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Marie Monville To Speak At New Hope Banquet September 14, 2018

Marie Monville did not set out to be a public speaker, but as the widow of Charlie Roberts, the man who perpetrated the West Nickel Mines School shooting in 2006, she has sought to turn her pain and tragedy into a blessing for others. She recounted her spiritual journey in her book, "One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting," which was published in 2013, and she is part of the Ambassador speakers bureau.

"We have heard incredibly wonderful things about her ministry," commented Neil Uniacke, executive director of New Hope Community Life Ministry, which has invited Monville to be the guest speaker at its 16th annual banquet, set for Thursday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Refton Brethren in Christ Church, 110 Church St., Refton. "Marie will be free to share her heart," he continued. "She's an amazing speaker."

Uniacke noted that past banquets have featured speakers who talked about the work New Hope does in the community. While Monville does not have a direct link to the ministry, Uniacke was part of the Lancaster County Critical Incident Stress Management team that responded to the school shooting. He spent the tragic day and the week following interacting with the first responders and the families of those in the school community. Uniacke's heart for hurting people is the driving force behind his work at New Hope.

"No judgment - compassion - is the most important part of what we bring to the counseling process," Uniacke said. "Marie is compassionate. When you've experienced hurt, you can recognize it in others."

New Hope offers Christ-centered, biblically based, relational counseling, with a sliding fee scale available for folks experiencing financial difficulty. All of the counselors who work through New Hope provide general counseling services, but they will add a faith element upon request.

"We are people of faith, but we work with (everyone)," Uniacke explained. "The client controls (the frame of discussion). If and when they're ready, we will talk about the spiritual dimension with them."

The annual banquet is one way that the public may support the ministry of New Hope. There is no cost to attend the event, but table sponsorships are available, and there will be an opportunity to donate during the evening. Proceeds will be used to offset costs associated with counseling services, community outreach programs such as Strengthening Families, and the Community Closet thrift store.

A video has been made to tell the story of New Hope and promote Monville's participation in the banquet. Any church, business, or other organization that would like to screen the video is welcome to contact New Hope. The full length of the film is 30 minutes, but seven- and two-minute segments are available. Uniacke noted that a New Hope representative is available for presentations as well. "We want to remind the community we are here and we want to serve," he said.

Tickets for the banquet must be reserved by Friday, Oct. 26. On Nov. 1, the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The meal, prepared by Esther Smoker, will be served buffet-style and will include roast beef, ham balls, potatoes, a vegetable medley, salad, applesauce, rolls, and dessert.

For reservations or to learn more, readers may call New Hope at 717-786-2802.


Saddlebag Riders To Support Wounded Warrior Project September 13, 2018

Nate Brubaker recently joined the Saddlebag Riders, a team of Motorcyclists for Jesus Ministries, after reading a newspaper article about the group. "It said, 'If you love Jesus and you love motorcycles, come on out,'" Brubaker recalled. "My wife and I will take any opportunity to meet people. She said I need to go do this, and I agreed."

Both Brubaker and his wife, Jessica, are motorcycle enthusiasts, and they have participated in several events hosted by the Saddlebag Riders. They also plan to be part of the next activity, which will be a Wounded Warrior Project fundraising ride on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m. No rain date has been set.

Check-in for the ride will open at 1:30 p.m. at Bethany Evangelical Congregational Church of Creswell, 1165 Letort Road, Conestoga. The group of riders will depart the church at 2 p.m. and stop for ice cream at a local dairy.

Road captain John Young has planned the route and will serve as the guide. "We'll be going through rolling hills, on all small back roads. They will be twisting and winding, but it will be a leisurely ride," he said.

The ride will return to the church at about 3 p.m., where riders and other guests may enjoy a picnic of pulled pork, hot dogs, chips, and beverages in the pavilion. Folks may attend the picnic even if they do not go on the ride.

No prices have been set for the ride or the meal, but donations will be accepted for the Wounded Warrior Project.

"It's a passion for a lot of us," Saddlebag Riders secretary Gail Moore said, explaining why the team is raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. "A lot of motorcyclists have been in the military."

Readers are encouraged to let the team know they plan to participate in the event, but advance registration is not required. Folks are also welcome to join the group, which meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at Bethany Church. The Saddlebag Riders like to host events that appeal to the motorcycle community, and they also like to attend events to bridge the gap between motorcycle enthusiasts and the love of Jesus Christ.

"We have a passion for motorcycles and people," remarked team president Chuck Moore.

For more information or to let the organizers know of plans to participate in the ride or picnic, readers may contact Chuck at 717-224-8790 or


Couple Leaves For Mission September 13, 2018

Cindy and David Moss of Bair will leave on Monday, Oct. 15, to serve an 18-month mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the New York City Mission, Bermuda region.

Dave retired in July from the West York School District, and this gave him and Cindy the opportunity to apply for an 18-month mission. Cindy retired from Scotts Miracle Gro in 2011.

They were called to serve their mission in the New York City Mission, Bermuda region, which is a 21-square-mile group of 150 islands that are British territories. The couple will go to the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, for one week of training, and then on to their mission.

Dave has already served a two-year mission from 1975 to 1977 in Hong Kong, which was a Cantonese-speaking mission. Four of his children have followed in his footsteps and have also served missions to Russia, Switzerland, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho.

The couple lives in Bair Station, West Manchester Township, but on returning from their mission, they plan to live in Florida.


COBYS - Expanding To Serve The Community September 12, 2018

Foster Care Orientation Classes Slated

Don Fitzkee, director of development for COBYS Family Services, easily recalls the earliest days of the organization's existence in 1980. "We began as a teen foster care agency with foster families in private homes," said Fitzkee.

During the last few years, COBYS has grown extensively in response to the drug epidemic. "You read stories in the newspaper about people affected by the opioid crisis," said Fitzkee, "but you don't read about the children involved." Fitzkee noted that many of those children go into foster care. "COBYS is trying to care for those children while their parents deal with those issues," explained Fitzkee.

In response to the crisis and to legislation that has resulted in more children going into foster care, COBYS has its increased staff - nearly doubling in size from early 2015 to January 2018 - and increased its organizational budget to more than $5 million.

According to Fitzkee, the COBYS building at 1417 Oregon Road, Leola, which housed foster care, adoption, administration, and counseling, was getting a little overcrowded. "We had three to four people in offices, and we were shuttling (employees) to a church for parking because we didn't have enough space for people coming for counseling (appointments)," said Fitzkee. "We were just running out of space."

Fitzkee said that COBYS engaged a local consulting group to determine the best way to move forward. "One of the things that came out of that process was that we began looking for a new building," said Fitzkee. In January, COBYS purchased the building located at 444 Murry Hill Circle, Lancaster, and christened it the Murry Hill Center. "On Martin Luther King Day, we had 59 volunteers there removing carpet, sanding, priming, and painting for nearly 700 volunteer hours in renovations," Fitzkee recalled.

In February, COBYS adoption and foster care staff moved to the new building, and later the Family Life Education staff joined them at that location. COBYS administration remained in Leola, and the counseling center moved to the main floor of the Leola building. Fitzkee noted that COBYS also owns two buildings in Lancaster city, including one at 171 E. King St., where the organization's Family Life Center offers parenting programs, and the permanency unit at 134 E. King St., where a specialized foster care program operates in relationship with the Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency. "We work with (the county agency) to reunite children with birth parents when they can (or facilitate adoptions)," Fitzkee explained. An additional counseling center is located in the First United Methodist Church of Palmyra, where COBYS works in cooperation with Palmyra Caring Community.

The same situations that have caused COBYS to expand the number of staff have also led to the need for more families willing to provide foster care. "The first step (for people) interested in becoming a foster parent or adopting through COBYS is to attend (a) free, no-obligation orientation (to) get an overview of what the process involves," said Fitzkee. Introductory sessions are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Murry Hill Center.

Readers who would like to register for a class may do so at or by emailing or calling 717-656-6580.


Missionaries Visit York Fair September 12, 2018


Seniors Invited To Programs September 7, 2018

The Well, 107 W. Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, invites all seniors to participate in programs. The group will meet weekly on Wednesdays from Oct. 3 to Nov. 14. There will be a gathering and refreshments from 9 to 9:30 a.m.; games, art, and crocheting/knitting from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; and Faith Talk from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Well is a ministry of Hopewell United Methodist Church. For more information, call 610-269-1545 or visit


Students Invited To Bible Adventure Program September 7, 2018

Third- through fifth-graders attending South Hanover Elementary School in Lower Dauphin School District or Northside Elementary and Forge Street Elementary schools in Palmyra School District are invited to be a part of the Joy El Bible Adventure program this school year.

Northside Elementary and Forge Street Elementary will meet at Victory Christian Fellowship, 695 E. Ridge Road, Palmyra, on Thursdays beginning Sept. 20. Northside Students will meet from noon to 1 p.m., and Forge students will meet from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. South Hanover students will meet on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 12 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the Union Deposit United Methodist Church, 34 W. Main St., Hershey. Transportation will be provided to and from the Bible Adventure programs.

Bible Adventure (formerly called Released Time) is a legal program provided by Joy El Generation, Greencastle, that allows public school children to leave their classrooms with parental permission for one hour each week to receive biblical teaching. Bible Adventure provides moral and character development in a Christian context. The program has been serving Pennsylvania communities since 1965 and is presently offered in 90 schools throughout the state.

Parents who would like to enroll their children in the Bible Adventure program may request registration forms from the child's public school office. South Hanover parents may also contact coordinator Jim Dengler at 717-220-1474. Forge Street parents may contact Christine Frenchek at 717-991-2682, and Northside parents may contact Carolyn Hall at 717-579-2836. Registration may also be completed at


Students Invited To After-School Programs September 7, 2018

The mission of Solid Rock Youth Ministries (SRYM) is to earn trust through authentic relationships so lives can be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The organization offers Christ-centered programming, Bible study, encouragement, discipleship, and community involvement. At Solid Rock, the desire is to minister to families and to journey through life with them. A primary method of carrying out that mission is through after-school and youth programs for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. The programs will begin on Monday, Sept. 24, and run through May 2019. All programs will be offered free of charge.

Transportation to after-school programs from Quarryville Elementary will be provided by Solid Rock staff members, but students from other schools are welcome to attend and may be dropped off at the youth center, 34 E. State St., Quarryville, at 4 p.m. Lack of transportation should not be an issue preventing youngsters from participating; guardians may contact Solid Rock to discuss possible options and arrangements.

The elementary after-school program will be offered for kindergartners through third-grade students on Mondays until 5:45 p.m. and for fourth- and fifth-graders on Tuesdays until 5:45 p.m. Sessions will include snacks, group games, and Bible lessons as well as group activities or free time. Ping-pong, pool, foosball, crafts, board games, gaga, and more will be offered.

"Our staff and volunteers treasure the opportunity to get to know the students and have fun with them," said Corey Alfonso, who was hired as program director in May to meet the needs of the growing ministry. "I'm excited for what God has in store for Solid Rock this year."

Homework help will be offered on Thursdays until 4:45 p.m. for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Sixth-graders through high school freshmen may arrive at 3:30 p.m., and younger students may get there at 4 p.m. A snack will be served, then there will be quiet time to work on homework, study, or read. Students will have the opportunity to receive individualized help and tutoring from volunteers.

"This program doesn't offer our typical activities and free time. Instead, the focus will be on academics," Alfonso explained. "We at Solid Rock want to partner with you to promote your child's success in and out of the classroom."

Youth Night will be held on Thursdays from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. for girls and boys in sixth through ninth grades. The program has been designed to give young people a place to come together and experience community, friendship, mentorship, and fun in a Christ-centered context. Youth Night will include group games and free time, as well as a Bible lesson followed by a time of small group interaction with same-gender peers and Christian adults. Organizers explained that Youth Night exists to share the truths of the Gospel of grace with young men and women and navigate the joys and hardships of life with them.

Solid Rock also plans special events throughout the year, including Family Fun Days and special events for sixth- through ninth-grade students on the third Friday of each month.

For more information and to register, readers may visit or call 717-786-8007.


Bible2School Program Set September 7, 2018

An expanded Bible2School program will return to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 100 W. Main St., Mountville. This year's program will be open to second-, third-, and fourth-graders at Mountville Elementary School.

Sessions will start the week of Tuesday, Sept. 25. Second-graders will meet on Tuesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and third-graders will meet on Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sessions for fourth-graders will be on Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Students will learn Bible principles and applications from trained volunteers.

Bible2School is a nondenominational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization allowed by section 1546 of the Pennsylvania school code. It is funded through sponsorships from individuals and organizations.

For more information, readers may visit or contact Heather Bates at 717-715-2192 or the church at 717-285-5020.


Moms In Prayer Groups To Meet September 7, 2018

Moms in Prayer groups for Manheim Central School District invite other moms to join in prayer for children and schools this coming year. All mothers of Manheim Central students are welcome to participate. The Moms in Prayer groups meet weekly throughout the school year for one hour of prayer, following a format that includes praise, silent confession, thanksgiving, and intercession.

A kickoff brunch open to all Manheim Central Moms in Prayer groups and those interested in joining is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at 246 N. Penryn Road, Manheim. Preschool-age children are welcome. Those planning to attend are asked to register by contacting Emily Lindberg at 717-664-2723 or

The Burgard Elementary group will meet at 314 N. Strickler Road, Manheim, at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays beginning Oct. 4. The leader, Laura Kreider, may be contacted at or 717-492-1899.

The Doe Run Elementary and Manheim Central Middle School groups will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Fridays beginning Sept. 28 at Salem United Methodist Church, 140 N. Penn St., Manheim. The Doe Run leader, Emily Lindberg, may be reached at her previously mentioned contact information. The middle school leaders are Amy Minnich and Toche Groff. Individuals may contact Minnich at or 717-665-6391 or Groff at or 717-682-3225. Nursery space will be provided for preschool children of moms participating in either of these groups.

The Manheim Central High School group will meet at 2161 N. Penryn Road, Manheim, at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 26. The leader, Shelly Lutz, may be reached at or 717-892-8871.

Moms in Prayer is an international organization that began in 1984 when one mom, Fern Nichols, started a group to pray for her children. Groups are now praying for children and schools in every state in the U.S. and in more than 140 countries.


Church To Offer Coffee, Prayer September 5, 2018

New Hope (Fissel's) United Church of Christ, 3426 Fissel's Church Road, Glen Rock, will offer "Fissel's Drive-Through" Free Friday Morning Coffee and a Prayer from Sept. 21 through Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 8 a.m. in the parking lot in front of the church.

All are welcome. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the church office at 717-235-2033.


NLAM Fall Banquet September 5, 2018

According to Clara Ames, executive director of No Longer Alone Ministries (NLAM), the organization's Fall Ministry Banquet and Silent Auction is more than a fundraiser; it is a chance for those who support the ministry to catch up or get to know each other better. "There's a time for good conversation (and) fellowship," said Ames. "(It's a chance) to reconnect (or) meet new friends."

NLAM will hold its annual fundraiser, based on the theme "Journeys of Hope," on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the vestibule. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

A silent auction, which will open at 5:30 p.m., will feature up to 30 items. "Our silent auction is based on the best of Lancaster County," said Ames, who noted stays at local guesthouses and passes to area attractions will be among the items up for bids. "We will have two extravagant chocolate baskets," she added, noting that organizers have put an emphasis on quality rather than a quantity of items on which to bid.

The keynote speaker for the dinner will be Catherine P. Downing, author of "Sparks of Redemptive Grace," which recounts her experience with a family member struggling with mental illness. Downing's topic will be "Sparks of Redemptive Grace: Seeking and Seeing God Amid a Loved One's Mental Illness." "Downing and her husband have walked this journey with their now-adult son who struggles with bipolar disorder," explained Ames. Downing is a trained teacher with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family-to-Family classes. She is a former missionary who currently works with faith-based nonprofit organizations as a communications consultant. She has been lauded for her compassion and vulnerability in sharing her story.

Special music for the event will be provided by Peggy Grabowski, and local radio personality Lisa Landis will serve as master of ceremonies.

Ames noted that a plated meal, with entree options including pecan-crusted salmon, chicken cordon bleu, and a vegan gluten-free option of quinoa black bean saute, will be served along with salad, bread, and beverages. Ames added that a choice of desserts will include chocolate cake and a seasonal option.

A freewill offering will be received at the dinner. "Our goal is to raise close to $51,000," said Ames, who added that sponsorship options are available.

Tickets are required to attend and may be purchased by visiting or calling the NLAM office at 717-390-4891. Reservations will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 21.


Fall Community Event September 5, 2018

Lancaster Seventh-day Adventist Church, 151 City Mill Road, Lancaster, will host its annual fall community event on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 4 p.m. Parking will be available.

The free event will kick off with food service beginning at noon and continuing until it is gone. Visitors are invited to register at the front entrance for the opportunity to win prizes. The event will also feature a giveaway table. Activities for children will include an obstacle relay race, crafts, and face painting.

In addition, a health booth will offer blood pressure checks and health literature, and a prayer booth will be available. All are welcome.


Volunteers Sought For Shared Table Events September 5, 2018

RSVP of the Capital Region - York County has announced that volunteers age 55 and up are sought for the Goldsboro Church of God Shared Table, offered the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. The church is located at 103 W. Broadway St., Etters.

Volunteer benefits include need-based transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, paid assistance with clearances, volunteer of the month recognition, and more.

Individuals interested in becoming a volunteer may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or email


Church To Offer ESL, Citizenship Classes August 30, 2018

Elizabethtown Alliance Church, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown, is slated to begin its fifth year of offering English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes. Registration night will be Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and classes will take place on Wednesdays starting Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

During the registration night, new students can sign up for a class, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and look at materials. Returning students do not need to attend registration night and may instead report to the first class on Sept. 12. There is a registration fee for first-time enrollees.

Students in ESL classes will be placed in class levels in which they are comfortable. Vocabulary building and conversational English will be emphasized at all levels.

The citizenship class will cover the U.S. Constitution and American history. It is open to anyone interested in preparing for the American Citizenship Test.

For more information, readers may contact Kara Werner at 717-769-1579 or the church office at 717-367-2995.


Solid Rock Holds 5K Race August 30, 2018

Solid Rock Youth Ministries (SRYM) hosted its first annual 5K and Fun Run on Aug. 18 on the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail in Quarryville. There were 175 registered runners and more than 200 attendees. The event raised more than $7,000 to benefit SRYM.

The 5K race began at the Fairview Avenue trail head of the Enola Low Grade Trail. The course ran through Quarryville and over the new bridge at Route 222 that connected the trail.

The event also included a Kids Fun Run, refreshments, awards, and prizes. The overall female winners of the 5K included Kaitlyn Oliver, first place, 19:57; Amanda Lohss, second place, 20:30; and Abby Landis, third place, 24:31. The overall male winners included Mason Sinclair, first place, 21:23; Ben King, second place, 21:30; and Andy Anderson, third place, 22:10.


New Holland Released Time: 25 Years And Still Growing August 29, 2018

Elanco Released Time will observe its 25th year when the program meets for again this September. During the month of August, as New Holland coordinator Deb Reimers was getting ready for the fall term to start, she realized the program is poised to grow again. "It's very exciting to me," noted Reimers. "We are already being prepared for growth. We have the extra transportation and extra teachers (we need)."

For the 2017-18 school year, Released Time registered 109 students, transporting them from New Holland Elementary each Thursday afternoon to Petra Church, utilizing the Petra bus and two vans. This year, when the program begins meeting on Thursdays at Petra Church on Airport Road in New Holland on Sept. 13, the Church of the Nazarene bus will replace the two vans to transport students. The program will be held from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. each Thursday that school is in session through April 11, 2019.

Reimers noted that each year the program is held, about 20 new students take part. This year, third- and fourth-grade students and fifth- and sixth-grade students will be divided up, with the younger grades meeting in Petra's multipurpose room and the older students meeting in the Oasis. "We expanded our teaching staff from one teacher, song leader, and tech (person) to three teachers, two tech people, plus a song leader," said Reimers, who noted that the team will work with the students during large group time, which consists of prayer, songs, and a lesson during the first 15 to 20 minutes the students are at Petra. During the final 20 minutes, the students are broken into smaller groups with an adult to listen, answer questions about the lesson, and help with worksheets. "We always need (more) volunteer small group listeners," said Reimers, noting that about five more listeners would give her the necessary number of volunteers.

The Elanco program uses a two-year sequential curriculum that begins with the establishment of God as Creator and the One who has brought about the way of salvation. The program establishes that humans are sinful and in need of a savior and that God provides a way to salvation through Jesus Christ.

Students who take part in the program will be given the opportunity to earn points toward a week at Woodcrest Retreat in Ephrata, Greenview Bible Camp in Denver, or Tel Hai Camp in Honey Brook. Students earn points each week by bringing their Bibles to Released Time and memorizing and looking up Bible verses. Students receive awards for each 25 points they earn. For each 15 points students earn, they have a chance to put their name in a camp box. Each grade has its own camp box. At the end of the spring session, two students from each grade will be chosen randomly from the boxes to win a camp scholarship. In addition, the two students with the highest number of points for the whole year will also receive scholarships.

During the week of Sept. 3, registration papers are scheduled to go home with every third- through sixth-grader at the school. Parents can send the completed registration papers back to the school. On Tuesday, Sept. 11, representatives of Elanco Released Time will be at the New Holland Elementary School back-to-school night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Students who register prior to Wednesday, Sept. 12, will be able to go to the first session. Students may still register after the session begins.

Organizers would like to see grandparents and other retired citizens from the area help out. Adults who would like to volunteer may call 717-354-6553. Individuals who would like to learn more about the program may find Elanco Released Time - New Holland Released Time" on Facebook.


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 or contact Miller at 717-786-4559 or


Bible Adventure Program Slated August 29, 2018

The Bible Adventure program will be available for children in third through sixth grades at Shrewsbury Elementary School. The program will be offered weekly on Thursdays beginning on Sept. 13.

With their parents' permission, children will leave school at 2:15 p.m. on Thursdays and take a bus to Grace Church on Plank Road. The 45-minute program will include Bible stories, games, music, and activities. Children will return to the school by 3:15 p.m. and take their bus home as usual.

The program is in compliance with a state law that mandates that children may be released for religious instruction for 36 hours each year.

Parents may register their children at Individuals may contact the church at 717-235-4029 or for more information.


Women's Group To Meet August 29, 2018

Women of all ages are invited to attend Reach Out, a community program providing fellowship for women that will take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from September through May. It will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at Stony Brook Mennonite Church, 15 Locust Grove Road, York.

Reach Out is a women's ministry that offers fellowship, spiritual renewal, and enrichment. Programs are free unless indicated otherwise.

On Sept. 11, the program will be School Days, and attendees should bring a snack in a lunch box or brown paper bag and a school memory to share. Fun and games from school days will be featured.

Breathe Easy will be the focus on Sept. 25. A respiratory therapist will share on the intricacies of the body, focusing on heart and lung functions.

Other upcoming programs will be as follows: Oct. 9, Decorating With Pumpkins; Oct. 23, Eating Healthy, focusing on tips and recipes for healthy meals and snacks; Nov. 13, Anxiety and Depression, featuring a speaker from No Longer Alone Ministries; Nov. 27, "One Thousand Gifts," including a talk on Ann Voskamp's book on gratitude; and Dec. 11, Holiday Decorating, featuring an opportunity to make a holiday luminaria for a nominal cost.

For more information, readers may contact Judy Heindel at 717-916-3054 or

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