Community Invited To Pack Meals June 22, 2017
Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, will kick off its Summer Sundays on July 2 with 10,000 Meals Sunday.
The event will begin with worship and Communion at both 10 a.m. services. Immediately afterward, volunteers of all ages will convene in the church lobby for about an hour to package 10,000 nutritional meals for hungry families around the world through the Rise Against Hunger relief program.
This will be the third time Highland has joined to fight against international hunger through the program. In 2015, its 10,000 meals helped families in Sierra Leone. In 2016, Haitian families benefited from Highland's efforts.
Community members are invited to join in the family-oriented project. To register, visit www.HighlandPC.org.
Group Donates Quilt, Funds June 20, 2017
Camp Donegal recently received a donation of a check for $2,329 and a handmade 78-by-86-inch "Pathway to the Stars" quilt, which was started by the late Carolyn Evans-Corder of Delta. Three members of The Quilters Retreat, Jean Bryan, Rose Hoover, and Ginny Buckingham, presented the check and quilt in memory of Evans-Corder, who enjoyed attending the quilters' retreats held at Camp Donegal.
The funds were raised by selling fabric and notions donated by Evans-Corder's husband, Ray Corder. Rose Hoover of East Prospect and Jean Bryan of Shrewsbury finished machine piecing the quilt in 2017, and Karen Davis of Whiteford, Md., long-arm quilted it. The quilt will be available for sale at a later date.
For more information on joining The Quilters Retreat, readers may contact Jean Bryan at 717-580-3869.
Camp Donegal is in Airville on Telegraph Road. Readers may visit CampDonegal.org or call 717-862-3722 for rental or camper information. The ministry and mission of Camp Donegal is to provide a peaceful place away where all may grow in their relationships with Jesus Christ, with others, and with themselves. Camp Donegal was established in 1958 and is a ministry of The Presbytery of Donegal, Presbyterian Church (USA). Camp Donegal welcomes children from all backgrounds and religious affiliations.
Church Receives Grant June 14, 2017
Oxford United Methodist Church (UMC), 18 Addison St., Oxford, was awarded a grant of $3,989 from the Clyde P. and Katherine B. Alexander Memorial Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation to support the mission and ministries of the church. Announcement of the grant was made by Pedro A. Ramos, president and CEO of the Foundation.
The Rev. Mark Terry, pastor of Oxford UMC, said the grant will help support the church's missions and outreach programs in the community, including vacation Bible school, a free ice cream social, the fall Family Fun Night, and the church's work as a host church for Family Promise of Southern Chester County. As part of the United Methodist Church, Oxford UMC supports missionaries and missions around the world.
Founded in 1851, Oxford United Methodist Church has had the mission of praising, caring, serving, and sharing. Worship services begin at 8:30 and 10:55 a.m. on Sundays. There are youth groups for youths in grades five through eight and for grades nine through 12. The church also offers Bible studies, two handbell choirs, and adult and children choirs. Vacation Bible school will be held from Sunday through Thursday, July 23 to 27, and the church will host a free concert in Memorial Park in Oxford on Sunday, July 30. For more information about the church, readers may call 610-932-9698 or visit www.oxford1851.org.
The Philadelphia Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. A foundation and a public charity, the foundation connects philanthropic resources to societal needs. More information is available at www.philafound.org.
Fostering Love Through Blessed Bundles June 9, 2017
Foster care is an amazing ministry that many couples and families answer the call to enter into, and offering support to those involved in the journey is another important part of the process. Knowing how to reach out can be tricky, but a group of people from Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Joy recently created Blessed Bundles, an outreach that aims to help ease the transition for children entering foster care.
Trinity Lutheran Church member Scott Garcia experienced the hardships of living in several foster homes as a child. Scott explained that typically a child enters foster care in an emergency situation and his or her minimal belongings are often placed into trash bags, or the child leaves his or her home with no belongings at all. Scott and his wife, Melanie, are motivated to help add a sense of security for children who are in an otherwise uncertain situation.
"When you are displaced and on your own so young, there is a lack of pride, trust, and a sense of belonging," said Melanie. "A Blessed Bundle packed with love and a prayer for protection during the journey is the least we can do."
Blessed Bundles began with a collection of new or gently used backpacks, as well as specific items for boys and girls of various age groups to place inside of each backpack. One collection led to another, and now the Garcias are in the process of registering Blessed Bundles as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Once the backpacks are filled, they are delivered for distribution to children through the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center and Families United Network in Mount Joy. The first delivery consisted of 42 backpacks containing items such as toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, school supplies, books, night lights, blankets, diaries, stuffed animals, and more.
"Our goal is to replenish these bags as needed, so we will continue collections of backpacks, diaper bags, and essential items," explained Elayne Olson of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Donations may be dropped off at the church office, 47 W. Main St., Mount Joy, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays and on Sunday mornings. For more information or to request a list of specific items to donate, interested individuals may email BlessedBundlesMission@gmail.com.
Church Posts Library Hours June 6, 2017
Weaverland Mennonite Church, 210 Weaverland Valley Road, East Earl, invites the public to visit the church's library between 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, June 20 through Aug. 22. The library will not be open on Tuesday, July 4.
Readers of all ages are invited to borrow books. The library has a selection of fiction, junior fiction, biographies, and books about Christian life, along with plenty of books for young readers. The library also has a large variety of videos and DVDs that may be borrowed.
Guests are asked to use the newer entrance to reach the library, which is now on the first floor. For more information, readers may call Teresa at 661-7460.
Fresh Fruit Fridays Scheduled June 1, 2017
Madison Avenue Church of the Brethren, located in the Avenues Neighborhood at 645 Madison Ave., York, will continue its Fresh Fruit Fridays for the third year as a way of fulfilling its mission of honoring God by growing in faith, service, and love.
On the second Friday of each month during the growing season, church members will distribute free local fruit on the church lawn from 9 to 11 a.m. Fruit to be given away will include strawberries on June 9, blueberries on July 14, peaches on Aug. 11, and apples on Sept. 8.
For more information, readers may contact the church office at 717-854-1885 or email@example.com.