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Quilting Group Seeks Volunteers, Fabric Donations November 15, 2018

Members of the Mission Quilters at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Coatesville are seeking some extra hands to help with their efforts.

Volunteers are needed to help "tie" the quilt layers together during meetings of the group, which are held on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. "If you can tie a knot, you can do this," said Jean Broderick of Elverson, one of the group leaders.

As part of the process, a needle and thread are used to pierce the three quilt layers, which include the top and the back with the batting in between. Similar to sewing on a button, the needle and thread go through each square of the material several times and the thread is eventually tied off.

"We could really use a lot more (help)," said Broderick, who noted that the group has been meeting for more than 10 years.

The completed quilts, which measure 60 by 80 inches and are composed of 11-inch squares, are donated to Lutheran World Relief (LWR) as part of its Mission Quilt program. According to www.lwr.org/quilts, Mission Quilts are used by residents of impoverished countries for bedding, as simple tents or floor coverings or to carry infants.

"We send (the quilts) to a warehouse in Maryland, and Lutheran World Relief sends the quilts to wherever they are needed," Broderick said. "Most of ours have gone to India.

"We have a number on the box when we ship them, so we can track it that way," she added.

In 2017, the group donated 24 quilts to LWR, and so far for 2018, the members sent 33. "We have seven in progress right now," Broderick said.

At an upcoming meeting of the group, instruction will be provided to those who want to tie the quilts. "You tie them a couple of times to make sure they are tight so they do not come apart," said Broderick.

After the tying process, the borders of the quilts are completed on a sewing machine by Broderick and group member Loretta Donohue.

The congregation donates to the group members, who purchase sewing materials at discount stores. The community is invited to donate as well. "We can use money for batting and backing, (as well as) fabric," Broderick noted.

She said that the group members enjoy sewing together. "We enjoy fellowship, but we know we are doing something that is needed for people who are less fortunate than us," Broderick added.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville. For more information about joining the group or donating fabric, readers may email rnjean@ptd.net. For more information about the church or directions, readers may call the church office at 610-384-2035 or visit www.luthgoodshep.org.

The church also offers a prayer shawl ministry that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

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New Members Invited To Join Needlework Ministry November 7, 2018

Stitchers and non-stitchers alike are invited to join the needlework ministry at St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, Malvern. The group, which meets on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon, creates lap blankets, prayer shawls, chemo caps, scarves and hats for school children and more. Those who are unable to knit or crochet may help out by assisting with labeling and packaging duties.

In conjunction with its monthly meeting, the needlework ministry at St. Peter's held an open house on Nov. 3, during which attendees enjoyed a continental breakfast and learned about the group from co-leaders Brenda Grove and Betsy Church.

Grove noted that the ministry has been meeting for more than 12 years. It began as prayer shawl ministry, but the effort has grown to include other handmade items. Everyone is welcome, including those who do not attend St. Peter's. "We have people who are not members who come on a regular basis," she said.

Each meeting starts with a prayer, followed by announcements. "Then we knit, crochet and chat," Grove said. With the exception of the scheduled open houses, the meetings generally end with a light lunch.

Items that the group makes were on display at the open house. "We make prayer shawls; scarves for the military, which are distributed through Operation Gratitude; and chemo caps and scarves for (patients at) the Chester County Hospital. Pink (scarves) are for cancer patients, and red are for heart patients," Grove told the group. "We also make school scarves and hats for the St. James School, an Episcopal charter school in Philadelphia."

The group recently donated 30 caps and 15 scarves to the school, which provides children in need with counseling, tutoring and mentoring. "They have an Advent celebration where their parents can shop for their kids (free of charge)," Grove explained. "They set up tables with different gift items that the parents can (select), so those (items) will go there."

Christening blankets, which are packaged with a book of prayers, are presented to the parents of children who are baptized at St. Peter's.

The Rev. Abigail Crozier Nestelhutt, St. Peter's rector, was on hand at the open house to report that families are grateful for the christening blankets. "Tomorrow I am baptizing an infant boy and his mother," she told the group. "Those mean so much to people. When we give them the baby blankets, you can just tell how much people are touched by that."

Prayer shawls and lap blankets go to hospitalized veterans, seniors served by Episcopal church housing, those in hospice and homeowners who have been helped through the Good Works program, among others. Each person receives a shawl or smaller lap blanket with a tag on it from St. Peter's, along with a booklet of prayers and a small cloth bag.

The prayer shawls and blankets are put into gift bags by non-sewing members of the needlework ministry. "Sometimes people can't knit and crochet because their hands won't let them because of arthritis (or other ailments)," noted Grove. "People who can't knit or crochet have found new ways to help."

Those who want to learn to knit or crochet can also join the group for instruction; supplies are provided. The group also accepts yarn donations.

The next scheduled meeting of the ministry will be on Saturday, Dec. 1.

St. Peter's is located at 2475 St. Peter's Road, Malvern. For more information about the needlework ministry, readers may call the church office at 610-644-2261, search for "Needlework - St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley" on Facebook or email kmitters@stpetersgv.org.

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Church Sets Bus Ministry November 7, 2018

Columbia United Methodist Church (CUMC), 510 Walnut St., will offer a new bus ministry for individuals who would like to come to church but need a ride. CUMC will pick individuals up for church and take them home.

Reservations are required by 3 p.m. on Thursday each week by calling 717-684-2356. Callers should provide a name, an address, and a contact phone number.

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Church To Offer Holiday Meals November 1, 2018

Family Restoration Worship Center (FRWC), 313 W. Liberty St., Lancaster, will distribute Thanksgiving meal baskets to families in need from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. Along with the baskets, light refreshments will be served and some articles of clothing will be available.

Baskets will be given out to families who register by calling 717-490-2149 before Thursday, Nov. 15. Volunteers are also needed to help prepare the baskets.

In addition to this project, FRWC makes food and clothing available to neighboring helping facilities and provides support to member students and those who come from nearby Franklin & Marshall College.

For more information, readers may contact the Rev. Jamal Brown at jamalbrown23322@gmail.com or 717-490-2149.

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Neighbors Group Sets Craft, Bible Study October 26, 2018

Women of all ages and preschool children are invited to attend Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim.

The session will offer the choice between a craft and Bible study.

Monica Martin will lead the craft, which will be a faux, white pumpkin succulent centerpiece. The item can be used long after the pumpkin season is over. Martin has been married for 14 years and has four daughters. She attends Mount Hope Mennonite Church.

Thelma Thomas will lead the Bible study, titled "Only What's Done for Christ Will Last." The focus will be on how ordinary people can do things for Christ that will last forever. Thomas has been married to Ike for 55 years and has four children, 17 grandchildren, and a number of great-grandchildren. She is a member of Willow Street Mennonite Church and enjoys reading and gardening.

Classes are provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. Readers may contact Veronica at 717-626-7603 for more information, including a copy of this year's schedule.

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Community Closet Plans Sales October 25, 2018

"A lot of people do not know about our various sales," said Community Closet Thrift Store manager Beth Tyson.

The "Young at Heart" sale runs every Wednesday at the shop, located in the TownsEdge Village Shopping Center, 128 Townsedge Drive, Quarryville. On those days, shoppers age 50 and older may take 50 percent off the prices of all items with colored tags. Additionally, dollar sales are held weekly, offering all customers one last chance to take home clothing, shoes, accessories, home decor, and more.

"Items have six weeks to sell. If an item doesn't sell, we donate it to the Salvation Army," Tyson explained.

The Community Closet accepts donations of new and clean, gently used items at the rear of the building, door 128, on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donors are asked to ring the doorbell and give their items directly to a volunteer.

The store is open to shoppers on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to the priced items, the Community Closet runs an ongoing silent auction that typically features collectibles, unique items, and other valuables.

Special sales are held on the first Friday of every month, and the next two will take place on Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. Additionally, a Black Friday sale will be held Nov. 23. On those days, every item with a colored tag will be 50 percent off for everyone without regard to age. Dec. 7 will also be the date of the Christmas tree lighting in TownsEdge. As the tree is located in the parking lot in front of the Community Closet, the store will offer popcorn and other treats to attendees.

The Community Closet will be part of Midnight Gladness, a shopping event that will take place at participating locations in Quarryville, from 3 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Dec. 21. The store will offer complimentary bottled water, cookies, and hot chocolate to shoppers during the event.

Since the Community Closet runs on donations, the store inventory is constantly changing. To encourage folks to explore the racks, Tyson has planned to hide a specific item in the store on Nov. 23, Dec. 7, and Dec. 21. The first three persons to find the item each day will receive a $50 gift certificate to the store.

Looking ahead to 2019, Tyson announced that the annual fashion show has been set for Saturday, April 6. She invites readers to reserve the date, and more information will come later. The models who appear in the fashion show are store volunteers. The need for new volunteers is continual.

The perks of volunteering include a catered Christmas breakfast on the first day of December, a birthday gift, a 50 percent discount on days worked at the store, and gift cards to local merchants on Thanksgiving and candy or flowers for Christmas.

"We love our volunteers. They make things go for us," said Neil Uniacke, executive director of the thrift store's parent organization, New Hope Community Life Ministry.

"There are very nice people here," agreed Kyle Harris, who has chosen to volunteer at the Community Closet as part of the Out and About program offered by Excentia. He likes to help people bring in donations, and working at the thrift store has helped him to develop job skills.

The proceeds from the Community Closet support New Hope Community Life Ministry, Uniacke explained. The ministry, headquartered at 248-A Maple Ave., Quarryville, offers Christ-centered mental health counseling by licensed professionals. New Hope also hosts the Strengthening Families program and ensures that the emergency clothing closet is stocked to meet the needs of clients of Solanco Neighborhood Ministries.

For more information about the Community Closet, readers may call 717-786-2034, visit www.newhopeministry.info, or follow the store on Facebook and Instagram.

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Marchant To Serve Mission October 24, 2018

Tanner Bruce Marchant, 18, of Springettsbury Township, will serve a mission in Cauayan, Philippines, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a period of two years.

Tanner is scheduled to report to the missionary training center in Provo, Utah, on Nov. 14. Cauayan is in the northern part of the main island Luzon. While English and Tagalog are the official national languages of the Philippines, there are many dialects spoken throughout the 7,600 islands of the nation. He will learn to speak Tagalog.

Tanner is the son of Benjamin and Randi Marchant, members of the York Ward of the Church.

Tanner graduated from Central York High School in 2018. He performed in "Emma!" and "Beauty and the Beast." He also competed on the Science Olympiad team.

Tanner joins a long line of Latter-day Saint family members who have served missions for The Church of Jesus Christ: His father served in Barcelona, Spain. His aunt Hester served in Milan, Italy. His uncle Chris served in Lithuania, Belarus, and Russia. His uncle Geoff served in Portland, Ore. His aunt Miriam served in Houston. His aunt Helen served in Kansas City, Mo. His grandmother Lorie served in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His grandfather Thayne also served in Houston. His great-grandparents Marchant served in Bozeman, Mont. His great-grandmother Eileen served in Mexico City.

After completing his mission, Tanner plans to attend MIT to study architecture.

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Community Work Day Scheduled October 17, 2018

Stewartstown United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will sponsor a community work day on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is to provide help to those who need assistance with winterizing homes, lawn care, fall house cleaning, painting, modest home repairs, and other projects.

The service will be provided by members of the congregation at no charge. The service is available to those in the southern York County and northern Maryland regions. For more information, readers may call 717-993-2507, ext. 11, and leave a name and phone number by Tuesday, Nov. 6. The rain date is Saturday, Nov. 17.

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Good News Club Plans Meetings October 16, 2018

The Good News Club will meet every Thursday after school starting on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Twin Valley Elementary Center, 50 Mast Drive, Elverson. Children will be able to enjoy games, songs, Bible stories and Bible verses.

The club is free, and all students are welcome.

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HUMC Slates Two-Part Community Fall Fest October 13, 2018

On Friday, Oct. 26, Hempfield United Methodist Church (HUMC), 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will host the Community Fall Fest. The free event, which is open to the public, will feature two main components.

A Cops and Rodders "Trunk or Treat" car show will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Hosted in cooperation with the East Hempfield Township Police Department, the event will be held in the rear parking lots of the church.

The Hempfield Cops and Rodders Car Show began in 2011 as a fundraiser for what was then the newly formed East Hempfield Township Police Department K-9 unit. Over the years, the event has grown, and funds raised from the show benefit various local nonprofit organizations. In 2016, a Trunk or Treat car show was launched as an outgrowth of the original show. Car owners do not need to register their vehicles for this event. Cars are not judged, and there are no sponsorships or trophies awarded. The only requirement for those who display vehicles at this event is that they also bring new, individually wrapped candy to give out to those who visit.

Last year, an estimated 150 vehicles participated in the Trunk or Treat event, maxing out the space. As a result, the event has found a new home at Hempfield UMC.

The Trunk or Treat is primarily geared toward families with children up to 12 years old, but people of all ages are welcome to enjoy the vehicles that will be displayed. Trunk-or-Treaters are encouraged to come in costume but are asked to refrain from violence-themed outfits or costumes that include weapons.

The second part of the Community Fall Fest will kick off in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. East Hempfield Police officer Jason Skiles will briefly share a few trick-or-treat safety tips with attendees. Then, Jesse Rothacker of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary will present a reptile show.

Rothacker has performed more than 2,000 animal shows for audiences of all ages. In addition to founding the sanctuary and serving as its president, Rothacker is a founder and board member of the Lancaster Herpetological Society. He appears regularly on local television and radio stations. Rothacker's program has been featured at the Pennsylvania governor's mansion, for the U.S. Congress, with Jay Leno, and at many other venues of all sizes. Folks may learn more about his work at https://forgottenfriend.org.

For more information about the Community Fall Fest, readers may call the church at 717-285-5156, visit http://hempfieldumc.org, or follow the church on Facebook and Twitter by searching for "Hempfield UMC."

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Community Invited To Strasburg Day October 11, 2018

The Strasburg Ministerium will host its second Strasburg Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Strasburg Jaycee Park, 218B Miller St. Admission and activities - including a chicken barbecue lunch - will be entirely free of charge.

"It's a coordinated effort of all the churches in the Strasburg community," said ministerium president and Strasburg Mennonite Church pastor John Meck. "We're all working together, and we want (the event) to be a way for the community to come together."

"God has blessed our congregations, and we want to bless the community," added Tom Myers, pastor at High View Church of God and a ministerium member.

Strasburg Day will be held rain or shine, and the organizers are hoping for a good turnout. Two years ago, the group hosted a similar event that drew between 350 and 400 people, and the members hope to make it a regular event.

"We're focusing on building a sense of community beyond our church walls," Meck remarked. "It's an opportunity to come together, talk, and share a good experience."

Along with lunch, Strasburg Day will feature bounce houses, along with children's games and activities including face painting and balloon sculptures. Dramatic presentations of Scripture by Piercing Word will take place at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. A cornhole tournament will kick off at 1:15 p.m.

In addition to Strasburg Mennonite and High View Church of God, the Strasburg Ministerium is composed of Wesley United Methodist Church (UMC), First Presbyterian Church of God, Victory Church, Strasburg Assembly of God, Journey Church, and St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastors from those churches meet monthly for breakfast, where they catch up and pray with each other. The group members also plan special events throughout the year and have a good time together doing so.

"We genuinely love each other in Christ," Myers commented.

First Presbyterian pastor Bob Bronkema noted that, while there may be differences in worship styles and practices, the members of the ministerium are committed to working together. "We want the community to see that churches are unified," he said.

"There are a lot of core values in the Body of Christ that we want to celebrate," Meck added.

The Strasburg Ministerium sent a team to Houston to help with Hurricane Harvey cleanup last year. The group also collaborates on Lenten services and a Thanksgiving service, with the churches taking turns to host. This year's gratitude event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Strasburg Mennonite Church, 1514 Village Road, Strasburg, at a time to be announced. Wesley UMC pastor Dave Ryan will preach, and Communion will be celebrated.

For more information about Strasburg Day or the Strasburg Ministerium, readers may talk with Bronkema by calling the office of First Presbyterian at 717-687-6030.

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Putting The "Craft" Back In "Craft Show" October 11, 2018

"I think we have a good variety of things for everybody," remarked Melissa Kreider, vendor coordinator for the annual craft show hosted by the Believers Sunday school class of Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren.

For this year's event, set for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 1392 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, Kreider cut back on the number of direct sales representatives in response to shopper feedback. Instead, the event will focus on unique and handcrafted items. All 40 vendor slots are full, and Kreider is not accepting inquiries about spaces.

"Our craft show fills up over the summer," observed Kari Johnson, Believers member and marketing coordinator for the event.

This year's craft show will feature laser-engraved and scrollworked wooden items, dog treats, fall and Christmas decor, quillows and tote bags, copper flowers, ceramics, candles, jewelry, floral arrangements and potpourri, hand-painted and chalkboard signs, stationery, metal art and rag bags, flannel scarves, felted bowls, rubber-stamping items, Haitian tinware, and a variety of baked goods, including sandtarts. The Mechanic Grove Painting Group will sell artwork.

The Women's Fellowship will sell apple dumplings, and hot breakfast foods will also be available. Soup, salad, and sandwiches will be sold at lunchtime. Grilled cheese sandwiches have been added to this year's menu, and a soup-and-sandwich combo will be offered. Folks may choose from chicken corn noodle, broccoli cheddar, and tomato bisque. Tables will be set up so customers may enjoy their refreshments, and high chairs will be available.

"We're very family friendly," Kreider remarked. She noted that the venue is all on one level and is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible as well.

The proceeds from the craft show will be used by the Sunday school class to pay for the community meals the group serves at Huffnagle Park in Quarryville during the summer.

"Our money helps people," Kreider said.

For more information about the craft show, readers may email craftfair@mgcb.org or visit www.facebook.com/MGCBfallcraftshow/. An event page has been linked from the Facebook page, and vendors are posting pictures of items they will sell at the craft show.

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Ministry Sets Indoor Yard Sale October 10, 2018

Shining Light Ministries, 401 E. Locust St., Dallastown, will hold an indoor yard sale on several upcoming dates. This ministry, affiliated with Winterstown United Methodist Church, receives donations of clothing and household items. Volunteers sort, fold, hang and display these items in order to assist those in need.

The ministry is looking for more volunteers. They typically work Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Shining Light also opens its doors to the public for shoppers six times each year. Items are minimally priced, and proceeds help cover operating expenses, with anything over that amount designated for various outreach projects. The open dates for 2018 include Fridays, Oct. 19 and Nov. 30, from 8 am. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, Oct. 20 and Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More information may be received by calling Pat at 717-818-2189.

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Yard Sale To Benefit Free Pantry October 5, 2018

The Little Free Pantry of Salem Lutheran Church of Kissel Hill will be supported by a benefit yard sale to be held on Friday, Oct. 12, and Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with the rain dates of Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19 and 20. The sale will be held at the home of Mel and Sue Rohrer, 635 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, next to the Lititz Public Library.

The yard sale was the idea of 12-year-old Phillip Bonner, the Rohrers' grandson, who was recently hospitalized for almost one year. Thankful for the support he received from the Warwick Released Time staff and students from Salem Lutheran and Kissel Hill Elementary, as well as prayer support from the church and the community, Phillip decided to give back.

Phillip held a yard sale over the summer, which netted a small amount for the pantry. He then asked his grandparents to hold another yard sale so that more funds could be raised. All monies from his stand will be donated to the Little Free Pantry, an outreach of Salem Lutheran.

Anyone can access the free pantry on the porch of the church, 26 Owl Hill Road, Lititz, 24 hours a day. The motto is "Give what you can and take what you need."

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Neighbors Connect Luncheon Set October 4, 2018

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will hold its Neighbors Connect free lunch for seniors on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be at noon. At 12:30 p.m., speakers Dick and Barb Thompson will present "Walking With the Grizzly." The Thompsons spent four days living with the grizzlies at Katmai National Park.

Attendees should turn off Marietta Avenue onto Sassafras Alley and park behind the church. Walk-ins will be accepted, but preregistration is preferred. For details, call 717-653-5888 or email fpcmj1@gmail.com.

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Ham Dinner, Auction Will Benefit Solid Rock October 4, 2018

The community is invited to attend a fundraising event to benefit Solid Rock Youth Ministries. The ham dinner and auction will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and guests will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction before dinner is served at 6 p.m. A live auction will take place after dinner.

Items that will be up for bids that evening include themed baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and family excursions. Additional items are still being accepted.

Tickets will be required for admission to the event and may be purchased by calling Solid Rock at 717-786-8007 or emailing executive director Raeanne Nixon at raeanne.nixon@gmail.com. Separate prices have been set for adults and for youngsters ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. Friday, Oct. 12, has been set as the deadline to purchase tickets.

"Funds raised at the 2018 auction will help continue the ministry of Solid Rock as we step into this season of growth that God is leading and directing us in," Nixon said. "We have hired an additional full-time staff member to focus on our programs and the opportunities they provide for the students. This growth is only possible because of the community investment into the ministry of Solid Rock and into the life of every youth who comes through our doors. "

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. Solid Rock Youth Ministries operates a youth center at 34 E. State St., Quarryville. During the school year, after-school programs are available for children in kindergarten through ninth grade, and additional activities are offered during the summer. For more information about the organization, readers may visit www.solidrockquarryville.com or use the aforementioned contact information.

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Marie Monville To Speak At New Hope Banquet September 27, 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.

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Embrace Grace Will Meet September 26, 2018

Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church, 996 E High St, Elizabethtown, hosts the Embrace Grace support group on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

The group is for individuals facing unplanned pregnancies. Participants receive support and encouragement, as well as a baby shower, complete with gifts for the new baby.

For more information, readers may contact Andrea at 717-979-7637 or visit www.embracegrace.com.

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Fryar To Serve Church Mission September 26, 2018

Aidan Isaac Fryar, 19, of Spring Garden Township left in July to serve a mission in the Philippines Cauayan Mission for the West York Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive.

Aidan will serve a two-year proselytizing mission, speaking Tagalog. He was expected to stay in the Provo, Utah, Mission Training Center for six weeks, but due to travel complications of other missionaries slated to leave before him, Aidan was sent to the Phillipines with less than a month of training. He will have on-the-job training to learn the language.

Aidan is the son of Ry and Vicki Fryar. When Ry was a young man, he served a mission in Korea.

Aidan graduated from York Suburban High School in 2018. He was listed on the honor roll, and he competed in state swimming all four years and district track all four years. He received the York Suburban Ronald Provard Scholarship, served as swim team captain, served as vice president of the German Honor Society, and studied German for seven years. In his church, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and he graduated from four years of early morning seminary. His other activities in high school included camping, slacklining, and rock climbing.

After completing his mission, Aidan plans to attend Brigham Young University - Provo to study medicine.

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Church Slates Special Events September 26, 2018

St. James the Apostle Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will hold several events in October. The free Community Clothes Closet will be open on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Breakfast will be served to those who utilize the clothes closet. Donations of used clothing in good shape is always welcome.

The annual Sweater Weather Get Together will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at St. James from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables are available to rent by contacting Mary Baublitz at 717-927-6067. Soups will be for sale by bowl or quart. Hotdogs, baked goods, and beverages will also be sold. There will be a silent auction as well as the congregations' yard sale table.

A six-week Ballroom Dance Class for beginner/intermediate/advanced learners will start on Oct. 20. Lessons will be taught from 3 to 4 p.m. for beginners and from 4 to 6 p.m. for intermediate/advanced dancers. For more information and to register, readers may contact Rosalie Eveler at 717-244-5642.

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