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Offering A Safe Haven For Addiction Recovery October 19, 2017

"Katartizo" is a Greek word that means "to mend, restore, and prepare." In the New Testament, the word is used in the Gospels to describe the disciples mending their fishing nets and preparing them for use, explained Daniel DeLeon, executive director of The Way Recovery Houses, which was created under the nonprofit banner of Katartizo, a faith-based organization.

The Way was launched on Jan. 1, 2016, and took over the management of an addiction recovery house in Washington Boro. Since then, The Way has acquired additional homes in Lancaster city, including one exclusively for women, and has a total capacity of 40 people. Following a graduation at the end of October, six beds will be available. Residents commit to living in a recovery house and working through The Way program for one year, although they may stay longer if they need to.

"We like to think we are bridging the gap between treatment providers and integration into society," DeLeon said. "Metaphorically, we teach people how to swim while they're still in the shallow end of the pool."

That process is summed up by the slogan "We R4 You." "We" represents The Way and the staff members' commitment to providing residents with a safe, structured environment, as well as accountability, encouragement, compassion, and a pathway to restoration and renewal. "You" is the individual seeking change. Those two groups bookend the four R's, which stand for rest, re-engagement, reintegration, and release. The plan is that by working through those four phases, residents become confident and prepared to transition seamlessly into life on their own. Counseling and other psychological treatment is an important part of the recovery process as well.

Church partners are crucial to the success of The Way. Each house has been adopted by a church, which welcomes residents to worship services and other activities and provides mentors who develop positive relationships with residents. Additional churches provide financial donations and meet tangible needs as they arise.

"The key (to our ministry) is we are mobilizing the church to respond to addiction," DeLeon said. "Churches are a tremendous resource to combating addiction."

He noted that people vulnerable to addiction often feel a lack of meaning and purpose in their lives, and they seek out mind-numbing or pleasure-giving substances to soothe their spirits. "It's a relational breakdown with our Maker," DeLeon asserted. "It's a breakdown in our families, in our sense of self, a relational breakdown with others, and a breakdown of our creative purpose. Through the participation of churches, we can make a greater impact."

DeLeon has a testimony of addiction and recovery, and the program used by The Way is based on his experiences and on research. Women's director Kelly Baldwin also has experienced addiction and recovery, and she developed a door-to-door program for people leaving prison.

"Kelly brings a level of expertise and connections to recovery work," DeLeon commented.

"The women call me 'Mama Bear' because I try to keep them safe as much as possible," Baldwin remarked. "The women's house is a safe haven. A lot of women (who have lived there) say they finally have a place to call home."

Residents are expected to find employment, and they pay rent, which just covers the cost of operating the houses. DeLeon and Baldwin are considered domestic missionaries, however, so they do not draw salaries from The Way and must raise support instead. Financial contributions toward the operating expenses of The Way are appreciated. Folks may donate online at www.katartizopa.org, and they may call general manager Ivan Reyes at 717-510-2226 or email Baldwin at thewayrecoveryhouses.kelly@gmail.com for more information.

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Neighbors Group Slates Program October 19, 2017

Neighbors Sharing and Caring, a women's ministry of the Chiques Church of the Brethren, 4045 Sunnyside Road, Manheim, invites women of all ages and preschool children to attend a program on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 9 to 10:45 a.m.

The speaker, Karen Burrows, is an ordained minister with a pastor's heart for women. She graduated from the Ministry Training School at Church of the Word International and was ordained in 1998. She is a mother and a grandmother.

While women are attending the program, classes will be provided for children from infants to prekindergartners. For more information or a copy of this year's schedule, readers may contact Rose at 717-665-9417 or Veronica at 717-626-7603.

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Volunteers Complete Tasks As Part Of Mission Trip Birdsboro October 19, 2017

This summer, volunteers with Mission Trip Birdsboro had to deal with scorching heat and high humidity during the four days they volunteered in the community to complete various projects at the homes of local residents in need and at area parks.

Since some of that work could not be completed during the scheduled time, a group of volunteers ventured out on Oct. 14 to finish a few remaining jobs. Among the tasks that the volunteers completed were the installation of a dugout roof at the Daniel Boone Optimist Ball Field in Birdsboro and a job that included breaking down a large fallen tree for a local homeowner who wanted the tree split into logs and delivered to neighbors. Because the day turned out to be foggy and rainy, the crew was unable to complete the planned project of painting curbs in the borough.

The group of approximately 10 volunteers met for breakfast at 7 a.m. and then completed the tasks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Because of the extreme heat (during Mission Trip Birdsboro in the summer), we couldn't get to (some jobs). For the homeowner, we replaced the door on her shed and we sealcoated her driveway, but we couldn't get the tree done (this summer)," said volunteer Rich Bowden, who coordinated the recent volunteer effort. "At the ballfield, we got one dugout (roof) done, but we didn't get the second one done."

This summer during Mission Trip Birdsboro, there were more than 90 volunteers from six churches who worked in the community from July 19 to 22. Volunteers represented St. Paul's UCC; St. John-Hill UCC, Boyertown; the former Alice Focht United Methodist Church, Birdsboro; St. Paul's UCC, Amityville; Church of Nazarene, Birdsboro; and St. Paul's Lutheran, Douglassville.

During the mission project, the volunteers assisted 25 homeowners in need, including elderly, widowed or disabled people and single parents. Workers performed general home maintenance, removed trees, repaired decks, installed hand railings, painted and power washed, while meeting with the homeowners to provide support and encouragement. Additionally, volunteers made improvements at the Birdsboro-Union Fire Department, Texas Ball Field, Optimist Ball Field and Maple Springs Pool and painted community curbing.

The efforts were supported by more than 25 business sponsors and seven nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers in the summer and on Oct. 14 wore salmon-colored T-shirts that read, "God Is on the Move."

When asked why volunteers worked in the summer heat and on the rainy fall Saturday, Bowden said that helping others is a way to share God's love. "We are showing God's love - that's what it's all about. It's giving back to the community that is so good to us," he said. "We are all blessed each in our way with our own gifts, so we are just trying to give back."

For more information about Mission Trip Birdsboro, readers may visit www.stpaulsbirdsboro.org and select the What We Do tab.

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Good News Club To Meet October 18, 2017

The Good News Club will meet every Thursday after school at Twin Valley Elementary Center, 50 Mast Drive, Elverson. Children will enjoy games, singing, Bible stories, and verses.

The club is free, and all students are welcome.

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Lifetree Cafe To Hold Program October 11, 2017

Lifetree Cafe will offer a program on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the pole barn located at 46 W. Franklin St., behind Wesley Church.

The program is titled "The Black and White Truth About Racism: Will We Ever Live in a Color-Blind World?" and will feature the screening of a filmed interview with musician and author Daryl Davis. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own experiences with prejudice or racism.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free.

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Free Lunch For Seniors Posted October 6, 2017

First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy, will host a Neighbors Connect free lunch for seniors on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the fellowship hall. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will begin at noon. Fred Habeggar, a local naturalist, will give a presentation.

Those planning to attend are asked to call 717-653-5888 and leave a message or email fpcmj@embarqmail.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

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Church Plans Outreach Event October 4, 2017

Family Restoration Worship Center (FRWC) will hold its Fall Family Outreach event from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 313 W. Liberty St., Lancaster. The event will feature clothing, baby supplies and school resources. The community is invited. To donate toward the event, readers may email frwcministry@gmail.com or call 717-490-2149.

Under the leadership of the Rev. Jamal Brown and co-pastor the Rev. Dr. Paula Boulware-Brown, FRWC is in its second year of ministry and meets in downtown Lancaster. The church is a strong community partner in providing school supplies, encouragement, prayer support and 100 sneakers for 100 youths. The church's members continue to look for new and more effective ways of spreading love and showing God's grace to everyone they encounter.

The church's mission is to provide an environment that brings wisdom through God's word, peace through God's presence, power through prayer and restoration through personal relationship with God.

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Seniors Serving Seniors To Meet October 2, 2017

Seniors Serving Seniors, the Older Adults Ministry of Churchtown United Methodist Church and Bangor Episcopal Church, will hold its monthly gathering on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meeting will be held in the narthex of Churchtown United Methodist Church, 2170 Main St., Narvon.

The program will be "The Shack." The group will view and discuss the movie as a Bible study. Lunch will follow discussion time.

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Solid Rock To Host Dinner And Auction September 21, 2017

The community is invited to attend a ham dinner and auction fundraising event to benefit Solid Rock Youth Ministries on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the start of the silent auction portion. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., and a live auction will be held afterward.

The auctions will feature themed baskets, gift certificates to local restaurants, and family excursions. More items continue to be added to the list as donations arrive.

There is a cost for admission to the event, with separate prices for adults and for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, Oct. 10, and they may be made by contacting executive director Raeanne Nixon at raeanne.nixon@gmail.com or 717-786-8007.

"The money raised at the 2017 auction will help provide after-school and summer programs for children in kindergarten through ninth grade in the Quarryville area," Nixon said. "Many children who attend these programs tell us that Solid Rock is the only place where they feel safe from bullies, stress, domestic issues, etc. We feel privileged to serve our community by giving children after-school and summer options that promote learning and fun in a healthy environment that shares the love of Jesus Christ."

Solid Rock offers Christ-centered programming, Bible study, encouragement, discipleship, and community involvement to young people. Its mission is to earn trust through authentic relationships so lives can be changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The ministry is supported by local churches, and it aims to engage youths and families that have not been reached by traditional ministries. For more information about the organization, readers may visit www.solidrockquarryville.com.

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Girl Scout Provides Owl Boxes For Walking Trail September 19, 2017

The popular walking trail at Living God Lutheran Church (LGLC) in Honey Brook, which is home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, squirrels and rabbits, should now also attract owls thanks to the efforts of Girl Scout Cadette Kelly Fox.

As part of the service project she completed in pursuit of her Silver Award, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, Kelly, a member of Troop 1441, built three owl boxes that will be installed along the trail by church volunteers. The project is titled "Whoo's Up There?"

Also as part of the project, Kelly created an educational brochure about owls for the trail's kiosk and made informational signs that will be placed at the owl box locations to let walkers know to look up to view the boxes.

Kelly, a 12-year-old student at Twin Valley Middle School, recently presented the three owl boxes to church volunteers Kurt Schneidmiller and Ed Turner, who will install them in large trees along the trail over the next few weeks.

The two smaller boxes, which are designed for screech owls that measure between 7 and 12 inches, must be placed at least 10 feet off the ground. The large box has been designed for a barred owl, which grows to 16 to 25 inches tall. The barred owl box must be placed at least 15 feet off the ground.

"We are trying to find the safest and most secure ways to put them up," said Schneidmiller. "We have identified locations along the trail that will be easier to get to."

Kelly's troop was one of three local Girl Scout troops that helped to install more than 15 birdhouses along the trail during a spring cleanup at LGLC in 2016. A local Boy Scout troop had constructed and painted the birdhouses prior to the cleanup. "I knew there was a walking trail here, and I wanted to do something with owls," said Kelly, explaining her reason for choosing the project. She noted that the goal of the project was to provide a safe place for owls to nest and to increase the presence of owls, which benefit local famers by reducing the number of pests and rodents.

Kelly was required to work on the project for a minimum of 50 hours. She was responsible for all aspects of the project, including writing a proposal, getting the materials, completing the project and then writing a follow-up report to be submitted to Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

"For the first box, I had help from my supervisor, Ted Lessick, and I did the second one by myself. For the third box, I had help from my friends," Kelly said, noting that she is also planning to present a program about her owl project to the church congregation.

The walking trail at LGLC opened in 2010. For a year prior to the opening, a select group of congregation members, nicknamed "The Trail Blazers," cleared a path in the woods located next to the church, laying down mulch and building wooden bridges - all to create a scenic and serene walking trail that is open to the entire community.

There are three trails that walkers of various skills can enjoy. The woods trail is approximately three-quarters of a mile long, but it has a shortcut, which makes it approximately two-thirds of a mile long. There is also a trail that goes around the perimeter of the property that measures one-third of a mile.

Benches are located in several places where walkers may rest, relax, pray or meditate. Additionally, children may enjoy the whimsical figurines placed along the trail.

Maps are available at the trail entrance. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trail, which is open daily from dawn to dusk.

LGLC is located at 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook. For more information, readers may call the church office at 610-273-9383. A brochure, including a map of the trail, is available at www.livinggodchurch.org/lglc/trail.htm.

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Donation Drive Set September 19, 2017

Water's Edge United Methodist Church, 471 Abels Road, Wrightsville, will accept flood bucket supply donations through November. The church will assemble flood buckets as adequate supplies are received and deliver them to Mission Central in Mechanicsburg for use in the areas impacted by the recent storms.

A list of supplies may be found at www.weumchurch.org. Donations may be placed in containers at the fellowship hall beside the church. For details, readers may call 717-246-2428.

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Church Installs Prayer Box September 18, 2017

As way to stay in touch with the needs of the community, Honey Brook Presbyterian Church recently installed a prayer box in front of the church, located at 4331 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook.

Pastor Bill Wisneski brought the idea of a prayer box to the church leadership after reading about a similar ministry in West Virginia. After all agreed, congregation member Dave Matz was asked to construct the wooden box, which resembles a miniature church building, complete with red doors and a church steeple.

"The top section opens up where the red church doors are, and there is paper, a pen and a little shelf for people to write down their prayers," explained Wisneski. The prayers can then be slipped through the slot on the front of the box below the miniature church building.

Community members may submit prayer requests and place them in the box anonymously. "(The prayer box) is for anybody walking (or driving) by. You don't have to give your name," said Wisneski. "For those who are not connected to church or don't feel comfortable coming in (the church building), this gives them an outlet."

Wisneski said that the prayer intentions will be passed on to members of the congregation, who will pray for those needs on a regular basis. "We will lift up the prayers anonymously during the worship service," he stated.

The prayer box is the latest effort by Honey Brook Presbyterian Church to reach out to the community. In addition to regular church activities, the church offers a free monthly meal as part of the Shepherd's Kitchen meal ministry.

Free dinners are offered at the church on the first Thursday of the month from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the exception of July and January, when the meals take place on the second Thursday of the month. The meal is for everyone, regardless of income, church affiliation or place of residence, and no registration is required. The dinners include an entree, a salad, side dishes, dessert and beverages.

The church also offers space for community groups to meet, support for local missions that feed the hungry and a monthly community prayer service.

For more information, readers may contact the Honey Brook Presbyterian Church at 610-273-2848, visit www.honeybrookpres.org or email hbpresby1@gmail.com.

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TNT Plans Fundraiser Banquet September 13, 2017

The Teens Need Truth (TNT) Youth Ministry Fundraiser Banquet will be held on Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Shady Maple Banquet Center, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and appetizers and dinner will be available at 6:30 p.m. The event will feature stories about TNT's work. The keynote speaker will be Lisa Whelchel, best known for her starring role as Blair Warner on the television show "The Facts of Life" for nine years.

TNT Youth Ministry was started by Ephrata Mennonite Church, currently Alive Church, as a vision of outreach, acceptance, and discipleship for the youths of the Ephrata community. One evening in September 2000, nearly 150 youths appeared in the Ephrata Mennonite Church parking lot after being asked to leave a local shopping center. The congregation welcomed them by creating a ministry to reach out and minister to the youths.

Since then, TNT has grown to become an independent nonprofit organization that works alongside school districts and churches in Ephrata, Warwick, Columbia, Lancaster, Hempfield, and ELANCO to reach out to youths in those communities. The goal of TNT Youth Ministry is to break down the walls of pain and hurt by sharing Christ's love with youths through weekly activity nights, Bible studies, and serving in the local public schools.

To make reservations for the banquet, readers may contact Yvonne Haller at 717-381-1688 or visit www.tntyouthministry.com. Sponsorships are available.

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Community Members Pray For Schools September 13, 2017

A group of 21 community members recently gathered to pray through the Avon Grove schools, including the high school, middle school, intermediate school, Penn London, the Avon Grove Charter School, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, and the Nazarene Academy.

Representing more than 10 churches in the area, the group, with members ranging from kindergartners to senior citizens, gathered to pray for schools, teachers, staff members, buildings, and administrators. Leadership and members from Avon Grove Presbyterian, West Grove Presbyterian, Kemblesville United Methodist Church (UMC), Calvary Chapel, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Media Mennonite, West Grove UMC, Christ Church at the Grove, The Power Place, and others joined the event, which is organized by the Avon Grove Ministerium.

Among those taking part was Marge Pickel, from Avondale Presbyterian, who originally organized the walk more than a decade ago.

After gathering for instructions and prayer, participants departed for the schools for which they committed to pray. Some prayed around the building, while others walked through the school in prayer. Some teachers, staff, and administrators invited those praying to pray for them, their classroom, and their upcoming year. Others asked for prayer for personal joys and concerns.

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Church Opens Little Free Library September 12, 2017

A Little Free Library is now open 24/7 at St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3335 Rosstown Road, Rossville, providing access to books for adults and children. The library is a lime green box structure located outside the church at the eastern edge of the eastern parking lot.

Community members are encouraged to take a book and leave a book. The Little Free Library does not utilize library cards, and there are no due dates or fees. Bookmarks are available for patrons to take.

Jason, Jenni, and Levi Stacknick, members of St. Michael's, built the Little Free Library and set it up. Members of the congregation provided the initial set of books and continue to add books.

The international Little Free Library association is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire a love of reading, build community, and spark creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year. The St. Michael's Little Free Library is registered on the international site.

St. Michael's has a Sunday worship service at 9 a.m. on Sundays, with a fellowship time at 8:30 a.m. This fall, the church will have a book club. For more information, readers may call 717-432-8418.

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Community Care Center Sets Grand Opening September 11, 2017

Community Bible Church (CBC) invites area residents to the grand opening of the Community Care Center (CCC), 45 W. Market St., Marietta, from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 23. The building previously served as the site of the church's junior high youth group ministry and housed a small clothing bank in a back room. Renovations have been completed, and the event will feature the reopening of the expanded clothing bank, which now has a shopping area that fills most of the first floor.

During the grand opening, visitors may tour the building, meet with CCC volunteers, and shop at the clothing bank.

CBC care pastor Dave Forwood said the CCC is a ministry that evolved out of the congregation's mission and desire to "love God, love others, and reach out as we love neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ." The clothing bank is designed to help meet the physical needs of not only Marietta residents but anyone living in the surrounding area who is in need of clothing.

The clothing bank is open to shoppers from 9 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Anyone is welcome to shop for items they need. Monetary donations are accepted, but not necessary. The selection includes men's, women's, and children's clothing and accessories.

The clothing bank has been part of CBC for the past several decades. It originally operated from a church member's home after the need for such a ministry became clear, and it later moved into the church before moving to what is now the CCC. Those who are interested in donating to the clothing bank may place items in the bin located outside CBC, 331 Anderson Ferry Road, Marietta. Donations may also be dropped off during regular clothing bank hours.

In addition to the clothing bank, the vision for the new CCC includes utilizing the building for the benefit of the greater Marietta community in other ways. Forwood said that a children's lending library is in the works. The second floor of the building has a gymnasium, billiards, ping-pong tables, and other games. Plans are still underway for how that part of the facility will be used for the CCC.

Forwood and the other church members involved in running the CCC would like to use the space to host events and to have it available to meet community needs as they arise. "Relationships are very important to us," shared Forwood. "We want to provide a place for the community to gather, for relationships to be built, and ultimately for the Gospel to be shared."

For more information on CBC, readers may call 717-426-1345 or visit http://cbcpa.org.

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Five Years Of Hope September 7, 2017

ELANCO Endeavor Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

Beth Crosby, Homes of Hope coordinator with Love INC, has easy access to the statistics on the property the organization began utilizing in New Holland five years ago. "There have been nine families, including the current family (in the property), and there have been 10 adults and 20 children (served)," she noted.

According to ELANCO Homes of Hope committee member Nancie Weaver, the program, which provides transitional housing for families with preschool and school-age children, came under consideration when an area church found that it had a three-bedroom housing unit to share with the community. "We were looking for a situation where we could use this (building)," said Weaver. "(Homes of Hope) came to mind." Kim Wittel, executive director of Love INC, spoke to the church council, and a coalition of five area churches formed. The five included Ranck's United Methodist Church, Weaverland Mennonite Church, Christian Fellowship Church, Petra Church, and Trinity Lutheran Church. Partner churches contribute finances, members to serve on the committee, volunteers to go through mentor and budget coach training, and individuals who serve as maintenance coordinators for the house.

"We look at this as an opportunity for change (for the family)," said Crosby. "We know it's difficult to make changes without making changes in relationships, (but) this is a program, not just a place to live." To help Homes of Hope families create new and positive relationships, those who take part in the program meet with two budget coaches weekly. "The two budget coaches take responsibility for the financial goals," said Crosby. Family members also meet weekly with mentors and periodically with a caseworker. The school social worker in the district where the family lives is made aware of the situation so that family needs may be met through that avenue as well. The social worker also receives regular updates from budget counselors and others involved with the family.

"People who enter the program need a minimum monthly income from employment or Social Security and/or disability, and they must be sober at least one year," said Crosby, who added that the program is available to a family for a minimum of four months. There are monthly program fees and a one-time service fee associated with taking part.

Crosby noted that when a family is accepted into the program, one of the first goals is to have them meet with their budget coach and a representative of Tabor Community Services for a review. "The budget coaches work with the family to help them learn the importance of recording all their expenses and income," Crosby stated. "The biggest surprise of all is (for family members) to see where they're spending money."

While budget coaches are working with families on financial goals, mentors are helping with other goals, which may include getting a part-time job, checking into going back to school, following up with medical appointments, setting up counseling, or obtaining food stamps, health insurance, day care, or transportation.

"The goal is for the family to graduate and be self-sufficient," said Crosby, "... to help them move into affordable housing in the school district where their children are involved for stability and educational purposes." Crosby added that the purpose of mentors and budget coaches is to work with the family regardless of whether the program participants are successful. "We are the hands and feet of Christ," said Crosby. "We are doing this because it is what Christ would have us do."

According to Weaver, about 20 volunteers from the five churches participate in making the program successful. The current Homes of Hope ELANCO committee, which is chaired by Ginny Dissinger, includes Weaver, Steve and Sharol Farnsworth, Lin Scerca, Katy Eby, Dale Eby, Anita Stoltzfus, and Kelly Stoltzfus.

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Free Lunch For Seniors Posted September 7, 2017

Neighbors Connect, a free lunch for seniors, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at noon at First Presbyterian Church, 7 Marietta Ave., Mount Joy. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon. At 12:30 p.m., Fred Habeggar will give a presentation on flowers.

To preregister, call 717-653-5888 or email fpcmj@embarqmail.com. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

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Trainings To Focus On Witnessing September 7, 2017

Alpha and Omega Ministries will host a four-week training series on practical and bold witnessing. The trainings will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays beginning on Sept. 23 at 191 Upper Valley Road, Christiana. Christ followers of any age are invited.

Topics to be covered include America's Judeo-Christian roots compared to the current conditions, the New Testament church compared to the contemporary church, the moral and spiritual threats both from within and without America, heroes of the faith around the world, and strategies and tools for witnessing.

Event coordinator Frank Testa and his wife, Joan, have an extensive background in ministry, both in the U.S. and abroad. Their ministry experience spans the years they were both in the Catholic church, Frank as a priest and Joan as a nun, as well as the 35 years since they left Roman Catholicism. They have written a book, "From Darkness to Light."

For more information or to register, readers may call 610-593-5295.

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Churches To Launch Ministry September 6, 2017

Churchtown United Methodist Church (UMC) and Bangor Episcopal Church have partnered to offer Seniors Serving Seniors, a new outreach ministry to the Narvon community. The ministry is for older adults and will meet for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Churchtown UMC, 2170 Main St., Narvon, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program will feature Deb Ward, the Lancaster/Lebanon coordinator for Operation Christmas Child, the shoebox ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Ward will discuss her recent trip to deliver shoeboxes to Rwanda and share about the children's response to the gifts.

Following Ward's slideshow presentation and a question-and-answer session, the group will discuss future programs and interests. A Bible study will be offered following the discussion. Lunch will be presented by Bangor Episcopal Church beginning at approximately noon.

Participation is free, and church membership is not required. All community members age 60 and up are invited to participate. For additional information, readers may call 717-445-5585 and leave a message. Pastor Dave will return the calls.

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