met in a couple of locations, most recently renting space at 15 E. State St., Quarryville, next to the Dollar General. However, Oak Hill's leadership recognized a growing need for more room in the worship center and lobby, children's classrooms, parking, and more. That led the leadership to inquire about available space on the first floor of the building belonging to Zion UCC.

"The facility at Winter Hill Road has better parking, a handicapped-accessible lobby, three times the number of kids' classrooms for our many young families, more office space, and a fellowship hall that provides a worship center with more seating," Miller said. "Our congregation is excited about the opportunities God is opening up to use this space for him."

On Sundays, Oak Hill meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall near the children's classrooms, while Zion UCC meets from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Oak Hill's programming for children is available at 9 a.m. for infants through elementary age and at 11 a.m. for toddlers through senior high students.

"The shared space arrangement has worked out very nicely for the first month," Miller commented.

While the new location is technically in Strasburg, Oak Hill hopes that it will be a mission center for the church to continue reaching Quarryville, the Solanco area, and beyond. "We are not changing who we serve, just expanding the opportunities," Miller said.

The property is in the southernmost part of Strasburg Township and is located behind Meck's Produce on Route 222. Additionally, the church prays this move will allow it to reach more people in Willow Street, Strasburg, and Lampeter. Oak Hill is looking forward to a full fall season of ministry, including participation in the Solanco Fair Parade, a study working through the First Principles of the Christian faith, a new semester of classes for children and youths, and more.

In addition to worship services, programs, and offices that are housed at 902 Winter Hill Road, Oak Hill meets in homes throughout the week in smaller groups called Gospel Communities. These communities are the primary way the church tries to live out being followers of Jesus through intentional discipleship and care, intergenerational investment, community outreach, and leadership development. Oak Hill currently has four Gospel Communities that meet in the Quarryville area, Holtwood, and Strasburg.

For more information about Oak Hill Fellowship Church, readers may visit www.oakhillfellowship.com or contact Miller at 717-786-4559 or pastorben@oakhillfellowship.com.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule August 1, 2018

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

On Sunday, Aug. 12, 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. All are welcome to attend an education hour following the worship service.

During the education hour on Aug. 12, attendees will meet in small groups to discuss the vision of the church. During the education hour on Sunday, Aug. 26, participants will discuss the forthcoming ELCA social statement on "Women and Social Justice." Feedback from this discussion will be forwarded to the ELCA as its prepare its formal statement on the issue.

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

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Informal Jazzy Worship Posted July 12, 2018

Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, will present an informal worship featuring jazzy arrangements of favorite hymns at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, in the sanctuary. Soloists and instrumentalists will also participate, and the Rev. Stephen McKinney-Whitaker will offer a meditation. Casual dress is encouraged.

Following the hour-long service, food trucks from Upohar Ethnic Cuisines, a Lancaster-based social impact restaurant and caterer that serves global fare, and Soul Burrito will be on-site for anyone who would like to purchase dinner. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating on the front lawn or choose indoor seating in the fellowship hall. A variety of lawn games for people of all ages will be available to play.

For directions or more information, readers may call the church office at 717-533-9667 or visit www.derrypres.org.

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Church Welcomes Desert Thunder Bikers June 26, 2018

On Memorial Day, May 28, a celeration was held at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main St., New Freedom, with VFW Post 7012 and the Desert Thunder Bikers group.

More than 50 bikers enjoyed lunch at the church before continuing their journey to Washington, D.C., from Texas. Prior to lunch, Bill Schmalzer offered prayer and thanked veterans for their service. Jeff Woods from St. John was joined by a member of Post 7012 to play "God Bless America" on the trumpet.

Following the lunch, pastor George Schneider said a prayer and blessed the bikers and their motorcycles. An escort from the Southern Regional Police Department and the Rose Fire Department accompanied the Desert Thunder Bikers to the Mason-Dixon line, where they were greeted by Maryland police and fire companies, which continued the escort. The biker group was traveling to Washington, D.C., to help fund a memorial dedicated to the military men and women involved in the Desert Storm conflict.

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Centennial Church Plans Events June 20, 2018

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

On Sunday, July 1, 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. All are welcome to join Tancredi during education hour at 10:45 a.m. for a discussion of the Scripture readings.

On Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 26, the education hour discussion topic will focus on the forthcoming Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) social statement on "Women and Social Justice." Feedback from these discussions will be forwarded to the ELCA as it prepares a formal statement on the issue.

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

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Worship Service Change Posted June 20, 2018

Guinston Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 14130 Guinston Forge Road, Airville, recently announced a change in service for worship in the historical Guinston Church on Sundays, July 1, Aug. 5, and Sept. 2. There will be two services, one at 8 and another at 10:30 a.m.

For more details, readers may contact Nancy Orwick at 717-244-5888.

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Classic Rock Service Set June 19, 2018

St. John's United Methodist Church, 3001 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, will hold its second Classic Rock Service of the year on Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. The service will be based on the songs of the Rolling Stones, with the message titled "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

Everyone is welcome to the informal service to hear some well-known songs from the 1960s and 1970s in a new light. For details, call 717-687-6711.

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Ceremony Includes Quilt Of Valor Presentation June 12, 2018

This year at East Prospect's annual Memorial Day Parade, the accompanying service was held at the East Prospect ball park for the first time. The guest speakers were U.S. Rep. Scott Perry and state Sen. Stan Saylor.

During the service, the Zion United Methodist Piecemakers presented a Quilt of Valor to Bill Kohler, a veteran of the Gulf War and the War on Terror. Kohler was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2006. The quilt was pieced together and hand-quilted by the group of ladies. Piecemakers group members hope that creating a Quilt of Valor will become an annual tradition.

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Church To Add Monday Service June 6, 2018

Worship Center, 2384 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, will begin offering a Monday night worship service beginning on Monday, June 25. With the addition of the Monday night service, the church will adjust Sunday service times to 9 and 11 a.m., effective Sunday, June 24. While content will be the same for each service, Monday nights will be more casual by design.

The community is invited to attend. For more information, readers may call 717-656-4271.

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Children's Day Program Slated May 30, 2018

Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, 900 Pleasant Grove Road, Red Lion, will present its children's day program as well as host Cora Hurst, artist and author from Lititz, at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, during Sunday school hour. Hurst will present a chalk talk titled "Nature's Story," where she draws inspiration from the beauty of nature complete with sound effects and a colored light show.

The community is invited to attend. For more details, readers may call the church at 717-246-2428.

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Centennial Church Plans Service May 30, 2018

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, will hold a worship service at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 10. The service will include a message by pastor Jerry Tancredi and the celebration of Holy Communion. All are welcome to join pastor Jerry during education hour at 10:45 a.m. for a discussion of the Scripture readings.

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

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Church Slates Summer Service Schedule May 22, 2018

The summer schedule at Leacock Presbyterian Church, 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, will run from Sunday, May 27, through Sunday, Sept. 9. The 8 a.m. Sunday summer service will be held at the Historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church, Old Leacock Road and the Old Philadelphia Pike, one mile west of Intercourse. Lemonade will be served in the courtyard after the services.

The 9:30 a.m. Sunday summer service will be held at the Leacock Presbyterian Church. Old Leacock Day will be held after the 9:30 a.m. church service at the old church on Sept. 9 and will conclude the Old Leacock summer services. There will be no church service at the Paradise church on Sept. 9.

Following the service, a potluck picnic will be held in the church courtyard. Hotdogs with all the trimmings, beverages, and paper goods will be furnished. Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish item to share.

The community is welcome to attend. For further details, readers may call the church at 717-687-6619 or visit www.leacockpres.org.

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Ugandan Pastor To Visit Church May 17, 2018

Victory Christian Fellowship, 695 E. Ridge Road, Palmyra, will host Pastor George on Sunday, May 27, at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend. George has served as pastor at Elim Fellowship in Uganda, Africa, for the past 30 years.

For more details, readers may call 717-838-2033 or visit www.vcfpa.org.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule May 9, 2018

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

On Sunday, May 20, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Sandra Ellis-Killian and the celebration of Holy Communion. In recognition of Pentecost, people are encouraged to wear red.

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

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Church Slates Activities May 2, 2018

St. Paul Church, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, has planned several events. Community members are invited to attend.

A game night will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Free soup will be available.

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, a worship service will begin at 10:15 a.m. Women and girls will receive special gifts.

On Pentecost, Sunday, May 20, at 10:15 a.m., the church will hold a "Happy Birthday, Church" celebration, featuring many surprises.

The church will hold its Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 27, at 10:15 a.m.

For more information, readers may call Pastor Martha Boyer at 717-858-2991.

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule May 2, 2018

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

On Sunday, May 13, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by pastor Sandra Ellis-Killian and the celebration of Holy Communion. To celebrate Mother's Day, the sanctuary will be decorated with geraniums that were purchased in honor of and in memory of mothers.

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

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Centennial Church Posts Schedule April 26, 2018

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

On Sunday, May 6, 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 education hour for all ages will follow the worship service.

The Cinco de Mayo youth car wash will take place on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees may enjoy tacos while their car is washed. The rain date will be Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 13, the sanctuary will be decorated with geraniums in honor of and in memory of mothers.

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

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Church Plans Polka Mass April 20, 2018

St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 700 Pleasure Road, Lancaster, will host a Polka Mass on Sunday, April 29, at 10 a.m. Directed by pastor Glenn Beard, the Heidelberg Brass Band will lead the congregation through a joyful, heartwarming service.

The public is invited to attend. For details, call 717-394-9607.

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