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Summer Sundays To Continue June 22, 2017

Highland Presbyterian Church, 500 E. Roseville Road, Lancaster, will continue its Summer Sundays with Sunday, Sunday, Sundae! on July 9.

Following two family-friendly services at 10 a.m., there will be an ice cream sundae-making celebration to mark the return of the Rev. Dr. Roger Rabey, Highland's senior pastor, who was on a sabbatical respite during May and June. There will be no children's Sunday school on July 9, as children and youths will take part in the contemporary worship service.


Columbia UMC To Offer Summer Day Camp June 22, 2017

Games, science experiments, Bible stories, crafts, music, a field trip, and special guests will all be in the mix for the 17th annual Columbia United Methodist Church (UMC) summer day camp scheduled for Monday to Friday, July 31 to Aug. 4. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at the Glatfelter Park pavilion, 1249 Lancaster Ave., Columbia.

Children entering first through sixth grades are invited to attend. Interested individuals may call 717-684-2356 to register by Thursday, July 13. A daily lunch and snack will be included in the minimal fee that is charged for camp.

Columbia UMC pastor Tom Grubbs said that this year campers will learn about how God created them special and that they all are valuable in God's eyes and can make an impact in the world. The opening program each morning will involve singing songs and hearing what the Bible has to say about how special each individual is to God. Next, the children will be divided into small groups that are led by an adult and a junior helper as they rotate to different activity stations.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, campers will take a field trip to learn more about being inventors, and on Aug. 4, Lisa Landis and Fred "Phredd" McNaughton from WJTL's Kids Cookie Break will visit to lead songs and play games with campers. The Kids Cookie Break car will also be on-site.

According to Grubbs, the Columbia UMC summer day camp began 17 years ago and the number of children and volunteers has continued to increase each year. The first two years of day camp were organized by professional staff from Gretna Glen, but after that, members of Columbia UMC began leading the camp themselves at the Glatfelter pavilion. "A unique aspect of our camp is that when campers become seventh- to 12th-graders, they can come back to camp as junior shepherds who help the adult staff," Grubbs said. "Many campers return from year to year to help after they become too old to be campers."

More than 80 children attended the day camp last summer, which was led by approximately 25 volunteers. The volunteers are trained in the church's child protection policy, as well as having all necessary state clearances to work with children.

Grubbs stated that the annual summer day camp is an essential part of how the congregation at Columbia UMC accomplishes its vision of "taking Christ to the community." The heart behind the camp is for children to leave knowing that God loves them and wants to have a relationship with them, said Grubbs.

Columbia UMC is located at 510 Walnut St. and holds weekly Sunday worship with a praise service at 9 a.m., Sunday school at 10:05 a.m., and a traditional service at 11 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, readers may visit


Church To Welcome Senior Pastor June 22, 2017

Dillsburg Brethren in Christ Church, 18 E. Harrisburg St., has announced that senior pastor Rob Douglass will begin serving on Sunday, July 2, with an installation service led by bishop Ken Hoke.

Douglass spent his earlier years in the region. He and his wife, Chris, and their three children, planned to relocate to Dillsburg from Findlay, Ohio, where he had served as a professor of theology at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. His previous experience also includes 15 years pastoring churches in the Brethren in Christ and other denominations.

The vision of Dillsburg BIC is to see the release of hope and healing in Dillsburg and around the world. Sunday worship services start at 10:15 a.m., with coffee and tea served at 10 a.m. in the lobby. During the service, a staffed nursery and worship experience are available for children. For more information, readers may visit or call the church office at 717-432-3847.


Olivet UMC To Welcome New Pastor June 21, 2017

Olivet United Methodist Church (UMC) in Coatesville will welcome Johnson Dodla as its new pastor during the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 2. A luncheon will be held after the service in the church's McKinney Hall. The community is invited to attend both the service and the welcome reception.

Dodla is from Exton UMC, where he served as lead pastor since July 1, 2011, when Exton UMC was formed from the merger of Crossroads UMC and the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection. Dodla had been serving as lead pastor at Crossroads UMC at the time of the merger.

As in the UMC tradition, Dodla was assigned to lead the congregation at Olivet UMC. "I love the appointment system. The church belongs to the people and not necessarily the pastor," he said. "The ministries that are carried on need to be driven by the body (of the church). It is not solely based on one leader."

Dodla grew up in India and received Bachelor of Arts degrees in theology from both Trinity Christian College and Hindustan Bible College. He began his ministerial work as a youth and outreach coordinator at Centenary Methodist Church in India.

In 2000, Dodla moved to England, where he served as a youth and community worker at St. John's Anglican Church. After one year in that position, he moved to Pennsylvania to work with The Pittsburgh Project, a Christian organization for inner-city at-risk youths.

While in Pittsburgh, Dodla met his future wife, Christyn, who lived in Downingtown. He eventually made the move to the area, where the couple married and had four children: Samara 9; Elijah, 7; Annika, 4; and Josiah, 3.

Dodla said he is excited to lead Olivet UMC, which is celebrating 200 years of Methodism in the Coatesville area. The church was founded in 1817 and, in 1885, it moved to its current location at Third and Chestnut streets.

"My immediate goal is to get to know the people and the community," Dodla stated, noting that visitors are especially welcome to meet him and view the sanctuary, which features magnificent stained glass windows and ornate woodwork. "We are intentional in knowing that not everyone is coming to the worship service with the same experiences. (You will feel comfortable) if you were part of the church for the past 80 years or it's your first time at the church," he said.

His goals also include establishing a recovery ministry for those who suffer from addictions. "I also want to engage in community partnerships," he added. "There is so much good that is happening in Coatesville, and we need to bring our resources together (to) have a bigger impact."

Dodla said that pastoring a church in an inner-city environment has both differences and similarities to leading a church in the suburbs. "What is similar is that we are all broken and in need of God's grace," he said. "What is different is that each and every community has its own set of challenges and needs. The work of the church is to determine what those needs are and address them."

Dodla said he would like Olivet UMC to be a place where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to worship God. "(I envision a church) where the economically advantaged and the disadvantaged, the white, the brown and the black would all come to worship together," he stated. "That is my vision for the city - (that) we would do ministry in a way where all (people) can sing and praise God together."

Olivet UMC is located at 310 E. Chestnut St., Coatesville. The Sunday worship service is held at 10 a.m. and is preceded by Sunday school for adults from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Sunday school for children takes place during the worship service, and nursery care for infants and toddlers is offered from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m.

For more information, readers may call 610-384-5828 or visit or


Church Plans Service, Concert June 21, 2017

St. John Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St., York, will hold a worship service and patriotic concert on Tuesday, July 4, at 10 a.m. The church will celebrate Holy Communion using the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. The church's heritage dates back to the early days of the nation.

This year during the service, First Capital Brass will provide patriotic music. At the conclusion of the service, the brass ensemble will present a short concert of patriotic songs. Then the church will give thanks for the men and women who founded the U.S. and fought to preserve the freedoms available to Americans. The Liberty Bell, located at the church's Lovelace Commons, will be rung, and as participants leave they will be able the ring the bell. A freewill offering will be received, and light refreshments will follow the concert.

To learn more, readers may visit or call 717-848-1862. Parking is available in the lot across the street from the church.


Yard Sale Event Planned June 21, 2017

Christ United Methodist Church will hold a yard sale and crafts at Lakeview Park, 18 Water St., Jacobus, on Friday, July 7, and Saturday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Food offerings will include chicken corn soup, beef vegetable soup, subs, hot dogs, Italian steak sandwiches, a variety of desserts, sodas, and coffee. Takeouts will be available.

All proceeds will benefit the construction project of the church.


Church Posts Sermon Series June 21, 2017

Spry Church, 50 School St., York, has announced its current sermon series, "Jesus Said What?!" This series is presented by the church's pastor, Dr. Ken Loyer, at both the traditional worship service at 9 a.m. and the contemporary worship service at 11 a.m. The sermons explore the difficult sayings of Jesus, and the series will end on Sunday, July 16. Everyone is invited to attend the services.

Church school for all ages is held from 10 to 11 a.m., and child care is provided by trained staff during all services. For more information, readers may call 717-741-1429 or visit


"Maker Fun Factory" VBS Planned June 21, 2017

Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 9 N. Main St., Dover, will hold a "Maker Fun Factory" vacation Bible school (VBS) from Sunday to Friday, July 16 to 21, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It is free and open to the community.

Children's programming will be provided for children ages 3 to 12. Programming will also be provided for people age 13 through adults.

Participants and volunteers may register by calling 717-292-3891 or visiting or by Saturday, July 15.

To raise funds for the VBS, the church recently held a Build a Robot contest. All entries, which ranged in size from 12 inches to 6 feet tall, will be used as decorations during the VBS event. The builders of the winning robots each received a gift card.


Churches Plan Patriotic Service June 21, 2017

The Forge Hill Charge, which consists of Saginaw Community Church and Starview United Methodist Church, will hold a patriotic church service on Sunday, July 2, at 10 a.m. The event will take place at Saginaw Community Church, 860 Market St., Mount Wolf.

The event will include patriotic songs and readings. For more information, call the church at 717-384-8148.


Church Posts Schedule June 21, 2017

Centennial Lutheran Church, 1330 Hares Hill Road, Kimberton, has posted it activities.

On Sunday, July 2, there will be a worship service at 9:30 a.m. The service will include a message by the Rev. Josephine Wright, pastor at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Feasterville, and the celebration of Holy Communion.

Crafters are invited to reserve tables for Centennial's 25th annual Christmas Crafts Festival, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11. Registration forms are available by contacting the church office.

Information about the church is available at or by emailing

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