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Released Time Program Plans Open House January 21, 2019

Warwick Released Time (WRT) invites the community to attend the student program and open house at Salem Lutheran Church, 26 Owl Hill Road, Lititz, on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. Third- and fourth-grade students from Kissel Hill Elementary who attend weekly religious classes at Salem Church will showcase what they are learning. Second-grade students and families are especially invited to attend the open house, since these students will be eligible for WRT classes next school year.

The theme for open house is "Faith, Fun, Friends - JOY," based on John 15:11-12. The program will begin with a song by all students, "Every Move I Make," and on-site director Sue Weiser will welcome attendees.

The fourth-grade class of Liz Preston and Correen Russo will present "Faith, Fun, Friends," and Betsy Wenger's class will sing "These Are the Books."

The story of Jacob and Esau will be presented by the third-grade class of Carolyn North, and members of Mim Shenk's class will share what they have been learning about Old Testament faith.

An offering will be received for the WRT program, and Sue Rohrer, WRT director, will give the prayer. The piano offertory, "Joy in Serving Jesus," will be played by Faith Meier. Concluding the program will be a congregational song, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus." The benediction will be given by Walter Wagner, interim pastor at Salem.

Hank Hershey will provide technical support for the open house program.

WRT has been in the Warwick School District since 1965.

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Neighbors Group To Meet January 17, 2019

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, Jan. 29, from 9 to 10:45 a.m. The church is located at 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim.

Denise Grove will share about how to be content in all circumstances in her presentation, titled "Release Control Before You Lose Control." Grove is married to Greg and has seven children and five grandchildren. She is a blogger and speaker.

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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Church Posts Children's Music Program January 17, 2019

Florin Church of the Brethren, 815 Bruce Ave., Mount Joy, will offer its Little Notes music program for babies to kindergarten-age children on Thursday, Jan. 24.

The free program meets from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on the second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays of the month. The program includes songs, instruments, a parachute, snacks, and DVDs.

Participants may enter through the front door. In the case of inclement weather, Little Notes will follow the Donegal School District cancellation schedule.

For more information, call Jan Chavez at 717-715-5977 or the church office at 717-653-1202 or search for "Little Notes at Florin Church of the Brethren" on Facebook. All coordinators have child protection certifications.

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Program For Seniors Slated January 16, 2019

The Well, 107 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, will meet from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays starting on Jan. 23 for coffee, snacks, games, art, crocheting/knitting and Faith Talk. All seniors are welcome to participate.

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

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Sponsorships Sought For Winter Blast Retreat January 16, 2019

Both Carl Edwards, youth center director with CrossNet Ministries, and assistant youth center director Shanice Smith-Starr agree that one of the best reasons to take area high school students to Camp Orchard Hill each year for Winter Blast is that the retreat gives students and staff a chance to build relationships. "That is why students continue to pester Shanice and me about when registration is starting," shared Edwards. "They have been asking for weeks."

The 2019 Winter Blast will be held Friday, March 8, through Sunday, March 10. The weekend, which is specifically designed for students from urban youth centers, will bring together more than 200 students and will feature a Christian hip-hop artist and speaker Josh Ott, a Schuylkill County pastor. In addition to four sessions with Ott, the students will have the chance to enjoy activities such as sledding, snow football, an indoor climbing wall, inflatables, hockey, and bubble ball. The theme for this year's Winter Blast is "The Greatest," based on I Corinthians 13:13, which reads, "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

According to Smith-Starr, the sessions with Ott can be powerful experiences for the students. "Usually that last session ... includes the Gospel (message of salvation)," said Smith-Starr. Last year, three CrossNet students accepted the Lord during Winter Blast. "(These sessions have) been a blessing, especially as the students hear teachings and worship," Smith-Starr added. "They are exposed to the Gospel during that time, so they are connecting with their peers and hearing God's Word."

Edwards noted that the atmosphere at the event helps students feel comfortable. "We appreciate that Camp Orchard Hill creates a weekend for our students," said Edwards. "(Camp Orchard Hill staff members) allow students to be who they are without a sense of judgment. They preach the Gospel (because) they want to see students come to Jesus, so they make sure the students are safe and cared for and that it's a different (experience) than going to a church."

When students who make a decision for Christ during the retreat return to New Holland, CrossNet staff members take steps to help disciple them. "We are thankful those (young people) made those decisions," explained Smith-Starr. "We try to be intentional with them when they come back from that weekend."

Because Camp Orchard Hill staff members plan and organize the retreat, Edwards and Smith-Starr have the opportunity to focus on the students they have brought. "We get to be leaders. We get to be fully invested," said Edwards. "We get to be with our students to learn together and grow together. It's so great."

This will be the 10th year that the center has taken a group to Winter Blast. Each year, the CrossNet youth center staff members endeavor to take 35 to 40 students on the trip. The total cost to send one student to the event is $150, and CrossNet is seeking scholarships to help fund the trip. "Anyone can sponsor a student," noted Edwards. "Churches can come together to take a group." Each sponsorship covers travel, food, lodging, and camp fees. Sponsors will receive ways to pray for the student prior to the trip. After the trip, sponsors will receive a group photo and a thank-you note from the student. Readers who are interested in contributing toward sponsorship of a student may contact either Edwards at carl@elancocross.org or Smith-Starr at shanice@elancocross.org or call 717-355-2454.

CrossNet Youth Center, located at 100 W. Franklin St., New Holland, is now open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. and Fridays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Each night, dinner is served at 6 p.m. Round table discussions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. The center is open to groups of sixth- through 12th-grade students, with Tuesdays designated for male students and Thursdays designated for female students. The center is open to all students on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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Released Time Program Sets Open House January 14, 2019

The first in a series of Warwick Released Time (WRT) open houses will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Lititz Trinity Church, South Cedar and East Orange streets, Lititz, at 7 p.m. All students are to arrive at 6:45 p.m. All are invited, including parents, families, grandparents, and public school staff.

All third- and fourth-grade Lititz Elementary Released Time students will present a program of song, Scripture, and skits, which will show what they are learning in their weekly classes. The theme this year is "WRT: Faith, Fun, Friends - JOY."

The third-grade students study the Old Testament under the direction of teachers Heidi Limbert, Faith Meier, and Bonnie Norris. Fourth-grade students study the New Testament of the Bible under the leadership of teachers Emily Myallis; John Courchesne, who is also a pastor; Sue Weiser; and Dawn Youndt. The on-site director is Mel Rohrer, and the director is Sue Rohrer.

The student program will begin with the third and fourth grades singing "My God Is So Great." The program by the third grade will follow with Meier's class presenting "Creation," Norris' class presenting "The Tower of Babel," and Limbert's class sharing songs about the Bible and Scripture.

The fourth-grade program will feature "Fruit of the Spirit" presented by Myallis and Courchesne's class and the song "These Are the Books of the Bible" by Weiser and Youndt's class.

An offering will be received to benefit the WRT program. Meier will provide special piano music for the offertory.

The program will close with the congregation and students singing "What a Friend We Have in Jesus."

WRT has been in existence in the Warwick School District since 1965.

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ESL, Citizenship Classes Slated January 11, 2019

Elizabethtown Alliance Church, 425 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown, has slated its second semester of English as a Second Language (ESL) and citizenship classes. The classes were scheduled to start in January and will continue on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. through May 8.

New students are encouraged to come for the new semester, sign up for a class, meet teachers, visit classrooms, and look at materials. There is a registration fee for first-time enrollees. Returning students need only report to their classes as before.

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

In addition to ESL instruction, a class will be offered in citizenship covering the U.S. Constitution and American history. This class is open to anyone interested in preparing for the American Citizenship Test. It will be held at the same time and place as the ESL classes.

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

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Bornman Presents In Netherlands January 10, 2019

Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) worker Jonathan Bornman presented at an event on Nov. 30, 2018, at Tyndale Theological Seminary in Badhoevedorp, Netherlands. The event's theme was "A Dialogue Comparing the Divine and the Human in Islam and Christianity." Along with Bornman, the presenters included Dr. Yaser Ellethy, Dr. Khalid Hajji, and Dr. Bert de Ruiter. The Muslim and Christian scholars had been invited to participate by Tyndale professor and EMM worker Dr. Philip A. Gottschalk.

Attendees were predominately seminary students and faculty, but community members were also present. Gottschalk hosted the event as part of a course he teaches titled "Ethics of War, Peace, and Peacemaking."

Bornman, a Christian-Muslim relations consultant, highlighted the belief that humanity is created in the image of God. He said that humans' ability to creatively solve problems is an example of humans reflecting God. Illustrating this creative problem-solving, Bornman shared the story of M.J. Sharp and his work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Sharp, who was murdered in 2017, creatively sought to promote peace in a challenging setting. Bornman's main purpose in sharing this story was to emphasize how the creativity of God within humanity can be used to do good in the world.

Several students who were in attendance had been raised as Muslims but had later converted to Christianity. One student shared they were surprised at how openly the presenters could discuss theological differences in a respectful manner.

EMM's Christian-Muslim Relations Team, of which Bornman is a member, seeks to encourage church leaders to interact with Muslim clerical leaders.

In addition to his work with EMM, Bornman is a Ph.D. candidate at Middlesex University London. His dissertation is focused on the nonviolent practices of a Senegalese Sufi order called the Muridiyya. He served as a Bible teacher in Senegal from 1999 to 2009 but is currently doing research in the Murid community in Harlem, New York City.

Tyndale is an international, English-language seminary. The school has had students from more than 80 countries.

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Youth Ministry To Expand January 10, 2019

Factory Ministries youth advocate Micah Leaman, who is co-leader of the Factory Youth Center with Elizabeth Hoover, is looking forward to expanding the center's offerings beginning in early February. "We will have an after-school program on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m.," said a beaming Leaman. "We're excited to open (for) another opportunity (to serve area students) during the week."

The new program will be open to students in grades seven through 12. Transportation to the center will be provided by Pequea Valley School District (PVSD). Leaman noted that the program will offer one-one-one tutoring for students and hopefully workshops to help students work on making wise career decisions in the future. "It will be a fun atmosphere, but more focused on academics and developing (career) resources," he said.

Leaman said the idea for the program grew out of the original goals the youth center has always worked to meet. "The mission (is) to be a safe place where area youths can come to have fun and grow closer to one another and to caring adults and to be very relational and offer a spiritual component," said Leaman.

According to Leaman, student responses to the center show that those goals are being met, but he and Hoover, who have been directing the center together for about a year, wanted to offer more. "(We were seeing) students graduate, no longer coming to our programs, and (dealing with) difficult situations," said Leaman, who noted that not having the skills or training to find gainful employment was chief among these. One of the program's goals is to incorporate CareerLink and other similar skills workshops. "We want to expand into these new areas and develop more resources for the future," said Leaman, who added that he and Hoover would like the center to be a place students can come for advice.

Toward that end, the center has already partnered with PVSD. "We have an incentive program coordinated with the school with parental permission," explained Leaman. "We can have more involvement (with students) and help them put together goals." Leaman pointed out that because of the relationship between the ministry and students, the leaders and volunteers can interact with students about career options. "I have conversations weekly with students about what they are interested in and what we can be doing now (to help them prepare)."

In one room at the center, students can reap the rewards of taking part in an incentive program. "This is our Factory Store," said Leaman. "(Students) can earn points for good attendance, grades, and behavior, and we have T-shirts, (beverages), and snacks they can (purchase when they) redeem points. It's a concrete motivation and a reward for their (efforts)."

Currently, the Factory Youth Center holds Open Door Night every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. "We usually have 55 to 70 teenagers here," said Leaman, who added that local organizations volunteer to provide a hot meal for the students. "It's a huge blessing," said Leaman. The evening includes a short lesson. "We send a message that we are here, and we understand life is difficult," said Leaman. "Our job is to be available for these students and walk with them and encourage them." In addition, students may enjoy free time, games, and opportunities to express themselves musically or artistically. Each room at the center is staffed with a volunteer and has a camera.

The center is open for a men's basketball program on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Readers who are interested in learning more about The Factory Youth Center may visit http://thefactoryministries.com.

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Lunch For Seniors Planned January 3, 2019

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will hold its monthly Neighbors Connect senior lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., lunch will be served at noon, and the speaker, Brian Long from LINK - Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks Counties, will present at 12:30 p.m.

Walk-ins will be welcome, but preregistration is preferred. To preregister, call 717-653-5888 and leave a message or email fpcmj1@gmail.com.

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Local Ministry Offers Help January 2, 2019

New Hope Ministries is a resource in southcentral Pennsylvania that helps people during a time of crisis. The organization has posted information about basic-needs service for people who have experienced job loss. When facing times of financial uncertainty and personal stress, people who come to New Hope can find help with food, heat, utilities, and housing, as well as support to get through a time of crisis.

New Hope encourages people to use PA 211, a statewide collaborative for health and human service information for Pennsylvania residents. People may call 2-1-1 to be linked with human service organizations. CONTACT Helpline is another local source of help, offering 24/7 listening, health and human service information, and referrals. This service is available by calling 800-932-4616. PA 211 and CONTACT Helpline provide information about where Pennsylvania residents can find help with food, paying heat and electric bills, and housing needs.

For more information, readers may visit www.nhm-pa.org or call 717-432-2087.

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A Milestone Achievement December 26, 2018

Youth Center Director Earns Master's Degree

Carl Edwards, youth center director with CrossNet Ministries, 100 W. Franklin St., New Holland, received his master's degree in leadership studies from Lancaster Bible College (LBC) on Dec. 14. Edwards previously earned a Bachelor of Arts in youth ministry from LBC. He has served as youth center director for CrossNet since July 2016.

Both proud of and thankful for his achievement, Edwards, who currently makes his home in Leola, was quick to point out what he sees as the true worth of the degree. "(My courses provided) very practical leadership (techniques that were) ministry oriented," said Edwards. "(The curriculum was) about how can you be a better follower of Jesus to be a better leader."

Completing his master's degree was a goal for Edwards from the time he received his bachelor's in 2010. He specifically chose leadership to dovetail with his focus on lifelong learning. "I want to expand my capacity for influence and caring for people," said Edwards, who added that his work at CrossNet has complemented his continuing education. "I have been able to put (what I learned) into practice and implement strategies on a weekly basis," said Edwards, who also presented mini workshops to other staff members upon completing each course. "(CrossNet has allowed) me to share ... what I learned so we could all grow," said Edwards, who presented the most salient points in staff meetings.

Completing a master's program while working and raising a family is never an easy task. "Through ministry jobs and having children, (taking classes) has been on and off," said Edwards, who referred to himself as a full-time husband, father, and youth director. He is thankful to his wife, Mary, for her encouragement and motivation and to the team at CrossNet, especially executive director Meredith Dahl, whose support allowed him the flexibility to finish strong.

Despite his busy schedule, Edwards has kept a focus on furthering CrossNet's youth program while he was completing his degree. Working with his assistant director, Shanice Smith-Starr, Edwards has endeavored to increase the number of youth center volunteers to 30. "If you want to see a blessing, look up at that wall on your left," said Edwards, pointing to sheets of paper listing names of volunteers. When Edwards arrived at CrossNet, there were only 15 regular volunteers. Now the number, which totals 30, includes some of his fellow LBC students, along with New Holland residents and a few young men who frequented the center as teenagers.

The youth center is currently open four nights per week. Tuesday night is guys' night and Thursday is girls' night, featuring special roundtable discussions, which about 25 students attend. Wednesday and Friday nights are open door nights, when the center is open to ELANCO School District students in sixth through 12th grades from 6 to 8 p.m. Up to 60 students generally gather on those nights for a hot meal in a safe place where they are surrounded by caring adults.

A recent all-nighter attracted up to 65 students, who took part from 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 to 6 a.m. on Dec. 1. The group spent four hours locked in at a family fun center near Reading where students took part in a variety of activities. "I am still trying to recover from the lack of sleep," said Edwards with a laugh.

Edwards noted that he enjoys the chance to step beyond his youth center director role to take part in community relations and fundraising. "I love going out to share (about CrossNet)," said Edwards. "I love what our ministry does being able to offer help and hope. I came here during this amazing time when God is just continuing to bless this ministry ... and I love it."

More information about CrossNet Ministries may be found at https://elancocross.org.

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Show To Feature "Book Of Matthew Project" December 20, 2018

The Community Room on King, 106 W. King St., Lancaster, will host a show titled "The Book of Matthew Project" by artist Daehong Kim for First Friday, Jan. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.

"The Book of Matthew Project" was conceived in June 2010 as a personal pledge to support a church ministry that was sending a group of young adults on a short-term service mission to South Korea. Kim committed to handwriting each verse from the Gospel of Matthew on individual cards, accounting for 1,071 verses. Kim also invited people to participate by contributing verses, and these verses and others were collected and applied on five canvases. The purpose of writing each verse was to facilitate a contemplative mode of worship and to help Kim choose wonder, praise, and gratitude in response to a challenging time in his life.

Kim is an American artist who was born in South Korea in the late 1970s. He took up studio art and music performance as a child. At age 7, he became fascinated with basic generative design in a computer programming class. He is an advocate of art as an agent for telling stories and as a medium of renewal. He considers art integral to the narrative of his personal pilgrimage in human portrait and faith.

Attendees of the First Friday event will be able to meet the artist, read some of the handwritten verses, and enjoy snacks.

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Church Offers Outreach Programs December 19, 2018

Wrightsville Hope United Methodist Church, 404 Hellam St., Wrightsville, offers several outreach programs to the community.

The Encounter children's program is available on Wednesdays during the school year from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Activities include Bible study, games, lessons and dinner. The Elevate middle school program is held on Tuesdays during the school year from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Community Food Bank is open by appointment, with appointments received on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays by calling the church at 717-252-2609. The Community Clothing Bank (Phoebe's Closet) is open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

Church services are held on Sundays at 9 a.m. followed by Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. Any questions can be directed to the church office at the aforementioned phone number.

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Student Creates Yarn Wigs For Young Cancer Patients December 18, 2018

While students in the Confirmation class at the Church of St. Benedict in Mohnton collected yarn to be donated to the Magic Yarn Project, a nonprofit organization that provides princess yarn wigs and superhero beanies free of charge to children with cancer, student Katy Stoutenger took the project one step further. Katy crocheted 26 beanies and yarn wigs with the help of her great-grandmother Rita Agasar.

Katy, a seventh-grade student at Twin Valley Middle School, explained that her great-grandmother taught her to crochet at the age of 8. "I already knew how to do basic crochet (stitches), and I looked at the (tutorial) video to do the specific hat stitches," Katy explained. "I thought it would be cool to do because it was something the little boys and girls would like."

According to www.themagicyarnproject.com, the beanies and yarn wigs are designed for children undergoing chemotherapy whose scalps are too sensitive for traditional wigs. The crocheted beanies feature various characters and the wigs are designed to replicate the hairstyles of Disney characters.

Seventh-grade students in the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) Class at St. Benedict's who are preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation were encouraged to participate in the service project by Valerie Christo, director of religious education, who showed the class a video about the project. "They (saw) that this mission project is changing kids' lives and bringing smiles to their faces by giving them a time to play, enjoying their childhood," she said. Students and parish families were invited to donate various colors of soft yarn during October and November.

Katy made the wigs and beanies with the help of Agasar, 87, and Agasar's friend Kay Letton, 90. "We worked on them nonstop," Katy recalled. "They take pretty long to do. Adding the 'hair' (made of yarn) was the hardest part because you have to add the strands individually."

Katy explained that the hats follow the same pattern but are customized for boys and girls. "The hats were the same, but the decorations were different," said Katy. "For the boys, we made Ninja turtles and the girls more of a princess style."

She encourages others with basic crochet skills to try making the beanies. "Anybody can learn it. You just have to be committed. You can't stop halfway through," Katy stated.

She also said that she enjoyed working on the project with her great-grandmother. "It was fun for me and relaxing to do. (Crocheting) really is a lost art," Katy added. "If you have someone to teach you, you can do it."

Katy reported that the items that she and her great-grandmother created were distributed to hospitalized children in time for Christmas.

Those who would like to donate yarn or create beanies or yarn wigs may visit the Magic Yarn Project website or www.facebook.com/magicyarnwigs for more information.

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Student Earns Free Week Of Camp December 5, 2018

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Church Posts Children's Ministry November 30, 2018

Florin Church of the Brethren, 815 Bruce Ave., Mount Joy, recently began a new music ministry called Little Notes for babies to kindergarten age.

The free program meets from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on the second, fourth, and fifth Thursdays of the month. Pparents, grandparents and caregivers in the community are welcome bring their children to play songs with instruments, have snack time, and watch DVDs. Participants may enter the church at the front door.

Little Notes will follow the Donegal School District cancellation schedule during inclement weather. For more details, readers may call 717-653-1202 or search for "Little Notes At Florin Church of the Brethren" on Facebook.

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Program To Focus On Handwriting November 30, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located at Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg, will feature the topic "Sign Here" on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Participants will learn about the ancient science of handwriting analysis and what it reveals about people as well as how to better understand oneself and others.

Admission will be free, and light refreshments will be served.

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Quilting Group Seeks Volunteers, Fabric Donations November 28, 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, 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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Jacques Leaves For Mission November 27, 2018

Madison Nichole Jacques, daughter of Daniel and Susan Jacques of York Township, left on Oct. 31 to serve a proselyting mission in the Washington Seattle Mission for the York Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is the first person in her immediate family to serve a mission for the church.

Madison was scheduled to train in the Mission Training Center, Provo, Utah, for three weeks before joining a female companion in Seattle for an 18-month mission.

She is a 2016 graduate of Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School. Since her graduation, she has completed one year at Brigham Young University - Idaho. While in high school, she was a member of the Drama Club and the National Society of High School Scholars. She also completed the four-year, early morning seminary program for her church, where she lettered all four years.

While in high school, she volunteered with Heavenly Paws, a local animal rescue, as her senior project. Madison continued to volunteer with that organization after graduation. In Rexburg, Idaho, she was involved with church service projects, like visiting elderly people in nursing homes, and she continued to volunteer with homeless animals.

Once she completes her mission, Madison plans to continue college and work toward a master's degree in either library sciences or family studies with a goal of becoming a family counselor.

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